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TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Torch Relay coming to Thunder Bay

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO   ---  October 9, 2014 – The TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Torch Relay, presented by President’s Choice, is coming to Thunder Bay next spring.

Pan Am Torch RelayThree-thousand torchbearers will proudly carry the flame across the Province and share its welcoming Pan Am spirit on the 41-day journey towards the lighting of the cauldron on July 10, 2015, to officially open the Games. Residents of Thunder Bay are invited to enter to be a torchbearer today at“We’re excited that Thunder Bay has been named as a major celebration community for the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Torch Relay and we look forward to welcoming the Pan Am flame next spring as we showcase our unique heritage and sporting traditions,” said Mayor Keith Hobbs.

“We encourage all of our residents who will be aged 13 and older by May 30, 2015, to sign up to be torchbearers today at We’ll also be selecting our own special community torchbearer to run on our behalf when the flame comes to town.”

The highly-anticipated relay begins in May 2015 with the traditional Aztec lighting ceremony at the Pyramid of the Sun in Teotihuacan, Mexico. The Canadian journey for the flame starts with its arrival in Toronto on May 30, 2015. It will then visit five other cities in Canada, as well as 130 communities in all corners of Ontario. 

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THUNDER BAY, ON  -----  May 15, 2014  ---Inviting all Martial Artists to join us for a weekend of friendship and training at the Isshinryu Karate Expo 2014 in Thunder Bay, Ontario, the Martial Arts Capital ISSHINRYU KARATE EXPO 2014of Canada, on May 17-18.  Over 25 seminars, expert instructors, black belt testing and banquet are planned. We are thrilled to announce that we have participants from Canada, Germany and the USA attending the Expo. 

Instructors from the United States and from across Canada will be coming to Thunder Bay to share their expertise with the martial arts community.  All styles, ages and belt ranks are welcome to participate. 

At the Isshinryu Karate Expo 2014, we will be honouring HANSHI ALBERT MADY, 9th Blackbelt, on the 30th Anniversary of his leadership and teaching in the Thunder Bay Region. With over 30 affiliate schools in Canada, USA, Germany, Kosovo, Denmark and India, Hanshi Mady travels worldwide teaching Isshinryu Karate and coaching his world class full-contact fighters.  In 2013, Hanshi Mady received the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal, awarded to Canadians, who, like Her Majesty, have dedicated themselves to service to family, community and country through their significant contributions and achievements.

Hanshi Nick Adler, 9th Blackbelt, director of the Nick Adler’s Centurions, a 14 school association with over 2,000 members in six states, will also be a featured Master at the Expo.  He is a direct student of Grandmaster Don Nagle, 10th Blackbelt, USA and Grandmaster Angi Uezu, 10th Blackbelt, Okinawa.  Hanshi Adler is known as one of the best Kobudo (weapon) masters of our time. Lake Superior Sports read more......>

Carlson of Thunder Bay, wins Gold at Junior Pan Am diving

TUCSON, Arizona -  September 29, 2013  ---  Molly Carlson of Thunder Bay, Ont., and Henry McKay of Ottawa each won a gold medal Saturday at the Junior Pan Am Diving Molly CarlsonChampionships.

In the girls three-metre for the 14-15-year-old age group, Carlson led Canada to a 1-2 finish with 381.00 points.  She was followed by Caeli McKay of Calgary with her second medal of the competition at 365.25.

"I was hoping this would happen," said Carlson, who earned her first 9.0 internationally on her reverse dive. "It’s very exciting. I wasn’t expecting it would be like this with Caeli and I but it’s really cool. I stayed confident on all my dives and took it one step at a time."

"It went really well considering I haven’t trained three metres as much as I would have liked to," said McKay, the one-metre winner Friday. "My pool was closed down this summer for two months because of the flooding but we were able to go to Edmonton and other places to train."

In the boys three-metre 12-13 age group, Henry McKay finished first with 339.55. He edged Kevin Berlin of Mexico in second at 338.00. Joshua Inglis of London, Ont., was eighth. Lake Superior Sports  read more.....>

2013 Canadian Soccer Association National Championships All Stars Girls

THUNDER BAY, ON   ---   December 15, 2012  ----  Soccer Northwest Ontario (SNO) and the Soccer All Stars GirlsCity of Thunder Bay are pleased to announce that the city will be hosting the 2013 Canadian Soccer Association National Championships All Stars Girls during the week of 16-20 July, 2013. Many of Canada’s top under-15 and under-16 year old girls soccer players will travel to Thunder Bay, ON to compete in the championships.

