Members of the Glengarry District High School Gaels cross-country running team, under the auspices of coach Glen Campbell, have been able to get in some informal, off-season training, in preparation for the fall season.
Campbell assembled training routines for the athletes who are taking it upon themselves to work on their fitness and long-distance running skills.
In high school’s the sport of cross-country running is typically begins shortly after the start of academic year in September, continuing through October. In addition to training at the school, athletes typically run in several optional meets in the fall, in preparation for the SD&G championship meet.
The hope is, this year, that cross-country will be one of the sports still on when/if a regular high school schedule resumes in September.
The 2020 inductees to the Glengarry Sports Hall of Fame have been revealed, but along with the announcement came news that this year’s annual gathering to celebrate the new inductees has been postponed to 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The board of the hall of fame extends congratulations to the 2020 inductees:
Corey Van Loon (Martintown, sports organizer, canoeist, Raisin River Canoe Race)
Typically, members of the hall, along with inductees, family members, supporters, past inductees, and honoured graduating high school athletes gather for a celebration each August. The location rotates amongst the county’s three arena, with festivities held on the arena floor. Last year, the event was held in Williamstown, at the Char-Lan Rec. Centre, with the 2020 edition (the 41st annual) scheduled for Maxville’s arena.
However, “due to COVID-19, The Glengarry Sports Hall of Fame’s 2020 Induction Night has been postponed to Wednesday, August 18, 2021, in Maxville. Mark your calendars!”
New Website Address and Hall Visits for 2020
The Glengarry Sports Hall of Fame website address has changed slightly, with the website now available at glengarrysports.ca (formerly .com).
The website is chock full of stories on past inductees, since the facility, located in Maxville, was established in 1979.
Traditionally, the hall building opens after the long weekend in May, welcoming visitors through to Labour Day. The board of the hall of fame expects they will have a summer student hosting guests once again this year.
The hall building is located at 35 Fair Street, adjacent to the arena in Maxville.
Stay tuned for an official announcement on this year’s opening.
All high school Ontario-wide championships scheduled for this spring under the auspices of OFSAA have been cancelled, as the organization announced today.
Our region typically has athletes competing at the provincial track and field championships, and often we have a team or two battling in soccer as well, but this year that won’t happen.
The Glengarry Gaels boys soccer team won OFSAA gold in 2019, triumphing at the tournament held in Ancaster, while the girls from Le Relais captured silver, also in Ancaster.
Gaels boys team head coach Glen Campbell told me in February that he had 13 team members back this year from last season’s provincial championship squad. The boys had been conducting informal sessions during lunch breaks prior to the March Break and ensuing shutdown of schools due to COVID-19.
With the cancellation of the provincial competitions this year, Glengarry will have to wait another season to try to defend its title.
In the March 31 announcement from the OFSAA president, Nick Rowe stated, “As we continue to cope in these challenging times with the COVID-19 pandemic, it is with great disappointment that we announce Tuesday the cancellation of the remaining 2020 spring OFSAA championships and festivals.
“On behalf of the OFSAA Executive Council and all of our staff, we are thankful for the commitment and passion of all student-athletes, coaches, convenors, and volunteer host organizing committees to this point in the school year. Volunteers are the driving force in the planning efforts and execution of these events. A sincere thank you to each and every one of the volunteers across the province.
“As we endure this uncertain coronavirus health crisis, OFSAA will continue to follow the direction of public health experts and government agencies.
“We eagerly look forward to when we can safely get back to the classroom and when sport returns to our school communities.
“Stay safe and healthy.”
This year’s boys ‘A’ soccer tournament was scheduled to be held in London, while the girls event was slated for Perth. Track and field was booked for Toronto.
At this stage, there is no confirmation on when or if high school sports will resume locally.
Glengarry District High School will ice a girls hockey team this winter, returning to the game after an absence of several years.
Coach Glen Campbell, who recently finalized his roster, tells me that his group includes four girls who have never played hockey. The other team members come from community league ‘C’ or house programs. “Our main focus is on participation and having fun.”
The Gaels are one of six schools to compete in the SDGAA girls high school hockey league, with the season running from December through to February.
Playing for the Glengarry squad are Lauren Noseworthy, Zoe McIntosh, Mya Campbell, Keira Kennedy, Brianna Bellefeuille, Abby Hardy, Ella Campbell, Grace Graham, Kaisa Este, Olivia Roman, Ellie MacKinnon, and Sarah MacGillivray.
The puck drops on the girls season Monday in Morrisburg.
As has been the case in recent years, GDHS will not have a boys hockey team this season.