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OFSAA Snow Sports Results

Wednesday, March, 4, 2015

OFSAA Snow Sports Champions

OFSAA Nordic Skiing Championship

Thurs-Fri February 19-20, Sudbury

Results on OFSAA Nordic website

Boys' Senior Team - Glebe Collegiate Institute

Girls' Senior Team - Glebe Collegiate Institute

Combined Senior Team - Huntsville High School

Boys' Senior Individual - Aidan Kirkham

Girls' Senior Individual - Soren Meeuwisse

Boys' Junior Team - Glebe Collegiate Institute

Girls' Junior Team - Glebe Collegiate Institute

Combined Junior Team - Glebe Collegiate Institute

Boys' Junior Individual - Alexander Maycock

Girls' Junior Individual - Alia Sanger

 

OFSAA Alpine Skiing Championship

Mon-Tues February 23-24, Blue Mountain

Results on OFSAA Alpine Site

Slalom

Level 1 - Girls' Slalom Team - SCHS

Level 1 - Girls' Slalom Individual - Sophie Ackert, LBM

Level 1 - Boys' Slalom Team - SAC

Level 1 - Boys' Slalom Individual - Ward Kyle, LKBY

Level 2 - Girls' Slalom Team - LRSS

Level 2 - Girls' Slalom Individual - Sierra Smith, LRSS

Level 2 - Boys' Slalom Team - LRSS

Level 2 - Boys' Slalom Individual - Joseph Mergl, SVC

Giant Slalom

Level 1 - Girls' Giant Slalom Team - LPCI

Level 1 - Girls' Giant Slalom Individual - Pia Winter, TLSS

Level 1 - Boys' Giant Slalom Team - SCHS

Level 1 - Boys' Giant Slalom Individual - Ward Kyle, LKBY

Level 2 - Girls' Giant Slalom Team - LPCI

Level 2 - Girls' Giant Slalom Individual - Sierra Smith, LRSS

Level 2 - Boys' Giant Slalom Team - HSC

Level 2 - Boys' Giant Slalom Individual - Will Cornya, HSC

 

OFSAA Snowboarding Festival

Thursday, February 26, Blue Mountain

Results on OFSAA Snowboarding Site

Girls' Team - Aurora HS

Boys' Team - Oakville Trafalgar

Girls' Level 1 Individual - Hannah Cochrane, KHS

Boys' Level 1 Individual - Will Izzard, Oakville Trafalgar

Girls' Level 2 Individual - Emma Dorland, Lawrence Park

Boys' Level 2 Individual - Eric Van Hees, Oakville Trafalgar

Get Your Copy of OFSAA's Winter 2015 Bulletin

Thursday, February, 26, 2015

OFSAA's Bulletin magazine is sent to schools across Ontario three times a year. Click the cover image below to download your own PDF version of the Winter 2015 Bulletin.

In this edition

  • Recaps of OFSAA Fall 2014 Championships and Festivals
  • 2014-15 Championship Calendar
  • Coaching courses available
  • Scholarships for student-athletes
  • OFSAA 2015 Coaching Symposium news
  • Coaching tips, sports articles, and more!

AAA Volleyball Champs Back At It

Thursday, February, 12, 2015

The OFSAA Girls' AAA Volleyball Championships are less than a month away in Ingersoll. 

Visit the OFSAA Championship website here

The defending champion Abbey Park Eagles are 10-0 so far this season and their success is as much about remembering what got them to the top of the mountain ast year as it is about finding themselves again.

Per InsideHalton.com:

"Abbey Park Eagles coach Julie Burr understands there are similarities between this year’s team and the one that won provincial high school AAA gold last spring.

She just prefers not to talk about them.

“We have tried not to make too many comparisons between the teams,” said Burr, whose Eagles completed their second straight undefeated Halton senior girls’ volleyball league campaign Tuesday with a 2-0 victory over the Garth Webb Chargers.

