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Brian Maxwell Memorial Scholarship Available

Wednesday, May, 28, 2014

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. One male and one female are awarded separate scholarships in the amounts of $5,000 each.

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.

Please visit the scholarships section of the OFSAA website to read more about Brian Maxwell, review the application process, and download the application form.

  • Applications are submitted to the OFSAA office for distribution to committee. 
  • Application deadline is June 16, 2014.

OFSAA Character Athlete Award Winners Spring 2014

Friday, May, 23, 2014

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

Nominations come to the OFSAA office detailing the exceptional character of student-athletes across Ontario, inspiring those around them with their participation in school sports, involvement in school and community activities, and demonstration of OFSAA’s values.

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, growth, and commitment.

Gagnants du prix d'esprit sportif OFSAA printemps 2014

Le prix d'esprit sportif de l'OFSAA célèbre les efforts d'élèves-athlètes exceptionnels en Ontario qui personnalisent le mieux les caractéristiques fondamentales de l'OFSAA.

Le bureau de l'OFSAA reçoit les nominations détaillant la personnalité exceptionnelle d'élèves-athlètes de partout en Ontario, inspirant leur entourage par leur participation aux sports scolaires, leur implication dans les activités de l'école et de leur communauté, et leur incarnation des valeurs de l'OFSAA.

Choisir un seul récipiendaire masculin et une seule récipiendaire féminine du prix d'esprit sportif OFSAA n'est jamais facile, mais les deux personnes suivantes se sont démarquées en promouvant les valeurs de l'OFSAA telles que le leadership, l'équité, le respect, la croissance et l'engagement.  

 

Elsa Lalonde

École : E.S.P. Gisele-Lalonde, Orléans
Candidature proposée par : Marcel Antoine Martin

Elsa a démontré un esprit sportif remarquable durant son passage à Gisele-Lalonde en tant que membre inspirante de l'équipe de volleyball féminine AA ayant reçu la médaille d'or OFSAA.

Son entraîneur la qualifie de chef de file et de motivatrice. Elle a surmonté l'adversité en retournant sur le terrain après un accident de ski qui l'a laissée paraplégique.

Sans utiliser son fauteuil roulant durant les parties de volleyball, Elsa s'assoit sur le terrain pour servir, puis occupe la position défensive arrière six, glissant sur le sol pour atteindre le ballon.

« Elsa a démontré dès le premier jour qu'elle avait sa place dans l'équipe », affirme Marcel Antoine Martin. « Elle est un excellent exemple de la détermination d'une athlète à faire partie de l'équipe et à la soutenir du mieux qu'elle peut. »

Elsa a inspiré les autres en organisant le premier tournoi de volleyball assis à son école d'Ottawa, invitant des équipes de Toronto et de Montréal à y participer. Elle est aussi devenue une conférencière engagée et motivante qui a visité plusieurs endroits au Canada, et est impliquée dans un groupe de soutien qui se concentre sur la santé mentale des jeunes.

Elsa joue du violon au sein du groupe musical Arc-En-Song avec lequel elle a participé à une activité de levée de fonds et de sensibilisation pour des groupes communautaires lors d'une série de concerts. Une élève-athlète bien équilibrée, Elsa est la première à faire l'éloge de ses coéquipières, et la force de caractère qui lui est propre mérite d'être reconnue.

School: E.S.P. Gisele-Lalonde, Orléans
Nominated by: Marcel Antoine Martin

Elsa has demonstrated remarkable character during her time at Gisele-Lalonde as an inspiring member of the OFSAA gold medal-winning Girls’ AA volleyball team.

Her coach calls her a leader and motivator, and she has overcome adversity with her return to the court following a skiing accident that left her a paraplegic.

Without the use of her wheelchair during volleyball games, Elsa sits on the court to serve then assumes the six back position on defence, sliding around to get to the ball.

“Elsa demonstrated from day one she had her place on the team,” said Marcel Antoine Martin. “She is a fine example of an athlete’s determination to belong and contribute to her team the best she can.”

Elsa has spread inspiration to others by organizing the first sitting volleyball tournament in her Ottawa school, inviting teams from Toronto to Montreal. She also became an advocate and motivational speaker in many parts of Canada and is involved with a support group focusing on youth and mental health.

A member of the Arc-En-Song music group, Elsa plays violin and has raised money and awareness for community groups in a series of concerts. A well-rounded student-athlete, Elsa is the first to give glowing reviews of her teammates, and has shown character of her own that is deserving of recognition.

