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Mahon back in action with Team Canada

Timmins High's basketball team is heading down east for an annual tournament
Meghan Mahon at the Parapan Am Games in Santiago, Chile.

Timmins native Meghan Mahon is currently once again representing Canada in international competition.

This time it is in Chile at the Parapan Am Games, where she and her goalball teammates are attempting to qualify for next year's Paralympic Games in Paris.

Meghan, who now lives and works in Calgary, is a stellar and talented veteran of the team who is critical to the team's success.

Her top-notch skills with Team Ontario led her to securing a spot with the national team a few years ago.

Goalball has taken her across the globe to places like Rio de Janeiro, Tokyo, Lima and Santiago.

These certainly are exciting times for Meghan as she once again represents Canada on the world stage.

I certainly will be watching Meghan and her teammates as they go for gold.

The Timmins High and Vocational School senior Blues basketball team is off to Moncton to play in the DNA SWAG Hoop Classic Nov. 29 to Dec. 2.

The Blues have been a regular participant in the tournament since the 1980s. TH&VS began competing there under legendary coach Hugh Meyer.

Timmins an "A" classification team will be up against AAA-level teams at the tournament.

Teams competing include Mathieu Martin, Bernice Macnaughton, Fredericton High, Citadel High, Rothesay High and Harrison Trimble. For all you hockey geeks, Trimble is Sidney Crosby's alma mater. 

The Blue's roster includes Joaquin Jones, Rylan Knapaysweet, Ben Skinner, Kael Chalwell, Andrew Cuthbert, Kyle Meunier, Ben Rickard, Lidell Cheechoo, Liam Gorman, Gage MacKenzie, Nico Therrien and Kowyn Sutherland.

Coaches are Peter Graham, Wayne Bozzer and Trevor Kidd.

I asked coach Graham what he hoped to attain by attending this high-level tournament.

“Like everything we do with the basketball program at Timmins High, we are consistently trying to get better as a team and as individuals. This trip will provide a unique opportunity and valuable playing experience to learn how to deal with adversity (we will be playing in front of over 900 people) showcase their talents and learn from diverse competition. Most importantly, the boys will get to experience another culture and province and get to make memories they will never forget together. We will be visiting various tourist attractions, museums and universities while we are there,” he said.

We sure are hearing a lot about how a number of NHL goalies are struggling to find their game and give their clubs consistent goaltending on a nightly basis. And look, there is nothing that can sink a team's morale and chances to win quicker than poor ‘tending.

And while some goalies are genuinely struggling, most are the victim of one obvious deficiency — the team in front of them absolutely sucks in their own end. You can be sure your tender will be at an 830 save percentage when the skaters are running around like the building is collapsing and they need to find an exit.

But once again that's just my take.

Later skater.

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