22 August, 2014

Knoefphi Mile Swim

Knoefphli Mile Swim


Friday 22nd August 2014

Girls 10 and under

1st place              Alaina O.                              27:42

Girls 11 and 12

1st place              Renne L.                              24:18

2nd place             Emma S.                               24:20

3rd place              Evelyn H.S.                           25:56

4th place              Abby H.                                 26:18

5th place              Elke O.                                  26:41

6th place              Katya T.Y.                            26:44

7th place              Emma L.                               27:01

8th place              Antonia G.                            27:27

9th place              Jordan S.                              27:34

10th place           Caroline M.                           27:53

11th place           Carly A.                                 29:33

12th place           Sarah W.                              30:16

13th place           Marit K.                                  32:25

14th place           Lola C.                                   35:12

Girls 13 and 14

1st place              Madeleine M.                     22:09

2nd place             Hailey N.                             23:08

3rd place              Haley S.                              23:20

4th place              Anna D.                               23:27

5th place              Jessica C.                            23:46

6th place              Olivia O.                               23:47

7th place              Marion D.                             24:05

8th place              Liana Grace                         24:55

9th place              Reagan M.                           25:04

10th place           Emily S.                                 25:05

11th place           Marni G.                                25:38

12th place           Annie R.                                25:46

13th place           Alicia C.                                 26:15

14th place           Olivia L.                                 26:16

15th place           Sarah M.                              26:21

16th place           Chiara D.                              26:23

17th place           Kathryn A.                            26:34

18th place           Carmina C.                           26:37

19th place           Olivia H.                                27:43

20th place           Reaghan G.                         27:54

21st place            Morgan B.                           28:52

22nd place          Mary M.                               28:55

Girls 15-17

1st place              Olivia A.                                20:04

2nd place             Vanessa G.                          20:45

3rd place              Alexis B.                               21:49

4th place              Kate A.                                 21:53

5th place              Lauren S.                             23:00

6th place              Adelle Y.B.                           23:14

7th place              Dana S.                               24:50

8th place              Mary Kate J.                        24:58

9th place              Erin A.                                 25:01

10th place           Ashlynn M.                           25:02

11th place           Alex W.                                 25:03

12th place           Alicia G.                               25:43

13th place           Emily M.                               27:44

21 August, 2014

August 21st

August 21st 2014

Our day started with early bird! It was a perfect day for a run or swim! After breakfast, the girls had morning classes! Lots of fun classes were offered including swimming, aerobic yogalaties, ultimate frisbee, lacrosse, self defense, basketball and tennis! After lunch, it was raining and pouring over Ak-O-Mak.

The girls had rest hour and prepared lip syncs for evening activity. The girls dressed up and put on their dancing shoes! Everyone had amazing performances, some good laughs and great times! The counsellors even had a lip sync number! What a show! After all of the performances, it was early bed time for everyone as the girls prepare for the Knoephfli mile swim and Chikopi field day!

20 August, 2014

August 20th

August 20th 2014

Our day started out with a nice drizzle but the sun eventually came out for a good part of the morning! The girls had the choice to swim, run or bike for early bird! What a perfect way to start off the morning! Morning classes today included: fencing, bootcamp, basketball, kayaking, zumba and swimming!

We also had a Cabin 1 VS Cabin 2 game of ultimate frisbee! What an exciting game! After lunch, we paddled over to Ahmic Lake Lodge for some ice cream and tasty treats. The girls even got to play in the rapids! After dinner, the girls played a game in the backfield for evening activity! Such a fun day for everyone!

19 August, 2014

August 19th

August 19th

Another warm day at Camp Ak-O-Mak! Early Bird was the event to see; lots of best times, first times and a new 2 mile Ak-O-Mak swim record!

Olivia A broke the previous 2 mile record going 30:40! What a swim!

After breakfast, it was off to classes! The girls did biking, canoeing, self defence, field hockey and soccer! Cabin six even went on a kayaking adventure! We had a great afternoon with our NEW Team comp activity: "The Amazing Race!". All of the girls worked together to complete the relays and challenges! Lots of cheering and good times! After dinner, we had evening activity in the backfields! It was a great day!

18 August, 2014

August 18th

August 18th

Another exciting day at camp today full of sunshine!

The girls had the choice to either swim or run for early bird! The day continued with a fun morning schedule including: biking, canoeing, swimming, tennis, self-defence and ultimate frisbee!