The City of Thunder Bay will provide infrastructure improvements and assistance to SNO to host the games at Chapples Soccer Park and the renovated Fort William Stadium. Opening ceremonies will take place at Fort William Stadium on 16 July, 2013.

“The sport of soccer has a storied history in our community and these championships will further build on our reputation as an excellent host for national events,” said Mayor Keith Hobbs, City of Thunder Bay. “We know the passion of our host committee and volunteers will ensure these young athletes have an experience they will remember for years to come.”   Lake Superior Sports  read more......>

 MILES WITH THE GIANT “Boston Certified”

THUNDER BAY, ON  ----  July 30,2012 ----   “We are extremely pleased to confirm that our new Thunder Bay Marathon - Miles with the Giantmarathon and half marathon courses are fully Boston Certified with Athletics Canada”, says President and Chair, Barry Streib.  “The new course features a start/finish at Prince Arthur’s Landing and travels some of Thunder Bay’s best recreation trails and most scenic streets including through our Lakehead University and Confederation College campuses, Chapples Park, Boulevard Lake and Centennial Park.”

 The Board of Directors of the Thunder Bay Marathon - Miles with the Giant are pleased to announce the course details for the marathon, half-marathon, 10K and 5K family fun run on September 23, 2012. Lake Superior Sports read more....>


THUNDER BAY, ON - May 1, 2012 – For the second year in a row, 11-year-old Thunder Bay native Kelsey DeGrazia Keith Hobbs and Kelsey DeGraziawill be representing Northern Ontario at the 2012 Youth Bowling Canada 5 Pin National Championships. This year’s event is in St. John`s, Newfoundland, May 5 to 7.

DeGrazia, who bowls at Galaxy Lanes, has competed at the Provincials for four years in a row and last year represented Galaxy Lanes, at the Nationals held in Regina – coming in 9th with an average of 157. Kelsey, a grade 5 student at St. Francis School, has a current bowling average of 177 and hopes to become the first Bantam girls national winner from Thunder Bay.Lake Superior Sports read more...>


THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO - March 17, 2012 - The Manitouwadge Community Services and Economic Development NWOYGoffices have teamed up to initiate a very exciting youth sporting event known as the Northwestern Ontario Youth Games. This event is scheduled to take place in Manitouwadge from January 31- February 3, 2013. The games will provide Northwestern Ontario Youth, who live in rural communities, the opportunity to strengthen sport development through athletic competition, cultural exchange and social interaction. Lake Superior Sports read more...>


Chill Reserve Males Advance to Finals of Ontario Cup

Etobicoke, ON -–  August 29, 2011  ---  The Thunder Bay Chill Reserve Males have advanced to the Thunder Bay Chill Reserve Males finals of the 2011 Ontario Outdoor Cup after defeating the Windsor Coboto Strikers 2-1 on Sunday afternoon. The team traveled this past weekend to Etobicoke, Ontario, to participate in the semifinal round of the provincial competition.

The Reserves were down a goal early after keeper Mackenzie Pytyck was judged to have fouled a Windsor player in his eighteen-yard box for a penalty shot. Going into the second half down 1-0, the Chill turned things around within minutes, as Patrick Vanbelenghem scored shortly after the half began. After a bout of strong pressure from the Chill, Paul Ochnicki made a great solo run down the flank and played the ball across for Vanbelenghem to slot in his second goal, and the game winner. The team played lockdown defense the rest of the way, led by strong play from the team's centre back, Carlos Pernia. Lake Superior Sports read more.....>

Chill Central Conference Champions

PONTIAC, MI ---- July 31, 2011  ----  The Thunder Bay Chill are the Premier Development League (PDL) Central Conference Champions after defeating the Michigan Bucks 2-1 Saturday night.

