Sports: Biweekly Update, Debate Club, Rowing Club, & Much More!

Check out the schedule and results for every varsity league game here:

During the weeks of 14–27 October, the Paladins competed in numerous varsity and club competitions.

Women’s soccer:

19/10/2019 | @ Nipissing | 12:00 |3-0 Loss

20/10/2019 | @ Laurentian | 12:00 | 0-0 Tie

Men’s soccer:

19/10/2019 | @ Nipissing | 14:15 | 1-0 Loss

20/10/2019 | @ Laurentian | 15:15 | 2-0 Loss

Men’s rugby:

20/10/2019 | @ Toronto | 13:00 | 31-5 Win

26/10/2019 | vs Toronto | 15:00 | 45-15 Win

Men’s hockey:

18/10/2019 | vs Ontario Tech | 19:00 | 5-2 Loss

19/10/2019 | vs Ontario Tech | 14:30 | 5-2 Loss

26/10/2019 | vs Carleton | 19:00 | 4-1 Loss

27/10/2019 | @ Concordia | 17:00 | 6-4 Loss

Women’s volleyball:

26/10/2019 | @ Nipissing | 12:00 | 3-0 Loss: 25-18, 25-18, 25-19

Men’s volleyball:

26/10/2019 | @ Nipissing | 14:00 | 3-0 Loss: 25-21, 25-19, 25-14


26-27/10/2019 | Queen’s Hugh Mumby Open | 3 bronze medals

7th Military World Games:

The Canadian Armed Forces competed at the Military World Games in China. Catch up with the results and photos from the Games on CAFConnection:

The delegation from RMC included athletes:

OCdt Landrey Bickel (fencing)

OCdt Garrett Whelan (fencing)

OCdt Logan Roots (running)

OCdt Mercedes Leblanc (life saving)

OCdt Bradley Rylski (soccer)

OCdt Liam Chambers (soccer)

Cpl Graeme Curran (soccer)

Lt(N) Carolyn Pumphrey (basketball)

And coaches/managers:

Patricia Howes (fencing)

Maj Marie-Christine Alamy (fencing)

Joely Christian (volleyball)

Kelly Lupton (volleyball)

Many RMC alumni also competed at the Games for Canada.

Additional results and information available on the 2019 Military World Games website:

Sailing club:

RMC hosted Fleet Racing Nationals over the weekend, finishing 3rd at the regatta, and clinching 3rd overall in the final CICSA rankings for the end of the season. This is the team’s best ever finish, topping last year’s 4th (our previous best finish).

“I couldn’t be happier with the teams performance,” coach Fraser Smith said. “Both our A Fleet Skipper Sam Lowery and B Fleet Skipper Iain Myatt were consistently in the top 5 mix in every race.”

Lowery finished the event with an essential 1st place finish that clinched RMC’s 3rd place over U of T in the event, which in coincidentally secured 3rd place over U of T in the overall league rankings.

The weekend before, the Sailing Club also competed in Team Racing Nationals, the USNA Keelboat Invitational, and the McMillan Cup (also at USNA).

Rowing club:

The RMC crew finished the fall season with another strong performance at the Head of the Fish rowing regatta in Saratoga, NY. (See below for more.)

Running club:

Saturday, October 26 saw 12 members of the RMC Running Team competing at the Short Course Races Tune Up Meet hosted by Hamilton College in Clinton, New York.  The day ended up sunny with relatively warm temperatures between 12 – 15 C – however the Hamilton course was wet in several areas (a common occurrence at this course).  One of the purposes of the Meet is to provide a speed workout opportunity for those athletes who might be moving in to a Conference Championship Meet as their next competition.  The races were indeed quick and in spite of the wet areas on the course, the RMC athletes seemed to enjoy what seemed to be their best races of the year.  Six of our 12 athletes had competed in one of these Hamilton College races in a previous year – and all 6 finished this year’s race with a new Personal Best result.

The attached photos show Kyle Wyonch about 200 meters out from the finish line on his way to a 13th place finish in the Men’s 5K race.

