A runner flies over the finish at the 2013 Tannenbaum 10 k race.

Tannenbaum 10k hits 10 year mark

It grows every winter, and so do the gifts that surround it. As the Tannenbaum 10k nears its 10th anniversary on Dec. 6, local volunteers are thrilled that over 800 runners have warmed to the December race, and that the benefit run raises some $15,000 a year for Community Centre 55’s Share A Christmas campaign. […]

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Training pays off for Neil McNeil runners

Trained on grassy slopes by the R.C. Harris Water Treatment Plant and “hill repeats” up Glen Stewart Ravine, cross-country runners from Neil McNeil High School have no end of learning curves. But after winning their eighth straight city final in October, Neil runners say there’s more to their success than elevation gains. “You push each […]

Balmy Beach kayakers Conrad Hopp, left, and Eric Ellery train at Ashbridges Bay on Oct. 23. This year, the Balmy Beach Canoe Club won more medals than any other competing at the national Canoe/Kayak championships in Ottawa.
PHOTO: Andrew Hudson

Balmy Beach paddlers clean up

Someone had better shore up the medals table when Balmy Beach Canoe Club celebrates its season on Nov. 8. The local canoe and kayak club won more medals than any other competing club at the national championships in Ottawa this August, a haul that included 11 gold, 18 silver and 25 bronze. Balmy Beach also […]

Balmy Beach firsts won the McCormick Cup for the second year in a row after defeating the Toronto Scottish 27-15 at Fletcher's Fields on Oct. 24. PHOTO: PHIL LAMEIRA

Balmy Beach wins second in a row

The intermittent downpours at Fletcher’s Fields in Markham could not put a damper on what was a hard-fought battle for the McCormick Cup, Ontario’s highest rugby reward, between Balmy Beach and the Toronto Scottish on Oct. 24. The Sottish were first to put a mark on the scoreboard after a penalty-kick by Dan Gordon just […]

Surfing at ‘A-Bay’

On surfboards, kiteboards and windsurfers, all kinds of people were out braving the waves at Ashbridges Bay on Saturday, Oct. 3, where the winds clocked in at a steady 55 km/h and gusted up to 70 km/h. [flagallery gid=63]

From Balmy Beach to the World Cup

In his wildest dreams, nine-year-old Liam Underwood couldn’t see where rugby would land him: a sold-out stadium in Cardiff, Wales roaring with 74,000 fans. A field where Ireland, the back-to-back Six Nations rugby champions, gather on the other side. That was the scene Liam stepped into Sept. 19, when the 24-year-old Beach native took the […]

Swimmer makes mark on world stage

Beach swimmer Penny Oleksiak won three solo and three team medals at the World Juniors last month – not bad for someone who only learned to swim six years ago. “I’ve never ever done anything like this really,” said Oleksiak, who just turned 15. “I didn’t even think I was going to finals when I […]

Sports in Brief

Beach gymnast Megan Roberts has hit another milestone on the way to an anticipated run at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Roberts was too young to compete in this year’s Pan Am Games, but will move up to senior next year. In June, Roberts earned the 2015 Canadian Junior Championship at the National […]

Chess on grass hits Kew Beach green

When Pippa Middleton plays croquet, she enjoys the sound of ice clinking in a cup of Pimm’s. Writing in Vanity Fair last month, the madly-hatted sister of the Duchess of Cambridge made the 1850s English pastime sound every bit as refined as its nickname: “chess on grass.” But here in the Beach is another kind […]

Opening up the Pan Am Games

Toronto’s Pan Am Games have sparked a surprise effect in the Beach – a spike in kids ready to join the circus. Millions saw the Cirque du Soleil open the Games on July 10 with fire and acrobats, but a handful of young Beach dancers got to share the stage with them. Angie Lawrence, 14, […]