 

Ajeuro Abala

School: Immaculata Catholic High School, Ottawa
Nominated by: Ginette Godmaire

Ajeuro has competed in cross country running, soccer, and track & field all four years of high school. He participated in basketball and volleyball as a junior and has kept up with those sports by volunteering as a scorekeeper for both.

Sport participation aside, Ajeuro has made an impact in his community and his school with his charitable work. As a member of the Immaculata Community Efforts (I.C.E.) team, Ajeuro helped organize the Terry Fox run, blood donor clinics, school craft fairs, and has delivered Christmas baskets. He has also been a lector at school masses and refereed games for elementary schools.

A former recipient of the King Boloko Memorial Award for sportsmanship and leadership, Ajeuro’s dedication to his school has been consistent for years.

“He respects his teammates, his coaches and all officials, being a model of consistency and morality,” said Ginette Godmaire, adding he is “frequently found displaying gestures of gentlemanliness and integrity.”

Ajeuro is an example of a student-athlete with tremendous character and has earned the Character Athlete Award in recognition of his efforts.

École : Immaculata Catholic High School, Ottawa
Candidature proposée par : Ginette Godmaire

Ajeuro a participé aux compétitions de course de fond, de soccer et d'athlétisme à chacune de ses quatre années à l'école secondaire. Il a été joueur junior de basketball et de volleyball, et est demeuré impliqué dans ces deux sports de façon bénévole en tant que pointeur.

En plus de sa participation sportive, Ajeuro a su faire une différence dans sa communauté et dans son milieu scolaire grâce à son action charitable. En tant que membre de l'équipe Immaculata Community Efforts (I.C.E.), Ajeuro a contribué à l'organisation de la course Terry Fox, des collectes de sang, des expositions d'art scolaire, ainsi qu'à la livraison des paniers de Noël. Il a aussi servi comme lecteur durant les messes scolaires et comme arbitre à des joutes du niveau élémentaire.

Récipiendaire du prix King Boloko Memorial pour l'esprit d'équipe et le leadership, Ajeuro a fait preuve d'un engagement continu envers son école au fil des ans.

« Il respecte ses coéquipiers, ses entraîneurs et tous les officiels, et fait preuve de cohérence et de moralité », affirme Ginette Godmaire, ajoutant qu'il est « fréquemment aperçu en train de poser des gestes empreints d'intégrité et de bonne foi. »

Ajeuro est un exemple d'élève-athlète doté d'un caractère exceptionnel qui lui vaut la remise du prix d'esprit sportif en reconnaissance de ses efforts.

Nominate your community for TSN Kraft Celebration Tour

Friday, May, 23, 2014

Calling all communities across Ontario!

This could be your chance to improve your athletic facilities. Whether it be a revamping of your school gym, soccer field or local rink OFSAA knows there are schools and sports teams in need.

The Kraft Celebration Tour on TSN is providing schools and communities with a better place to play. If you think your school is worthy of the upgrade, send in a nomination and best of luck!

Here's a few details from TSN;

WHAT: The Kraft Celebration Tour

WHY: Because you could be among the Top 10 Canadian communities selected this year to receive $25,000 for a community project that builds a better place to play and inspires Canadians to become more active.  TSN will also shine the national spotlight on your community with a live broadcast of SPORTSCENTRE right in your hometown.  The Kraft Celebration Tour runs August 15-24 with stops in each of the 10 winning communities.

But wait…there’s more!

New this year, one of the Top 10 Canadian communities will receive a $100,000 total grand prize for their community project – with the winner decided by Canadians through two days of voting.

HOW: You can nominate your community in just a few easy steps –

1)    Visit KraftCelebrationTour.ca

2)    Complete the online nomination form.  Remember: this is your chance to let us know what sets your community apart, and why it deserves a spot on the Kraft Celebration Tour

3)    Hit the submit button and you’re done! 

NOMINATIONS CLOSE JUNE 6: Submit your nomination today as the nomination period closes on Friday, June 6, 2014.

SOCIAL MEDIA: Since we’re all on Facebook and Twitter, visit and like the Kraft Celebration Tour Facebook Page (www.Facebook.com/KraftCelebrationTour) and follow @KCTAndy, the official Kraft Celebration Tour account.  Use the official hashtag “#KCT” so that we see your tweets and follow all of TSN’s on-air personalities, including Darren Dutchyshen, Jennifer Hedger, and Kate Beirness.