“It’s been important for myself and (assistant coach) Christy Holmes to really understand this season is a different team, to not reference what we did last year. From the beginning of the season, we’ve focused on who we are as a group this year and what we need to do as a group this year.”

This year’s edition of the Eagles is 10-0 overall in league play, winning 20 of 22 sets. Last season, Abbey Park was 13-0 overall and 26-3 in sets. The team is still led by former Ontario beach volleyball champion partners Tori Gorrell and Sarah Williams."

Read the rest of the article here 

Nordic Skiing Championship

Thursday, February, 12, 2015

OFSAA's Nordic Skiing has a unique flavour and style among all of our Championships.

It's a fun and sometimes silly atmosphere around the competition, capped by a banquet that often brings out hilarous themed costumes.

The 2015 OFSAA Nordic Skiing Championship takes place February 19-20 in Sudbury, hosted in Laurentian's Nordic Trails.

Click here to view the competition schedule

Maps of the race courses may be downloaded here

For more information on the OFSAA Nordic Skiing CHampionships please visit the website or contact convenor Perry Sakki


Ten Tips For A Safe Winter

Monday, February, 2, 2015

With snow hitting the slopes soon and students waiting for the last bell before the break, OFSAA would like to remind everybody to stay active, safe and healthy this winter.

Here are Ten Tips from the Sport Information Resource Centre to follow this season...

There are many excellent winter activities for adults and youth to enjoy as a recreational pastime or competitively. Cold temperatures, icy surfaces and high speeds can be a risky business though, so we're sharing some tips for keeping you and your family safe outdoors this holiday season.

  1. Wear proper protective equipment such as helmets, goggles and wrist guards.
  2. Ensure your equipment has the proper fit and know how to properly care for it - loose or poorly fitting equipment increases the risk of injuries.
  3. Children and beginners should take lessons from a certified instructor before tackling a new sport.
  4. Be aware of your surroundings, many serious injuries result from colliding with trees, poles or other recreational athletes. Know the whereabouts of fences, rocks, open water, and ice patches so they can be avoided.
  5. Be aware of the weather and trail or slope conditions - deep snow, such as powder, fresh snow or groomed slopes/trails significantly lower injury rates.
  6. Know your ability and skill level and stick to trails and slopes that work best for you. This is difficult for children (they may not have the experience or judgment to determine their skill level), so the parent should help them with this assessment.
  7. Whether you are hiking, snowshoeing, tobogganing, skiing or snowboarding - never go out on the hill alone and stay on designated marked trails. 
  8. Learn how to fall. This may seem counter-intuitive but knowing how to fall safely and correctly takes time to learn and is a huge part of injury prevention. If you feel yourself falling, try to land on your side or buttocks. Don't fight the fall, try to roll somewhat naturally, and allow your head to turn in the direction of the roll.
  9. Pace yourself. Most sports are physically taxing to the body, be honest about your fitness levels and do some training before you head out. When you are out there, be sure to warm up and cool down at the beginning and end of your day.
  10. Many people injure themselves at the end of the day when they are tired from hours of physical exertion. If you are tired or in pain, resist the urge to ‘go for a last run’, call it a day and get some rest.

Winter sports such as skiing, snowboarding, tobogganing, and skating can be exhilarating and offer fun and exercise for the whole family. With a little preparation, injuries can be avoided with some professional instruction, properly fitted protective equipment, and a little common sense.

Making Head Way - Concussion Videos

Thursday, January, 29, 2015

The Coaching Association of Canada now offers free online concussion safety education as part of their national coaching certification program. The modules, called "Making Head Way" come in sport specific versions for soccer, football, snowboard, skating and freestyle skiing as well as one version applicable to all sports. 

View the videos below in English or French then visit the Concussion eLearning page at coach.ca to register for access to these modules.

Play safe!

How Can We Encourage Youth To Participate In Sport?

Wednesday, January, 28, 2015

OFSAA encourages and rewards participation in high school sports across Ontario and strives to promote healthy active living among students.

