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HIGH ACHIEVERS: Chesterville golfer Kurtis Barkley ties for second after playoff in England

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HIGH ACHIEVERS: Stay-Safe Edition
Keeping Local Sport Spirit High During the Pandemic

By Martin Cleary

Kurtis Barkley made an impressive showing at the tournament debut of the G4D (Golf for the Disabled) Tour-DP World Tour on Tuesday at the Belfry in Sutton Coldfield, England.

Barkley, who plays out of the Cedar Glen Golf Course, lost in a three-way playoff and finished tied for second in the 10-player field.

The leader after Monday’s opening round with one bogey and one birdie for an even-par 72, Barkley had one double bogey and two bogeys against one birdie for a three-over 75 on Tuesday.

He finished the 36-hole competition in a tie for first place at 147 with England’s Kipp Popert and American Chris Biggins.

The playoff was held on the 18th hole and Barkley and Popert remained alive with a par, while Biggins was eliminated with a bogey. On the second playoff hole, Popert marked a bogey, while Barkley settled for a double bogey.

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Barkley is planning to play the second stop on the G4D Tour, the Porsche European Open May 30-31 in Hamburg. The G4D Tour will have a minimum of seven events with the Grand Finale in Dubai.


Emma Acres of the RCMP Curling Club completed an impressive comeback by stealing two in the eighth and final end for a 7-6 victory over Emily Bowles, the skip of the British Columbia No. 2 rink, at the Canadian U18 curling championships in Oakville, ON.

Acres and her rink of third and sister Ava Acres, second Liana Flanagan and lead Mya Sharpe scored one in the first end, but fell behind 2-1 after two and 5-1 after three. By scoring one in each of the fourth and fifth ends, Acres reduced the deficit to 5-3, but Bowles counted a single in the sixth to move ahead 6-3.

For the final two ends, Acres registered two points in the seventh and stole another two in the eighth for her team’s third win against no losses. Acres is scheduled to play Marin Callaghan, the No. 1 rink from Nova Scotia, on Wednesday.


The 10th annual University of Ottawa high school invitational track and field meet had a little bit of everything spread over two days late last month at the Terry Fox Athletic Facility.

The record book only had to be adjusted once in the early-season meet, which also comes after two cancelled years of high school competition because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

There was a near dead-heat between twin sisters that was decided by thousandths of a second and there was nearly a second photo finish between them.

A girls’ novice sprinter recorded a pair of firsts in her age category and then moved up for a bronze in an open event.

While there were 20 athletes with a pair of first-place finishes and 10 with three medals to their credit, there were two triple first-place finishers. So, let’s start there.

On Thursday, Paul-Desmarais sprinter Luca Nicoletti won the boys’ senior 100 metres in 11.43 seconds, the 200 metres in 22.59 and the open 300-metre hurdles in 40.53.

Dyllan Redwood-Wheeler of Carleton Place was untouchable in two boys’ senior field events and one open track race on Friday. He won the shot put at 11.32 metres and the discus at 38.10 metres and put down his implements to capture the open 300-metre hurdles in 45.20.

Glebe’s Lauren Alexander was the only athlete to break a meet record, when she won the girls’ junior 1,500 metres in 5:00.63. Her almost nine-second victory surpassed the old mark of 5:01.68 set by Kathryn Tuck of Colonel By.

Alexander also had that winning feeling after the 800 metres, when she produced the best timed-final clocking of 2:28.35.

The finish-timing judge carefully studied the photo of the end of the girls’ senior 200-metre dash as Morgan and Olivia Reevie of Brockville’s Thousand Islands crossed the line in what appeared to be a tie in 26.89 seconds.

But the photo finish timing equipment barely separated the two as Morgan was given the winning time of 26.881, while Olivia was awarded 26.883.

In their 100-metre sprint final, Morgan’s slim margin of victory over Olivia was only six one-hundredths of a second, 13.19 to 13.25.

Thousand Islands’ Sarina Dhanoa showed her power as a girls’ novice sprinter, winning the 200 metres in 29.25 and the 80-metre hurdles in 13.87. She also entered the open 300-metre hurdles and was third in 51.54 to finish behind older teammates Taylor Healey, 50.99, and Lia LeBlanc, 51.25.

Here are the other seven athletes with triple-medal performances:

· Lecia Patrick
girls’ novice
long jump: first, 4.55 metres
100 metres: second, 14.35
80-metre hurdles: third, 15.39.

· Koree Yach
girls’ junior
800 metres: second, 2:30.42
1,500 metres: second 5:09.31
300-metre hurdles: second, 50.04.

· Mason Brennan
Colonel By
boys’ novice
100-metre hurdles: first, 17.77
100 metres: second, 12.87
high jump: 1.65 metres.

· Justin Lee
Sir Robert Borden
boys’ junior
100 metres: second, 12.16
200 metres: second, 25.34
long jump: third, 5.12 metres.

· Carlyn Brunette
Bishop Smith
girls’ junior
200 metres: first, 28.56
long jump: first, 4.35 metres
100 metres: second, 13.96.

· Millie Cameron
Holy Trinity
girls’ senior
100-metre hurdles: first, 16.53
100 metres: third, 13.64
shot put: third, 8.70 metres.

· Ryan Pilatzke
Bishop Smith
boys’ junior
100 metres: first, 12.94
long jump: second, 5.07 metres
100-metre hurdles: third, 19.86.


Cascades Club’s Sophia Jensen finished second in the senior women’s C1 200-metre sprint final at the Canoe Kayak Canada national team trials No. 1 in Dartmouth, N.S. She was timed in 47.327 seconds.

Tokyo Olympians Madeline Schmidt and Natalie Davison placed third and fourth respectively in the senior women’s K1 500 metres in 1:57.982 and 1:58.516, while Toshka Besharah was sixth in 1:59.716. All three compete for the Rideau Canoe Club.

In the para kayak 200-metre final, Gabriel Ferron-Bouius of Rideau was first in 52.344. Brianna Hennessy of the Ottawa River Canoe Club had a second (1:02.253) and a third (1:04.445) in two para VAA finals.

Martin Cleary has written about amateur sports for 49 years. A past Canadian sportswriter of the year and Ottawa Sports Awards Lifetime Achievement in Sport Media honouree, Martin retired from full-time work at the Ottawa Citizen in 2012, but continued to write a bi-weekly “High Achievers” column for the Citizen/Sun.

When the pandemic struck, Martin created the “Stay-Safe Edition” to provide some positive news during tough times, via his Twitter account at first and now here at

Martin can be reached by e-mail at and on Twitter @martincleary.

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