Nine local athletes to compete at Winter Games

The province’s best young athletes, including nine from this district, will meet in Guelph this week for the 2002 Ontario Winter Games.
Five squash players—Steve Boileau (under-13), Steve Krag and Megan Canfield (under-17), and Richard Allan and Sarah Noonan (under-19)—make up the lion’s share of the Northwestern Ontario team, which is looking to improve on a tough finish to the 2000 Games.
Canfield, Krag, and Noonan are returnees on a team that lost in the bronze-medal match to Niagara two years ago.
Nine regional teams will compete in two pools, with the top two from each pool advancing to the medal round (players go head-to-head with their counterparts and points are awarded—two for a win, none for a loss).
The Northwestern Ontario team, which includes three Thunder Bay players, are coached by the Lakehead’s Bob Shine and local junior coaches Bob and Mary-Beth Tkachuk.
“Things have been going well,” said Bob Tkachuk. “It should be a really good experience for the kids.”
Meanwhile, local judoka Jared Catholique-Bruyere returns to the Winter Games with two more years experience and is hoping to move up from his bronze-medal showing in 2000.
Catholique-Bruyere will compete in the 82+ kg weight class in this his last year as a juvenile competitor.
The 14-year-old, who qualified for the Games by beating Kenora rival Christian Zelinksi back in November, is part of the 14-person Northwestern Ontario team.
Jen Carmody and Megan Bob earned spots on the Northwest ringette team back in September and will compete in their first Winter Games. The pair played for the Emo Bandits this season.
And in five-pin bowling, Jen AmOrde, 17, makes a return—this time with the senior girls’ team. In 2000, she competed with the regional mixed team.
Action in judo and bowling goes Friday and Saturday. Ringette runs Thursday to Sunday, with squash being played from Friday to Sunday.
The Ontario Winter Games, which are held every two years, attract more than 1,700 athletes under the age of 21 in 23 different sports.