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On­tario cham­pi­onships.

“It was an ex­cel­lent ex­pe­ri­ence and gave me a lit­tle en­cour­age­ment be­ing a district cham­pion,” said Mackay, who then pro­ceeded to win four straight matches for the District 16 women’s sin­gles ti­tle and qual­ify for the two-day On­tario cham­pi­onship in Kitch­ener.

But it looked like her pro­vin­cial cham­pi­onship would end af­ter the first day as Mackay strug­gled with her shots. She fin­ished her roundrobin matches at 1-2, leav­ing her in a three-way tie for sec­ond and a berth in Sun­day’s quar­ter­fi­nals.

But Mackay fought her way to the quar­ter­fi­nals, de­feat­ing Ju­dith Tor­rell of Belleville 7-4 and Betty Ro­bil­lard of Mid­land 7-4 in a pair of tiebreaker matches.

“It was a very long day,” Mackay said about her five-match, 11-hour Satur­day ses­sion. “There was bad weather with thun­der­storms. It (tiebreak­ers) didn’t look promis­ing ... but I man­aged to do just enough to get to the knock­out round.

“The tiebreak­ers were a sec­ond chance and my game im­proved. But it was quite late and we were all feel­ing tired. It was a men­tal bat­tle and stamina thing.”

On Sun­day, a well-rested Mackay saw her game fall into proper align­ment. Fo­cused and com­posed, Mackay han­dled all chal­lenges to de­feat JoAnne Bu­gler of Parks/ St. Mary’s in the quar­ter­fi­nals, Glo­ria Che­ung of Agin­court in the semi­fi­nals and Heather Comba of Mil­ton in the fi­nal for her his­toric On­tario sin­gles ti­tle.

“I felt get­ting to the fi­nal a weight had been lifted off me,” she added. “(But) I had gone way beyond any­thing I had set for my­self.”

Mackay com­mit­ted to lawn bowls this sea­son and her in­vest­ment paid off.

“It was the fo­cus. I re­ally wanted to win. I put in a lot of hours of prac­tice with Blaine. He helped boost my con­fi­dence,” she said, ex­plain­ing her pro­vin­cial ti­tle.

Af­ter many years, Mackay has found her road to ath­letic ful­fil­ment.

“To be­gin, I liked the recre­ation as­pect. Now, I en­joy the com­pet­i­tive side and the chal­lenge of ladies’ sin­gles. It’s not dif­fi­cult to learn, but it takes prac­tice and to be ac­cu­rate it takes a while to be per­fect. The per­sonal chal­lenge is the im­prove.”


Os­goode’s Derek Gee was the big wheel at the Cana­dian se­nior track cy­cling cham­pi­onships, win­ning four na­tional ti­tles on his home velo­drome in Mil­ton, Ont. Com­mit­ted to the na­tional track sprint pro­gram through 2020, the Team Race Clean rider placed first in the men’s om­nium, the in­di­vid­ual pur­suit, the team pur­suit with Bai­ley Simp­son, Evan Burt­nik and Adam Jamieson, and the Madi­son with Burt­nik. Kins­ley Gib­son of Ot­tawabased The Cy­clery-4iiii beat club­mate Lau­rie Jus­saume to win the women’s in­di­vid­ual pur­suit. They joined forces to place third in the Madi­son and then linked with Ari­ane Bon­homme and Sara Gio­van­netti for sec­ond in the team pur­suit. Ottawa’s An­nie Fore­man-Mackey of Sho-Air Twenty20 was sec­ond in the women’s Madi­son with Laura Brown and third in the om­nium and in­di­vid­ual pur­suit.

