Fleming Knights Men’s Rugby: Knights Bounce Back and Defeat the Lancers

Peterborough, ON: Today the Fleming Knights’ varsity men’s rugby team hosted the Loyalist Lancers at the Fleming Sports Complex. The Knights, coming off a season opening loss to the Algonquin Thunder, bounced back easily defeating the Lancers by a score of 51-5.

The Knights came ready to play from the first whistle as they scored their first try within minutes of kick off, courtesy of #13 Weldon Spears (Port Hope, ON). Spears had an outstanding game scoring two tries in the match. The Knights also had a big night from #15 Kai Lucas-Dumolo (Solihull, England) who had a try and three successful converts.

Contrary to their last match, the Knights played a much more solid defensive game which was a match to their high performing offence as they held Loyalist Lancers to a single try in the match. 

The Knights look ahead to September 23rd as they visit the Algonquin College to re-challenge the Thunder.

Quick Look at the Knights

Overall record: 1-1-0

Next game: Sunday, September 23rd @ Algonquin (1 PM – Ottawa, Ont.)

For more information, contact Jonathan Taylor at sportsinfo@flemingcollege.ca

Knights Colour Fun Run


Join us on Friday Sepetmber 7, 2018 to  celebrate the unveiling of Fleming College’s rainbow crosswalks while getting to know Fleming College’s beautiful campus in this fun and festive run/walk. Key locations on campus are showcased as well as our our extensive trail system that winds through picturesque natural areas. Donations to the student food bank are encouraged and can be dropped off at the fun run starting location.

The run will start at the baseball diamonds near the Peterborough Sports & Wellness Centre.

This is a free event and all are welcome. There will be a 5 km and a 1.5 km route with pizza and prices to follow the run. The race starts at 2:30 pm.

To register click here.

For more information contact: sportsinfo@flemingcollege.ca

Leadership in Sport – Fleming’s First Athletics and Fitness Conference

Saturday September 8th
8:30-4:30 / Breakfast and Lunch included

Peterborough Sport &Wellness Centre
775 Brealey Drive, Peterborough

As the official closing event for the college’s orientation week, Fleming is proud to invite students, staff and the community to its first Athletics and Fitness Conference. This all-day conference includes interactive demonstrations, guest speakers, and coaching seminars by nationally recognized agencies.

Free for Fleming students and staff. To register online, click here to register 

Presenters include:

-Local Cricket Players
-Inuit Games (by Fleming Indigenous Student Services)
– LTAD Considerations to Actively Engage Girls and Young Women
-LGBTQ+ Considerations for Inclusion in Sport by the Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity
-Fleming Knights Athletics and Recreation Sign Up

Bus available from Lindsay to Peterborough (Depending on Registration Amounts)

Women’s Loggersports Takes 2nd at Their Two Recent Competitions

The Fleming Knights Loggersports’ Women’s One team took second place at the McGill University Competition (January 2018), and at the Dalhousie University (February 2018).

The Fleming Knights Women’s One Loggersports team was a force to be reckoned with this past winter placing in a number of events and overall taking second place at both competitions in this second half of their season.

The Fleming Knights Women’s One Loggersports team has six team members, each competing in their own individual event, and share one paired event with one other person on their team. On the Knights Women’s One team was team captain Madison Tosswill (St. Thomas, ON), Nadine Perron (North Bay, ON), Elisha Jones (Neyaashiinigmiing, ON), Naomi Jones (Neyaashiinigmiing, ON), Taylor Bjerno (Mississauga, ON), and Hayley Cowls (Toronto, ON).

Competition highlights for Knights Women’s One Loggersports team from the McGill University include 1st place in axe throwing, log decking, and pole climb. Second place was earned in pulp throw, and snow shoe. Third place was earned in water boil, single buck, and standing block chop.

Highlights for the Knights women’s one Loggersports team from the Dalhousie University competition include first place in chain saw, standing block chop, and quarter split; second place in super swede saw, and pole climb; third place in underhand chop, axe throw, water boil, and single buck.

The Loggersports season consisted of four competitions, two taking place in the fall, and two taking place in the winter. At each competition the Fleming Loggersports men’s and women’s teams faced off against other institutions competing in four team events, three partnered events, six individual events, and one individual pool event.

The Fleming Knights Loggersports team is one of two college institutions competing in the Canadian Intercollegiate Lumberjacking Association (CILA), along with four universities. Each institution may have up to five competing teams. Each year Fleming College competes against other schools such as Algonquin College, Dalhousie University, McGill University, Maritime College of Forest Technology, and University of New Brunswick.

The women’s Loggersports team was not the only team to encounter success. Fleming Knights Men’s Loggersports team had success early on in the season when they placed third at Fleming College’s home competition on November 4, 2017.

Fleming Knights Women’s Curling Team: Nationals Bound

After participating in the OCAA Curling Championships at Sault College in Sault Ste. Marie Ontario, the Fleming Knights Women’s Curling team was crowned bronze, and qualified for Nationals.

