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Ten reasons to go to OFSAA Girls Hockey

Sunday, March, 16, 2014

Story written by OFSAA Girls' Hockey Convener Dave Makela as a special to the Sudbury Star

 

By now, I hope a good number of Sudburians are aware that Greater Sudbury will play host to the OFSAA Girls Hockey championships for the first time ever beginning Tuesday of next week and culminating with the last group of finals Friday.

Here's the Top 10 reasons, a la David Letterman, why we should all be excited about this event.

10. Gratis campus visits. Gold sponsor Laurentian University is swinging open its doors to all accredited participants registered in the championship, offering free use of athletic facilities like the Olympic gold pool, climbing walls and gymnasium during their stay in Sudbury.

9. Teen Sports Night at Science North. In conjunction with the hosting of OFSAA, Science North will be hosting a special Teen Sports Night on Wednesday from 6 to 9 p.m. Among the special features of this event: slapshot speed testing, accuracy shooting, NHL2014 PS3, shootout and a whole lot more. Great fun for all involved!

8. The big girls are coming to play. Past champions like St Theresa of Belleville (2012 A/AA champs), Appleby College of Oakville (2011 A/AA champs), Bill Crothers SS of Unionville (2012 AAA champs) and St Aloysius Gonzaga of Mississauga (No. 1 seed and defending AAA champs) have all confirmed their participation and will keep the level of play extremely high.

7. Two is better than one. This event is actually two championships hosted side-by-side, providing plenty of action for all to see. Two classifications of play will be offered, including one for A or AA schools (16 teams) and the other for AAA or 4A schools (16 teams), rendering a total of 78 games over four competition days.

6. Quality of play = high, cost = low. The organizing committee was firm in its commitment to keep admission prices as low as humanly possible. To this end, all access passes are just $10 per adult, $5 per student or senior. Daily admission rates will be offered as well. When was the last time you were able to get into a provincial hockey championship for as little as that?

5. We're doin' it up right. Some nice little perks, thanks largely to the generosity of sponsors, like coaches gifts, player gift bags, photo accreditation and arena hospitality, will put a unique Sudbury stamp on this event and make it a positive and memorable experience for all those concerned.

4. The locals will compete. Four local teams have qualified to compete. St Charles College (seeded fifth in A/AA), College Notre-Dame (11th seed in AAA), Es Macdonald Cartier (15th seed in AAA) and Marymount Academy (16th seed in A/AA) will provide plenty of opportunities to cheer on our local players as they compete against the best that the province has to offer.

3. Have gold, will travel. Local gold sponsors like Skater's Edge, VALE, Day Group, City of Sudbury and Laurentian University have stepped up and provided cash contributions or services in kind that will enable Sudbury to host the best championship possible.

2. Legacy of success. Both St Charles and Notre-Dame managed to reach the quarter-final round at their respective OFSAA championships last year. Hopes are high that they'll manage the same feat this year. Notre-Dame brought home a gold medal in 2008, will 2014 be the year for another? Sure will be interesting to find out.

And the No. 1 reason to get excited about hosting OFSAA Girls Hockey 2014? Two-time Olympic gold medallist Rebecca Johnston will be in attendance as a keynote speaker at Tuesday night's banquet. Coming off one of most dramatic gold medal performances in Canadian history, it will be very interesting to hear what stories Rebecca will have to tell about this experience. For any aspiring hockey player, this will be priceless.

Four venues - Carmichael, McClelland and the two pads at McCrory-Countryside – will host the games beginning at 9 a.m. on Tuesday morning. Make sure you're there to cheer on our local teams at this prestigious event.

Girls' Hockey Championship Details
Tuesday-Friday, March 18-21
Sudbury
Visit the Championship Website - A/AA and AAA/AAAA
Convenors
Dave Makela 
Kim Chezzi-MacLennan 

Scholarships Available

Sunday, March, 16, 2014

Scholarships

OFSAA has scholarship opportunities for students moving on to post-secondary education next year. 

The Toronto Maple Leaf Alumni Scholarship and the OFSAA Alumni Scholarship both have application deadlines of April 1st.  The Leaf Alumni Scholarship is open to students in all schools in the province, while the OFSAA Alumni scholarship this year is open to students in ROPSSAA, SOSSA, and EOSSAA. 

