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Amherst battles Dartmouth in online vote for $25,000 in facility upgrades plus right to host TSN's SportsCentre

Roger Dorrington is a regular at the Cumberland YMCA, whether it's in the pool, gym, cardio or weight room. He thinks the TSN SportsCentre/Kraft Canada contest that will see the Y go head-to-head for online votes against the Mic Mac Amateur Aquatic Club today couldn't have happened at a better time. Raissa Tetanish - Amherst Daily News
AMHERST - It's not a surprise to see Roger Dorrington at the Cumberland YMCA.
"I'm here every day," said the River Hebert man on Tuesday.
Whether Dorrington's swimming in the pool, running on the treadmill or working in the weight room, you can find him there.
He even teaches boot camp twice per week, except for in the summer.
Beginning at 1 p.m. today, Internet votes will be accumulated as the YMCA goes head-to-head with the Mic Mac Amateur Aquatic Club in Dartmouth in the TSN and Kraft Canada Celebration Tour 10 in 10 contest that will see TSN's SportsCentre broadcast live later this summer from the winning facility.
"This opportunity through TSN and Kraft Canada couldn't have happened at a better time. There's a lot of work that needs to be done here," he said, looking around.

Roger Dorrington is a regular at the Cumberland YMCA, whether it's in the pool, gym, cardio or weight room. He thinks the TSN SportsCentre/Kraft Canada contest that will see the Y go head-to-head for online votes against the Mic Mac Amateur Aquatic Club today couldn't have happened at a better time. Raissa Tetanish - Amherst Daily News

AMHERST - It's not a surprise to see Roger Dorrington at the Cumberland YMCA.

"I'm here every day," said the River Hebert man on Tuesday.

Whether Dorrington's swimming in the pool, running on the treadmill or working in the weight room, you can find him there.

He even teaches boot camp twice per week, except for in the summer.

Beginning at 1 p.m. today, Internet votes will be accumulated as the YMCA goes head-to-head with the Mic Mac Amateur Aquatic Club in Dartmouth in the TSN and Kraft Canada Celebration Tour 10 in 10 contest that will see TSN's SportsCentre broadcast live later this summer from the winning facility.

"This opportunity through TSN and Kraft Canada couldn't have happened at a better time. There's a lot of work that needs to be done here," he said, looking around.

Voting will take place for 24 hours before a winner is determined.

While many people are wondering what sort of chance the facility has going up against a facility in the Halifax Regional Municipality, Dorrington doesn't feel that way.

"The YMCA isn't just Amherst. It's all of Cumberland County. We have a chance," he said.

For the winning facility, not only will TSN broadcast live, but the facility will also get $25,000 from Kraft Canada to use at the facility.

Because he's there every day and uses the majority of the areas, Dorrington says the money could go to a number of different things.

"Number one would be to replace the floor in the gym. They've already started upgrading cardio equipment, so it would be great if they upgrading the weight room equipment too," he said, adding he's aware that there are other areas of the building, structurally, that need work as well.

"Everybody is pumped about this opportunity," Dorrington said. "Especially since we just got off the cross border challenge. That was a big success with 181 participants, and I was impressed with the turnout and the volunteers from Amherst. So this competition is just perfect."

To vote, visit http://voteamherst.ca. For those that don't have access to the Internet, the YMCA has computers set up for the public to use to cast their votes.

Beginning at noon, the YMCA is hosting a free kick off barbecue with hamburgers and hotdogs. At 7 a.m., local radio station CKDH will begin broadcasting live from the YMCA.

The public is also invited to a free family swim tonight from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

The Town of Amherst (www.amherstns.com) and the Amherst Daily News (www.amherstdaily.com) also have links on their websites directing users to vote.

rtetanish@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: YMCA, Kraft Canada, Mic Mac Amateur Aquatic Club Daily News

Geographic location: Amherst, Dartmouth, River Hebert Cumberland County

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  • R.
    January 18, 2010 - 11:21

    Sorry about the last post, couldn't resist.

    My last name isn't really Dorrington, but I DO promise to possibly not match any contributions. Goo team!

  • Jerry L
    January 18, 2010 - 11:21

    Vote for the Y. It is a charity working to make the town and county a better place to live.

  • Nathan
    January 18, 2010 - 11:19

    I have no love for the YMCA
    Ive been ousted from training there twice. Once for having 'too much weight on the bar' and again for bringing in 'outside equipment' which was specialized items the gym did not have, used for specific powerlifting training.
    Powerlifters are not welcome there
    I have no use for the place
    Spend the $$ elsewhere
    The place needs a bail out every week anyway

  • CHICKY
    January 18, 2010 - 11:16

    I am going to vote today but not for the YMCA, but for Amherst. There are programs and things for kids to do in this town all summer long, other than vandelize things.
    People are getting fed up with bailing out the YMCA every other month.

