Monarch Park spikes competition

The Monarch Park Collegiate senior boys volleyball team has ended their season on a high note after taking home the TDSSAA “AA” championship on November 16. The team managed to defeat Forest Hill, North Toronto Collegiate Institute and Lawrence Park C.I. in the south region championships before conquering Stephen Leacock in the city semi-final with […]


Neil McNeil in the fast lane

On November 5 cross country athletes from Neil McNeil attended OFSAA in high spirits, hoping to head home from Trinity College with more wins under their belts. The athletes were confident after walking away with multiple championship titles during the TDCAA cross country championships at the end of October. There, Grade 9 student Liam McKelvey […]


Women lift for a good cause

On October 29 Fortis Fitness held their first ever CPF (Canadian Powerlifting Federation) Women’s Halloween Pro/AM with 15 percent of all entry fees going to the Red Door Family Shelter. The competitors were encouraged to get festive and dress up in Halloween costumes while fighting for the Best Singlet and best costume awards. The event […]


Neil McNeil claims hat trick

Donning their red and white jerseys, not one but three teams of Neil McNeil students stood proudly in front of the field after winning the Toronto Catholic District School Board championships this October. Under the guidance of their current coach, Scott Switzer, as well as grade 12 student coaches, Liam Carr and Marcus Nicoletti, the […]

Mike Dion, left, and his Riverdale athletes have been making a name for themselves at East End running races.

Riverdale Athletics makes it official

“Train hard, win easy.” That’s the motto at Riverdale Athletics, a new training group that has seen a fair amount of success in its short career. Riverdale athletes placed fifth and 11th at the Waterfront 10 km and first at the Durham quarter marathon. At the Beaches Jazz 5 km, Riverdale entered five racers, and […]

Beach karate athlete Anna Dawson competes in kata at the Ontario Summer Games in Mississauga.

Photo: Ken Benson

Beach athletes committed to karate

Five athletes from Kuma Karate-Do, a Beach-based karate club, qualified to compete in the Ontario Summer Games karate competition, held in Mississauga on Aug. 12. The competition included kata (forms) and kumite (sparring). Local athletes Annaliese Bissell and Anna Dawson competed in both disciplines, Olivia Dawson and Sam Chau competed in kata, and Nathalie D’Andrea […]

East End swimmer Penny Oleksiak became Canada’s youngest Olympic champion at the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics.

Beachers, Canadians celebrate Oleksiak’s triumph

Already known to many in the Beach, 16-year-old swimmer Penny Oleksiak is now a household name across Canada. The four-time Olympic medalist captivated the nation at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio this month, becoming Canada’s youngest Olympic champion with a gold medal in the 100-metre freestyle, silver in the 100-metre butterfly, and two bronzes […]

East End athlete Liam Foudy has been drafted by the London Knights.

Pro athlete parents helped OHL draft pick

A record-breaking Neil McNeil athlete is heading to a new city next year after being drafted 18th overall by the London Knights in this year’s OHL draft. At age 16, Liam Foudy has had a banner year, both with the OHL draft and his experience at track provincials. He was a double gold medalist at […]


In memoriam: Bob Acton, 1956 – 2016

For one night last week, the CN Tower shone purple, black and white. The commemorative lighting was to mark the start of ALS Awareness Month – purple, black and white are the official colours of the ALS Society of Canada – and coincide with a cross-country candlelit vigil that evening, June 4. Here in the […]