We hope you can help your schools get active and excited about living a healthy lifestyle with some fresh facilities!

Coaches Association of Ontario Super Camp

Thursday, May, 22, 2014

The Coaches Association of Ontario is launching their first ever, three-day coaching development camp June 13-15th, 2014 in partnership with Olympia Sports Camp and provincial sport organizations. 

Teachers and coaches across Ontario are encouraged to visit the Coaches Ontario website to learn more about the upcoming camp and how they can get involved. This is an opportunity to improve coaching in the province on the field, on the court and in the water. 

View and download the one-page flyer by clicking this link.

The camp will be held between Muskoka lakes and promises to be a full camp experience where attendees can also use the extensive sporting facilities of the Olympia campgrounds.

Details on pricing, schedule, partners, venue, and directions can all be found here.

Register soon for Early Bird pricing!

Ontario Students at Nike High School Grand Prix

Thursday, May, 15, 2014

Student-athletes from two Ontario high schools participated in the annual Nike High School Grand Prix invitational track and field meet in Toronto from May 8-11. Ontario was represented by the girls' team from Lord Dorchester Secondary School in Dorchester, and the boys' team from Holy Cross Catholic Secondary School in Kingston. 

Varsity Stadium was the host venue for the competition which featured 280 athletes and 50 teacher-coaches from 10 provinces and two territories, as well as 30 officials and 60 volunteers.

"Awesome," said Jonothan Besselink after winning Bronze in the 1500m event. "Been wanting to get on the podium for awhile now and it finally happened, and it's cool that it happened at an event like this."

Not only did the students get a chance to measure themselves against schools from across Canada, they were also treated to a Toronto cultural experience during their stay in the city including banquet dinners, awards, the Nike Locker Room Experience, an athlete panel, chance to meet Canadian Olympians, social, dance, and attended a Toronto Blue Jays game. For many participants it was their first trip to Toronto and in some cases their first flight on an airplane.

"Very cool," said Christina Hertner after winning a Gold medal in shot put. "There were so many cameras, I didn't know what to say. I felt like an Olympian!"

At the athlete panel, students were educated by Damian Warner, a Canadian decathlete who finished fifth at the 2012 Olympics and won Bronze at the 2013 World Championships. Jessica Smith, a Canadian Olympian at the 800m, dropped in Friday morning for a meet-and-greet with athletes.

It was truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience for the girls' and boys' teams from each province. Teams from Ontario were selected by OFSAA based on leadership, school involvement and track and field experience. Check out more information on www.highschoolgrandprix.ca and stay tuned for news on next years' event.

Medallists

Lord Dorchester (Girls')
Morgan Hendricks won Gold in 800m with a time of 2:22
Christina Hertner won Gold in shot put with a distance of 10.38m
Dana Earhart won Silver in 800m with a time of 2:23.5
Emily Ashby won Bronze in 1500m girls with a time of 5:07.10

Holy Cross (Boys')
Jake Gurnsey won Gold in long jump with a distance of 6.20m
Brody Blaskie won Silver in 200m with a time of 23.47
Jonah Johnson won Silver in shot put with the distance of 14.11m
Jonathan Besselink won Bronze in 1500m with a time of 4:08.94


Follow OFSAA Championships on Twitter

Tuesday, May, 13, 2014

The use of Twitter at OFSAA championships has become such a common occurrence that convenors have been creating optional accounts each season in recent years. While this has been beneficial to those wanting to follow that particular event, the Twitter account became inactive at the conclusion of the games and lingered online as a dead end.

Twitter is an effective tool for instantly sending information, updates, scores, notifications, and sharing photos instantly with all who want to follow the championship/ festival. An active Twitter account is also beneficial to OFSAA’s media partners.

OFSAA has now opted to introduce a series of accounts that can be used and shared by convenors and maintained as official accounts.

When convenors are contacted with their login information to their website, they will also be given login credentials for a Twitter account that will be passed on from year to year to build a following for each event.

Accounts have been created to cover individual followings of sports. This may include more than one championship during the same year, and often at the same time. It will be up to individual organizing committees to maintain each Twitter handle and keep it updated.

Multiple people will be managing Twitter accounts at the same time. For example, the @OFSAABasketball account will be managed by somebody at four locations (A, AA, AAA, AAAA) during the girls’ championships in the fall, then again by four locations during the boys’ championships in the winter. Separating results can be achieved with the use of a designated hashtag for each location.

