News in Brief

Cancelled. Variety Village has cancelled the mayoral election debate that was previously scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 11. ● Residents are invited to remember the nearly 3,000 people who lost their lives in the 9/11 terrorist attacks this Thursday, Sept. 11 at 1 p.m. in the Millennium Peace Garden in Woodbine Park, just south of Coxwell and Eastern […]

Variety lifters prepare for Masters

No Speedos, no body oil, no Schwarzenegger arms. And no age limit. When more than 200 weightlifters from age 35 to 83 compete in the upcoming Pan Am Masters at Variety Village, they will all lift something other than weights and barbells: myths about their sport. “Even when I was 23, I thought it was […]

Variety Village Synchro Club flies high

Stroke by stroke, the Variety Village Synchro Club is flying higher than ever. Swimming to a jungle beat, Variety’s Tiger team of 13 to 15 year-olds roared to gold in a Montreal pool last month – the first national title in the club’s 24-year history. Variety swiped even more medals as Emily Armstrong and Teghyn […]

Tough guys take a fall for Variety

[flagallery gid=29 name=”Squared Circle Wrestling”]. Nearly every ringside seat at Variety Village had a young fan squirming in it when The Fraternity swaggered into the building on Jan. 25. Sporting preppy clothes and Ivy League ‘tude, the three Squared Circle wrestlers got boos when they tried to haul away the referee and wipe out their […]

Chair no barrier to good life

“C’mon guys!” shouts fitness instructor Valeria Alvia, punching the air to the Latin music on the stereo. “This is a seven-minute song!” Following her lead is Jay Allison, one of 30 regulars in the seated Zumba and weights class that shakes up the Variety Village gym on Tuesday mornings. Without a break, the class goes […]

Beach track club recruits new parasports athletes

When Justine Wilmot decided to take her first spin in a racing wheelchair at the Whitby Abilities Centre, she couldn’t have asked for more elite company. Sporting a red London 2012 Paralympics jacket and a haircut that looks just as fast as he does, Justine’s first guide around the oval was Josh Cassidy, winner of […]

News in Brief

‘Meet the Ashbridges’ is the topic of a history talk to be held by Applegrove Community Complex on Thursday, Oct. 25. Archeologist Dena Doroszenko, of the Ontario Heritage Trust, will make an illustrated presentation about the Ashbridge family, some of the earliest settlers in the Beach, and the family’s Queen Street East home and estate. […]

Beach synchro swimmer succeeds with Variety Village team

A group of 11- and 12-year-old swimmers from the East End will be competing at the 2012 ESPOIR, Canadian National Synchonized Swimming Championships, May 24 to 27 at the Etobicoke Olympium. But for the first time, organizers will allow girls in this particular age group to compete in a 12U (12 and under) age category. […]