Please encourage your students to apply. Information can be found on the scholarships page of the OFSAA website:

http://www.ofsaa.on.ca/programs/scholarships

OFSAA Snow Sports Results

Tuesday, March, 11, 2014
Alpine Skiing Championships
February 24-25
Blue Mountain, Collingwood
Level One Girls Slalom Individual Results
Place Bib Name Team Run 1 Run 2 Total
1 3 Alexis Young JVCHS 41.00 42.41 83.41
2 34 Saree Sasson HHS 43.91 42.89 86.80
3 56 Emily Butler SCHS 45.48 42.55 88.03
4 24 Jessi McKenzie HSC 43.97 44.24 88.21
Level One Girls Slalom Team Results
1   South Carleton HS SCHS     32
2   Huntsville High School HHS     39
3   Northern Secondary NSS     43
4   Aurora High School AUR     50
Level One Girls Giant Slalom Individual Results
1 3 Alexis Young JVCHS 35.93 35.58 71.51
2 34 Saree Sasson HHS 36.34 35.33 71.67
3 11 Brett Gorski NSS 36.27 35.78 72.05
4 24 Jessi McKenzie HSC 37.31 36.07 73.38
Level One Girls Giant Slalom Team Results
1   Aurora High School AUR     63
2   Northern Secondary NSS     66
3   Abbey Park HS APHS     68
4   Greenwood College School GCS     71
Level One Boys Slalom Individual Results
1 7 Ward Kyle LKBYCS 36.10 35.93 72.03
2 11 Michael Jenkins NPN 36.57 38.18 74.75
3 8 Ian Wellman NTCI 37.96 37.60 75.56
4 34 Charlie Elliot SAC 39.08 38.68 77.76
Level One Boys Slalom Team Results
1   Saint Andrew's College SAC     18
2   South Carleton HS SCHS     44
3   North Toronto CI NTCI     50
4   Lockerby CS LKBYCS     64
Level One Boys Giant Slalom Individual Results
1 16 Will Pidduck SAC 33.38 32.81 66.19
2 31 David McCready SJAM 35.03 34.73 69.76
3 7 Ward Kyle LKBYCS 36.56 33.28 69.84
4 34 Charlie Elliot SAC 35.47 34.54 70.01
Level One Boys Giant Slalom Team Results
1   Saint Andrew's College SAC     15
2   South Carleton HS SCHS     30
3   Aurora HS AUR     66
4   Lawrence Park CI LPCI     78
Level Two Girls Slalom Individual Results
1 57 Brianna MacDonald GCS 52.80 53.27 106.07
2 5 Monica Slobozianau IMM 54.95 57.60 112.55
3 17 Samantha Boughner LPCI 55.26 57.82 113.08
4 1 Miranda Hobbs WOSS 55.76 57.70 113.46
Level Two Girls Slalom Team Results
1   Collingwood Collegiate Institute CCI     26
2   Greenwood College School GCS     40
3   Bishop Strachan School BSS   355.51 53
4   Lawrence Park Collegiate Institute LPCI   357.85 53
Level Two Girls Giant Slalom Individual Results
1 6 Kristina Popadich DMCI 36.45 41.75 78.20
2 57  Brianna MacDonald GCS 37.20 41.43 78.63
3 17 Samantha Boughner LPCI 36.84 42.24 79.08
4 1 Miranda Hobbs WOSS 36.64 42.62 79.26
Level Two Girls Giant Slalom Team Results
1   Lawrence Park Collegiate Institute LPCI     28
2   Greenwood College School GCS     31
3   Collingwood Collegiate School CCI     49
4   Bishop Strachan School BSS     59
Level Two Boys Slalom Individual Results
1 6 Cole Rosenberg CS 50.00 50.58 100.58
2 10 Will Stone SMCS 50.77 51.92 102.69
3 8 Will Stewart CCI 51.95 51.35 103.30
4 16 Jack Mackle JVCHS 51.96 53.28 105.24
Level Two Boys Slalom Team Results
1   Lawrence Park Collegiate Institute LPCI     32
2   Royal St Georges College RSGC     37
3   Collingwood Collegiate School CCI     49
4   North Toronto CI NTCI     51
Level Two Boys Giant Slalom Individual Results
1 13 Sean Locke LNPK 34.28 39.83 74.11
2 6 Cole Rosenberg CS 34.49 39.90 74.39
3 10 Will Stone SMCS 34.87 40.01 74.88
4 7 Justin Hurteau LRSS 35.46 39.80 75.26
Level Two Boys Giant Slalom Team Results
1   Collingwood Collegiate School CCI     38
2   Lawrence Park Collegiate Institute LPCI     56
3   Crescent School CS     56
4   Royal St Georges College RSGC     61