The Chill took the lead in the 8th minute when Gustavo Oliveira bent a free kick around the wall and into the net to give the Chill a 1-0 lead. The lead was short lived as Chill Captain Wilson Neto took down a Bucks player in the penalty box. The Bucks converted the penalty shot in the 12th minute to even the score at 1-1.

The teams entered into the half with a tie, only to let second half become a battle. Both teams exchanged several dangerous scoring chances, but were unable to take a lead for most of the half. It wasn't till the 87th minute when Neto was able to redeem himself and break the deadlock with a volley from the top of the box to give his team the winning goal. Lake Superior Sports read more....>

Paterson and Putrus named Co-MVP as Chill prepare for Fire

Thunder Bay, ON –-- July 28, 2011  ----   Wednesday night was an evening of celebration for the Thunder Bay ChillThunder Bay Chill Soccer Club. On the same night as their 2011 Annual Awards Banquet, the Premier Development League (PDL) announced the schedule for 2011 PDL Playoff Championships. The bracket (please see attached document) has the Chill, winners of the Heartland Division, facing the Chicago Fire, runners-up in the Great Lakes Division, Friday night in Pontiac, Michigan.

The Chill secured top spot in the Heartland Division last weekend by ending the playoff hopes of the Real Colorado Foxes with a win and a tie. The positive result set the tone for a week that was filled with playoff preparations and a celebration at the team’s annual awards presentation. The Most Valuable Player of the Year Award was shared by two Chill veterans, Steven Paterson and Anthony Putrus. Lake Superior Sports read more.....>

 Chill too Strong for WSA Winnipeg

Thunder Bay, ON –   July 13, 2011  -- The Thunder Bay Chill are continuing to produce strong defensive Thunder Bay Chill Vs WSA Winnipegdisplays coupled with a potent offensive attack, as the team downed the WSA Winnipeg, 4-0 on Wednesday night. In the second game of a two-game series, the Chill scored in the first minute of the game, courtesy of Brandon Swartzendruber.

Swartzendruber was fed through by Victor Nascimento in the opening minute, and the Chill forward barely gave his opponents time to lace up their cleats before the game was 1-0. In what has become the story of the season, the Chill battened down the hatches for the rest of the game, giving up few offensive chances to Winnipeg. The action picked up in the 63rd minute when a Chill corner kick was flicked on by Jordain Farahani and Captain Wilson Neto’s low drive found the back of the net. In the 65th minute, Winnipeg Forward, Jonathan Hernandez was sent off with a red card, after being shown his second yellow of the game. The Chill did not wait to take advantage, as Abraham Gomes took a shot from outside the box, giving his team the 3-0 lead. Up a man, the Chill kept possession for the rest of the game, with the fourth goal coming from Felipe Souza in the 76th minute off a deflected Gomes free kick. Lake Superior Sports read more.....>

Ten Men Chill Fall to Menace

Des Moines, IA – ----  July 9, 2011  ---  Fatigue finally caught up to the Thunder Bay Chill as the team Thunder Bay Chilllost 2-0 Saturday night to division rivals, Des Moines Menace. In the final match of a six game, eight day road trip, the Chill were never able to recover after being reduced to ten men in the 7th minute, when Gustavo Oliveira was shown a red card.

Oliveira was sent off after retaliating to a severe challenge, which meant the Chill would be playing defense for the majority of the match. It took the Menace 70 minutes to breakdown the Chill defense, and it was Menace defender Jubril Lawal who broke the deadlock, giving his team a 1-0 lead. Any hopes of a tie were ended in the 83rd minute when the Menace were awarded a penalty shot and John Sosa calmly placed the ball in the back of the net.  Lake Superior Sports read more.....>


 Chill Defeat Division Rivals Des Moines Menace

Des Moines, IA –  July 8, 2011  ---   The Thunder Bay Chill defeated division rivals, Des Moines Menace, 1-0 Friday Night at Valley Stadium. In a game where both teams favoured defense, the winning goal was scored by Brandon Swartzendruber in the 40th minute.

