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Local athlete brings Ben Johnson back to the Bay for a good cause

'I wanted to help in anyway possible'
Nick Laporte with former Olympic sprinter Ben Johnson. Johnson and Laporte have teamed up to help raise money for a local woman with cystic fibrosis. File photo.

Track and Field Olympic hopeful Nick Laporte is bringing his world-class trainer Ben Johnson up to North Bay for a speed and conditioning camp. 

Laporte, who has been training for more than a year with Johnson, has brought the former Canadian Olympic sprinter up to train local athletes in the past but this time he is bringing him up to train local athletes and raise money for a worthy cause. 

The cause is to help raise money for Natalie Daoust, who is a local woman suffering from cystic fibrosis and is awaiting a double lung transplant. 

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"Natalie is the true definition of perseverance," said Laporte describing Daoust.  

"To get up every day and essentially fight for your life, that’s unimaginable. To do it with a smile on your face? That’s a whole different level. She continues to inspire me and many others. I wanted to help in any way possible. This fundraiser was a perfect opportunity to come together as a community, to help out. Any donations are greatly appreciated for those people that cannot attend."   

The conditioning camp will take place on February 23 and 24 at the YMCA.  The YMCA has donated to gym to help with the cause.   

The cost to attend the camp is $50 and it will take place from 12:30 to 2 p.m.  

On top of that, the Fox & Fiddle will be hosting a Paint Night for Natalie from 3:30 to 5 p.m. also on the 23rd.  Ben Johnson will also attend as a celebrity guest. That cost is $40 with all proceeds going to Natalie.   

For more information contact Nick at (403) 402-6048.  


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