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ROYAL OAK FUNDRAISER FOR KYLE ANDRADES – The Royal Oak Orléans is holding a fundraising event for the Kyle Andrades Memorial Bursary. This event will include live music by the Jasen Colson Duo, a silent auction, raffles and BBQ!! Come help us hit our $25K goal.

NAVAN LIONS WALK FOR DOG GUIDES​ – Meet under the domes on the Navan Fairgrounds. Registration begins at noon. 3km walk around the beautiful streets of Navan begins at 1 p.m. Stay after for Yappy Hour and free BBQ. Family-friendly event. All dogs must be on a leash.

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GRANDMAS AIDING GRANDMAS will be holding a Plant & Garden Sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., corner of Bearbrook and Innes in Blackburn Hamlet. Annuals, perennials, houseplants, crafts, baking and raffle. All proceeds to the Stephen Lewis Foundation Grandmothers Campaign, supporting African grandmothers raising a generation of children orphaned by
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THE ORIGINAL NAVAN MARKET returns with over 200 different vendors at the Navan Fairgrounds including several new vendors. Gates open at 9 a.m.

TBLACKBURN FUN FAIR – Pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fun Fair parade 10 a.m. to 10:45 p.m. Midway 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. BBQ from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Little Ray’s Reptiles 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. in the arena. Bouncy castle, face-painting and Dunk Tank from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Stage show 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Beer Garden 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and from 7 p.m. to 11:45 p.m. Cake cutting at 1 p.m. Paint party 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Fireworks show at 10 p.m. Visit www.blackburnfunfair.ca for a complete schedule of all the activities and events.

 

Blondin, Weidemann wrap up season with world title
Fred Sherwin
March 16, 2023

East end natives and Gloucester Concordes alumni Ivanie Blondin and Isabelle Weidemann wrapped up the 2022-2023 speed skating season with a gold medal in the Team Pursuit event at the World Long Track Speed Skating Championships in Heerenveen, Netherlands.

(L to r) Valérie Maltais, Isabelle Weidemann and Ivanie Blondin receive their gold medals for placing in first in the Team Pursuit event at the World Speed Skating Championships. SSC PHOTO

The win was a somewhat controversial one as the Canadian threesome of Blondin, Weidemann and Valerie Maltais actually crossed the finish line in second place. They were elevated to the gold medal position after the Dutch team of Joy Beune, Irene Schouten and Marijke Groenewoud were disqualified for having bare skin showing during their race which is not allowed as it poses a safety risk for the skaters should they fall.

It was the first time a Canadian threesome had won the Team Pursuit event at the World Championship since 2011.

Blondin, Weidemann and Maltais had already won a silver and bronze medal at two previous World Championships in 2021 and 2020. They are also the reigning Olympic champions, having won the gold medal in Beijing last year.

Blondin echoed the sentiments of her teammates when discussing their latest
success with the media in the Netherlands.

“Today’s race was definitely not a bad race for us, but it was a little bit of a bittersweet win since the Dutch team was DQ’d,” said Blondin, who at 32, is the elder stateswoman of Canada’s speed skating team. “I think it’ll be back to the drawing board for our team next season, that’s for sure.”

After being awarded the gold medal in Team Pursuit, Blondin won her sixth individual World Championship medal in the Mass Start event with a second place finish in Heerenveen.

In six World Championships dating back to 2015, Blondin has won two gold medals (2016 and 2020); and four silver medals (2015, 2019, 2021 and 2023). She is also the reigning Olympic silver medalist in the event and the newly-crowned World Cup champion.

“I made a mistake by thinking no one was going to attack right away and it was kind of game over from that point forward. It’s too bad because I think I could have won the title if I didn’t let that happen,” Blondin said after the race.

Blondin started out the World Championship meet by teaming up with Carolina Hiller and Brooklyn McDougall to win gold in the Team Sprint event. Something that has only been done once before in 2019.

The win was also the perfect ending to a season in which the three skaters had finished in second place at all three World Cup events this season.

Weidemann just missed out on making the podium in her specialty, the 5000-metres. She ended up fourth to go with her sixth place finish in the 3,000.

 
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