The Elgin Middlesex Soccer Association board of directors has issued a statement supporting the Black Lives Matter movement and vowing to address systemic racism within its district.
LAWSL won’t play this season
The London & Area Women’s Soccer League has cancelled its season because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Chatham FC and the Wallaceburg Lady Sting were among the nearly 50 teams scheduled to play this year.
Meanwhile, the Western Ontario Soccer League – a men’s circuit with three teams from Chatham and two from Wallaceburg – has not yet cancelled its season.
Both leagues are members of the Elgin Middlesex Soccer Association. The EMSA board of directors has issued a statement on the Black Lives Matter movement, saying the association will examine and deal with systemic racism within the district.
“EMSA is currently working with members of the Black Lives Matter movement, who are also members of the district, to develop a training module for all members of EMSA,” the statement said. “Developing a module on the understanding of implicit bias will be the first of several steps that EMSA will undertake to make all members feel comfortable and safe playing soccer in the district.
“EMSA is an organization that values the principles of fairness and equity. We believe that Black lives matter and we intend to give meaning to those words and that belief through the steps that we take to bring awareness to the issue, with a view to change.
“We encourage all members of the district to play an active role in addressing this matter.”
U17 Hockey Challenge cancelled
Ottawa 67’s prospect Brady Stonehouse of Blenheim won’t get a chance to play for Canada at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.
The annual tournament scheduled for Oct. 31 to Nov. 7 in Charlottetown and Summerside, P.E.I., has been cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Stonehouse can still take part in Hockey Canada’s virtual national under-17 development camp being held online July 19-25.
The 113 players who received camp invitations were trying to make the three Canadian teams (White, Red and Black) going to the eight-team tournament that would have included the United States, Russia, Sweden, Finland and the Czech Republic.
Hockey Canada may bring together Canada’s national under-17 teams in the fall to compete in a local environment if it can be done safely.
Stonehouse was picked by the 67’s in the second round, 26th overall, in the Ontario Hockey League draft in April.
He had 54 points in 32 regular-season games for the Elgin-Middlesex Minor Midget AAA Chiefs in 2019-20 and added 29 points in 16 playoff games.
Final field set for pacing series
Dreaming Out Loud kept its perfect record intact with another win in the second leg of the Mark Austin Memorial Pacing Series on Sunday at Dresden Raceway.
Ajknight and Macharita won Sunday’s two other divisions in the annual series.
The total purse was $43,000 and the total handle was $21,426.
Fans are still not allowed at the track because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The $16,200 finale in the Austin Pacing Series will be this Sunday. Post time is 1 p.m.