For all OFSAA Alpine Skiing results please visit the official website
To order your high-quality photos of Alpine Skiing please visit spectrophotography.ca by Gerry Angus

Nordic Skiing Championships
Feb 25-26
Porcupine Ski Runners, Timmins
Junior Girls 4km Free Individual
Place Bib Name Team Association Time Difference
1 23 Alison Pouw Glebe Collegiate Institute NCSSAA 0:12:14.04  
2 116 Heidi Ohrling Collingwood Collegiate GBSSA 0:12:35.08 +21.4
3 17 Alia Sanger Lisgar Collegiate Institute NCSSAA 0:12:38.00 +23.6
4 1 Hannah Story-Korman Timiskiaming DSS NEOAA 0:12.58.08 +44.4
Junior Boys 5km Free Individual
1 314 Alexander Maycock Orangeville DSS CWOSSA 0:13:04.8  
2 231 Aidan Kirkham Earl of March NCSSAA 0:13:06.4 +1.6
3 308 Noah Thompson Parry Sound HS GBSSA 0:13:15.3 +10.5
4 228 Kyle Reinhardt Ecole Secondaire Jeunesse-Nord NOSSA 0:13:38.7 +33.9
Senior Girls 5km Free Individual
1 522 Soren Meeuwisse OD/Park Secondary School GBSSA 0:14:31.3  
2 529 Alex Stukator Collingwood Collegiate GBSSA 0:14:44.0 +12.7
3 531 Madison Fraser Chippewa Secondary School NOSSA 0:15:00.8 +29.5
4 513 Holly Brown West Carleton SS NCSSAA 0:15:01.2 +29.9
Senior Boys 7.5km Free Individual
1 745 Julian Smith West Hill SS CWOSSA 0:18:58.5  
2 699 Colton Labine O'Gorman High School NEOAA 0:19:59.2 +1:00.7
3 712 Isaac Alexander-Cook Lisgar CI NCSSAA 0:20:03.4 +1:04.9
4 679 Christopher Blakeney Lisgar CI NCSSAA 0:20:07.3 +1:08.8

 For team, relay and all full OFSAA Nordic Skiing results please visit the official website

 

Snowboarding Festival
February 27
Mansfield Ski Club, Mansfield

Full individual and team results for OFSAA Snowboarding Festival available at this link! 

Boys' Level 1 Individual Results
Place Bib Name School Run 1 Run 2 Total
1 28 Logan Stamp Acton 32.87 32.22 65.09
2 5 Alex Dawe Markville 34.04 31.95 65.99
3 41 Will Izzard Oakville Trafalgar 35.05 32.25 67.30
4 36 Thomas Hillyer Royal St Georges College 35.22 33.34 68.56
Girls' Level 1 Individual Results
1 1 Jaimie Figueria FFSS 35.19 35.13 70.32
2 10 Emily Ballon CHAT1 34.92 36.24 71.16
3 3 Paige Tremblay Elmwood 36.07 35.51 71.58
4 8 Laura Jones Northview Heights SS 35.68 37.37 73.05
Boys' Level 2 Indivual Results
1 174 Andrew Hildebrand Forest Hill CI 29.80 29.40 59.21
2 175 Griff Haines Oakville Trafalgar 30.50 29.00 59.45
3 186 Eric VanHees Oakville Trafalgar 30.30 30.36 60.70
4 178 Jacob Beallor CHAT 33.10 31.51 64.63
Girls' Level 2 Individual Results
1 113 Mackenzie Hamilton Hillfield Strathallan College 34.00 34.16 68.16
2 110 Rebecca Anderson Malvern CI 35.56 36.59 72.15
3 112 Jacqueline Thomas HHSS 40.31 39.68 79.99
4 117 Sarah Phillips-Smith North Toronto CI 42.24 39.38 81.62

Molten Soccer Special Offer

Friday, February, 28, 2014

Is winter over yet? Can you see blades of grass peeking through the snow? Probably not, but that doesn't mean you can't start to inflate your dreams of soccer season with a new offer from Molten and OFSAA!

Molten is the official ball of OFSAA soccer and OFSAA's Soccer Championships coming June 5-7th, 2014.

In preparation for the road to OFSAA you can stock up on high quality FX-1000A BLK5 soccer balls through this new offer:
Buy three soccer balls, get one free! 

Schools are encouraged to participate in this new offer and support all of OFSAA's official sponsors.

