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BY JOHAN VASS

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On April 2 sports magic happens in Thunder Bay. You see a great group of people take part in the Polar Bear Plunge. They jump in a very cold Lake Superior to support Special Olympics. 

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CONGRATULATIONS to Alexandra (Alex) Demko. The 17 year-old from Thunder Bay has earned a golf scholarship at Presbyterian College.

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Thunder Bay has an amazing sports community. The people who put the time in for our children are rarely honoured. So I want you to realize that the reward comes when an athlete blossoms. Today I turn to the sport of baseball. 

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I  would like to thank all local minor hockey associations for helping to build female and male hockey players with great character. Our hockey players go places because of your dedication to our sport.

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I am always one to cheer for the underdog or the person who battles to get to where they need to be. 

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I  have always loved the game of football. Professional Earl Campbell of the Houston Oilers had 38-inch thighs and at the time I had a 38-inch waist so I could relate to the size of those powerful legs.

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Honesty is always the best policy. I have to say honestly I know very little about strongman competitions or bodybuilding.

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Let’s get ready to hear the engines roar. The second annual Thunder Bay Dirt Track Invitational is set for this weekend at Mosquito Speedway. Today is race day.

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Hockey has changed. Hockey players have changed. The days of coming home and drinking beer and playing beer league baseball and showing up to training camp out of shape are gone.

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VACATIONS are the best and we all know it. Sports vacations are for some of us are rare gifts. This year I was honoured to attend the bronze medal game at this year’s Women’s World Cup.

This week I give the Thunder Bay Sports Community and the parents of professional athletes a pat on the back.

THUNDER Bay's sports community has suffered two very significant losses with the recent passing of Dino Martin and Joe Tookenay.

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Race fans save the date. The Second Annual Thunder Bay Dirt Track Invitational is set for Sept. 19-20 at Mosquito speedway.

Jack Geddes was a manager with the AAA Kings hockey organization and an all around good hockey guy and above all else a great human being. After he passed away he left some specific instructions for his family. He wanted an annual award in his name. The following is a speech given by his son…

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Thunder Bay is not just all about hockey. We have many athletes to celebrate. This week I would like to give some ink to Jeremy Kirk. This young man is a student at St. Patrick High School and he has earned an academic and athletic scholarship to the University of North Dakota.

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I don't care what team it is, if there is a player from Thunder Bay on the team I am an instant fan. This week I would like to take time out to thank Todd Skirving and the Rochester Institute of Technology Tigers for a thrilling season.