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This article was published 27/1/2015 (877 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
Sarah Tone wants to hear from community members who think they’ve got what it takes between the pipes.
Tone, 27, is the founder and key organizer of Between the Pipes — a one-day, three-on-three sponge hockey tournament fundraiser in support of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba.
The event, which is being held in conjunction with Heart Month, is scheduled for Sat., Feb. 7 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Norwood Community Centre, which is located at 87 Walmer St.
Between the Pipes is dedicated to Tone’s father, Wayne, who died on March 24, 2006 at the age of 44 after an evening of playing badminton. It was subsequently discovered that Wayne suffered from Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Dysplasia (ARVD), a rare type of heart muscle disease.
Tone said ARVD is the leading cause of sudden cardiac death, particularly among young athletic males.
And in the spotlight of her dad’s story, the River Park South resident said the goal of the event is for participants to "make smarter, healthier lifestyle choices to reduce their risk of heart disease and stroke and promote active lifestyles" and raise awareness about heart disease and its various forms among active young adults.
"My dad was the most physically fit and active person I’ve known in my entire life. It turns out he had a genetic disease and the left side of his heart was bigger than the right, which eventually couldn’t keep up. In spite of his commitment to a healthy, active lifestyle, heart disease found its way to him," said Tone, who is a marketing co-ordinator at Sport Manitoba.
"In my opinion, this disease touches the wrong people. There are many tragic stories out there and doing the sport you love, of course, doesn’t make you immune to the disease. In terms of warning signs, be aware of things like feeling faint during workouts."
In inaugural run-out last year, Between the Pipes raised $9,060 — which exceeded Tone’s wildest expectations.
"The community came together for the event and the support was amazing," said Tone, a former student at Collège Jeanne-Sauvé.
"We knew it was going to be hard work to organize, and we were mindful that we didn’t want to guilt people into taking part because of the story behind it, but we didn’t have to worry. Our original goal was to raise $5,000. Last year, we had a social after the tournament and I was up until after 4 a.m. counting the float boxes because of how well it went. It was so fantastic."
The updated deadline for registration for the tournament is Sun., Feb. 1 at 9 p.m. For more information, or to register, go online at betweentpipes.wordpress.com