By Ian Shalapata
(WINDSOR, ON) – The Ontario Summer Games got underway Thursday with the preliminary rounds of two events. Soccer kicked off at noon at the McHugh soccer complex in the east-end of the city while mountain biking took place across town at Malden Park.
The under-15 boys soccer saw action with Windsor FC Nationals losing to Burlington 2-0. Other winners on the day were Brampton and Richmond Hill with one game still to report. The boys and girls play a round robin tournament with the best four teams proceeding to the Finals on Sunday.
In the under-15 girls, the Windsor Eastside Kickers fell to Ottawa by 4-0 while King City and North London both won their opening matches. In the final game, Erin Mills and Hamilton drew 1-1.
Orillia’s Soren Meeuwisse led all women on Malden Hill, completing the mountain bike time trials with a 14:51 result. Just five seconds behind was Paige Foxcroft from Nottawa, and Erica Leonard, of Barrie, rounding out the top three, at 14:57. Of note, competitor Dana Gilligan was caught in Windsor traffic and started her run up and down the hill over an hour late. Without benefit of practice runs, Gilligan completed the course exactly one minute off the pace.
On the boys’ side, Quinton Disera, from Barrie, dominated the field finishing 42 seconds ahead of Gunnar Holmgren of Orillia. Shanty Bay’s Graydon Staples took third, just eight seconds behind Holmgren.
Mountain biking will wrap up Friday and is scheduled to run between 10:30 am and 3:30 pm.
All 19 sports will be in action Friday and most will carry through the weekend with winners announced on Sunday. A total participation of 2,500 competitors are expected over the course of the four days.