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Perrier Appointed As New Manager of Programs

Wednesday, November, 1, 2017


OFSAA Executive Director Doug Gellatly announced on November 1 that Denise Perrier has joined the organization in the role of manager of programs.

Denise played a major role in recent years with the Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games and the 2017 North American Indigenous Games. Serving as manager, sport & operations with the Indigenous Games, and manager, sport with the Pan/Parapan American Games, she was responsible for the planning and successful execution of strategies and plans for a portfolio of sport competitions. 
She also previously held management roles in the athletic department at the University of Toronto and at the offices of the Ontario Basketball Association.
In the staff structure, Denise will be responsible for programs such as Coaching in Ontario Schools, CIAAA course delivery, the OFSAA conference, as well as all volleyball and rugby-related matters.
Denise is a welcome addition and will begin her tenure with OFSAA on November 6.

2017 OFSAA Golf Results

Tuesday, October, 31, 2017

OFSAA would like to recognize the hard work and dedication put forth by Girls' Golf Convenor Laurie Vezina and Boys' Golf Convenor Matt Loebach. Their efforts, along with those of the volunteers on the organizing committee, are greatly appreciated.

A special thank you to the Kingsville Golf & Country Club and the North Bay Golf and Country Club for hosting the 2017 OFSAA Golf events!

Please check out the complete OFSAA Golf results here:



OFSAA Announces 2017 Football Bowl Festival Schedule

Monday, October, 23, 2017

Tim Hortons Field in Hamilton, Ontario was the site of OFSAA's News Conference to announce this fall's exciting lineup of bowl games.

The News Conference took place on October 24th and was broadcast live at www.facebook.com/OFSAA/. The video link is available in the video section of OFSAA's Facebook page.

Bowl teams will be announced once qualifying games have been completed. 

Follow us also at @OFSAAFootball on Twitter and Instagram. The official website for the 2017 Football Bowl Festival is http://ofsaa.on.ca/boys-football-festival.



OFSAA's Fall Championships Are Here

Thursday, October, 5, 2017

The Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations (OFSAA) is kicking off its fall season with the Boys’ Golf Championship and Girls’ Golf Festival on October 11-12. The Kingsville Golf & Country Club in Kingsville, Ontario will host the competition for the boys and the North Bay Golf and Country Club will be the site for the Girls’ Festival.

Cross Country and Field Hockey Championships will take place in early November, with Girls’ Basketball, Boys’ Volleyball, and Boys’ Football to follow. If members of the media are interested in attending any of the following championships, please contact the appropriate person listed below. Detailed information will be available on the championship website, also listed below. Thank you in advance for your support of high school sport.






Boys’ Golf

Wed-Thurs, Oct. 11-12,


Matt Loebach



Girls’ Golf Festival

Wed-Thurs, Oct. 11-12,


Laurie Vezina



Cross Country

Sat, Nov. 4,


Rick Schroeder



Girls’ Field Hockey

Thurs-Sat, Nov. 2-4, Burlington

Kelly Grzesik



Boys’ A Volleyball

Thurs-Sat, Nov. 23-25, Woodbridge

Matt Heinbuch



Boys’ AA Volleyball

Thurs-Sat, Nov. 23-25, Brockville

Dennis Hutt




Boys’ AAA Volleyball


Thurs-Sat, Nov. 23-25, Kitchener

Bryan Stover


Lynn Vicic



Girls’ A Basketball

Thurs-Sat, Nov. 23-25, Timmins

Doug Basso



Girls’ AA Basketball

Thurs-Sat, Nov. 23-25, Huntsville

Susan Fawcett




Girls’ AAA Basketball

Thurs-Sat, Nov. 23-25, Guelph

Kristoffer Treiguts



Football Bowls

Mon-Wed, Nov. 27-29, Hamilton

Jim Barbeau




Please note that some of the websites for the later Fall championships may not be completely up-to-date as of October 5.

Baulcomb and Gauthier Honoured

Wednesday, September, 27, 2017


Two special individuals were recognized for their outstanding lifetime coaching contributions at the 2017 Ontario Coaching Excellence Awards held in Toronto.

Selected by OFSAA, Denis Gauthier is the 2017 male recipient of the Coaches Association of Ontario Award for Coaching Excellence in the School Sport Coach category. 

A teacher at Sudbury’s Lasalle Secondary School, Gauthier has coached girls’ and boys’ basketball for 30 years. He has also been involved in school soccer, golf, softball and wrestling and he has served on the Lasalle Athletic Council for 15 years.

School Sport Coach Award Winner Denis Gauthier short video:



The female winner of the 2017 Coaching Excellence Award in the School Sport Coach category for the Coaches Association of Ontario, and selected by OFSAA, is Laurie Baulcomb. The long-time soccer coach of 34 years retired this past summer from Preston High School in Cambridge. Her coaching resume includes: boys’ and girls’ volleyball, girls’ basketball and also soccer.

School Sport Coach Award Winner Laurie Baulcomb short video:



The Coaches Association of Ontario (CAO) Coaching Excellence Awards aim to recognize the outstanding achievements and significant contributions coaches have made to both their sport and athletes in Ontario. The selection of recipients (one male, one female) is based on their unique contribution to sport through continuous development. The awards do not reflect the accomplishments of a coach in any one year; rather the award is designed to recognize the contributions a coach has made over a lengthy period of time.

