Posted on January 31, 2014
The Glanbrook Rangers squared off with the Dundas Blues in Junior C hockey action in Dundas Thursday evening. The Blues ended up victorious in the back-and-forth contest, prevailing 7-4. Here’s a look at the action. – Barry Gray
Posted on January 30, 2014
The Silver Fox basketball tournament has been a staple on the Hamilton hoops scene for decades. Now in it’s 43rd year, it brings together the best teams from across the GTA for bragging rights before the ultimate showdown at OFSAA in March. This year’s edition kicked off with Hamilton’s Saltfleet H.S. taking on North Park H.S. from Brantford. When the dust settled, Saltfleet emerged the victor, 58-48. Here’s a look at the action. – Barry Gray
Posted on January 30, 2014
Gymnast Maegan Chant is focused.
The 16-year-old rising star stands rock still, staring at the lower of 2 parallel bars in front of her. She reaches her heavily wrapped and chalked hands and grabs it, lifting herself effortlessly into the air. She rotates, spins, and twists between the two bars, seeming to defy the gravity that keeps the rest of us planted on the ground. As quickly as she begins, she ends, flipping herself into the air, with more twisting and spinning, before her feet stick on one of the cushioned mats below.
Then she does it again. And again. And again.
Such is the life of an elite athlete. Repeating the same routines, practicing the techniques, honing the details. For Maegan, who began gymnastics as an overactive tot just three years old, it has been a long journey. She has made sacrifices. She has as much work in front of her as she has behind her. Yet there is nothing she would rather do. “Gymnastics gives such a challenge. I love tumbling, and being upside down, and just the rush of doing it,’ says Maegan.
Maegan has a lofty goal – to make the Olympics just two short years away, in 2016 in Rio de Janiero. For now, she trains, 26 hours per week, at World Class Gymnastics on Frid St. in Hamilton under the tutelage of coaches Gabriel Tantaru and Cristina Bontas-Tantaru. Maegan holds coach Cristina in the highest esteem, for she is a double medalist from the ’92 Barcelona Olympics. She’s been to the top of the mountain, and knows the route that Maegan must follow to realize her own Olympic dream. -Barry Gray
Check out a video of Maegan here: https://vimeo.com/85373360
Posted on January 28, 2014
Spectator reporter Molly Hayes and myself spent the better part of a day at Hamilton Health Science’s Urgent Care Centre in west Hamilton. It’s where smart people go for medical care that isn’t an emergency, thus relieving the strain on emergency rooms and allowing everyone to get medical care in a more timely fashion. They deal with a wide range of maladies, from colds and flu to broken bones and ultrasound scans. You can check out Molly’s story here at http://www.thespec.com/news-story/4337365-medicine-on-main-street/. Here are some photos from our day. – Barry Gray
Posted on January 24, 2014