By Adam Brazeau
CORNWALL, Ontario - A friendly sibling rivalry and a shared love for competition fueled 11-year-old twin brothers Eric and Patrick Cumberbatch to capture top spots at the Cornwall Multisport Club (CMC) Kids' Day Saturday.
Over 80 tiny tykes ages six and under, through to 16-year-olds, participated at this year‚Äôs popular CMC event held in Lamoureux Park.
The Cumberbatch brothers, of Green Valley, may be new to the club, but their love for sports kept them ahead of the pack.
"It feels great to win," said Eric as he admired the first place medal hung around his neck.
Patrick finished a close second to his brother in the ages 10-12 division.
"Today was a lot of fun," he said.
To make it to the race, Eric had to miss an exhibition football game - the sacrifice clearly paid off.
‚ÄúKids' Day is meant to encourage kids to become physically active, but it also promotes important qualities like good sportsmanship and fair play,‚ÄĚ said Malik Croney, CMC Kids' Day race director.
The CMC board member has helped to organize the event in the past and eagerly looks forward to it every summer.
Over the years, the CMC has incorporated various initiatives into the event to help make it even more kid-friendly.
‚ÄúFor instance, not only do we have awards for each age group, but every participant who crossed the finish line received a finishers‚Äô medal,‚ÄĚ he said. ‚ÄúThey take such pride in this, it‚Äôs a real sense of accomplishment for them."
In addition, club members also volunteered as pace bunnies for the event. This ensured that no participant was left behind on the course, and that there‚Äôs always someone there to see they get over the finish line.
‚ÄúThe pacer runs up with the kids, then steps back as they cross the finish on their own," said Croney. "It‚Äôs a very positive thing for participants. The non-competitive atmosphere still has an official air which makes it especially fun for them.‚ÄĚ
For more information about the Cornwall Multisport Club, visit their website www.cornwallmultisportclub.com.