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These stories related to the great outdoors, adventure sports and eco-tourism are made possible through the continued support of Lake Country Physiotherapy as part of our Community Leaders Program.


'Super special': Elite cyclist captures Athlete of the Year honours

'Super special': Elite cyclist captures Athlete of the Year honours

'There are a lot of really great athletes in Orillia. That's what makes this mean a lot,' says Isabella Holmgren, Orillia's Athlete of the Year for 2023
'Frustrating': Building an outdoor rink not for the faint of heart

'Frustrating': Building an outdoor rink not for the faint of heart

'Building the rink can be expensive and, at times, kind of frustrating, but once you get the ice here, it's fun and games,' says creator of large, lit rink on Fairgrounds Road
Snowflake Series proves winter can't chill local runners' passion

Snowflake Series proves winter can't chill local runners' passion

'The whiteness of everything and a little snow cover can be really beautiful. You just have to dress comfortably,' says 73-year-old longtime Snowflake Series runner
Local athletes golden at Pan American Cyclocross Championship

Local athletes golden at Pan American Cyclocross Championship

'Teamwork, attention to detail, and love of the process has proven to be a winning combination,' said coach of two golds and silver earned by local athletes
'Cool opportunity': Local Olympic hopeful tests his mettle in Paris

'Cool opportunity': Local Olympic hopeful tests his mettle in Paris

'Over the next couple of months, I have to really focus on my racing and have good results to get there,' cyclist says of dream to compete at Paris Olympics in 2024
Orillia athlete in it for the long run after heart surgery

Orillia athlete in it for the long run after heart surgery

'I hope my story can show others what’s possible for seniors and athletics,' Tim Payne says after impressive results at recent event in B.C.
Orillia race horse owner captures 'lightning in a bottle'

Orillia race horse owner captures 'lightning in a bottle'

Orillia's Mike Langlois has his racehorse, Paramount Prince, in line to be a top contender at the prestigious King’s Plate at Woodbine Racetrack
Orillia to host province's best cornhole players this weekend

Orillia to host province's best cornhole players this weekend

'There is a lot of strategy involved and it gives me the competitive outlet I was looking for in a non-contact way during the pandemic,' said Orillia player, among Canada's best
'Awesome achievement': Local woman makes history, earns black belt

'Awesome achievement': Local woman makes history, earns black belt

'I’m proud of that,' says Sarah Lampi, who is one of the few people in the world with Down syndrome to earn a fifth-degree black belt in karate
Orillia mountain biker earns silver medal at Pan Am championship

Orillia mountain biker earns silver medal at Pan Am championship

'My goal is to go to the Olympics and bring home a medal for Canada,' says Gunnar Holmgren, who won three medals for Canada at Pan Am events in Brazil