Local sports in and around Aylmer and Elgin County

Losing their seats at horse show

September 19, 2021 | 0 Comments

Rider Stephanie Bossence of London lost her seat, as had her rescued “victim” Jarrad McMillan just before her, during a Rusty Gaits Saddle Club horse show at the Aylmer Fairgrounds on Sunday, Sept. 19. The club is reviving “rescue races,” an event where a rescuer rushes to the far end of the ring, picks up…

Aylmer Minor Hockey back on the ice

September 11, 2021 | 0 Comments

Aylmer Minor Hockey players, including this group of “Timbits” being coached on skating skills on Saturday morning, Sept. 11, have returned to the ice rinks at East Elgin Community Complex for the 2021-22 season, starting with practices. (AE/Rob Perry)

Pupil-built rowboat launched by Port Burwell Public School

September 7, 2021 | 0 Comments

A lifeguard in a kayak provided instructions as Port Burwell Public School Grade 6 pupils Kayleigh Allegretti, left, Tyler Groat and Keegan Amies learned how to propel a flat-bottomed rowboat they and four other pupils helped make, after it was launched at Port Burwell Marina on  Saturday, Sept. 4. The boat will be sanded, painted…

Nights cooling off at Lawn Bowling Club

September 3, 2021 | 0 Comments

Kevin Morrell was one of 19 members playing at the Aylmer Lawn Bowling Club on Thursday evening, Sept. 2, after hot, muggy weather the previous week was replaced by cooler temperatures. The club is reporting a good year, with an average of three or four rinks out each regular playing night and an increase of…

TVDSB “committed” to sports

August 26, 2021 | 0 Comments

Thames Valley District School Board, in a statement on Thursday, Aug. 26, announced it expected “a full return to athletics this year” as schools re-opened for in-person learning. Organized sports would begin as soon as guidelines were received from the Ontario government, public health units and the Ontario Physical and Health Education Association (OPHEA), the…

Aylmer Spitfires on verge of folding

August 9, 2021 | 0 Comments

Aylmer Spitfires Junior C hockey club will come to an end within the next two weeks if new volunteers don’t come forward to help run it, the team has warned. The team for players 16 through 21 years old was formed 18 years ago. Yvonne Gavey, in an announcement on behalf of the team said,…

“Jitney” tournament at Aylmer Lawn Bowling Club

August 7, 2021 | 0 Comments

Roberta Wilson bowled during an informal, “luck of the draw” jitney tournament held at the Aylmer Lawn Bowling Club on Thursday night, Aug. 5. Twenty bowlers participated, divided into “skips” and “vices.” Unusually, partners were switched between the first and second games of the event. (AE/Rob Perry)

Aylmer Mosquitoes down Ingersoll 11-2

August 6, 2021 | 0 Comments

Zander Friesen banged out a hit for the McTaggart Armstrong Mosquito Rep team of Aylmer Minor Baseball during a home game at Steen Park against Ingersoll on Thursday night, Aug. 5. The Aylmer squad won the game handily, 11-2. (AE/Rob Perry)

Lawn bowling action

July 24, 2021 | 0 Comments

Bonnie Barons, left, watched as opposing team member John Hall bowled during a match at the Aylmer Lawn Bowling Club on Thursday night, July 22. Bonnie was paired with Rita Jansen and John with Andrew Vanroessel. About 20 bowlers came out that night. Anyone wanting to try the sport is welcome to come to the…

Minor ball back in Aylmer

July 15, 2021 | 0 Comments

  Gavin Curtis of Aylmer Minor Baseball Association’s Rookie Ball (9 and under) Rep team sprinted toward first base after a hit during a game against Tillsonburg at Steen Park in Aylmer on Wednesday night, July 14. Minor ball has returned to action, and AMBA President Mike Holmes said the association had 200 children enrolled…

Immunization clinics a “great community effort”

June 22, 2021 | 1 Comment

By Veronica Reiner, Local Journalism Initiative reporter “We would be nowhere without these wonderful volunteers, and the community spirit, and it makes people feel good,” said Sandra Hoffer, a vaccine clinic volunteer coordinator. “It’s a great community effort.” Ms. Hoffer was referring to the over 120 volunteers that, since March, have been helping at one…

Wounded princess receives warm welcome at Aylmer IDA

May 17, 2021 | 0 Comments

Lena Perry, 5, of St. Thomas likes to play dress up and don costumes as princesses and super heroes, but two weeks ago, while playing on monkey bars, she fell, causing a compound fracture to her left arm. Her aunt, Penny Powers of Aylmer, sometimes looks after her niece, and takes her along on shopping…