Islanders are certainly becoming familiar with the name Tyler Heggie.
He is the 11-year-old boy from Charlottetown who competed in the Toronto Marathon last Sunday. He did so after winning the Novice Boys Division of the P.E.I. School Athletic Association provincial cross-country championships at Mill River on Saturday.
Winning the provincials on one day and running a marathon the next really says a lot about the will and desire of this amazing youngster.
This past summer, he ran the Confederation Trail from tip to tip to raise money and awareness for Multiple Sclerosis, a disease that his mother, Rhoda, was diagnosed with over two years ago.
Heggie obviously has a very big heart to go along with great determination to succeed. As a nine-year-old, he competed in the Island Marathon, which resulted in race organizers changing the rules to no longer allow anyone under age 16 to compete.
Two years later, while the Island Marathon was being run here, Heggie was running his own marathon in Toronto. There are not many people out there that have or would do what Heggie has done, let alone accomplish what he has before his 12th birthday.
Heggie deserves a lot of credit, and he certainly is an inspiration to many. Good luck to Tyler Heggie in whatever lies ahead.
Another real nice story this past week was John Turner receiving the Mayor's Medal of Honour at City Hall.
The medal recognizes those who have made outstanding contributions to the social, economic or cultural life of Summerside.
Turner was the driving force behind the resurgence of football at the minor level eight years ago. Kids in sports means less kids sitting idle, and less kids getting in trouble. Having a sport to compete in goes a long way in shaping the future of our youth.
As Turner stated upon acceptance of his award, with words that are worth repeating: "There are a lot of life lessons in football. Kids learn hard work, discipline, respect and most of all, commitment.
“Every kid on the football field is one less on the street, and one less kid playing video games on their couch.”
The same words could be spoken for any sport, and I could not agree more. It is great that Summerside recognizes key volunteers with this award, and John Turner is certainly a very worthy recipient.
Wild night in Kensington
The first regular-season meeting in Kensington between the Kensington Monaghan Farms Wild and Charlottetown Islanders takes place at Community Gardens on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
These two teams are members of the New Brunswick/P.E.I. Major Midget Hockey League.
They met earlier this month in Charlottetown, with the Wild coming out on top 4-3.
As has been said many times before, it is great to have major midget hockey in this end of the province. For those who are thinking about taking in a game, this one may be a good time to start.
There is always a little extra at stake when two rivals meet, and it looks like these are two evenly-matched teams. It should be a real good hockey game.
The 109th World Series resumes in St. Louis on Saturday night, with Game 3 between the St. Louis Cardinals and Boston Red Sox.
With each team winning a game in Boston, it’s now down to a best-of-five and there looks to be very little difference between baseball’s two best teams.
As I have said before, this Red Sox team seems to be destined and have been the most consistent American League team from the start of the season. They play the game hard, and one can't help but like the way they play.
Manager John Farrell has taken this team from worst to first in one year, which is amazing in itself.
It looks like they have their hands full with the Cardinals, who always seem to have a good team. They are the most successful team in National League history, and always seem to have a team with not a lot of familiar names, but yet keep on winning. They are the National League version of the Yankees. Like the Yankees, St. Louis has built that winning tradition.
The Cardinals will be a tough team to beat, but in the end I think the Red Sox will prevail.
But, then again, what do I know?
I picked the Dodgers and Tigers to meet in this year's Fall Classic. Just when you think you know what will take place, you don't. That is why baseball is such a great game.
As the saying goes, you never know what will happen in a ball game.
This day in sports history
Twenty-nine years ago today on Oct. 26, 1984, Michael Jordan played his first NBA game and scored 16 points as the Chicago Bulls beat the Washington Bullets.
Also on this day 62 years ago in 1951, two boxing icons met in New York City. Rocky Marciano was unbeaten and in his prime when he took on Joe Louis, who was making a comeback after retirement. Marciano won the fight with an eighth-round knockout.
On this date in 1997, the Florida Marlins became the first wild-card team to win the World Series. The Marlins beat the Cleveland Indians in extra innings in Game 7.
Have a great week!
Joe MacIntyre is a Summerside resident. His column appears every Saturday. Comments and suggestions can be sent to email@example.com.