East­ern On­tario and Western Quebec placed 16 ath­letes on the Cana­dian team for the re­cent In­vic­tus Games in Toronto and five re­turned home with medals. Nat­acha Dupuis of Gatineau led the pa­rade with gold in the women’s IT6/IT7 100, 200 and 400 me­tres in ath­let­ics, and sil­ver in the IR6 one-minute in­door row­ing sprint. In­door rower Mike Trauner of Pem­broke pulled his way to golds in the men’s IR1 four-minute en­durance and one-minute sprint. Caro­line Cau­vin of Ottawa also ex­celled in in­door row­ing with bronze-medal show­ings in the women’s IR5 four-minute en­durance and one-minute sprint. Win­ning sin­gle medals were Suzanne Bar­rette of Ottawa, bronze, archery, novice team re­curve, and Daniel Gra­ham of Deep River, bronze, men’s golf.

Ottawa Val­ley golf pro Harry Here­ford of Arn­prior, who helped cre­ate the PGA of Canada Ottawa Zone on Jan. 1, 1976, died on Sept. 19 af­ter a 12-year bat­tle with cancer. He was 69. For 26 years (1991-2017), Here­ford was the zone’s ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor for 170 golf pros and served as pres­i­dent in 1983-84. He took his job se­ri­ously and ruled by the book to main­tain the in­tegrity of the job. On Aug. 14, the Ottawa Zone re-named its Teacher of the Year Award af­ter Here­ford, a pas­sion­ate in­struc­tor who twice won that hon­our, and also made a do­na­tion in his name to the Michelle Mackay of the High­land Park Lawn Bowl­ing Club re­cently be­came the first ath­lete from District 16 (Ottawa) to win the On­tario Lawn Bowls As­so­ci­a­tion women’s sin­gles cham­pi­onship. Royal Cana­dian Le­gion Branch 174 in Arn­prior, where the 1976 zone cham­pion was a life mem­ber and cur­rent pres­i­dent. Carp triath­lete Joanna Brown placed fifth at the Grand Fi­nal (world cham­pi­onships) in Rot­ter­dam. Here are some of her thoughts she posted on In­sta­gram a week be­fore she ended her best-ever sea­son with a World Cup sil­ver­medal ef­fort in Huelva, Spain: “To fin­ish off the sea­son ranked sev­enth in the World Triathlon Se­ries fills me with a sense of pride and of ela­tion, but more than any­thing I am over­whelmed with grat­i­tude for the peo­ple that be­lieve in me and with re­spect for the women that I race be­side. I’m look­ing for­ward to fail­ing, to learn­ing, to push­ing the lim­its, and to set­ting new ones. Pas­sion brings in­cred­i­ble strength and mo­ti­va­tion. Pas­sion brings heart­break and strug­gle. The pur­suit is never easy, but it’s also never over.”

Ne­pean Ottawa Div­ing Club’s Henry McKay and Kate Miller had match­ing dou­ble-medal ef­forts for Canada at the Pan Amer­i­can ju­nior cham­pi­onships in Vic­to­ria. Miller took gold on the girls’ B (12-13) plat­form and sil­ver on one-me­tre. McKay won gold on men’s A (16-18) syn­chro three-me­tre with Vic­tor Povzner of Markham, Ont., bronze on plat­form and was fourth on one-me­tre.

Row­ing Canada only had eight avail­able row­ers this sea­son for the women’s eight plus coxswain, but eight was enough to win the sil­ver medal at the world row­ing cham­pi­onships in Sara­sota, Flor­ida. Ottawa Row­ing Club’s Chris­tine Roper sat in Seat 5 and won her fifth ca­reer world se­nior cham­pi­onship medal ... For­mer Kanata player Robin Clarke of Toronto and Vic­to­ria’s Thomas Brinkman scored three straight up­set vic­to­ries as an un­seeded team be­fore fall­ing 15-10, 15-10, 3-15, 7-15, 15-14 in the fi­nal of the Stifel world hard­ball dou­bles squash cham­pi­onship in St. Louis ... Michael Woods of Ottawa and the Can­non­dale-Dra­pac Pro Cy­cling Team ranked eighth on the WorldTour list for most days rac­ing at 82, and 10th for the most com­pet­i­tive kilo­me­tres trav­elled at 12,818.2.


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