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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.

Study Connects Recreation to Resiliency in Youth

Wednesday, December, 10, 2014

OFSAA strives to create opportunities for students to live active, healthy, and involved lives through school sport.

The physical and mental impact of participating in sport is crucial in the holistic development of young people.

A new study by Resiliency Initiatives and Parks and Recreation Ontario reinforces the importance of physical activity even more.

From High Five media release:

"Recreation has always been known to make a difference in children’s physical health. Now there’s a link to their emotional health. A study by Resiliency Initiatives and Parks and Recreation Ontario released on National Child Day shows an improvement in children’s resiliency during recreation programs. 

The study, which involved a questionnaire and more than 200 children in recreation programs across Canada, showed improvement in core character traits such as adaptability and social connectedness. 

“These traits, when fostered, can make a big difference in the way children develop and can have a huge impact on positive mental health,” says Dr. Wayne Hammond, President and CEO of Resiliency Initiatives, co-author of the study. “A child’s success does not depend on avoiding crisis, but rather to be able to come through it stronger. One of the findings the study revealed was the enhanced capacity of the children to develop positive social relationships – especially with a caring adult which research clearly identifies as one of the more critical protective factors enhancing the development of positive mental health in children.” 

Parks and Recreation Ontario, through its national HIGH FIVE standard, partnered with Resiliency Initiatives on the study to look at the effects of recreation on child resiliency. The study had children aged 6 to 12 fill out questionnaires at the beginning of their recreation program, most which lasted at least 10 weeks. Then they filled them out again at the end of the recreation program. Some of the afterschool programs went on for 8 months. Only programs that completed pre and post questionnaires were included in the report. 

“This is just the beginning of our work in this area. We have learned a lot through this process and while it has further substantiated the research on which HIGH FIVE was based, we want to continue to study these trends. We are in a great position to ensure the findings in this study are reflected in new resources that we can make available to organizations working with children across the country,” says LJ Bartle, HIGH FIVE National Director. “Front line leaders have a real opportunity to impact kids’ lives by developing meaningful relationships with them and helping them to develop their core character traits. That nurturing is what will really make a difference."

Click the cover image below to download the full PDF report

Ontario Medal For Young Volunteers Available

Tuesday, December, 9, 2014

OFSAA invites outstanding student-athletes and teacher-coaches who are involved in their communities to apply for one of two volunteer recognition programs by the Ontario government.

The Ontario Medal for Young Volunteers

Presented to young volunteers between the ages of 15 and 24 for their actions and dedication to improve the quality of life in their communities and beyond. 

This year, seven youth will receive the Ontario Medal for Young Volunteers — the highest honour a young person can achieve for their voluntarism contributions to the province.

Deadline for nominations is January 15 


Nomination forms and additional information are available on the ministry of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade website. Click the link above for the specific award you want to learn more about. Help ensure that volunteers receive the recognition they deserve!

Pan Am Games Coming To Toronto!

Tuesday, December, 9, 2014

The TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games are coming! Where will you be?

Starting July 10, 2015, Toronto will host the largest sport event in their history – the 2015 Pan Am Games/Parapan Am Games.  The best way to witness the power of sport is to be there. Share the highs of winning a gold for your country, the thrill of a close race and the camaraderie of 7000+ athletes from 41 countries and territories.

General ticket sales phase is open from December 8, 2014 – March 9th, 2015, on a first-come, first-serve basis.  Tickets start at just $20, with 75% of tickets priced $45 and under. For more ticket information, visit TORONTO2015.org/tickets.

And not to be missed … the Opening and Closing Ceremonies will feature a one-night-only performance by Canadian cultural icon, Cirque du Soleil, and a few other surprises along the way.

Don’t miss your chance to see some of the world’s top athletes compete. Start planning for one of the greatest events Toronto has ever hosted. http://www.seetorontonow.com/toronto-2015-pan-am-games/


Watch the Pan Am Games promotional video


OFSAA Football Bowls Results 2014

Tuesday, December, 2, 2014

TV Information

Hamilton Cogeco and Source cable internet cable subscribers will pick up live feed.
Brantford and Burlington will go live on local cable channels.
For Cable 14, Cogeco, Source, and Rogers cable channels, please check local listings for live and tape-delayed broadcasts.



