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The Glengarry News - - Sports In The Glens - Files from Lynn Macnab

How­ever, she says, “I didn’t go be­cause I de­cided to marry Louis in­stead.”

To­gether, the ath­letic cou­ple even­tu­ally moved to Lind­say, where they taught and con­tin­ued to pur­sue their competitiv­e spir­its.

Cor­nelis­sen- O’Neill re­ceived grants that helped kids get in­volved in wa­ter polo, rugby, squash, base­ball, and cy­cling on lo­cal trails.

“The money al­lowed us to get much needed new equip­ment for the school,” ex­plains the de­voted teacher, who taught French phys-ed and spe­cial­ized in health nu­tri­tion.

“Close to 85 per­cent of our clien­tele have been eco­nom­i­cally de­prived.”

Re­cently she taught in a First Na­tions com­mu­nity in White­fish, and de­spite the icy and slip­pery rough roads, con­tin­ued her running reg­i­ment.

“It was def­i­nitely chal­leng­ing to run up there. There was a fit­ness cen­tre about 15 kilo­me­tres away. I’d go there when I could.”

Soon, Cor­nel­lisen-O’Neill will head north again with her hus­band for their next ad­ven­ture where they will con­tinue to share their passion for a healthy and ath­letic life­style that she be­lieves comes from her roots in Glen­garry.

CE­CILIA COR­NELIS­SEN- O’NEILL

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