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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. 

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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.

OFSAA Tennis Results 2017

Saturday, June, 3, 2017

TENNIS (YRAA)

May 29-31, 2017, Toronto/Markham

Open Boys Singles - 2017

 

GOLD:  RYAN NAVARRO (ROPSSAA) 

SILVER: PETER KUSZYNSKI (YRAA)

BRONZE:  NEIL KANDHAI  (ROPSSAA)

ANTIQUE BRONZE: DYLAN VALENTINE (LOSSA)

 

 

Open Girls Singles - 2017

 

GOLD:  SOFIA KOSTIRKO (ROPSSAA)

SILVER:  RACHEL HANFORD (ROPSSAA)

BRONZE:  ELIZABETH ROZIN (TDSSAA)

ANTIQUE BRONZE: SAMANTHA ORMESHER (TDCAA)

 

Open Boys Doubles - 2017

 

GOLD:  PAVEL BADIANTS and SIMON STOULA (YRAA)

SILVER: SAM WORTZMAN and JACK STEIN (TDSSAA)

BRONZE: KEVIN BERGHUIS and GIJS NOTEBOOM (CISAA)

ANTIQUE BRONZE: MATT MUELLER ANS GRIFFIN ALLEN (SWOSSA)

 

Open Girls Doubles - 2017

 

GOLD:   MYA BUI AND JADA BUI (LOSSA)

SILVER:  RITA COLYER KATARZYNA KUBICZ (GHAC)

BRONZE: DARYA MALTSEVA and NICOLE CLARKE (YRAA)

ANTIQUE BRONZE: ALANNA OLTEANU and LILY ZHANG (SWOSSAA) 

 

Open Mixed Doubles - 2017

 

GOLD:  JACK SARABIA and TILLY RIGBY (CISSA)

SILVER:  STEPHANIE AFLOROAEI and ANDREW CODITA (LOSSA)

BRONZE:  RYAN MACLEAN and MIA TAMINDZJIA (CWOSSA)

ANTIQUE BRONZE: ARIELLE GAL and ALEXANDER KARIC (TDSSAA)

High School Boys Singles - 2017

 

GOLD:  KEENEN CONLIN (CISAA) 

SILVER:  ANDREW VARGHESE  (NOSSA)

BRONZE: DALLAS SMITH (SOSSA)

ANTIQUE BRONZE: ERICK ORTEGA (WOSSA)

 

High School Girls Singles - 2017

 

GOLD:  PAIGE BAYNHAM (WOSSAA) 

SILVER:  MADELEINE ALEXANDER (WOSSAA) 

BRONZE: KIANA NIKBAKHT (TDCAA)

ANTIQUE BRONZE: NATALIA GLAZ (SWOSSAA)


 

High School Boys Doubles - 2017

 

GOLD: SPENCER ROBERTSON and MICHAEL ORRETT (LOSSA)

SILVER:   ANDREW ROBERTS and PRINCE WANG (TDSSAA)

BRONZE:  MIKE ROSS and CHRIS BROOKS (TDCAA)

ANTIQUE BRONZE:  MELVIN MAROON AND WARREN ZHANG (CISAA)


 

High School Girls Doubles - 2017

 

GOLD:  CAMILLLA MARANGELLI  and SEIJA HUHTALA (SWOSSAA)

SILVER:  SOPHIA LINDY and ALY LOWRY (TDSSAA)

BRONZE:  MEAGAN DUFF  CAITLIN LE (ROPSSAA)

ANTIQUE BRONZE:  CHAREE BOTHA CATHERINE FANOUS (WOSSAA)

 

High School Mixed Doubles - 2017

 

GOLD:  MATT GARTNER and EVI ZAFIRIS (CWOSSA)

SILVER: MEGAN KILLEEN and HARRY WOOD (TDSSAA)

BRONZE: DYLAN CHRISTENSEN AND SARAH  BIRCH (WOSSA) 

ANTIQUE BRONZE: JOHNATHAN ROSS and ALYSSIA WATKIN (CISAA)

Sport Nutrition

Thursday, May, 18, 2017

Sport Nutrition

Whether you coach first-time participants at the community sport level or national team athletes, proper nutrition is essential for overall good health and optimal athletic performance. Participants of all ages and at all levels of competition are affected by good nutrition. It’s not only about knowing what to eat -- it's also knowing when to eat, especially if you’re on the road with your athletes, or even with other coaches or parents. 

Visit http://coach.ca/sport-nutrition-s14783=en for valuable coaching tips.

 

CIAAA Seeking Program Manager

Wednesday, May, 17, 2017

CANADIAN INTERSCHOLASTIC ATHLETIC ADMINISTRATORS ASSOCIATION (CIAAA)

The CIAAA is seeking a Program Manager. Located in Edmonton, and reporting to the National President and the Executive Director of the Alberta Schools’ Athletic Association, and taking direction from the CIAAA Board of Directors, the Program Manager will be responsible for the CIAAA’s day-to-day operations. Position involves travel throughout Canada and the United States.

Click here for more details.

OFSAA renews Baden, chooses new volleyball for 2017-18

Thursday, April, 20, 2017

Baden Sports and OFSAA are happy to announce a new multiyear renewal of Baden as the federation’s official volleyball supplier. 

The new agreement introduces Baden’s most-advanced microfiber volleyball, VCOR™, as the official ball to be used exclusively in all OFSAA-sanctioned championships and events beginning with the 2017-18 school year.

The VCOR replaces Baden’s Perfection® leather game volleyball as the official ball. The transition from a leather to a microfiber game ball aligns OFSAA more closely with trends in the international game.