Each location may also wish to have multiple people using the account if there is more than one court or field of play in action at the same time. During the Spring 2014 OFSAA Badminton Championships, students at multiple courts in multiple schools did an excellent job reporting the scores and results of the matches.

Please engage fans socially and respectfully during the championship and facilitate two-way communication bearing in mind you are representing OFSAA and supporting amateur athletics on behalf of the association.

Further questions concerning use of Twitter at championships can be directed to devin@ofsaa.on.ca. Be sure when posting and if in doubt, leave it out.

And please follow OFSAA spring championship and festival Twitter accounts for Tennis, Rugby, Lacrosse, Baseball, Soccer, and Track.

Official Accounts

@OFSAASnow
@OFSAABadmnton
@OFSAABaseball
@OFSAABasketball
@OFSAAXC
@OFSAACurling
@OFSAAGirlsFH
@OFSAALacrosse
@OFSAAFootball
@OFSAAGolf
@OFSAABoyHockey
@OFSAAGirlHockey
@OFSAABoySoccer
@OFSAAGirlSoccer
@OFSAARugby
@OFSAASwimming
@OFSAATennis
@OFSAATrack
@OFSAAVBall
@OFSAAWrestling

Lynn Kelman receives Syl Apps Award

Tuesday, April, 29, 2014

Lynn Kelman, past president of OFSAA, recently received the Syl Apps Award in recognition of her volunteer contributions to school sport in Ontario.  The award was presented by Michael Chan, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport at the Ontario Sport Awards ceremony in April.
 
Lynn has been an educator for 32 years and is currently the principal at Banting Memorial High School in Alliston.  She has been very involved in school sport, volunteering at the school, local, and provincial levels.  Lynn has taken on many roles over the years including coach, association representative, committee member, and committee chair, as well as OFSAA vice president, president and past president.  

During her tenure Lynn has displayed outstanding leadership, always working for fair and equitable competition for the student-athletes.

Please join the OFSAA family in congratulating Lynn on the recognition she has deservedly earned.

Character Athlete Award nominations due May 12

Friday, April, 25, 2014

Twice 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. 

OFSAA's Character Athlete Award winners in the Fall of 2013 were Jared Salmond and Madison Whittet.

The Character Athletes will be profiled in our Bulletin magazine, on our website, and in our eNewsletter. They will also receive a plaque from OFSAA to commemorate this accomplishment.

Winter/ Spring OFSAA Character Athlete nominations are due Monday, May 12

To nominate one of your student-athletes for the Character Athlete Award, please fill out the application form and fax or email it to:

Devin Gray, OFSAA Communications Coordinator
devin@ofsaa.on.ca
Fax: 416-426-7317

Please include as much information as possible about your student-athlete.  Specifically their school and community involvement, and how they exemplify OFSAA’s values.

Past Recipients

Art of Coaching Volleyball clinic series

Tuesday, April, 22, 2014
Attention Volleyball Coaches!

The 2014 Art of Coaching Volleyball clinic series is coming to Ontario May 31 - June 1.

Volleyball coaches across the province are encouraged to take this opportunity to learn from some of the best volleyball coaches gathered from across North America.

With over 20 sessions to choose from, the 2014 clinic hosted by York University can help coaches learn new drills and techniques, offensive and defensive systems, injury prevention, and much more.

The Art of Coaching Volleyball course also counts towards those hours of professional development required by Volleyball Canada for all NCCP-certified coaches. Don't miss this professional development opportunity!

 

More on the Art of Coaching Volleyball, courses available, and registration information for the 2014 Clinic Series is available on their website.

For the direct link to the registration page for the 2014 Clinic in Ontario, please click here.

Nominations for Colin Hood Award due April 30

Thursday, April, 17, 2014

The Colin Hood OFSAA School Sport Award is named after retired OFSAA Executive Director Colin Hood.

During his time at OFSAA (1992-2004), Colin set national precedents through his relentless dedication to school sport, developing all-inclusive OFSAA programs, as well as promoting and developing the high school athlete in this province. He is considered a true leader and role model in both the educational and sport sectors.

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.

Nominations are due by April 30th!

OFSAA is pleased to make available the Colin Hood/OFSAA School Sport Award. Please take the time to recognize the important student-athletes and coaches that make school sport memorable.

NOTE - The names of the recipients MUST be provided to us before the awards will be shipped.

Download the nomination form!

Past Recipients

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