The Chill showed fatigue early in the fifth game of a six game road trip, but were able to shake it off in the 40th minute when Nolan Intermoia and Gustavo Oliveira combined for a passing play that led to a Brandon Swartzendruber goal. The Chill then locked down and showcased the defensive stronghold that has seen the team give up only four goals in eleven regular season games. Lake Superior Sports read more.....>


Chill Hand Foxes First Loss

Littleton, CO – July 6, 2011   --- The Colorado Foxes undefeated start to the season was ended Wednesday night when the Thunder Bay Chill defeated the Foxes 4-1. Brandon Swartzendruber led the way with two goals, in a game that was delayed, and almost canceled due to stormy weather.

Swartzendruber opened the scoring for the Chill in the 22nd minute. He was the beneficiary of some beautiful passing between Pedro Pereira and Gustavo Oliveira, who setup the Chill leading scorer with a shot at the top of the 18-yard box for the goal. The Chill took the 1-0 lead in to the halftime, but the Foxes came out hard in the second half, equalizing in the 54th minute. It only took ten minutes for Swartzendruber to grab the game winner, as he slotted home a penalty kick in the 64th minute. Three minutes later the game was sealed by Gustavo Oliveira, who scored on a free kick in the 67th minute. Luis Gonzalez rounded up the scoring, which saw the Chill score three goals in six minutes, when he headed home a corner kick in the 70th minute. Lake Superior Sports  read more.....>

Chill tie Undefeated Foxes

Littleton, CO –  July 5, 2011  ---   The Thunder Bay Chill continued their unbeaten streak as Tuesday night's game vs. the Real Colorado Foxes ended in a 0-0 draw. Steven Paterson posted the shutout for the Chill, who have not allowed a goal in seven games.

The Chill, who arrived at 5:30 a.m. local time the day of the match, outshot the Foxes 11-10, with both teams having several scoring chances. The series between the two teams looks to have significant playoff implications, as the Foxes are undefeated on the season with nine wins and two ties, and the Chill are looking to secure another Heartland Division Title. Lake Superior Sports read more....>

Chill Down Lions for 6th Straight Win

Cottleville, MO –  July 4, 2011 --- The Thunder Bay Chill did not let a change in schedule affect their current run of good form, as they defeated the St. Louis Lions 1-0 Monday afternoon. A lone goal by Gustavo Oliveira separated the teams, as the Chill recorded their sixth win, and sixth shutout in a row.

The game, which was originally scheduled for Sunday, July 3rd, was a tight affair as Oliveira scored the winning goal early in the match, assisted by Brandon Swartzendruber, in the 13th minute. Lake Superior Sports read more....>

Chill shutout Demize

Springfield, MO – July 2, 2011 ---  The Thunder Bay Chill has started their season long road trip off with a win after defeating the Springfield Demize 4-0, Saturday night at the Cooper Sports Complex. The Chill used four different scorers in the win, and had the game wrapped up before the end of the first half.

Sergio Villalva set the tone for the rest of the game by opening up the scoring for the Chill in the 7th minute. Goals followed by Pedro Pereira (29th minute), and Brandon Swartzendruber (43rd), as the Chill closed the half with a 3-0 lead. The second half belonged to goalkeeper Steven Paterson as he made sure the Demize never got on the scoreboard before passing off goalkeeping duties to Nick Ciliberti in the 83rd minute. Luis Gonzalez capped off the scoring in the 88th minute, highlighting the Chill's depth at the offensive end. Lake Superior Sports read more....>

 Official Change in Chill Schedule

THUNDER BAY, ON  -----  June 23, 2011  – Thunder Bay Chill would like to announce a change in the home schedule. The Premier Development League (PDL) regular season game scheduled for July 14th, 2011, at Chapples Park has been rescheduled. The game will now take place on Tuesday, July 12th, 2011 kicking-off at 7:30 p.m. (EDT).

The two game home series against WSA Winnipeg will now take place on Tuesday, July 12th, and Wednesday, July 13th at Chapples Park. Both games will take place at 7:30 p.m. (EDT).

All fans with tickets for the original game date of July 14th will have them honoured at the July 12th game. Lake Superior Sports read more....>

Chill Complete Weekend Sweep of Menace

THUNDER BAY, ON  ---- June 12, 2011 ---   Brandon Swartzendruber led the way for the Thunder Bay Chill on Saturday night as they shutout division rivals Des Moines Menace 3-0. The defeat means the Chill completed the sweep of the Menace in their opening home series at Chapples Park, Thunder Bay.