  • Hometown
    January 18, 2010 - 11:15

    I think they should ask Roger Dorrington to be one of the guest desk anchors if Amherst wins the right to host a SportsCentre broadcast!
    And Jennifer Hedger to be wearing a Ramblers jersey on camera! Go Amherst go!

  • Barb
    January 18, 2010 - 11:08

    I have lived here almost five years , I have seen kids who desperatley need the facility not getting access , Constant bail out and money issues , Until someone takes action against the mismanagement practices of the board of directors don,t waste anymore money or hopes here

  • Janet
    January 18, 2010 - 11:07

    What a wonderful ambassador for our Y!! Roger is a natural born leader and an inspiration to all of us! :o)

    The voting starts at 1 pm Atlantic time everyone, please follow the link and vote for our wonderful community!!!
    Go Amherst!!

  • DJ
    January 18, 2010 - 11:06

    I love how some comments on here criticize the board of directors for mismanagment and yet other comments suggest the membership prices should be lowered. The mismanagement of the past was largely due to the fact that the people in charge never increased the prices of memberships even though the cost to run the facility continually goes up. Even if the YMCA wins the $25,000.00 it cannot afford to lower prices again. Otherwise it will be bankrupt again. I for one am very thankful for the group of people who have devoted so much time on the board of directors to turn things around and save this facility.

  • know it all
    January 18, 2010 - 11:06

    here here gerry, lower the membership costs and see an increase in members. the added revenue will purchase their floors and machines! and if not, it's a way to give back to the people who keep it alive in the first place!

  • gina
    January 18, 2010 - 11:05

    GO YMCA GO! The Y is a great place!

  • Spazz
    January 18, 2010 - 11:03

    Good plan, Barb. Let's just party poop some more, shall we? This is about a little morale boost for the town. Put aside the pettiness for a few minutes, will ya? You'll definitely be getting a thumbs-down from Dave Hodge's TSN panel on Sunday morning's edition of The Reporters.

  • Icy
    January 18, 2010 - 11:02

    Holy! I might go to the YMCA if I can watch guys like Roger Dorrington work out! Whoohooo!

  • Keep it
    January 18, 2010 - 10:56

    TSN's Farhan Lalji just reported that Dartmouth is under suspicion of using steroids in order to drive up its vote totals, so don't give up yet, Amherst!

  • know it all
    January 18, 2010 - 10:54

    Kraft said it will go to the town of amherst - not the Y - it should go to the consulates 141,000 fee , again who cares about the Y ?

  • bill
    January 18, 2010 - 10:54

    let's go y it is a great place to go and work out let;s win it all roger me and my wife go there and also my son keep the y going we have nothing else in these areas for kids or adults

  • Christopher
    January 18, 2010 - 10:48

    I agree completely with CHICKY; Amherst is full of stuff to do, and frankly the amount of vandalism around here is getting absurd.
    If the YMCA is awarded the money, they should purchase the flooring from Stellarton, NS. I think it's called McLeans Flooring. That outfit down there has insane prices and the Y would probably save like 15% on a new floor.

  • Another 2 Cents
    January 18, 2010 - 10:47

    Good luck YMCA!

    Thank you to the committee who stepped up and made an attempt at this... to make our community a better place.

    There will always be whiners!!

  • Alexander
    January 18, 2010 - 10:44

    I don't live in Amherst anymore but am visiting this summer. I saw that Dickey Park Pool is filled in and most of the play equipment is gone.

    If the YMCA doesn't get this money it will probably shut down the pool for a long time. A town this size should have a pool that people can use. Hopefully they use some of the money to renovate the pool and make it better for training.

    PS- People have to use the Y to keep it open for the long term. This is just a kick start.

  • know it all
    January 18, 2010 - 10:43

    dartmouth leading 500,000 to 75,0000
    dartmouth wins easily

  • amherstguy
    January 18, 2010 - 10:35

    Let's remember that the YMCA is one, of only a few, facilities for the youth of Cumberland County. If we want to keep kids off of the streets we have to have something for them. The Y has a long history of successes, aimed at Youth ,so let's ensure that we can help them continue their good community work.

    Be sure to vote..... $25 000 is certainly needed and will help keep this valuable part of our community alive.

  • amherstguy
    January 18, 2010 - 10:34

    who are these kids Barb......if this is truely happening, you should contact the board. The YMCA has a no refusal policy...

  • Gerry
    January 18, 2010 - 10:33

    The YMCA should use the $25,000.00 (provided that it wins the competition) to put towards lowering the cost of membership. Whats the point of having a haven to keep kids off the street that costs more to utilise per month than the drugs that put them on the street in the first place?

  • Bob
    January 18, 2010 - 10:29

    Why don't we use the money to build a skate park up where the old hospital was??? Have you seen the new skate park Moncton is building for their youth??