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.
If skills development is more what you are looking for, Hockey Eastern Ontario is posting daily drills. Here’s a recent one.
HEO Drill of the Day #20 (Off Ice)
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They may not be able to practise in person at the Cornwall fieldhouse or together on a football field in the Seaway City, but members of the OFC Wildcats football team are finding ways to stay connected online and continue their workouts.
Using online video conferencing, coaches are connecting with their respective positional players, running them through workouts and providing immediate feedback.
Traditionally, at this time of year, players and coaches would be in the latter stages of their indoor training, hoping for fields to be dry enough in the coming days to begin sessions on the outdoor gridiron. The Cornwall Wildcats field an OFC (provincial-level squad for 16- through 19-year-olds) as well as teams in a recreational spring league that interlocks with teams from the Glengarry Gaels program (ages 7 through 15).
However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and current restrictions, there are no in-person activities permitted. Typically, outdoor season game action begins in late May.
The 2020 football season kicked off at the Cornwall fieldhouse over the weekend, as youngsters ages 7 through 13 began an eight-week winter skills camp led by coaches from the Cornwall Wildcats Football Club.
Alexandria’s atom hockey team recently enjoyed an on-ice workout with Kieran Craig of the Gatineau Olympiques. The 18-year-old QMJHL player hails from Alexandria himself, having graduated last June from École secondaire catholique Le Relais.