New Publication Covering the Sports Energy in Cornwall
Cornwall, ON - A new publication has quietly appeared at hockey rinks and other sporting venues throughout the Cornwall region, and it’s quickly becoming a favourite read of sports enthusiasts.
Sports Energy is a tabloid newspaper that is published monthly by well-known sports personality Mike Piquette. Mr. Piquette first came up with the idea of a local sports newspaper about four years ago while volunteering in minor hockey and working as business manager of the Cornwall Colts. Initially the plan was to build a hockey-specific paper, but with so many other things happening twelve months of the year, it was decided to open it up to sports in general.
“Over the last several years, I’ve come across many great stories about local athletes and I always thought - that story should be told,” said Mr. Piquette. “I started talking to Terry Tinkess, who heads up the Journalism Program at St. Lawrence College, and the idea quickly became reality.”
Sports Energy published its first edition in July 2012, with stories on football, baseball, golf, boxing and hockey. The premiere edition also featured interviews with CFL great Moe the Toe Racine and boxing phenom Tony Luis. The second edition featured stories on local equestrian Kaylee Arsenault, soccer’s Rebecca Everson and golfer Robyn Campbell.
“The stories are not necessarily mainstream stories that would typically be covered by the mainstream media,” says Mr. Piquette. “Our focus is on the people involved in sports – the athletes, the coaches, the people who work behind the scenes.”
Mr. Piquette says one of the best features of Sports Energy is the diversity of the writing. As many as a dozen people may be involved in writing articles for the paper, and many of them are journalism students studying at the Cornwall campus of St. Lawrence College.
"Sports Energy is a niche publication that should continue to grow in popularity amongst local residents who are involved or even who just have an interest in sports,” said Terry Tinkess, Journalism program coordinator at St. Lawrence College. "The paper not only offers a great opportunity for my students to get hands on experience in interviewing people, writing an article and seeing it published and read, but it also gives some recognition to athletes who might otherwise get overlooked."
About 10,000 copies of the newspaper are distributed each month in Cornwall and throughout SD&G, from Morrisburg to Lancaster.
“The response has been unbelievable. People really like the style of the paper and the stories we are running,” says Mr. Piquette. “It’s not just adults reading either – I’ve seen kids pick up the newspaper at arenas and read the stories - that is just fantastic.”
Every month Sports Energy publishes a list of contact names for local sports organizations. It’s just another way that the publication stays true to its grass roots.
“We’re having a lot of fun with it,” says Mr. Piquette.
You learn more about Sports Energy online at www. SportsEnergynews.com