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Sports stuff: Sister act in British Columbia

Sports Stuff
By Ned Bekavac

Guelph’s Katherine Stamp is headed west and joining her sister on the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds swim team for the 2014-2015 season.

The Guelph Marlins swimmer and graduate of Centennial CVI earned fourth and fifth place finishes at this season’s  Eastern Canadian Swimming Championships in Windsor.

She was fourth in the 100m backstroke and fifth in the 50m backstroke, said a news release. At the Swim Ontario Age Group Championships in London, Ont., she earned fourth in the 100m butterfly event.

Stamp’s sister, Erin, is headed into her third year as a Thunderbirds swimmer.

This past season, the Thunderbirds won their third straight CIS (national) women’s title. Erin, also a Centennial CVI graduate, earned a silver in the 200m individual medley at nationals.

The sisters’ mom, Jane Tregunno Stamp, is an Olympic medalist. She was part of the Canadian women’s coxed fours rowing team that won silver at the 1984 Summer Olympic Games in Los Angeles.

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Guelph’s Alex Lacelle has committed to the Ottawa Gee-Gees football program.

Lacelle, a District 10 all-star for the back-to-back-to-back District 10 champion John F. Ross Royals, is a 6-foot-tall, 200-pound linebacker.

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The University of Guelph Gryphons kick off training camp this week as they prepare for the 2014 OUA season.

Players were to report Sunday, with the first training session scheduled for yesterday at Alumni Stadium.

Daily practices are 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. this  week. Practice times vary next week, and all are in the afternoon. Unlike past years, the team is not doing two-a-days.

On Sunday Aug. 24, the team will scrimmage against Montreal, on the road.

Guelph opens its season on Monday Sept. 1 at McMaster.

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Speaking of Alumni Stadium, improvements continue to be made at the facility; it is currently getting a new freshly-designed paint job.

The back of the stadium’s grandstand is expected to have a new black background, in place of the red.

It’s also expected to have a checkerboard motif – similar to the end zones inside the stadium – and banners of some Gryphons players. The paint job is to be done some time in September.

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