After lunch, the girls had rest hour and took advantage of the sunny afternoon through afternoon classes! A variety of classes including kayaking, canoeing, softball, biking, kickball and war canoe! We then had open water front to cool off! We ended our exciting day with a campfire and our Paddle Picking Ceremony! Everyone was in good spirit and cheer with camp songs and marshmallows by the fire! Yum Yum!

Now it's off to bed, to rest up for another beautiful day in the sun!

17 August, 2014

August 17th

August 17th

What a fantastic first day at camp! We started our morning with a walking tour of our beautiful camp and some of the new running trails! The girls then had inspection morning classes including: badminton, tennis, biking, canoeing and swimming! Despite the chilly wind this morning, the bright sun made a great appearance in the afternoon heating up the day!

After lunch, the girls all did a running clinic lead by our speedy marathon runners, Rosie and Emily! We then finish off the afternoon with Team Comp. The girls all worked together, put on their thinking caps and came up with creative team names and skits to represent their teams! There was lots of laughter, cheer and team spirit! Now it's time for bed to prepare for tomorrow's fun activities!

16 August, 2014

Welcome to Camp Everyone

Welcome to Camp Everyone!

It was a wet arrival at Ak-O-Mak today but the dark, grey skies and pouring rain did not dampen the spirits of our campers. Everyone was excited to set up their bunks and begin learning the names of their cabin mates.  As everyone headed down to their cabins for "cabin bonding" the black clouds were giving way to blue skies across the lake, revealing the sun for the first time today!  Yeah!...Tomorrow will be a great day!

14 August, 2014

August 14th

August 14th

Here it is the day after all of our campers and some of our counsellors have gone home.  The weather has definitely turned with Mother Nature giving us a preview of October it seems, so we are very glad to know that you are all in your cozy nests with Mom and Dad!

As the last car drove under the Ak-O-Mak gate headed for home, those of us remaining breathed a collective sigh.  Although sad to see our friends depart, we are comforted by the memories made during these amazing seven (or three) weeks spent together.  My goodnesswe LAUGHED A LOTfrom doing "DUMB STUFF!" just as Jan so eloquently said in her last campfire talk to us last year.

10 August, 2014

August 9th & 10th

August 9th and 10th

What a great weekend we had in Barrie!  On Saturday we ate an early lunch and then loaded the buses.  Once we arrived in Barrie we headed right to Kempenfelt Bay where we picked up our race kits and walked the triathlon course.

After everyone felt confident about transitions, where to rack their bike, and the rest of the race course we headed to dinner at The Market.  It was a delicious all you can eat buffet and the girls had an awesome time!  Once everyone was full we headed to the hotel to get all settled in and have a swim in the pool before bed.

We woke up nice and early on Sunday to have a quick bite to eat for breakfast before heading to the race.  Once there we unloaded all of our bikes and set up our transition areas.  It was then time for our youngest campers to race while the rest of the camp cheered them on.  As the races went on throughout the morning everyone at the race got to know whom Camp Ak-O-Mak was because the cheering never stopped. 

It was an awesome day of racing for us with many of our campers and counsellors placing in the top of their age groups and other campers completing their first ever triathlon!   

Results are on the website www.sportstats.ca click results and Barrie Triathlon

09 August, 2014

Balmy Beach Regatta 2014

Balmy Beach Regatta 2014 

July 19, 2014

With camp being so busy it is often hard to put "pen to paper" in a timely fashion after an event.  The story of this race, however, was so inspiring that it needs to be shared.

"The Sweetest Revenge is Massive Success"

The next race was the 15 and Under Mixed War Canoe.  Fourteen paddlers and one cox in each boat.  While the kayak heats were finishing, the six competing war boats made their way up the sides of the Pan Am Flatwater Paddling course in Welland.  The paddlers were warming up muscles stiffened by the raw chill of rain that had been falling non-stop all day.  Experienced coxes  navigated their cumbersome crafts against wind and waves to their designated lanes.  Ironically, they would work very hard at a near standstill to "hold the boats" in anticipation of the start of this gruelling 500 meter race.

There would be two Ak-O-Mak War Canoes in this race and neither was expected to do well given the "high performance" designation of the regatta.  Their all-girl crews ranged in age from 10-15 and they could not have been more different from their competition!  The sunny-orange, over-sized singlets, bouncy pony tails and tanned, lithe arms paddling in unison were in direct contrast to the bulging biceped, black-shirted "man-boys" flanking them.  Their recipe for "mixed crew" was  12 parts "beef" and only 2 parts "sugar and spice"!

