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Submitted photo Orillia native Lisa Brooking, the 2015 Orillia Athlete of the Year, won the British Columbia Cross-Country Running Championship Saturday in Nanaimo, B.C. With the win, the 29-year-old has qualified for the Canadian University Sports championship and will also run for Team B.C. at the Canadian championships later this month in Kingston.

Brooking to represent Canada

It's official: Orillia's Lisa Brooking will represent Canada at the upcoming IAAF World Cross-Country Championship in Uganda and the Pan-American championship in Nicaragua.

World Anti-Doping Agency investigator Richard McLaren speaks during the press conference in, London Friday Dec. 9, 2016. A new report into systematic Russian doping has found that more than 1,000 Russian athletes from summer and winter sports were involved in or benefited from an organized conspiracy over a four-year period. Richard McLaren released the second part of his report into allegations of state-sponsored doping, particularly involving the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. (Jonathan Brady/PA via AP)

Russian doping ran on an 'unprecedented scale'

A new report into systematic Russian doping details a wide-ranging “institutional conspiracy” that involved more than 1,000 athletes across more than 30 sports, including evidence corroborating large-scale sample swapping at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.

Dave Dawson/The Packet & Times Sharese Rivait, 17, has earned a scholarship to Southern Methodist University in Dallas, where she will compete for the Mustangs’ equestrian team in western competition. The Patrick Fogarty Catholic Secondary School student has been riding since she was six and has worked hard to earn the scholarship to the NCAA school.

Equestrian headed to Dallas

Orillia's Sharese Rivait has done something no other local equestrian athlete has accomplished. The 17-year-old western rider has earned a scholarship to Southern Methodist University (SMU), a Division 1 school in Dallas that competes at the highest levels of the NCAA.

SUBMITTED PHOTO No matter the weather, hardy runners love to participate in the annual Orillia Snowflake Series. This year’s four-race series begins Dec. 4.

Snowflake Series kicks off this Sunday

The 23rd annual Orillia Snowflake Series, being presented by the Rotaract Club of Orillia for the second straight year, will kick off its annual four-race winter running series Sunday at Couchiching Beach Park.

Submitted Twin Lakes Secondary School graduate Lisa Brooking is shown racing in Kingston at the Canadian Cross Country Championship. The 2015 Orillia athlete of the year finished eighth to earn her golden ticket as a top-10 performer. Athletics Canada will take six senior women’s competitors to upcoming world and Pan American championships. Brooking is hoping to be one of the chosen runners.

Brooking waiting on the word

Lisa Brooking, Orillia’s reigning athlete of the year, earned her “golden ticket” on the weekend, and is now anxiously awaiting to see if that ticket will allow her to represent Canada at two prestigious international competitions.

SUBMITTED Gill Gauthier.

50 years of fighting

Fifty years ago, Toronto's Cabbagetown was depressed and violent. If you were going somewhere in life, you got out of the neighbourhood. It was there that 18-year-old Gilles Gauthier lived and worked.

Submitted photo Orillia native Lisa Brooking (TWU) is shown at the head of the lead pack during the second lap of the six-kilometre 2016 CIS Cross-Country Running Championship in Quebec. Orillia’s Katelyn Ayers (Guelph) came from behind to edge Brooking by eight tenths of a second to secure a bronze medal at the event that featured the top 162 university athletes from across the country.

Ayers takes bronze in cross country

Two born-and-bred Orillia athletes, who have never met, battled tooth and nail last weekend in their determined quests for a CIS medal at the 2016 Cross-Country Running Championship for Canadian university students.

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