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Red Deer’s Jeremiah Lauzon to compete for spot on Canada’s Olympic 4 X 100 Meter Team!

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Jeremiah Lauzon with Gold Medal at National Championships

How things have changed for Red Deer’s Jeremiah Lauzon!  A year ago he was an up and coming track star heading into his final year of high school at Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School.  Then he had a very special season.  In the spring of 2019 Lauzon exploded onto the national track scene with Canada’s best U20 time in the 200m.  Then the Red Deer Titans Track and Field club member improved that time, clocking 20.90 which put him on the national and international track and field radar.

Lauzon went on to win Provincial and National 200 m Championships.  Currently he’s enrolled at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, where he begins competing in the American NCAA division 2 season next month.

All this was capped in the most remarkable manner.  Athletics Canada has invited Jeremiah Lauzon to compete for one of 5 spots on the Canadian Mens 4 X 100 Meter Olympic Team!  It’s an incredible honour but he’ll have his work cut out for him.  There are only 10 invitees, and at least 2 of the positions are firmly locked with Aaron Brown and Andre De Grass expected to anchor Canada’s medal hopes at next Summer’s Olympic Games in Tokyo.

Todayville is happy to share this interview with Jeremiah Lauzon and his Red Deer Titans Coach Ronald Hewer.

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Pace, health, return to winning form the goals at Flames training camp, says GM

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CALGARY — Proper pacing, staying disease-free and being ready to beat the Winnipeg Jets when the NHL reboots is the balancing act at Calgary Flames training camp, according to the team’s general manager.

The Flames open training camp 2.0 Monday, which is four months plus a day after the NHL suspended the 2019-20 season for the COVID-19 pandemic.

Minus defenceman Travis Hamonic, the first NHL player to opt out of returning to play, Calgary’s camp roster includes 20 forwards, 11 forwards and four goalies.

“My understanding right now is that’s your group, so you’ve got to manage your group,” Flames GM Brad Treliving said Sunday in a conference call with reporters.

Knowing their first games after training camp won’t be pre-season warmups, but a best-of-five elimination series against the Jets in Edmonton, Treliving says Flames coaches might have to pull on the reins the first few days of camp.

“I think they’re going to come out hot,” Treliving said. “You want to get your work done, but you’ve got to be smart about it.

“As much as the series against Winnipeg isn’t that far away, from a playing standpoint, we’ve still got three weeks.

“You’ve got to be careful you don’t leave it all on the table by Wednesday and then you’re trying to recover. The first couple of days you’re going to be focused on getting your speed and your pace up and you’re going to be focused on knocking the summer hockey habits out.”

Calgary (36-27-7) ranked third in the Pacific Division, four points back of the second-place Edmonton Oilers, when the NHL halted play.

Winnipeg (37-32-8) was fourth in the Central and held down the first wild-card berth in the Western Conference.

Theirs is the lone all-Canadian matchup when the play-in round starts Aug. 1 in the hub cities of Edmonton and Toronto.

Each team is limited to 52 people, including 31 players, upon arrival in each hub city where they’re to be walled off from the public.

Treliving says what keeps him awake at night is the Flames staying virus-free before arrival in Edmonton.

“What we’ve learned about this virus is it’s not a dirty little secret. You don’t have to be doing something wrong to attract it,” he said. “It’s still out there.”

The Flames will enter Scotiabank Saddledome one by one wearing masks, the GM said, and be subject to daily temperature checks and COVID-19 tests.

Dressing rooms will be sanitized after use and players will physically distance from each other during dryland training, he added.

“Where you are susceptible is when you leave the rink,” Treliving acknowledged. “As an organization, we’ve given them all the instruction they need.

“We’re as on lockdown as you can possibly be right now, to try to be as safe as we can to get to the hub.”

Hamonic was among half a dozen NHL players as of Sunday who had opted out of returning to play.

In a statement, he cited his infant daughter’s respiratory illness earlier this year as his reason for sitting out the rest of this season.

The 29-year-old Manitoban is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent at the conclusion of this season.

“Contractual status and all that stuff is a discussion for another day,” Treliving said. “As I told him, I respect his decision.

“Every player has that right, has that ability. But like everything else, our focus is on the people that are here.

“The focus is going to be on us getting ready over the next three weeks to play August 1st.”

This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 12, 2020.

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Calgary man dies in mountain hiking incident, others injured by rock fall

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CANMORE, Alta. — The RCMP say a Calgary man died of injuries he suffered Saturday afternoon while hiking in Kananaskis Country near Canmore, Alta.

Police say the 30-year-old man was on a popular trail on Mount Yamnuska when he fell about six metres.

They say that as bystanders came to the injured man’s aid, several boulders broke loose from the scree slope above, striking the man as well as some other people.

Police say the hiker suffered a head injury and later died despite the life saving efforts of both bystanders and personnel from a number of emergency services.

The man’s name was being withheld pending notification of next of kin, and there was no immediate word on the condition of the others hit by the falling rocks.

The RCMP also say that in two other separate incidents Saturday in the same area, a 24-year-old man suffered a head injury in a fall on the scree slope, while another hiker sustained a fracture in a fall.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 12, 2020.

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