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Competitors chow down at a food truck during the Vans Hi-Standard Snow Series last year. This year's event kicks off at Mount St. Louis Moonstone on Jan. 14. SUBMITTED

Vans Hi-Standard Snow Series hits Mount St. Louis

Vans kicks off 2017 with the return of the Vans Hi-Standard Series, an international all-ages contest inviting snowboarders to showcase true style and expression in an exciting open-jam format. With five stops in Canada, a new stop in Switzerland and a grand finale in California, the Vans Hi-Standard global series will be touring across the U.S., C

Denny Morrison is working on regaining his peak speedskating form in time for the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press)

Morrison working towards Olympics

There are days when the frustration borders on demoralization for speedskater Denny Morrison in his dual recovery from a stroke and near-fatal motorcycle accident in the span of a year.

IAN MCINROY/BARRIE EXAMINER Barrie Trojans Swim Club members Rowan Hurt, left, and Jarod Stehle will be representing the club at this weekend's Ontario Junior International meet.

A tale of two swimmers

Jarod Stehle and Rowan Hart both followed the footsteps of their older brothers into competitive swimming, they both swim with the Barrie Trojans, and now both are the fastest swimmers in the country for their respective age groups and swims. Other than that, their paths both to the water and in the water couldn't be more different.

Submitted photo John Daggett is shown with an official from Rugby Ontario are accepting his male coach of the year award during a banquet in Mississauga. The Orillia man started coaching with the Orillia Dingos before moving on to the Barrie Rugby Club and Georgian College; the two programs went 28-0 this year, winning a pair of championships.

Rugby coach wins award

Several years ago, when the Orillia Dingos coach left the team mid-season to pursue an opportunity out west, Orillia's John Daggett found himself at a cross-roads.

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