“We are honored and excited to continue as the official volleyball supplier of the OFSAA,” said Michael Schindler, CEO, Baden Sports. “Our mission has always been to make the game better for the player. VCOR fulfills that mission in every way and we’re looking forward to players experiencing the exceptional quality, innovation, and performance that was built into this ball from the start.”

Baden spent more than three years developing VCOR, a process that included extensive wind tunnel analysis, computer modeling, and beta testing with elite players in the U.S. and Canada. The goal was a ball that could play to the relative strengths of both power hitters and float servers; specifically, one that would fly straighter when hit harder and move more unpredictably when hit softer. Baden product engineers achieved that objective with a unique 12-panel construction, flatter seams, and a dimpled proprietary cover material called TruFlite™.

“Baden has been a great partner for us with their Volleyball and we're excited to have them back with even more advanced equipment,” said Shamus Bourdon, Assistant Director, OFSAA. "Our boys' and girls' Championships benefit greatly from the support of Baden and it will be exciting to see them use the VCOR in OFSAA Championship action!" 

The model number for the new official ball is V5S-220 for boys and girls. It can be purchased, along with all of Baden’s volleyballs, carts, and accessories, through authorized team dealers. For more information, visit www.badencanada.com.

 

About Baden Sports

Baden Sports, an independent, family-owned company based in Renton, Washington, USA, is a designer and manufacturer of the highest-quality athletic balls. Baden also manufactures the Axe Bat, the only bat designed for the swing. For nearly 40 years, Baden’s product innovation and leadership have led conferences, programs, and coaches at all levels to choose Baden as their official ball. For more information, visit www.badencanada.com, or join the conversation on Facebook (BadenSports), Instagram (badensports), and Twitter (@BadenSports).

Athletics Canada & School Sport Canada Partner to improve High School Track in Canada

Thursday, April, 20, 2017

Some good news for OFSAA's track & field partners and an opportunity to pass along for student-athletes seeking scholarships!

Athletics Canada understands the importance of introducing and keeping involved in athletics. As a result, the Athletics Canada Foundation is pleased to announce funding for two scholarships for 2017 graduating high school student-athletes, as well as two other initiatives aimed at improving the state of high school track and field across Canada.

“We are committed to promoting excellence and nuturing the development of young athletes. With this mission in mind, we are pround to announce the creation of the Athletics Canada Foundation Scholarship,” said Rob Guy, Chief Executive Officer. “Athletics Canada will continue fundraising efforts to ensure the Athletics Canada Foundation Scholarship becomes an annual opportunity for graduating student-athletes.”

The $5,000 scholarships will be awarded to one male and one female multi-sport athlete with a passion for athletics who is graduating from high school and committeed to continuing athletic and academic pursuits in Canada. Click here for more information about the scholarships.

Athletics Canada’s commitment to supporting high school athletics does not end there. For the third year in a row, www.athleticscanada.tv will produce and webcast live coverage of the ASAA High School Track and Field Championships, B.C. High School Sport Track and Field Championships and OFSAA Track and Field and Cross Country Championships.

In close partnership with School Sport Canada, Athletics Canada has also developed three Fundamentals of Athletics Learning E-Modules that are available at no cost to high school coaches across Canada. Fundamentals of Athletics Jumping Events, Throwing Evens and Track Events are available at www.schoolcoach.ca/courses.aspx

Awards Deadlines

Wednesday, April, 19, 2017

Colin Hood Award

The Colin Hood Award is given out annually to one graduating male, one graduating female, and one coach in every school in the province who, throughout their high school career, have been committed to the success of school sport at their school and within their Association.

Application deadline is April 28, 2017.
NOTE - The names of the recipients MUST be provided to us before the awards will be shipped.

Complete the online application form

 

Character Athlete Award

Once a year, OFSAA awards the Character Athlete Award to two recipients (one male, one female) who embody OFSAA’s values of leadership, commitment, equity, respect and sportsmanship. 

The Character Athletes will be profiled in our Bulletin magazine, on our website, and in our Enewsletter. They will also receive a $1000 scholarship from Josten's, and a plaque from OFSAA commemorating this accomplishment.

OFSAA Character Athlete nominations are due Monday, May 1, 2017

To nominate one of your student-athletes for the Character Athlete Award, please fill out the application form and submit it online. Please include as much information as possible about your student-athlete.  Specifically their school and community involvement, and how they exemplify OFSAA’s values.

 

Coaching Excellence Award

The CAO Coaching Excellence Awards recognize outstanding coaches and their contributions to both their sport and athletes in Ontario. The selection of recipients will be based on their unique contribution to sport through coaching.

These awards do not reflect the accomplishments of a coach in any one year; rather the awards are designed to recognize the contributions a coach has made over a period of years.

download the 2017 OFSAA Coaching Excellence Award nomination form here

Application Deadline is May 22nd, 2017

 

Brian Maxwell Memorial Scholarship

The Brian Maxwell Memorial Scholarship is awarded each year to two student athletes that will be continuing their post secondary education at a Canadian College or University. Starting 2015-16 there will now be first, second and third place scholarships awarded to each a male and female annually as follows:

  • First place:   $8,000
  • Second place:  $4,000
  • Third place: $2,000

Preference shall be given to a student whose character is reflective of qualities that Brian Maxwell demonstrated in his life: honesty, integrity, compassion and an unwavering quest to accomplish the best he could academically and athletically while supporting his fellow team members.

Download the Application Form
Scholarship Recipients
Applications are submitted to the OFSAA office for distribution to committee. Application deadline is June 16, 2017.

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