It has been a golden year for Cobourg’s Josh Maguire.
Just coming off winning the RBC Cup as captain of the Cobourg Cougars, Maguire brought home gold with Team Ontario’s U21 men’s softball team at the Canada Summer Games held in Manitoba.
“It has been a crazy year,” said Maguire, now back home in Cobourg.
Maguire said he hadn’t won any championships before.
Team Ontario were the favourites to win men’s softball, played at the John Blumberg Softball Complex in Headingley, Man., but Team Saskatchewan came out of the round robin undefeated. That was a reality check for Team Ontario, said Maguire. They then pulled together and started to work hard.
Team Ontario faced the undefeated Saskatchewan on Thursday, Aug. 3 in the semifinal, beating them 11-1. The gold-medal game saw them facing Saskatchewan again, this time beating them 4-1 on Aug. 4.
“It was an unbelievable feeling,” said Maguire on the win. “Words can not describe it.”
Maguire, 21, of Cobourg, played with the OHL’s Peterborough Petes and moved to the Cobourg Cougars last season.
Playing both softball and hockey hasn’t been too difficult as the two seasons don’t usually overlap, said Maguire. Although, this year, with the RBC Cup scheduled in May, there was an overlap. Also, Maguire was recovering from a broken hand this season, which added another challenge.
Becoming part of Team Ontario was a four-year process, he said. The final 15 members of the team were selected last summer.
Maguire will enter University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) this fall, where he plans to continue playing hockey with the Ridgebacks.