For more on OFSAA Soccer Championships please check back soon on each of the following championship websites,

Boys' A Soccer - London

Boys' AA Soccer - Leamington

Boys' AAA Soccer - North Bay

Boys' AAAA Soccer - Belle River 

Girls' A Soccer - Windsor

Girls' AA Soccer - Collingwood

Girls' AAA Soccer - Thunder Bay

Girls' AAAA Soccer - Oakville

Snow Sports Spotlight

Tuesday, February, 25, 2014

OFSAA Nordic and Alpine Skiing Championships and Snowboard Festival immediately follow the 2014 Winter Olympic Games, giving student-athletes something to aspire to as they take the slopes.

For more on each championship/ festival please see the websites

These snowy OFSAA events gather a large number of Ontario student-athletes, especially the cross country course that can gather close to 600 participants with skiis and poles. 

This story by Benjamin Aubé from the Timmins Press talks about the OFSAA experience and what it takes to put together a championship of this magnitude. To read the whole story please visit this link to TimminsPress.com.

"TIMMINS - Rarely has the City of Timmins welcomed a sporting event on the scale of the 2014 OFSAA Nordic Championships.

From Feb. 24-26, nearly 600 of the best high school cross-country skiers from across the province will compete at the Porcupine Ski Runners for a spot at the top of the podium in both team and individual races.

Participants from 85 school across the province have traveled from far and wide for the races, in addition to their families and coaches. Event convenor John Labine said the sheer amount of skiers who take part in the Nordic Championships every year make it the third-largest high school sporting event in the country, and one of the largest cross-country ski meets in North America.

Labine said he and more than 75 volunteers in the community chose to get involved in the championships because of the unique opportunity presented to them.

He also thanked the city, as well as tourism co-ordinators Guy Lamarche and Mandy Wilson, for helping making the entire process of organizing the provincial championships a top-class event, and invited the general public to come out and watch the talent in action.

“It’s definitely a team effort,” said Labine. “There are about 75 volunteers or so involved, and it wouldn’t be possible without them. It’s all a little overwhelming when you’re organizing something of this scale, but it’s a great thing for everyone here, and it’s great for the city.”

OFSAA Remembers Gord Smith

Friday, February, 21, 2014

The sporting community in Ontario and across Canada have lost a longtime leader of the football at all levels in the country.

"Mr. Football," Gord Smith passed away Wednesday after a lengthy battle with cancer.

A teacher-coach involved in sports at the high school level for a career that spanned four decades, OFSAA remembers Gord as a great person who co-convened OFSAA Track & Field Championships, was OFSAA's representative with Football Canada, received the Pete Beach Award in 1996 and had his referee jersey retired in a ceremony last year as one of the most respected officials in Canada.

Read more about Gord Smith's life and contributions to sport in this article from the Belleville Intelligencer.

Try Day is now full!

Wednesday, February, 19, 2014

Those schools that have been accepted for Try Day funding have been notified by email.  All reporting packages should be received by early next week, so if you are one of the lucky schools receiving funding and do not get your reporting package by then, please contact diana@ofsaa.on.ca


High School Grand Prix 2014 Teams Announced

Monday, January, 20, 2014

Track & Field athletes from across Canada will converge on Toronto's Varsity Stadium in May to participate and compete in the third edition of the NIKE High School Grand Prix. 

This event unites student-athletes and teacher-coaches from coast-to-coast in a unique, cross-cultural event that has seen a great response in the first two years of competition. Students from across the country enjoy the opportunity to mix competition and sportsmanship while building new friendships and having the experience of a lifetime!

View the official HSGP press release

With student-athletes representing 12 provinces and territories, OFSAA is proud to introduce the Boys' and Girls' teams that will be participating on behalf of Ontario.

Congratulations to the girls’ and boys’ Ontario teams!

Girls’ – Lord Dorchester Secondary School (Dorchester)
A small school of 520 students outside of London, the team looks forward to learning community values and training techniques from other student-athletes across the country, and build track & field support in their school community.
Coaches: James Tennant, Jen Ashby

 

Boys’ – Holy Cross Catholic Secondary School (Kingston)
In the past five years with no track suitable for competition, the track & field team was forced to travel to Belleville to compete. With leadership in the school and community they have built a new track and hope participation in the HSGP can help inspire student-athletes to rebuild the track & field team too.
Coaches: Joanna Besselink, Robin Dziemienko

Visit the High School Grand Prix website

Follow "High School Grand Prix" on Facebook and on Twitter

 

OFSAA Wrestling Playing Regulation Update

Friday, January, 17, 2014

Please be advised that the following rule changes will be in effect for the 2014 OFSAA Wrestling Championships. These changes will supersede those published in the 2013-2014 edition of the Wrestling Canada Lutte Rulebook. All other rules previously published in the 2013-2014 edition will be in effect. This is necessary because OFSAA playing regulations state that we follow CAWA rules. Because CAWA made these changes, OFSAA must follow the changes.

