Monthly Archives: January 2012

Twin City Spinners impress W-O’s championship winning basketball teams

  • Twin City Spinners player Warren Ibbotson looks for an opening in the Crusaders’ defence during an exhibition game with W-O players Friday. The local wheelchair basketball team was at the school to demonstrate the sport to an enthusiastic crowd of students during the Waterloo-Oxford’s annual Winter Carnival.
  • Twin City Spinners player Tyler Miller, who plays for Team Canada, prepares to shoot.

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Wilmot Aquatic Aces hold first swim meet in new facility

The Wilmot Aquatic Aces Swim Club (WAAC)  hosted the team’s first Aqua 7 swim meet Sunday against the Norfolk Hammerheads, kicking off what team executives and Wilmot staff hope will be a regular sight at the newly-opened pool.

The day got off to an inspiring start with bagpiper Robert Shilliday leading a procession of swim timers, officials and local dignitaries around the pool deck.

Former Wilmot Mayor Wayne Roth receives enthusiastic applause from a crowd of swimmers and spectators Sunday morning as the new Wilmot Aquatic Centre hosted its first Aqua 7 swim meet. Wilmot Aquatic Aces executive Paul Mackie thanked the former mayor and council for securing funding that allowed the community to realize its recreational goals 10 years sooner than expected.

Team executive member Paul Mackie provided opening comments, thanking former council members and current staff for making the long-dreamed-of facility a reality.

Piper Robert Shilliday, of New Hamburg, leads a procession of timers and Swim Ontario officials around the deck of the new eight-lane competitive pool, which complies with FINA length standards.

The meet brought 112 swimmers aged 4 to 19 to the competitive pool for the first time. Wilmot will host the Aqua 7 swim league  finals in May, bringing all seven teams together for the day-long event.

Swimmers take to the pool during Sunday's Aqua 7 swim meet at the Wilmot Recreation Complex, a first for the recently opened pool.

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Wilmot Wolverines get TV screen time: Atom team’s game televised this weekend on Rogers

The Wilmot girls prepare to play in the Rangers' Hockey Appreciation day at the Kitchener Auditorium

The Wilmot Wolverines Atom 1 team will show off their game on local TV on Jan. 28.

The Wolverines played their special televised game at the Kitchener Auditorium on Jan. 15 during Hockey Day in Ranger Nation.

That game first aired Jan. 21 on Rogers TV in the Kitchener area. Two more replays are scheduled for this Saturday at 12 p.m and 6:30 p.m.

The Atom Wolverines applied back in October to be part of the second annual Hockey Day at Rangers Nation, a celebration of minor hockey for Major Atom House League hockey players from Waterloo Region.

The free day is designed to give players 10-year-old players a Rangers game day experience, complete with a centre-ice video scoreboard running for the fans. After the game, players also received a gift package and meal.

During the Kitchener vs. Kingston game that night, on Jan. 15, teams could see Hockey Day highlights on the video display.

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New Dundee Optimist club hands out annual Youth Appreciation Awards

Back row, from right: Peter Lade (past Optimist president), Brianna Smith, Andrea Sherk, Drew Bryant, Rachel Wolley, Krystina Hobbs, Brad Smith (past club president). Front row, from right: Melodie Shantz, Mason Wagner, Nicholas Smith, Zac Berry, Jaden Barnard. Absent: Heidi Shantz.

The New Dundee Optimist club honoured the community’s young people by handing out its annual Youth Appreciation Awards Jan. 24. Ten youth received plaques in a ceremony at the New Dundee Community Centre.

The Optimist Youth Appreciation Awards recognize positive attitude, strong work ethic, respect and compassion for others, not necessarily top abilities. Winners were nominated by teachers, ministers, youth group leaders or coaches.

This year, the New Dundee club also awarded its annual $1,500 Youth Scholarship to Krystina Hobbs for volunteer services in the community. The scholarship goes to a New Dundee student moving into post-secondary education.

Steve McDonald was the 2012 recipient of the Adult Hero Award, which is given annually to a resident of the community who made a significant contribution through their volunteer activities over many years.

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Waterloo-Oxford’s new ping pong club starts small, with room to grow

Aaron Shantz (right) and Mathieu Sanderson play a doubles match at Waterloo-Oxford's new ping pong club.

Each week after classes end, the hollow sound of a plastic ball bounces down the halls of Waterloo-Oxford District Secondary School.

The school has started a new ping pong club this academic year. The group meets each Thursday, form 3 to 5 p.m. Around a dozen students usually show up each week to play one-on-one or doubles table tennis at the free club.

Math teacher Catalin Popovici oversees the games. He found the tables in storage at the high school, and bought paddles and balls to start the club this year.

If there’s enough skill and interest, the school could have a competitive team some day, he said: “I’m dreaming about a team but I have to be honest with myself.”

Moving up to the next level will require more practice and planning, so for now the ping pong games are just a fun activity.

“We try to let the stress out of our mind,” Popovici said. “They’re really enjoying it.”

Jaden Goetz prepares to serve the ball during a hallway ping pong game.

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Waterloo-Oxford loses tough basketball game against WCI

Waterloo-Oxford District Secondary School faced a tough opponent Jan. 19 in a senior boys’ basketball game against Waterloo Collegiate Insitute.

The Crusaders fell 69-39. Jesse Dodgson scored 15 points in the losing effort.

After this game, W-O is ranked for 11th in the 16-team league with a 4-6 record. WCI is 8-2 and is tied for second.

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Wilmot digs out from under blanket of snow

New Hamburg's Mark Brenner shovels snow outside his workplace, Riverside Brass on Waterloo Street, after heavy snowfall on Jan. 19

It may not have been a record-setting blizzard, but it felt like plenty of snow after a mild winter. Environment Canada announced snow squall warnings in southern Ontario today, as roads became slippery and car accidents abounded.

As the skies cleared this afternoon, residents in New Hamburg and Baden were outside to clear their driveways and sidewalks.

Dust was shaken off of snow blowers and shovels as winter finally gave Wilmot a reason to use them.

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