Off to the On­tario Sum­mer Games

Standard-Freeholder (Cornwall) - - SPORTS - TODD HAMBLETON tham­ble­ton@post­media.com twit­ter.com/Free­hold­erTodd

Lo­cal ath­letes and On­tario Hockey Academy stu­dents Tia Las­celle and Emma Thomp­son have been se­lected to at­tend the 2018 On­tario Sum­mer Games in Lon­don.

Both are 15-year-olds who are headed into Grade 10 at the school, where last year they suited up for mid­get AA girls squad.

The play­ers at­tended a se­lec­tion camp in Ot­tawa over a re­cent week­end, and for Las­celle, a for­ward, an in­jury was prob­lem­atic but didn’t keep her from mak­ing the cut.

“I had a pretty bad week­end,” Las­celle said mat­ter-of-factly.

Las­celle’s dad, Giles Las­celle, OHA di­rec­tor, ac­knowl­edged his daugh­ter was not at her best, but is happy she’ ll be go­ing on to Lon­don.

“She had an el­bow in­jury go­ing into the camp, which was dis­com­fort­ing for her,” Giles Las­celle said.

Tia Las­celle is of Corn­wall, while Thomp­son lives in Long Sault. A third mem­ber of the mid­get AA team at OHA, goalie So­phie Mat­soukas, of Ot­tawa, also will move on to the pro­vin­cial games.

The On­tario Sum­mer Games, from Aug. 2-5, is a multi-sports com­pe­ti­tion show­cas­ing some of On­tario’s best amateur ath­letes. The games have pro­vided ath­letes with the op­por­tu­nity to de­velop by com­pet­ing along­side other higher cal­i­bre ath­letes, rang­ing in age from 11 to 22.

Giles Las­celle noted that over 400 play­ers par­tic­i­pated in the U-16 se­lec­tion/de­vel­op­ment camps and that 160 have moved on to play for one of eight teams to fur­ther their de­vel­op­ment.

Teams are named af­ter On­tario Women’s Hockey As­so­ci­a­tion high­per­for­mance ath­letes, in­clud­ing Katie Weather­ston, Vicky Suno­hara, Cheryl Pounder and Corn­wall’s Lori Dupuis.

TODD HAMBLETON/CORN­WALL STAN­DARD­FREE­HOLDER

Tia Las­celle, 15, one of three On­tario Hockey Academy mid­get AA play­ers who'll com­pete at the On­tario Sum­mer Games next month, seen here with dad Giles Las­celle, OHA di­rec­tor.

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