OUA pay tribute to the late Gord Downie / Sports & more

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Goal scoring to sport Tragically Hip theme in upcoming OUA hockey action

Over the course of the next couple weeks, member schools from across Ontario University Athletics (OUA) will pay tribute to the late Gord Downie in a way that is a fitting honour for a great Canadian icon.

While no gesture or tribute will ever be enough to encapsulate what Gord Downie meant to this country, schools from across the province will look to do their part in their upcoming men’s and women’s hockey games. Schools such as the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT), the University of Waterloo, Royal Military College of Canada, Wilfrid Laurier University, and others will replace the goal horn with a song from the Tragically Hip, helping to link someone who was truly “ahead by a century” with moments of sincere celebration on the ice.

The impact that Downie, who sadly passed away on October 17, 2017 at the age of 53 after a lengthy battle with cancer, had on the sport of hockey and the athletes therein knows no bounds, and his iconic lyrics became intertwined with the sport. Legendary songs such as Fifty-Mission Cap, Fireworks, and Heaven is a Better Place Today all speak to the place that hockey has in our lives – whether it’s helping us relive some of the most memorable moments in Canadian hockey history or honouring those who were sadly taken from the game over the years. But whatever the tune, there is perhaps no more meaningful link between music and sport than that of Gord Downie and his passion for hockey.

So it is only fitting that these OUA member schools turn to their on-ice efforts to celebrate the Tragically Hip front-man. And no matter where you tune in to OUA hockey action over the coming days and weeks, make sure to pay close attention to the music in the background. Whether it comes after a goal is scored, during the warm-ups, or during the stoppages of play, the Tragically Hip theme, along with the spirit of Gord Downie, will ring loud and proud across these Ontario university arenas – just like it should.


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Harrier Race and Sports Day

Article by: OCdt Sebastien Genereux

Photos by: OCdt Isaac Arbuckle

9 and 1 squadron giving it their all at tug of war

On the 14th of October, 2017, RMC held its annual Sports day and Harrier Race. Unlike previous years, the weather was forgiving, allowing all events to take place. Starting with the Harrier Race, cadets and training wing staff had to run the 5km route through Fort Henry hill and around the college grounds. The top three from the men’s category were: Jonathan Lapointe (9 SQN) in 3rd, William Goldney (5SQN) in 2nd, and Logan Roots (4 SQN) in 1st place. Top three from the women’s category were: Megan Danis (12 SQN) in 3rd, Emerrie Geddes (4 SQN) in 2nd, and Raquel Oleksin (6 SQN) in 1st place. Overall Squadron winner was 9 Squadron, with 12 Squadron close behind and 10 Squadron in 3rd place.

Following, the entire cadet wing participated in a sport tournament, which included soccer baseball, ball hockey, ultimate Frisbee and flag football. With the squadron sports officers as referee’s teams competed to make it to the finals and be declared the winner. Overall sports day winner was determined based on total wins, losses and number of points if required. 4 squadron took home first place for the sports portion of the day.

CSL 5 OCdt Patrick Macpherson accepting the overall winner trophy from CWC Ryan Harding

Après le diner il y a eu un tournoi de tiré de corde pour trouver quel est l’escadron le plus fort. Cette année était la première fois depuis trois ans que cet événement a eu lieu. Les escadrons 9 et 1 ont très bien performé, mais l’escadron 5 a pris la victoire, même en ayant perdu leur première partie! Tous les escadrons ont bien aimé cet événement. Grâce à cette victoire et une bonne performance dans les sports et la course, l’escadron 5 a remporté première place tous événements confondus.