Gustavo Oliviera took up his usual role of playmaker in the 17th minute, providing Swartzendruber with the pass that led to the first goal of the game. Oliviera was hurt on the play and was substituted. Shortly after, Oliviera's substitute, local talent Skandar Babay scored the game's second goal. Babay latched on to a Jordian Farahani free-kick in the 24th minute to give his team a decisive lead going into the half. The second half was marred for the Chill as defender Farahani was sent off with a red card after being shown his second yellow of the match. Nolan Intermoia put the contest to bed in the 90th minute after being sent in on goal by Anthony Putrus, and Intermoia calmly slid the ball past the Menace Keeper. Lake Superior Sports read more.......>



Chill Rivals Come to Town for Home Opener

THUNDER BAY, ON - June 10, 2011 – The Thunder Bay Chill are hosting their first home series of the Thunder Bay Chillseason this weekend against fierce divisional rivals, the Des Moines Menace. The Chill and Menace have been building a relationship of bad blood for eleven years, and the hosts are looking to bring entertaining soccer and a pair of wins to the home crowd at Chapples Park, Thunder Bay, Ontario. Lake Superior Sportsread more...> 



WSA Winnipeg down Chill

Winnipeg, Manitoba  – May 29, 2011  ---  The Thunder Bay Chill ended their first road trip of the season Gustavo Oliviera  Thunder Bay Chillwith a record of 1-1, after a 3-0 loss to WSA Winnipeg on Sunday afternoon. The Chill was unable to break WSA’s stingy defense, and fell victim to their opponents counterattack.

WSA saw goals from Kenny Sacramento (47th minute) Amos Ganyea (64th), and Ivan Garcia (70).

“We had no breaks today,” stated Chill Head Coach, Tony Colistro. “We could have been up a couple goals off the start, but they played strong defense and countered. We need a lot of work.”


Anthony Putrus, Gustavo Oliveria, and Jordian Forahani all received yellow cards in the game. Captain, Nolan Intermoia did not play due to a knee injury. Lake Superior Sports read more....>


 Chill Open with Win over Winnipeg

Winnipeg, Manitoba – May 28, 2011 ----  The Thunder Bay Chill opened their season with a win Brandon Swartzendruber Thunder Bay ChillSaturday night in Winnipeg, Manitoba, against league new comers, and fellow Canadians, WSA Winnipeg. Brandon Swartzendruber scored the only goal in a 1-0 match at the Winnipeg Indoor Soccer Complex Field.

In a game that marked the first time the entire Chill squad played together this season, Winnipeg approached the game with a defensive style. “They sat back and were very disciplined”, said Chill Head Coach Tony Colistro. The Chill had several offensive chances, but did not break through till the 80th minute when Jordian Farahani provided an assist to a Brandon Swartzendruber goal that sealed the victory for the Chill Lake Superior Sports read more....>



THUNDER BAY, ON – March 8, 2011 - The Board of Directors of the Thunder Bay Marathon - Miles Miles With The Giant - marathon-photos.comwith the Giant are pleased to announce that registration for our second annual event on September 18, 2011 is now open. Individuals can register their participation in the marathon, half-marathon or 10K races at  Registration costs start at $90 for the marathon, $70 for the half-marathon, and $40 for the 10K.Lake Superior Sports read more...>






Chill Defeat Menace in Home Opener

THUNDER BAY, ON  -----  June 11, 2011  ----  The Thunder Bay Chill gave the home crowd at Chapples Park a win in their first home game of the season against division rivals Des Moines Menace. Two goals by Brandon Swartzendruber sealed the win in the first half.

In a caution filled game, the Chill out-shot the Menace 11 to 1. It took 35 minutes for the home side to get on the score sheet when Nolan Intermoia set up Swartzendruber for the games first goal. In the 45th minute, Pedro Pereira was fouled in the box by former Chill player Anthony Colaizzi, resulting in a penalty. Swartzendruber stepped up to the spot and threaded home the shot past the Menace goalkeeper. Head Coach Tony Colistro was pleased with the energy his team showed from the start. “It was a hard fought game, but we came out with pace and were able to play good defense,” stated Colistro. Lake Superior Sports read more....>




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