This blog post by the Sport Information Resource Centre reinforces OFSAA's message of youth sports participation, and courages lifelong health:

There is extensive research on the health benefits of being physically active; despite this fact, a great number of Canadian youths are still not meeting the recommended level of daily physical activity. Being physically active not only improves physiological outcomes but research has shown it can also improve cognitive function and mental health.

For youth to participate in physical activity there are many factors that come into play. To best understand these reasons we have to examine some of the barriers.

  1. Personal barriers are usually under the control of the participant. These could include motivation, lack of time, energy levels, education and self-efficacy. Modifying ones’ behavior can have a positive influence on creating good habits.
  2. Environmental barriers such as a lack of facilities, unsafe neighborhoods, weather and occupation can influence sport participation, as they are not under the control of the individual. Supportive policies, safe facilities and financial resources can limit this barrier.
  3. Social barriers such as socioeconomic status, family influence and culture can limit involvement due to cost and attitudes towards participation. Proper financial and information resources can minimize these outcomes.

To address some of these barriers there have been several recommendations that policy makers, community organizers and other stakeholders may want to consider.

  1. The majority of youth spend most of their day in schools. Well-designed PE programs and trained instructors in the education system can accommodate the recommended daily moderate to vigorous physical activity. They also have the ability to promote active transportation and implement before and after school physical activity programs.
  2. Schools and community organizations can develop partnerships to provide physical activity before school, after school and during the summer holidays. Organizations such as the Boys and Girls club can oversee programs that take place outside of school hours promoting both structured and unstructured play.
  3. Preschool and childcare centers can play an integral part in promoting the active start stage of the LTAD model for children ages 0-6. Such programs provide an opportunity to develop physical literacy by teaching basic movement skills at an early age.
  4. Post-secondary institutions can provide great opportunities for physical activities by offering courses, intramural programs, club sports and accessible facilities.

To overcome sport participation barriers there are policies and programs that have been created both locally, provincially and federally in promoting physical activity. The education sector can be a driving venue to increasing youth participation and promote these policies and programs. By improving the health of our youth now we have a greater chance of producing healthier, active adults in the future.

Ontario Coaches Conference Breakthrough!

Thursday, January, 22, 2015

OFSAA's 2015 Coaching Symposium is coming May 12-13. BUT FIRST: a great opportunity from the Coaches Association of Ontario.

Join coaches from across Ontario and from every sport at the 2015 Ontario Coaches Conference, February 20-22!

An opportunity for school, community, and volunteer coaches to take their coaching to the next level.

Highlights

  • Learn from National, International, and Provincial Coaches from over a dozen sports.
  • Hear from our most celebrated Canadian athletes as they share the moments when coaches made a difference in their lives.
  • Get insights from Pan Am/Parapan Am Coaches in our International Pan Am Panel. Moderated by Teddy Katz, Chief Spokesperson TO2015.
  • Exposure to emerging sports science through partner Canadian Sport Institute Ontario’s High Performance Stream.
  • Network with coaches from all over Ontario at our Saturday night coaches social.
  • PLUS Bonus NCCP Multi-Sport courses being offered throughout the weekend included with registration.

Early Bird price of just $215! (before January 31st, 2015)

Learn more at www.coachesontario.ca/conference

Character Athlete Award Winners Fall 2014

Wednesday, January, 21, 2015

OFSAA’s Character Athlete Award celebrates the efforts of the exceptional student-athletes in Ontario who best exemplify the characteristics that OFSAA is founded on.

Nominations come to the OFSAA office detailing the exceptional character of student-athletes across Ontario, inspiring those around them with their involvement on the playing field and in the classroom, in both school and community. 

Selecting just one boy and one girl recipient of the OFSAA Character Athlete Award is never easy, but the following two individuals stood out for their commitment to OFSAA’s values of leadership, equity, respect and sportsmanship. 

Download the OFSAA media release

 

Male Recipient: Zach Boswell | Nominated by: Katherine Parker

Zach is a grade 12 student at Milton District High School where he is a member of school sports teams year-round: Volleyball in the Fall, Basketball in the Winter, and Soccer in the Spring. 

