Middori Hoppe and Wesley Penner were all smiles, as they celebrated being honoured as male and female athlete of the year at Beaver Brae.

“I didn’t expect it. It’s special knowing that my time here at Beaver Brae has been recognized. Everyone supported me. It’s been really special,” Hoppe said. She added that she plans on attending Trent University.

“Beaver Brae has helped me a bunch. My dad, being the football coach, he’s been a very big part of my life. Countless hours in the weight room and in the field with him. The other coaches here as well. They’ve all really supported me,” Penner said. Penner will be headed to the University of Ottawa, where he hopes to continue to play football.

Another young athlete, Jesse Bachinsky, was named to the national Biathlon team.

"He felt 'very honoured and privileged' to be chosen to ski with the Canadian Team, and he is now one step closer to his dreams!" said his mom and coach Tamara Bachinsky.

More young local athletes also saw success. The St. Thomas Aquinas boys and girls soccer teams became the NorWOSSA 'A' Champions.The boys team saw a tight game against the Queen Elizabeth Warriors in the finals and were successful in the shoot-out round winning 2-1. The girls made it look easy as they blanked the Rainy River Owls 6-0 to take top spot.

The Beaver Brae Bronco Cheerleaders won a Paid Bid to epresent the Manitoba Association of Cheerleading (MAC) and Northwestern Ontario at the 2019 High School World Cheerleading Championships in February, 2019 in Florida.

The Kenora Sports Hall of Fame officially unveiled their first five inductees. In the athlete category, curler Shirley Wiebe, footballer David Van Belleghem, multi-sport athlete Gordon Frederick Peterson and hockey player Neil Gilbert Strain have been added. In the builder category, Rox Anne Daignault has been inducted for her contribution to coaching within the Kenora Figure Skating Club.

The team of Special Olympics bowlers from northwestern Ontario -- which was part of Team Ontario -- placed fifth out of 40 teams. They were competing at the nationals in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.

For more information:
Bronco Cheerleaders to World competition
Hoppe, Penner athletes of the year
Special Olympians fifth at nationals
Saints boys and girls win NorWOSSA championship
Bachinsky joins national team
Kenora Sports Hall of Fame reveals five inductees

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