WOMEN’s 3K RACE:    

19th (of 43 finishers) – Fiona MIKLAS – 13:20.1  [Personal Best – previous best on this course was 13:49.0]

MEN’s 5K RACE: (74 finishers)

13th – Kyle WYONCH – 17:06.1 [previous best  was 18:47.6]

26th – Aaron POIRIER – 17:56.3  [previous best was 18:35.5]

34th – Joey HEINDRICHS – 18:17.9

36th – Philippe DESHARNAIS – 18:18.4  [previous best was 19:17.3]

40th – Jonathan BOSWELL – 18:28.7

41st – Jonathon DESGOIS – 18:29.4

43rd – Gordon EMERSLUND – 18:39.5  [previous best was 21:12.6]

56th – Shanon ROCHAT – 19:41.2  [previous best was 20:02.2]

63rd – Samuel SMITH – 20:13.0


15th (of 17 Male Runners) – Connor DORIC – 16:38.7

20th (of 23 Female Runners) – Patricia WATKINS – 20:05.0

Debate club:

The weekend of October 18-20, RMC DIAS (the Debate and International Affairs Society competitive club) attended the Hart House annual inter-varsity British Parliament (BP) debate conference held at University of Toronto, St.George campus in core downtown Toronto. Five teams consisting of a partner pair, plus two adjudicating judges from the club represented RMC at the conference. 32 other institutions were present at UofT during the weekend. Universities from British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario and Quebec, and even 12 American universities, including some from Ivy League colleges, sent small contingents to compete at one of the most widely recognized and important Canadian BP debate conferences.

The five partner teams competed against various civilian institutions teams on motions ranging from youth sports, current financial crisis in North America, freedom of speech and employment, foreign aid, and indigenous rights. At every debate round, the RMC teams prepared their speeches and points in the 15 minutes of given prep time, and then all persons proudly representing DIAS spoke on their topic – whether for or against the motion in place – and put all they had in persuading the room that their side of the argument was the most valid. Each round, all RMC participants fared decently well and were commended by their chairs and judge panels for well-formulated speeches and thoughtful argumentative points. For one of the motions, four of the DIAS teams were placed to face each other in the same debate. As predicted, many interesting perspectives only an RMC cadet would grasp were brought forward, and a delightfully fun round was held between the competitors – one that the adjudicators were quite entertained by and they lauded the creativity of all speaking.

Even though after the opening five rounds of the conference RMC DIAS may not have made the break for the finals, all competitors were content with how the weekend had fared and took their time debating at Hart House as a great learning experience.


The crew of RMCC’s Novice Four with their coach, Stephen Lutz. From left to right: Jonah Lisgo, Samuel Jones, Adam Blok, Jacob Keyeux, Liam McDonald. // L’équipage des quatre hommes débutants du CMRC avec son entraîneur, Stephen Lutz. De gauche à droite: Jonah Lisgo, Samuel Jones, Adam Blok, Jacob Keyeux et Liam McDonald.

RMC Puts in Strong Effort at Brock Invitational Rowing Regatta

Article by 28703 OCdt Samuel Jones

(12 Oct 2019) The men of the Royal Military College of Canada’s rowing crew recently competed for the third time this season at the Brock Invitational Rowing Regatta. This exciting event took place on the 12th of October in St. Catharine’s, Ontario at the site of the Royal Canadian Henley Regatta. The team maintained their momentum from previous regattas with boats in the Men’s Four, Men’s Varsity Eight, and Men’s Novice Four division’s two-kilometer races.

After donning their new RMCC Paladins unisuits, the crew hit the water early in the morning to compete in the Men’s Four division. The two varsity boats and one novice boat from RMCC placed 10th, 13th, and 15th out of the division of 16 with times of 6:55.98, 7:23.4, and 7:42.78 respectively. Notably, one of the RMCC varsity boats placed 2nd within their heat.

A few hours after the Men’s Four race, RMCC’s varsity crew returned to the water for their race in the Men’s Varsity Eight division. Pulling with admirable determination, the team performed well, achieving a time of 6:39.2.

Prepared from the first race of the day, the novice crew followed not long after the varsity men to row their race in the Men’s Novice Four division. Straight from the warmup, the men had a good feeling about the race, filled with energy. This feeling held strong, with the men taking 1st place in the race with a time of 7:33.5; an improvement of almost ten seconds from their morning race.

Congratulations to all that participated for the strong effort and proud representation of RMCC within the rowing community. Best of luck at the next regatta, taking place on the 26th of October in Saratoga, New York.


RMCC’s second Varsity Four leaving the dock for their race. From back to front: Liam Vickers, Jordan Carmicheal, Jack Murphy, Connor Thomson. Hidden in picutre: Matthew Ahola. // Le deuxième groupe de quatre hommes universitaires du CMRC quitte le quai pour sa course. De l’arrière à l’avant: Liam Vickers, Jordan Carmicheal, Jack Murphy, Connor Thomson. Caché dans l’image: Matthew Ahola.

