OFSAA has joined the podcast craze!

Be sure to check out The OFSAA "TIMEOUT" Podcast on your favourite podcast platforms such as Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts or go to https://anchor.fm/ofsaatimeout

As we move along with future monthly podcasts, look for special guest interviews along with topical issues of interest to student-athletes, coaches, parents and educators. 

Please contact Pat Park ([email protected]) if you would like an important, or even a fun topic, discussed on a future episode of OFSAA “TIMEOUT”. It’s a great platform to promote the efforts of individuals and the initiatives in school sport around the province.

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EPISODE #1:  "The TSN Turning Point!" Our debut episode features 1980s former high school football great, James Duthie. Okay, so you probably know him better as the recognizable face of TSN. The versatile and longtime host of Molson Canadian Leafs Hockey and on-site anchor of the Super Bowl, the Grey Cup, the World Junior Championships and The Masters was on the other side of the Q & A this time around. We think you'll enjoy the back and forth conversation about his high school athletic pursuits, his coaching experiences and his award-winning broadcasting career. 

EPISODE #2:  "Girl Power!" Three current female teacher-coaches comprise an educational "Roundtable" on this episode. Kelly Gouveia, Val Hargreaves and Courtney Beaulne discuss and promote ways for schools to encourage girls to stay active during their high school years through physical education and school sport. You won't want to miss this insightful meeting of the female minds.  


EPISODE #3: "It's okay not to be okay." Krista Van Slingerland, Executive Director of the Canadian Centre For Mental Health And Sport (www.ccmhs-ccsms.ca), educates us on an important topic in today's society and sporting landscape -- Mental Health Literacy In Sports. Krista has turned her own struggle with a mental health disorder into a career focused on working with athletes, coaches, parents and administrators to make Canadian sport a safer and more inclusive place for athletes struggling with mental illness. Athletes and coaches will find the discussion educational and below are some recommended resources:

Crisis Resources:

Kids Help Phone - Text "CONNECT" to 686868, kidshelphone.ca

Youthspace.ca - Text (778) 783-0177, youthspace.ca 

Online Resources:

Better Help - betterhelp.com (online access to professional counsellors)

The LifeLine App - thelifelinecanada.ca (direct access to phone, online chat, text and email crisis support)

Big White Wall Canada - bigwhitewall.ca (anonymous peer support community accessible anytime and anywhere)


EPISODE #4:  A trade-off of veal sandwiches in return for more ice-time for a player on his hockey team? 

Gerry Dee lets us in on this story, and others like it, from his high school coaching days on this episode of The OFSAA TIMEOUT Podcast.

The popular host of Family Feud Canada and Mr. Dee on CBC certainly has the real life background across high school athletics to inform and entertain.

  • What sports did he enjoy coaching the most?
  • What life lessons did he like to impart on the student-athletes that he coached?
  • And, oh, what could go wrong when supervising kids' dodgeball and 'indoor' Marco Polo in the small confines of the gymnasium?

Catch Gerry Dee in person on his comedy tour by going to https://gerrydee.com/ or https://www.ticketmaster.ca/gerry-dee-tickets/artist/1234097


EPISODE #5:  Roy Rana is one of the most influential figures in Canadian Basketball.

He reflects fondly on the many rewards of coaching high school basketball at C.W. Jefferys and Eastern Commerce. He started coaching in high school at age 24 and he hasn't looked back.

Rana stands by the theory of "be willing to take risks!"

After decorated tenures at the high school and university level, Rana is currently in his first season on the coaching staff of the NBA's Sacramento Kings.

Listen to what he attributes to the steady influx of Canadian talent currently on NBA rosters. It's not the answer that you're used to hearing.

Ballers and coaches of all sports will find interest in hearing the name of a well-known basketball coach that Rana admires the most and the name doesn't start with "Red" or "Phil".

That and much more here on Episode 5!


EPISODE #6:  It's a "STUDENT TAKEOVER" on this edition! Sort of...

Be sure to listen to our interview with the female and male recipients of the 2020 OFSAA Character Athlete Award. Grace Petsnick of Fort Frances High School and Tristan Smith of École secondaire publique Maurice-Lapointe in Kanata share high school memories, thoughts on their unusual graduation year and let us in on their post-secondary plans.

Both will receive a $1,000 grant from Jostens as they stood out in the minds of the voting panel for their commitment to OFSAA's values of leadership, equity, respect and sportsmanship.





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