In the semifinals, Fleming took a strong lead against Fanshawe scoring five in the first three ends. Fanshawe stormed back in the fourth and fifth end and took the win. Fleming then moved on to face Humber in the bronze medal finals.

In the bronze medal match, Fleming took the lead against Humber. Humber battled hard; however, in the end Fleming was victorious with a final score of 7-6.

The Fleming Knights Women’s Curling team looks ahead to the CCAA Curling Championships, which are set for March 21 – 29 in Leduc, Alberta, where they will face off against the top curling teams from across the country.

At the OCAA Provincial Curling Championships, women’s coach Dave Farnell was awarded OCAA Coach of the Year for the women’s team.

The Fleming Knights were awarded the Vern Dow Fair Play Award and the Hap Holman Fair Play Award.

OCAA Championship Women’s Second-Team All-Star goes to Fleming Knights’ Skip Paige Droog.

OCAA Championship Mixed All-Star goes to Fleming Knights’ Amy Conley.

Fleming Knights Men’s Volleyball Qualify to Host Crossovers

The Fleming Knights fought hard throughout the season, and finished fourth in the East division to move onto the first round of playoffs, the Crossover. Pending a victory in the OCAA Crossovers the Knights would move onto playoffs at Georgian College, Barrie.  

The Fleming Knights men’s volleyball season came full circle this year. In the first half of the season, the Knights were sitting at a 2-6 record after having many close matches. Despite an unfavorable first half of the season, the Knights fought back in the second semester to end their regular season 10-8.

The turnaround for the Knights came about with the addition of veteran middle Brandon Sonnenberg (Ridgeway, ON), returning for the winter semester full of incredible volleyball. With Sonnenberg’s first game of the semester, the Knights faced off against the East’s powerhouse, the Georgian Grizzlies, who had up to this point in the season been undefeated. The Knights, in a nail biting match, defeated the Grizzlies 3-2 in the fifth set. The victory was the spark to one firey season going 8-2 in the second half of the season.

Highlights of the Knights season include Erich Perau (Peterborough, ON) being named OCAA Athlete of the Week for men’s volleyball on February 13. Perau produced a match-high 20 points, all on kills. Perau is a leader in the OCAA for total points ranking fourth with 263 points, and ranking fourth in total kills as well with 242. Joel Howes (Sharbot Lake, ON), middle for the Knights is ranked first for blocks in the OCAA with 57. Left side and libero Jake Schuller (Guelph, ON) is ranked second in the OCAA for digs with 184 total. Knights’ setter Stephen Cadamuro (Mississauga, ON) is ranked eighth overall in the OCAA for assists with 493.

The Knights look ahead to Saturday February 17, when they host the St. Clair Saints in Crossovers to fight for their chance to move onto playoffs at Georgian College in Barrie February 22 – 24.

Fleming Barbell Club, First Official Year as an Extramural Powerlifting Team and Making a Name for the Fleming Knights

This past weekend marks a high point for one of the Fleming Knights new extramural teams. The Fleming Knights powerlifting team sent a list of competitors to compete at the 2018 Seneca College and University Meet. The Knights had competitors competing in both the Ontario Powerlifting Association (OPA) and the Extramural meets.

On Saturday February 10, competing for the Knights in the OPA meet was Hayden Hillis (Norwood, ON). Hillis, despite being the Knights only competitor, showed great grit for the Fleming Knights since this is the Knights first year as a Club and extramural team. With a squat of 501 lbs., a bench press of 303 lbs., and a deadlift reaching 518 lbs., Hillis took 2nd place in his weight category.

The Fleming Knights and their powerlifting team was back to the grind on Sunday February 11 for the extramural meet having eight lifters competing. With a number of PRs (personal records) hit and beat, the Knights powerlifting team took home the title of second strongest team coming short to the first place school by only 33 Wilks points.

Barbell Club Team Captain Matt Shapiera won Male Lifters Choice Award

Team captain Matt Shapiera (Bradford, ON) was awarded Male Lifters Choice Award. Shapiera hit a successful 455 lbs. on squat, 290 lbs. on bench press, and a hefty 530 lbs. on deadlift. The Knights had high success with Kyle Graham (Pickering, ON) weighing only 160 lbs. Graham lifted ranked high in Wilks by hitting 435 lbs. for squat, 225 lbs. for bench press, and 515 lbs. deadlift. Other notable lifters for the Knights were Alex Guzman (York, ON) and Jesse Barnes (Madoc, ON). Guzman hit a whopping 530 lbs. deadlift, where Barnes pushed a successful 295 lbs. bench press.

Representing the women’s lifters for the Knights was Tori Paris (Peterborough, ON) and Megan Woodman (Barrie, ON). Both Paris and Woodman had powerful lifts. Paris hit a 240 lbs. squat, 130 lbs. bench press, and an impressive 315 lbs. deadlift. Woodman herself hit a 190 lbs. squat, 90 lbs. bench press, and 220 lbs. deadlift.

The Knights look ahead to March 17 when they travel to Ryerson University in Toronto for their next meet competing in the 2018 Ryerson University Open Powerlifting Meet.

