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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

OFSAA Gymnastics Championship Results 2014

Wednesday, April, 9, 2014

The 2014 OFSAA Gymnastics Championships took place in Peterborough, April 7-8 and brought close to 400 student-athletes together to compete in Vault, Beam, Bars, and Floor routines as well as Sport Aerobics. Congrats to all who participated in the OFSAA experience!

Visit the OFSAA Gymnastics website

DATE: April 7th - 8th, 2014

Results

Vault

Level 1 - Emily McCluskey, Banting (GBSSA) - 11.35
Level 2 - 
Aima Ohiwerei, Ridley College (CISAA) - 11.45
Level 3 - 
Jamie Pardo, General Amherst (SWOSSAA) - 11.3
Level 4 - 
Bailey Meraw, Bayside (COSSA) - 11.4
Level 5 - Jena Li, Napanee (EOSSAA) - 12
Level 6 - Jennifer Drane, Lockerby (NOSSA) - 13.15 

Bars

Level 1 - Taylor-Lynn Ross, WHSS (CWOSSA) - 11.5
Level 2 - 
Kailyn Maracle, Moira (COSSA) - 11.4
Level 3 - Isabelle Wilson, KDSS (CWOSSA) - 11.325
Level 4 - Chantal Labelle, College Notre Dame (NOSSA) - 11.275
Level 5 - Jena Li, Napanee (EOSSAA) - 11.875
Level 6 - Sara Carlton, 
Nottawasaga Pines (GBSSA) - 13.1

Beam

Level 1 - Crystal MacDonald, Moira (COSSA) - 10.85
Level 2 - Victoria Armstrong, Moira (COSSA) - 11.3
Level 3 - Carly White, Marymount (NOSSA) - 11.3
Level 4 - Hannah Daniel, St. Anne's (SWOSSA) - 11.4
Level 5 - Lindsey Marck, SMHS Owen Sounde (CWOSSA) - 12.125
Level 6 - 
Lauren Kesseler, Jean Vanier (SOSSA) - 13.5

Floor

Level 1 - Ariel McDonald, Toronto French School (CISAA) - 11.6
Level 2 - Kailyn Maracle, Moira (COSSA) - 11.7
Level 3 - Ashleigh Sternberg, Ridley College (CISAA) - 11.55
Level 4 - Forest Maracle, Napanee (EOSSA) - 11.675
Level 5 - Allanah Waller, SMHS Owen Sounde (CWOSSA) - 12.475
Level 6 - Abby Bolton, Ridgeway (SOSSA) - 13.55

Sport Aerobics

Novice - Toronto French School (CISAA) - 21.7
Open - College Notre Dame (NOSSA) - 22.7 

FULL RESULTS AVAILABLE HERE

Convenors: 
Kathy Garvey kathrynegarvey@gmail.com 705-742-3781
Liz Kuipers ekuipers@pvnccdsb.on.ca 705-745-1358

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