Game # 1 @ 10:00 - Chaminade College (TDCAA) 35  VS Sir Allan MacNab (SOSSA) 7

webcast on the ofsaa football website

Game # 2 @ 12:45 - A.N. Meyer (SOSSA) 39  VS Adam Scott CVI (COSSA) 31

webcast on the ofsaa football website

Game # 3 @ 3:30 - Frontenac SS (EOSSAA) 24 VS Richview (TDSSAA) 20

webcast on the ofsaa football website



Game # 1 @ 10:00 - Superior Heights (NOSSA) 26 VS St. Joan of Arc (GBSSA) 7

webcast on the ofsaa football website

Game # 2 @ 12:45 - Holy Trinity (GHAC) 50 VS St. Peter CSS (NCSSAA)  16

Cable 14 - Hamilton, Cogeco, Source and Rogers community channels province-wide

Game # 3 @ 3:30 - A.B. Lucas (WOSSAA) 35 VS Paul Dwyer CHS (LOSSA) 28

Cable 14 - Hamilton, Cogeco, Source and Rogers community channels province-wide



Game # 1 @ 10:00 - Lorne Park (ROPSSAA) 37 VS St. Ignatius (NWOSSA) 25

webcast on the ofsaa football website

Game # 2 @ 12:45 - Assumption (CWOSSAA) 9 VS Assumption (GHAC)  28

Cable 14 - Hamilton, Cogeco, Source and Rogers community channels province-wide

Game # 3 @ 3:30 -  W.F. Herman (SWOSSAA) 29 VS Bill Crothers (YRAA) 14

Cable 14 - Hamilton, Cogeco, Source and Rogers community channels province-wide

OFSAA Girls' Basketball Results 2014

Friday, November, 28, 2014

OFSAA Girls' Basketball
November 20-22, 2014 


Gold Medalist: St. Edmund Campion   
Silver Medalist: Pickering High   
Bronze Medalist: St. Ignatius of Loyola   
Bronze Medalist: St. John Paul II 


Gold Medalist: St. Mary's Crusaders
Silver Medalist: St. John's College
Bronze Medalist: Sarnia Northern
Antique Medalist: Oakwood CI


Gold Medalist: St. Matthew's S.S. (Orleans)
Silver Medalist: LaSalle S.S. (Sudbury)
Bronze Medalist: E.S.C. Theriault (Timmins)
Antique Medalist: Centennial (Welland)


Gold Medalist: La Citadelle
Silver Medalist: Nouvelle-Alliance
Bronze Medalist: Villanova
Antique Medalist: Algonquin

OFSAA Boys' Volleyball Results 2014

Friday, November, 28, 2014

OFSAA Boys' Volleyball 2014
November 20-22, 2014 


Gold Medalist: Bill Crothers SS
Silver Medalist: Saunders SS
Bronze Medalist: Bishop Allen Academy
Antique Medalist: Sinclair SS



Gold Medalist: Regiopolis Notre-Dame
Silver Medalist: Oakridge
Bronze Medalist: Jacob Hespeler
Antique Medalist: Chatham-Kent 



Gold Medalist: ESC Franco-Cite
Silver Medalist: Eden HS
Bronze Medalist: ESC L'Escale
Antique Medalist: St. Michael CSS 



Gold Medalist: Woodland Christian HS
Silver Medalist: Toronto Dsitrict Christian HS
Bronze Medalist: Quinte Christian HS
Antique Medalist: Smithville Christian HS 


Watch OFSAA Football Bowls!

Wednesday, November, 26, 2014

From November 26-28 OFSAA Football is taking Hamilton by storm. 

If you're not able to make it to the games at McMaster University please check out OFSAA's TV coverage of some games and live streaming of all games.

Just head to the OFSAA Football website to keep up with the Bowl Series



Game # 1 @ 10:00 -  Sir Allan MacNab (SOSSA) VS Chaminade College (TDCAA)
 webcast on the ofsaa football website

Game # 2 @ 12:45 - A.N. Myer (SOSSA) VS Adam Scott CVI (COSSA)
webcast on the ofsaa football website

Game # 3 @ 3:30 - Richview (TDSSAA) VS Frontenac SS (EOSSAA)
 webcast on the ofsaa football website



Game # 1 @ 10:00 - Superior Heights (NOSSA) VS St. Joan of Arc (GBSSA)
webcast on the ofsaa football website

Game # 2 @ 12:45 - Holy Trinity (GHAC) VS St. Peter CSS (NCSSAA) 
Cable 14 - Hamilton, Cogeco, Source and Rogers community channels province-wide

Game # 3 @ 3:30 - A.B. Lucas (WOSSAA) VS Paul Dwyer CHS (LOSSA) 
Cable 14 - Hamilton, Cogeco, Source and Rogers community channels province-wide



Game # 1 @ 10:00 - Lorne Park (ROPSSAA) VS St. Ignatius (NWOSSAA)
webcast on the ofsaa football website

Game # 2 @ 12:45 - Assumption (CWOSSA) VS Assumption (GHAC) 
Cable 14 - Hamilton, Cogeco, Source and Rogers community channels province-wide

Game # 3 @ 3:30 -  W.F. Herman (SWOSSAA) VS Bill Crothers (YRAA) 
Cable 14 - Hamilton, Cogeco, Source and Rogers community channels province-wide


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