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These stories related to the great outdoors, adventure sports and eco-tourism are made possible through the continued support of Lake Country Physiotherapy as part of our Community Leaders Program.


Oro-Medonte woman joins cool crew of Canadian ice swimmers

Oro-Medonte woman joins cool crew of Canadian ice swimmers

Melanie Van Pypen one of 12 Canadians to receive International Ice Swimming Association recognition for one-mile ice water swim
'Amazing' volunteers keep local mountain biking club on track

'Amazing' volunteers keep local mountain biking club on track

Club members can ride on more than 170 km of well-maintained trails throughout local forests; 'You can't beat it,' says one of club's 1,000 members
Take a hike! All trails lead outside for this hearty Orillia club

Take a hike! All trails lead outside for this hearty Orillia club

'I decided I wanted to die with my hiking boots on, not my work boots,' says avid hiker who also loves to ski, mountain bike and kayak
Driven Orillia athlete chasing Olympic dreams ... at 150 km/h

Driven Orillia athlete chasing Olympic dreams ... at 150 km/h

'Caelan's love for bobsleigh makes her want to strive to compete alongside the world's best,' says Team Canada bobsleigh pilot
'Super special': Elite cyclist captures Athlete of the Year honours

'Super special': Elite cyclist captures Athlete of the Year honours

'There are a lot of really great athletes in Orillia. That's what makes this mean a lot,' says Isabella Holmgren, Orillia's Athlete of the Year for 2023
'Frustrating': Building an outdoor rink not for the faint of heart

'Frustrating': Building an outdoor rink not for the faint of heart

'Building the rink can be expensive and, at times, kind of frustrating, but once you get the ice here, it's fun and games,' says creator of large, lit rink on Fairgrounds Road
Snowflake Series proves winter can't chill local runners' passion

Snowflake Series proves winter can't chill local runners' passion

'The whiteness of everything and a little snow cover can be really beautiful. You just have to dress comfortably,' says 73-year-old longtime Snowflake Series runner
Local athletes golden at Pan American Cyclocross Championship

Local athletes golden at Pan American Cyclocross Championship

'Teamwork, attention to detail, and love of the process has proven to be a winning combination,' said coach of two golds and silver earned by local athletes
'Cool opportunity': Local Olympic hopeful tests his mettle in Paris

'Cool opportunity': Local Olympic hopeful tests his mettle in Paris

'Over the next couple of months, I have to really focus on my racing and have good results to get there,' cyclist says of dream to compete at Paris Olympics in 2024
Orillia athlete in it for the long run after heart surgery

Orillia athlete in it for the long run after heart surgery

'I hope my story can show others what’s possible for seniors and athletics,' Tim Payne says after impressive results at recent event in B.C.