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Wasaga Beach honors
memory of fallen player
by Christine Brownridge
Paintball teams from Central
Ontario gathered at Wasaga Beach
Paintball Adventure on August 13th in memory of Jeff Stillin.
A year ago,
Stillin, a 25 year old, Sudbury Regional Police Officer, came to Wasaga
Paintball for a speedball tournament. After one five minute game
he collapsed on the ground. He had died of ventricular fibrillation.
The Jeff Stillin Memorial
Charity Event had 17, four-man
teams come from as far away as Sault-Ste-Marie and as close to home
as Wasaga Beach. The fast action, 4 minute games were played in a round
robin tournament format with a minimum of 7 games being played by each
Dave Stillin, Jeff's father,
after saying a few words about Jeff and giving
thanks to friends, new and old, presented Valerie Holland-Smith
the Heart & Stroke Foundation with over $6000 that was raised that
"We are very pleased and not surprised at the generosity of these people.
Jeff loved the game of paintball and many people thought highly of
this is a great way for them to honour his memory. Everyone had
a lot of
fun in the process too", commented Donna Langman, co-organizer of the
event. Many of the staff were volunteer. The day was hot and long
friends of Jeff's came first thing in the morning to do whatever job
assigned to them. Prizes were donated for the top three teams
from Zap and
trophies and medallions were also donated by Sparta Trophies.
The winning team, called Bob Lung's Ironmen, from the London area, generously
donated their prizes back to the event. Donations were also made
by players and
spectators as well as a cheque from Express Paintball Supply in London
who were unable to make it to the event.
"It has been a hard year
for me. I want to thank all these people for
doing this for Jeff", said an emotional Dave Stillin. The spirit
is alive and well.
Steve & Donna Langman
Wasaga Beach Paintball Adventure
396 River Road West, Wasaga Beach, Ontario
L0L 1P0, (705) 429-5065