Stay­ing in­volved

Stanstead Journal - - LENNOXVILLE NEWS -

in mu­nic­i­pal ad­min­is­tra­tions through­out Que­bec. “There’s a crunch in per­son­nel. There are a lot of baby boomers on the cusp of re­tir­ing so I think it will con­tinue to be dif­fi­cult for the next few years. It may be hard for small towns like Stanstead be­cause the com­pe­ti­tion is fierce for peo­ple to fill these po­si­tions.”

Mr. Sul­li­van may be leav­ing his po­si­tion at Town Hall but he will still be in­volved in the com­mu­nity. “I will be work­ing with Gabriel Safdie and Da­mon Cox on the project. I think it’s im­por­tant that a town like this (Rich­mond Hill, Ont.), Au­drey Gin­gras (Rus­sell, Ont.), Brett Mccavour (Truro, N.S.), and Kaila Cur­rie (Burling­ton, Ont.) have all com­mit­ted to join the Gaiters. Head Coach Phil Ribaux made the an­nounce­ment to­day.

«I’m very ex­cited to have this re­cruit­ing class join us next sea­son,» said Ribaux. «We have a strong group of re­turn­ing vet­er­ans, and these re­cruits will help us all el­e­vate our pro­gram in 2012 and be­yond.»

Lawther is a striker for the Lin­coln Storm U-18s, as well as for Blessed Trin­ity Catholic Sec­ondary School of Grimsby. Lawther led Blessed Trin­ity to two straight zone cham­pi­onships, and was named team MVP both sea­sons. She was also the school’s vol­ley­ball MVP in 2010-11. In club play, she helped lead the Storm to an un­de­feated 2010 sea­son, se­cur­ing their pro­mo­tion to the On­tario Youth Soc­cer League, the top level of play in the prov­ince.

«Jac­que­line has tons of speed and power, and will change our team. She is a con­stant threat, can shoot equally from both feet and works harder than any other player on the field,» said Ribaux.

Henry-cot­nam is a striker for the Rich­mond Hill Raiders. She led the Raiders to the Cen­tral Girls Soc­cer League ti­tle in 2011, as well as a Cup cham­pi­onship and a berth in the league final in 2010. She is a ver­sa­tile player, hav­ing played ev­ery po­si­tion on the field dur­ing her ca­reer. She has played sev­eral sports at Langstaff Sec­ondary School in Rich­mond Hill, in­clud­ing bas­ket­ball, vol­ley­ball and track.

«Aquila is a pow­er­ful, skil­ful striker,» said Ribaux. «She can score goals, and is also a good play­maker. She is a con­stant threat be­cause of her speed and her shot.» with limited means and such a rich her­itage gives more place to its artis­tic class of cit­i­zens. I re­ally en­joyed my stay here, I made some friends, and I want to con­tinue work­ing on some not-for-profit projects,” he con­cluded.

Gin­gras is a mid­fielder/for­ward for the Cum­ber­land Co­bras U-21s, af­ter hav­ing trans­ferred from the Rus­sell Raiders. She was a three­time MVP for the Raiders and a two-time top scorer in the East­ern On­tario league. She was also the team MVP at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic High School for the past five sea­sons. Gin­gras be­comes the sec­ond Aquinas alumna on the team, fol­low­ing Shelby Raven, who joined the Gaiters last sea­son.

«Au­drey is an ex­cel­lent dis­trib­u­tor of the ball,» said Ribaux. «She has a very heavy shot, and is also good on set pieces.»

Mccavour, a striker, was the cap­tain and lead­ing scorer for Cobe­quid Ed­u­ca­tional Cen­tre last fall, as she led them to fourth place at the Nova Sco­tia pro­vin­cial cham­pi­onship. On the club level, she played for Sub­ur­ban FC (Hal­i­fax) in 2011, lead­ing them to the U18 Na­tion­als. Mccavour is also a track star, with medals in both the 400- and 800-me­tres at the 2011 pro­vin­cial cham­pi­onships, and gold in the 4x400 re­lay.

«Brett is an­other strong striker,» said Ribaux. «She will in­crease our team speed, and pro­vide an­other goal-scor­ing threat up front.»

Cur­rie has played pri­mar­ily at left back, but can also move up to the mid­field. She played four years for the M.M. Robin­son High School Rams in Burling­ton, be­ing named team cap­tain in her final year. She was her team’s MVP in 2008 and 2009. At the club level, she has played the last two years with the Paris (Ont.) Thun­der, af­ter trans­fer­ring from the Burling­ton Youth Soc­cer Club.

«Kaila is small but quick,» said Ribaux. «She is po­si­tion­ally sound, and she can move the ball up the field quickly and ac­cu­rately.»

These re­cruits will join the 11 re­turn­ing Gaiters, and open fall train­ing with a trip to San Diego, Cal­i­for­nia from Au­gust 12-18. Reg­u­lar sea­son play is ten­ta­tively set to open on Fri­day, Septem­ber 7.

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