Competition Format:

A wrestler must have a minimum of 30 minutes rest between the end of one bout and the beginning of the next bout.

Wrestling Rules:

Technical Superiority
• 10 points for Freestyle Wrestling.

Throws
• Freestyle Wrestling: 4 points for all throws.

End of Match
• Elimination of 2 x 3 points and seven point differential resulting in a victory.

Par Terre
• Elimination of the 5 second count for the 1 additional back point exposure.

Takedown
• From the standing or neutral position, whenever a wrestler secures control of his/her opponent and brings him down without back exposure, 2 points are awarded. This may occur as either an offensive or defensive maneuver (anything that goes directly from the feet to the back is worth 4 points).

 

Please follow this link to visit the OFSAA Wrestling website for more details on the upcoming 2014 OFSAA Wrestling Championships, March 5-6 in Brampton

ACTIVATE Ontario partners with Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care

Monday, January, 13, 2014

For active student-athletes seeking leadership opportunities and another way to get involved, youth in Ontario are invited to participate in the ACTIVATE Ontario initiative and leadership forum.

Click this link to see video of the ACTIVATE Leadership Conference, and read more details of the initiative from the release below;

A two-year partnership with the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, in support Motivate Canada’s new ACTIVATE Ontario initiative, will provide Ontario youth with an unprecedented opportunity for civic engagement and personal growth. This new initiative will engage and train teams of youth leaders to play an active role in increasing sport participation, self-esteem, and leadership of youth across Ontario, as well as enhancing the knowledge and understanding of mental health and nutrition concepts and resources. 

Today’s announcement includes an immediate call for applications for the first ACTIVATE Ontario Training Summit which will take place from February 21-23 in Ottawa. The weekend training session – which will include workshops on physical literacy, sport programming, wellness (including mental-health), and leadership – will certify youth as Trainers to host an ACTIVATE Leadership Forum for their region. By partnering with a school or youth-serving organization in their community and completing the Training Summit, teams of 4 Youth Trainers will be eligible to receive up to $12,650 in funding to apply toward developing their own Leadership Forum. 

“Nutrition, physical activity and mental health are key building blocks to healthier living, which is why we are so pleased to support ACTIVATE Ontario. I am confident this program will help youth enrich themselves and make a real difference in their communities,” says the Honourable Deb Matthews, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care. 

The fee for an individual applicant to attend the ACTIVATE Ontario Leadership Training Summit in February is only $100. All other costs such as meals, travel, and accommodations are subsidized. Interested youth should apply on line at www.motivatecanada.ca/activate/apply. The application deadline is January 27, 2014 at 11:59pm (EST). 

“Thanks to support from the Ontario government and our others partners, Kids Help Phone and ParticipACTION’s Teen Challenge Program, ACTIVATE Ontario will provide youth leaders with the training, resources, and confidence they need to deliver a Leadership Forum of their own design.” says ACTIVATE Program Manager, Zach Hayes. “Through these Forums, teams of youth leaders will work with other young people in their region to help them realize their leadership potential and to create sport or physical activity projects in their communities.” 

Since its inception in 2004, the ACTIVATE program has hosted 14 Leadership Forums at national and regional levels. Now, Ontario schools and community organizations and their youth leaders have the opportunity to take ownership of this program by creating their own Forums using the Youth Driven Development framework Motivate Canada has developed over the past decade. 

About Motivate Canada: 
Motivate Canada’s Youth-Driven Development approach taps into the natural optimism, energy, curiosity, and adventurous spirit that young people have in abundance. Using the power of sport, physical activity and positive peer role models, Motivate Canada’s four core programs— GEN7, ESTEEM Team, ACTIVATE, and Active Circle—give young people the tools, training, and confidence to make a difference in their lives and communities on their own terms. For more information please visit: www.motivatecanada.ca/en/activate

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Contact: 
Geoffery Biss 
ACTIVATE Ontario Program Coordinator 1-866-378-3361 extension 233 
Cell: (416) 888-4830 
activate@motivatecanada.ca

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