OFSAA is responsible for the selection of a male and female coach in the School Sport category. The award is open to active teachers coaches with a minimum of five years coaching experience. Nominated coaches must have coached two or more sports in a school year over the period of five years.  The nominated coach must have influenced the development of new coaches and have shown evidence of program building as well as encouraging athletes to give back to sports. In addition, their coaching style has proven to be ethical while demonstrating sportsmanship and positive game behaviour.

The award ceremony marked the start of National Coaches Week (September 23-30), a week-long celebration of the tremendous positive impact coaches have on our athletes and communities.


Check Out The Latest Bulletin (Sept. 2017 Issue)

Wednesday, September, 27, 2017

The 2017 fall edition of The Bulletin is now available!

Be sure to find your printed magazine at your school or simply go online here to catch up on the 2017-18 Championship Calendar, OFSAA programs, Championship reviews from this past spring, important dates ahead in the school year, and student recognition, among other newsworthy items.

New editions of The Bulletin are published in September, January and June. 

Coaching Excellence Awards 2017

Wednesday, September, 27, 2017

National Coaches Week kicks off in Ontario at the 2017 Coaching Excellence Awards 

The third annual National Coaches Week officially kicked off here in Ontario this past Saturday as ten outstanding coaches from across Ontario were recognized and celebrated at the 2017 Ontario Coaching Excellence Awards. 

Athletes, fans and family members eagerly lined up to see their favourite coach walk the red carpet at the sold out screening of the 2017 Ontario Coaching Excellence Awards. As they watched their coaching story unfold on the big screen, one by one the coaches gave a heart-felt acceptance speech, thanking their families for the support to pursue their passion. 

“We’re so proud of all our coaching award recipients and the positive impact they have on the Ontario sport community,” says Susan Kitchen, Executive Director of the Coaches Association of Ontario. “All ten awards winners have been extremely influential in their roles and deserve to be recognized and celebrated." 

For eleven years, the Ontario Coaching Excellence Awards Program has been celebrating the dedication and commitment of exemplary individuals who inspire, innovate and share knowledge of sport with others. The Awards recognize the importance of leadership, performance and the value of human insight which are all integral to great coaching. 

The following are the winners of 2017 Ontario Coaching Excellence Awards: 


Victoria Lee - Grass Roots Coach (Female), Synchronized Swimming, Toronto 


Darryl Bricknell - Grass Roots Coach (Male), Hockey, Toronto 


Laurie Baulcomb - School Sport Coach (Female), Preston High School, Cambridge 


Denis Gauthier - School Sport Coach (Male), Lasalle Secondary School, Sudbury 


Jill Perry - Good-to-Great Coach (Female), Boxing, Ottawa 


Bradley Brennan - Good-to-Great Coach (Male), Rowing, Kingston 


Colleen Didur - Everyone Matters Coach, Canoe/Kayak, Toronto 


Pat Pembleton – Aboriginal Impact Coach, Lacrosse, Fort Erie 


Justin Shattraw & Mykal Travis - Trailblazer Coach, Football 


Darryl Bricknell, winner of the Male Grassroots Coach Award, explains just how much this award means to him; “It has given me a moment in time to reflect on a very special season with great parents and wonderful players. I'm grateful when a parent or player says thanks coach. To have my name put forth for this award is humbling, to be selected as the winner, has left me thinking of all the great coaches that have impacted me in a positive way and remind myself it's not where you start, but where you finish.” 

The event also marks the start of National Coaches Week (September 23-30), a week-long celebration of the tremendous positive impact coaches have on this nations’ athletes and communities. The week is an opportunity to recognize coaches for the integral role they play by simply saying #ThanksCoach. In Ontario the week is highlighted by community coach training events happening in cities all across Ontario, and the lighting of iconic landmarks in red, yellow and blue such as the CN Tower, Mississauga Clock Tower, Welland Bridge, and many more, in support of Ontario’s and Canada’s coaches for National Coaches Week. 

The CAO congratulates all of the award winners and coaches across Ontario for their commitment and dedication to ensuring Canadians live an active and healthy lifestyle. For more information on the Ontario Coaching Excellence Awards and how to nominate a coach in the future, visit www.coachesontario.ca/awards. 

The Coaches Association of Ontario is a non-profit coach-led organization that strengthens development opportunities and provides educational resources for coaches. The CAO promotes coaching ethics and ensures the wider community recognizes the vital role of the coach in the development of sport at all levels. 


Spalding Alpha Safe Football Contest

Wednesday, September, 13, 2017

Alpha football as the official ball of the OFSAA Football Bowls and Spalding have recommitted to keeping football safe in Ontario schools for 2017-2018.

Bridging the gap from the Keeping Football Safe contest, OFSAA and Spalding are happy to announce a new initiative with the same focus to benefit teacher-coaches and football programs across the province.

Newly mandated OPHEA safety guidelines require one coach per team to have completed the NCCP Safe Contact course.


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