The war canoes worked their way into position, inching up to the starting line under the military commands of their seasoned coxes.  The goal:  to get off the line fast and get out in front to avoid the potentially perilous wash of the lead canoes.   

The energy approaching the start became more intense with every passing second.

"Six and Seven, back us down!...Rights, pull us over!  Draw one, two!", called Jocelyn, Ak-O-Mak's cox...."Eyes forward!  Listen to my voice only!...

 The words were no sooner said when the war boat of "man-boys" took their position in the next lane just a few feet away.  They were as experienced in their jeering as they were in their paddling.  "Yah, there's Ak-O-Mak....they just cheer loud, but no threat to us!"...

Jocelyn:  "One and two bring us up one!...Hold the boat!... Sit up!..."

"Paddles Up!!"....

WAHHHH!...The loud air horn blasted, signalling the start which was ferocious!  Water churned around the paddles like a shark feeding-frenzy. The rapid cadence of the powerful blades thundered through the water, causing the lead boats to leap out of the start. The inevitable wake created by the first three boats, all powered by man-boys, hit portside of the Ak-O-Mak war canoe causing it to list right then left then right again.  Jocelyn and her crew rode the waves, their bodies undulating with the large swells like a rodeo cowboy on a bucking bronco.  Surprisingly, everyone remained in stroke!

  Once the high-performance, lead canoe pulled out of the pack, it became obvious that it would be a tight race for second, third and fourth with the two remaining boats pulling up the rear.  The second Ak-O-Mak war canoe, coxed by Lilly, remained competitive and in-stroke, duking it out for 500 meters for fifth place.

Everyone on shore suddenly forgot about the cold, sideways rain, mesmerized by the race unfolding before them.  They were on their feet screaming and cheering, WILLING their energy to their sisters in orange who were paddling for their lives!  Could it be??...Jocelyn's war canoe was gaining on the boys-in-black, inching closer and closer with every stroke. 

Anyone who has competed in war canoe never forgets the feeling at the 200 meter mark:  muscles hardening with the strain of pulling so much water so fast and chests on fire in an attempt to suck more air.  A mind focused on the cox's commands and the stroke rate,  channelling their hunger to win into raw power!  We knew how our sisters in orange were feeling and worried about them. We knew that giving in to fatigue could lead to a missed stroke or a disastrous fall out of the boat!

The three boats were perilously close as they raced towards the finish line, the Ak-O-Mak orange the only ray of sunshine in a field otherwise "dark horses".  The girls were giving everything they had, but Jocelyn knew they needed more.  She could see that the bronze medal might just be within their reach...

"Give me 20!!...POWERRRR!!...ONE, TWO, THREE, FOUR...LET'S GET THIRD!!...GET THIRD!  THIRD!  THIRD!  THIRD!  Jocelyn yelled.  Natasha, the stroke of the boat, picked up the cadence as fast as she could paddle, trusting her crew to follow in perfect time.

At the 100 meter mark Jocelyn screamed, "FINISH!!!....and with that somehow pulled her paddlers souls forth and into theirTHIRD!  THIRD!  THIRD!"

As the war canoes flew across the finish line, not even the athletes were sure of the placing.  With their pulses thundering in their ears the only sounds they heard were the gasps and wheezes of their spent team mates, slumped over paddles and gunnels, muscles trembling from the herculean effort. 

Then, as though from the heavens, the the booming voice on the loudspeaker announced, "...And in third place it is Camp Ak-O-Mak by half a stroke!  What an exciting race!"

With that, the entire Ak-O-Mak cheering squad of campers and parents lining the shore errupted in surprised joy...jumping up and down, screaming, hugging each other, double high five-ing everywhere.   "I can't believe it!  Holy Cow!!"...

At the finish, Jocelyn and her crew took a  moment to catch their breath and then it was back to business.

"Ok, way to go Ak-O-Mak.  Now, SIT UP!...PADDLES UP!...TAKE IT AWAY!...One, two, three..."

They paddled proudly together in a cadence of recovery.

And as that boat of fourteen girls in orange shirts and bouncy pony tails came alongside the now somber man-boys, they demonstrated the spirit that truly makes them beautiful.

"Good race, Richmond Hill".


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