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Pursuit articles share stories about the world of local sports and the people involved in them.

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From house league to the World Cup? That's the 'official' goal!

From house league to the World Cup? That's the 'official' goal!

Orillia's Brad Doubrough is hoping to officiate the beautiful game at the highest level; 'The World Cup is definitely a goal,' says Orillia native
Local rugby star racing toward her ultimate Olympic goal

Local rugby star racing toward her ultimate Olympic goal

Oro-Medonte's Eden Kilgour has caught the attention of Rugby Canada; 'My goal is to compete in the Summer Olympics in rugby,' says talented teen
Special Olympian bowled over by chance to compete at nationals

Special Olympian bowled over by chance to compete at nationals

Lynda Larkin will represent Orillia at the 2020 Special Olympics Winter Games in February; 'I’m expecting our team to work together and play good'
Bob Wink is still making international waves in water sports

Bob Wink is still making international waves in water sports

Dedicated, talented athlete recently shone at Pan-American event in Peru; Wink remains active, in part, to help control his diabetes
Volunteer pours his heart and soul into supporting local hockey teams

Volunteer pours his heart and soul into supporting local hockey teams

Sam Hossack 'wakes up every day to be involved with the hockey world, whether it’s with the high school team or our team. Sam’s entire life revolves around hockey'
Former local high-school star still chasing his football dreams

Former local high-school star still chasing his football dreams

Rhys Rusby, 20, continues to rush toward a pro career; 'I’m hoping for a successful CFL career. I’m looking for an opportunity to get drafted'
OSS quarterback proves leaders come in all shapes and sizes

OSS quarterback proves leaders come in all shapes and sizes

Mobile quarterback hopes to lead rebuilding football program back to the top; 'What matters is the heart in the player and if you can get the job done'
Well-known basketball referee relishes five decades on local courts

Well-known basketball referee relishes five decades on local courts

Mike McParland, 72, has a passion for being a referee; 'I enjoy going to every game,' says retired teacher also known as The Key Man at Webers since 1963
Orillia's Caleb Clark is making a pitch for the big leagues

Orillia's Caleb Clark is making a pitch for the big leagues

Left-handed hurler moved to London this fall in pursuit of his dream; 'it was an incredible feeling and so surreal' to play at Rogers Centre in prospect game
Orillia's Terry Smith follows his passions from season to season

Orillia's Terry Smith follows his passions from season to season

In the summer, his second home is a golf course and in the winter, a hockey rink is his go-to spot; 'I do love my work,' says Smith