When Zach’s not playing on the field or the court you’ll find the dedicated student-athlete on the stage where he sings and plays guitar at all of his schools events.

The musically-inclined senior is a member of the Acapella Music Group, Foster's Funk Bank, the traveling school drum line, Senior Jazz Band, and played at many other school events, socials, fundraisers, and plays.

He’s currently in the Music Audio Production Technologies Specialist High Skills Major program at Milton DHS and was essential to the set-up of a new recording studio for their music department this year. Putting the facilities to use, Zach created and recorded songs for school functions including a teacher’s retirement and Remembrance Day.

“Zach demonstrates excellent leadership on and off the court for Milton District High School,” said his nominating teacher-coach Katherine Parker. “It is not often that you find an individual who can balance being involved in such a wide range of activities, such as three school sports teams, many school music groups, the Specialist High Skills Major program, and a Wilderness North leader.”

He continues to show OFSAA’s values through school sport while building upon his music skills for his future music/school plans after graduation in June.

 

Female Recipient: Mackenzie Curran | Nominated by: Kelly Dixon

 

Mackenzie is a grade 11 student at Holy Cross in Kingston, so involved in sport and her community it’s difficult to know where to begin.

She volunteers to share her story Journey through Cancer and a Bone Marrow Transplant, spreading her message to other schools and groups: “never give in and you never give up.” She has given this message at Terry Fox runs, and as the welcome speech at the Relay for Life, and has become an active spokesperson for the donation of blood and bone marrow – all while maintaining at least a 90% academic average.

Through the “Miles for Mackenzie” program, the Canadian Blood Services and One Match raised over $30,000 for the Cord Bank for future Bone Marrow transplants. 

Other volunteer work includes a Christmas tree pick-up program that raised funds for Clothes for Kids, funding out of town care for kids through McKenna's Dream, regular visits to Sick Kids and Kingston Cancer Center, and encouraging other youth to be involved in their community.

On the sport side, Mackenzie has volunteered for the past three years to help run a local basketball league, was awarded the JUEL Ontario Basketball's first Community Service Award for Community Involvement and has had the award named after her. Mackenzie will select the future winners of the award. 

“Basketball was the motivating dream in her recovery,” said her nominating teacher-coach Kelly Dixon. “Many days she has come right from Doctors' appointments to practice and would not miss a minute unless she had to. When asked to be in the Santa Claus Parade for Canada Blood services, Mackenzie asked for our team to be included also.”

Mackenzie recently celebrated her one-year post-Bone Marrow transplant and it was announced by Canadian Blood Service that she would be the face for the advertising for the Christmas campaign to encourage others to give and continue to give blood.

 

Congratulations to the first pair of recipients of 2014-15 OFSAA Character Athlete Award. We will announce two more winners at the end of the school year. 
If you wish to nominate a student-athlete, please visit our awards section online and fill out an application form.

Let's Get Coaching! Registration now open

Wednesday, January, 14, 2015

High school sports wouldn't be possible without all the tremendous work and dedication by teacher-coaches. OFSAA is always encouraging new teachers to take on a sport and assist with coaching at their school, and for experienced coaches to brush up on their skills. Now there's an incredible opportunity to enhance your coaching with more certification courses being made available.

The City of Toronto, in partnership with Coaches Association of Ontario and MLSE Foundation, will be offering National Coaching Certification Program training throughout 2015, starting in January. The Fundamental Movement Skills workshop and 27 sport-specific training sessions will be available at community recreation centres and other facilities. Best of all, these sessions will be FREE for Toronto residents.
 
Click HERE to download the full Let's Get Coaching! brochure and read about all the programs and sessions that are available.

Let's Get Coaching! is part of Toronto's Host City Showcase Program. This Council-approved program designed to ensure a legacy of long-term community benefits and enhance the experience of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games for residents and visitors. Visit www.toronto.on.ca/panam2015 to learn more.

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