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ORLEANS FARMERS MARKET from 11 am to 4 pm in the parking lot at the Ray Friel Recreation Centre on Tenth Line Road. Shop the freshest seasonal produce, meat and dairy, baked goods, prepared foods, crafts and more while getting to know the folks who grew and made it.

BLACKBURN FUN FAIR OPENING DAY 4-10 PM – Mojo Magic Show 5:30 pm; Craft Beer Night 5-10 pm; Soul Motion on stage 7-10 pm. Visit blackburnfunfair.ca for a complete schedule of all the activities and events.

BLACKBURN FUN FAIR – Pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fun Fair parade 10 am to 10:30 am. Inflatable rides 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fun Fair games outside the arena from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. BBQ 11 am to 3 pm. Ray's Reptiles, 11 am to 12 pm and 1-2 pm. Bouncy Castle inside the arena 11 am to 4 pm. Main stage entertainment 11 am to 5 pm. 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. 7:00 pm – 11:45 pm: Musical act Fake McCoys followed by Mothership 7-11:45 pm. Fireworks show at 10 p.m. Visit blackburnfunfair.ca for a complete schedule of all the activities and events.

ST. HELEN’S FINE ART FAIR from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at St. Helen’s Anglican Church, 1234 Prestone Dr., Orléans. This year’s art fair is supporting the Young Artists Initiative. You can view the artists’ galleries at sthelensartfair.ca and follow on Facebook at facebook.com/sthelensartfair.

CUMBERLAND FARMERS MARKET from 9 am to 1 pm at the Cumberland Arena, 1115 Dunning Rd. in Cumberland Village. Farmers, bakers, artists, crafters, gardeners, chefs and friends. For more information facebook.com/cumberland.f.market.

GARAGE SALE – 1062 and 1049 Deauville Cres and others 8 am to 4 pm. Rain date Sun. June 2, same hours.. 100s of artist’s tools, canvases, easels, brushes, portfolios etc Household items, children’s books, puzzles, toys and treasures!

 

 

Orléans runner to represent Canada at Pan Am Games in Chile
Fred Sherwin
Oct. 30, 2023

For track and field athletes in Canada, there are three global competitions they all strive to compete in –- the Commonwealth Games, the Pan Am Games and, of course, the grand daddy of them all, the Olympic Games.

The 19th edition of the Pan Am Games which feature competition in 39 different sports, got underway in Santiago, Chile on Oct. 20. The final day of competition and the closing ceremonies are on Sunday, Nov. 5.

Among the athletes representing Canada at the Games is Orléans resident and former St. Peter High School student Stephen Evans who will be competing in athletics in the 800 metres.

Evans qualified for the Pan Games by finishing third at the Canadian Track and Field Championships in July in a race won by Marco Arop who went on to win gold for Canada at the World Athletic Championships in Budapest in August.

Evans’ track and field journey began as a Grade 9 student at St. Peter High School in 2011. During his first two years, he finished ninth both years at the East Conference meet in the 400 metres and failed to qualify for the city championships.

His most successful season was in Grade 12 when he managed to place third at the city championships and third again at the OFSAA East Regionals to qualify for provincials.

“I bought one of every shirt. I bought a couple of short-sleeve shirts, the long sleeve shirt and the hoodie,” says Evans, referring to the outer wear sold at every OFSAA meet.

After graduating from St. Pete’s in 2014, Evans decided to go to the University of Ottawa. “It was the only school that wanted me to join the track team,” recalls Evans.
It was at U of O that Evans eventually switched from 400 metres to 600 metres and then to 800 metres.

The 600 metres is the distance used for middle distance runners at the CIS champ-ionships. Evans placed second at the CIS track and field championships in 2018 and first in 2019.

Unfortunately, the 2019 CIS champion-ships would be the last major track and field meet he would compete in for the next two years.

Like many other athletes, Evans was restricted to training during the pandemic. It wasn’t until 2021 that he was able to go down to Florida to start competing there.

After missing out on the first post-pandemic Canadian track and field championships in 2022, Evans competed in the event this past spring. After setting the fourth fastest time in the heats, he placed third in the final in a time of 1:47.02 and earned a ticket to the Pan Am Games.

At 27, Evans is considered a late bloomer. His times are still creeping lower year after year and he has set his sights on the Olympic Games, if not next summer in Paris then possibly in 2028 in Los Angeles.

“There’s still a lot of areas I can improve on through another cycle,” says Evans, referring to the four-year period in between the Summer Olympic games. It’s a goal that is entirely achievable for an athelte from Orléans.

 
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