Knights’ Cross Country Coach Named Head Coach for Athletics Ontario’s U16 Team

Darl Sutherland, head coach of the Fleming Knights varsity cross country team and head coach of the extramural track team, was named head coach for the Athletics Ontario’s U16 track team. 

Sutherland has been an asset to the Knights’ cross country and track teams for a number of years. Now Sutherland will be expanding his coaching repertoire as he oversees four other coaches with the Athletics Ontario U16 team. The Athletics Ontario team will battle against Team Quebec later this month. The Athletics U16 team contains 50 of Ontario’s top athletes under 16.“It’s a great opportunity to work with other coaches who have a lot of experience,” explained Sutherland. “It’s a very high level of competition.”

The events include distance running, sprinting, throwing and hurdles. Sutherland will oversee the four people coaching each discipline. Sutherland said there have been preliminary qualifying competitions underway and one athlete from Weldon is hoping to compete.


Fleming Knights and Fleming College teaming up for mental health on Bell Let’s Talk Day

Peterborough ON – (January 26, 2018) – Fleming College will join the conversation and raise awareness for mental health on Bell Let’s Talk Day.

The college’s Mental Health Initiative Team is partnering with Fleming Athletics to host Team Up for Mental Health at the Fleming Knights men’s basketball game on Wednesday, January 31.

The Knights are taking on the Durham Lords starting at 7 p.m. at the Peterborough Sport and Wellness Centre. The game will kick off with a special ceremony, in which Fleming College President Tony Tilly will read Fleming’s new Mental Health Statement.

Team Up for Mental Health will also include the launch of the second annual First Responders Cup to be held April 14. The event, a fitness challenge that raises money for the Canadian Mental Health Association, is hosted by faculty and students in Fleming’s Justice and Health and Wellness programs. During half-time, students will demonstrate some of the fitness challenges that are part of the First Responders Cup. A video created by the Fleming Knights varsity athletes as a part of the Bell Let’s Talk Initiative will be played.

In addition to Bell Let’s Talk, the game is part of an initiative undertaken by the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association – Make Some Noise for Mental Health. The CCAA is implementing a nation-wide mental health awareness campaign to break the stigma surrounding mental health on campus.

All are welcome to attend, admission is free, and there will be free popcorn, giveaways and door prizes. The first 200 guests receive a free Knights figure. Come out and Team Up for Mental Health!

Fred Batley: 40 years of service

Over the last four decades, Fred Batley has seen a lot of change at Fleming College.

Fred, Athletics Coordinator, recently celebrated 40 years of service at Fleming. Starting out at McDonnell Street as a program assistant in the Recreation Department in 1977, Fred recalls there were only about 800-1,000 students at the time.

Today, Sutherland Campus has 4,800 students and is highly ranked in the college system for the quality of its athletics programs and facilities.

And along with Fleming’s evolution, has come Fred’s personal and professional growth over the years. He moved on from his initial position to become intramural coordinator in 1980 and since then has held various roles.

“I was fortunate to work in many different areas throughout my time: teaching, different roles in the Athletic Department, and coaching Fleming varsity teams. I was able to challenge myself and grow over the 40 years.”

While the College has grown immensely since its early days, Fred says that some things remain the same.

“One thing that has not changed is the student-centered focus in which the student is a name and not a number. Fleming remains a caring institution, which is always prevalent… to this day.”

In his current role, Fred says he truly enjoys working with the students and student athletes on a daily basis. And reflecting on his many years of service, Fred says he is most proud of Fleming’s progression to become ranked #7 in the OCAA for overall medals – impressive for a small college. Other career highlights include the construction of the Peterborough Sport and Wellness Centre and the Fleming Sport Complex as well as his time served as a two-time OCAA and CCAA president.

“I feel this has helped Fleming College become well known and respected in Ontario and Canada,” he says.

Born and raised in Peterborough, Fred says he was always involved in sports growing up and initially wanted to become a physical education teacher. He came to Fleming after attending Western and Trent universities.

He has been married to his wife Judy for 35 years and has two daughters – Sarah, a chiropractor in Toronto, and Stacey, a teacher in Red Deer, AB – and a two-year-old granddaughter, Sophie.

And while he is still passionate about athletics, he spends a lot of his time away from work volunteering with the St. James Players.

“When I was younger I played a lot of sports. But most of my time now is spent with the St. James Players, over the past 25 years. It is a local community theater group, which puts on two musicals a year for youth and adults. And I am currently the Chair of the Board for the St James Players.”

(In fact, Fred was in the recent St. James Players staging of Mary Poppins at Showplace Peterborough.)

As he moves into his 41st year at Fleming, Fred is enthusiastic and emphatic about his time at the College.

“I have really enjoyed working at Fleming with the students, staff and faculty – because it is a great place to work!”

Congratulations Fred!

Fred celebrated his 40-year anniversary last month with his Fleming friends and colleagues in Athletics and Student Services.

Story written by: The Fleming Zone