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 […]


East End dancers reap awards

Local dance studio Vital Precision Dance Company cleaned up at the recent Embrace Dance Competition in North York. VPDC sent a team of 47, ages 5 to 18, to represent the studio at the competition. These dancers entered 57 dances of various genres in the competition and won an incredible 50 overall and special awards. […]

Mike Berger of the Toronto Beaches Jr. A Lacrosse team during a pre-season practice on April 20.

Toronto Beaches Jr. A Lacrosse ready for action

They may have made the playoffs for the first time in 10 years last season. Their coaches may have taken home the Jim Bishop Memorial Award for outstanding coaching staff. But the Toronto Beaches Jr. A Lacrosse squad has a challenging year ahead of them. Many of the fifth-year players from last season have moved […]

Hockey players Zack Young, Peter Musyka, and Jack McBain credit longtime Beach hockey coach Bob Acton for their recent success.

Local hockey players drafted to OHL

Three hockey players who spent countless hours at Ted Reeve Arena working with notable Beach coach Bob Acton have been called to the OHL in its recent draft. Peter Muzyka was chosen by the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds in the fourth round and 70th overall selection in the April 9 OHL Priority Selection. A big, […]