Le CMR fait de gros efforts à la Régate d’aviron sur invitation de Brock

Article du 28703 Élof Samuel Jones

(12 Oct 2019) Les hommes de l’équipe d’aviron du Collège militaire royal du Canada ont récemment participé pour la troisième fois cette saison à la régate d’aviron sur invitation de Brock. Cet événement excitant s’est déroulé le 12 octobre à St. Catharine’s, en Ontario, sur le site de la Régate Royal Canadian Henley. L’équipe a conservé son dynamisme par rapport aux régates précédentes avec des bateaux dans les courses de deux kilomètres des divisions de quatre hommes, huit hommes universitaires et quatre hommes débutants.

Après s’être vêtus de leurs nouvelles combinaisons des Paladins du CMRC, l’équipage a abordé l’eau tôt le matin pour concourir dans la division de quatre hommes. Les deux bateaux universitaires et un bateau débutant du CMRC ont pris les 10e, 13e et 15e positions sur 16 avec des temps respectifs de 6: 55.98, 7:23.4 et 7: 42.78. Notamment, l’un des bateaux universitaires du CMRC a pris la 2e place dans sa course.

Quelques heures après la course des quatre hommes, l’équipe universitaire du CMRC a rendu l’eau pour la course dans la division des huit hommes universitaires. Tirant avec une détermination admirable, l’équipe s’est bien comportée, réalisant un temps de 6:39.2.

Préparé dès la première course de la journée, l’équipage débutant a suivi peu de temps après les hommes universitaire pour concourir leur course dans la division de quatre hommes débutants. Dès l’échauffement, les hommes avaient une bonne impression sur la course et étaient remplis d’énergie. Ce sentiment est resté fort, les hommes prenant la 1ère place dans la course avec un temps de 7:33.5; une amélioration de dix secondes de leur course du matin.

Félicitations à tous ceux qui ont participé pour les efforts soutenus et la fière représentation du CMRC au sein de la communauté de l’aviron. Bonne chance pour la prochaine régate qui aura lieu le 26 octobre à Saratoga, New York.


The RMC Rowing Crew / L’équipage d’aviron du CMR

Medal Ceremony for RMC Rowers

Article by 28211 NCdt Jack Murphy 

(24 Oct 2019) This past Friday the RMC Crew had a medal ceremony in Mackenzie Hall. With the whole Crew present, the Mixed 8, made up of men and women, received their gold medals for the Head of the Rideau Regatta. At the same time, the men’s varsity double, made up of OCdts Daniel Walcott and Liam Vickers, received their gold medal for their corresponding race at the Rideau. The medals were presented by Ottawa Rowing Club Representative and RMC grad 12239 Mr. Lutz Sukstorf (RMC 1979) who shared some anecdotes about rowing and made fun of a couple of the Crew for being “short enough to be the Cox”. This represented three years of hard work and dedication for the men’s double, who will be racing an emotional and, needless to say, fast final race this Saturday. The Mixed 8 is made up of rowers who are completely new to the sport, and with the help of veteran Coxswain Adam Blok, these rowers were able to make a fine impression in their first regatta. As the vast majority of this Crew are first and second years, the future is bright! Catch the RMC Crew at the Head of the Fish Regatta in Saratoga, New York this weekend.


Cérémonie de remise des médailles aux rameurs du CMR

Article de 28211 Aspm Jack Murphy

(24 Oct 2019) Vendredi dernier, l’équipage du CMR a assisté à une remise de médailles dans Mackenzie Hall. Avec l’équipage complet présent, les membres de l’équipe mixte, composée au total de 8 hommes et femmes, ont reçu leur médaille d’or pour la régate Head of the Rideau. Au même moment, les membres de l’équipe universitaire masculine double, dont les rameurs sont les élèves-officiers Daniel Walcott et Liam Vickers, ont reçu leur médaille d’or pour leur course à Rideau. Les médailles étaient présentées par le représentant du club d’aviron d’Ottawa, M. Lutz Sukstorf, finissant du CMR en 1979, qui a partagé quelques anecdotes à propos de l’aviron et qui s’est moqué de quelques membres de l’équipage qui sont «assez petits pour être barreur». Cela représente trois années de travail intense et de dévouement pour le double masculin, qui compétionnera lors d’une finale remplie d’émotion et, bien entendu, qui sera rapide ce samedi. L’équipe mixte de 8 rameurs est constituée de plusieurs qui sont nouveaux au sport, accompagnés d’un barreur expérimenté, Adam Blok, ils ont fait une bonne impression à leur première régate. Comme la majorité de cet équipage comprend des première et deuxième années, l’avenir est prometteur! Suivez l’équipage du CMR à la régate Head of the fish cette fin de semaine à Saratoga, dans l’état de New York.