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  • Job Posting: General Manager, London 2018 Ontario Summer Games

    Job Posting: General Manager, London 2018 Ontario Summer Games

    TITLE: General Manager, London 2018 Ontario Summer Games

    LOCATION: London, ON

    CONTRACT TERM: Until September 1st, 2018

    SALARY: $75,000 over the contract duration

    OVERVIEW

    The London 2018 Ontario Summer Games Host Organizing Committee is looking to fill the position of General Manager, London 2018 Ontario Summer Games.

    From August 2nd to August 5th 2018, up to 3500 of the province’s top youth athletes, along with coaches and officials will descend on London to compete at the 2018 Ontario Summer Games, featuring 21 different sports being played in across the city.

    The General Manager, London 2018 Ontario Summer Games will lead all aspects in the planning of the 2018 Ontario Summer Games strategy and delivery of the 2018 Ontario Summer Games with the support and direction of the Games Chairperson, Games Organizing Committee, Tourism London, City of London, and the Ministry of Tourism, Culture, and Sport.

    DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

    The successful incumbent will be responsible for, but not limited to, the following:

    • Responsible for timely, on-budget event coordination and delivery.
    • Engagement and relationship building with various community partners and stakeholders.
    • Directs work of the Games Organizing Committee and Games Chairperson.
    • Create the work plan and liaise with stakeholders such as the Games Chairperson, City staff and Games Organizing Committees.
    • Management of games operations, including liaison with accommodations services, transportation services, sport competition and venues, food suppliers and the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport.
    • Development and oversight of protocol, special events and opening ceremonies.
    • Provide assistance with recording expenditures, preparing tenders, monitoring the budget in cooperation with the Financial Chairperson, Games Chairperson, and the Ministry Games Consultant.
    • Ensure the annual operating and performance objectives are met through ongoing monitoring and communications and adjust as required.
    • Ensure that the effective and efficient delivery of all GOC services and business operations, in accordance with the bid document and the grant agreement.
    • Work with Fundraising and Sponsorship Chairperson to generate Games financial partners.
    • Recommend communication strategies to engage the community and build awareness of the Games.
    • Manage the administrative office and oversee administrative duties.
    • Provide oversight and coordination of hospitality, awards and protocol needs for the Games.
    • Management of Athletes registration and accreditation system and recording and posting of results.
    • Management of games-time Operations Centre.
    • Accountable for adhering to set timelines.
    • Assist with promotions, media and marketing endeavors to develop an overall strategy for the Games and create a positive image for the Ontario Summer Games in the community.
    • Initiate partnerships with community organizations and sport groups to develop pre and post Games activities.
    • Cooperatively develop, with the Sport Technical Chairperson, a plan for the delivery of the sport components of the Games.  Liaise with the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport to ensure that the competition needs are met.
    • Preparation of reports as required, including a final report to be completed by the conclusion of the contract.
    • Develops and administers assigned budget, ensuring that expenditures are controlled and maintained within approved budget limitations and that revenue targets are met through all sources including and not limited to ticket sales, registration fees and sponsorship.
    • Coordinates Games Legacy Plan with all partners.

     

    QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE

    • Post-secondary diploma/degree in sport management, recreation or a related field is preferred.
    • Minimum 5 years in a sport event management environment including experience in past multi-sport Games.
    • Knowledge of Games planning and delivery demonstrated through hands on experience in large scale multi-sport events.
    • Knowledge of the amateur sport system demonstrated through direct working experience with provincial or national sport and or multi-sport organizations.
    • Availability to work evenings and weekends as required.
    • Experience in working with volunteer committees including volunteer recruitment, training, and supervising.
    • Advanced project planning and management skills.
    • Demonstrated experience in large scale budget planning and management.
    • Excellent customer service and public relations skills.
    • Ability to work in a fast paced environment with multiple and conflicting priorities
    • Strong organizational, interpersonal, written and oral communication skills.
    • Excellent computer skills utilizing the Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook).
    • The successful applicant must be available July 30th – August 5th, 2018.

     

    Interested applicants are asked to submit a cover letter and resume to zjarvis@londontourism.ca by March 17, 2017. We thank all who apply, however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

    *Please note, this is not a position with Tourism London or the City of London.

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  • Sledge Team Ontario in London for Training Camp

    Sledge Team Ontario in London for Training Camp

    London, ON: Sledge Team Ontario (STO) will be in London February 24-26, 2017, for a weekend – long training camp. London Blizzard players playing for STO are Chris Wood, Dylan Kett and Tom Gabriel. Head Coach Todd Sargeant are also from the Blizzard.

    Sledge Team Ontario was formed 10 years ago to give elite sledge hockey players the opportunity to gain high-performance experience outside Ontario Sledge Hockey Association league play.  It was created with hopes of developing player’s skills for future national team duty. Since its inception 22 players have played for STO and on the National Team.

    STO is preparing for it’s the Canadian Championships to be held in Montreal May 11-14. Last year STO captured the silver medal in a close 2-1 loss to Team Alberta. STO has played two exhibition series this season. In January STO swept the Florida State Bandits in a 3 game series and in December STO lost 3 games to Team Quebec in a close, hard-fought series. After London STO will have one more training camp. That will be held April 21-23 in Barrie.

     “This program has proven to be very valuable in the development of elite players in Ontario,” said STO head coach Todd Sargeant. “Players graduating from STO have been well-prepared for playing for our National Team in the World Championships and Paralympic Games”.

    Practices will take place at the Western Fair Arena.  Times are as follows:

    Friday, February 24: 2:00 pm – 4:50 pm

    Saturday, February 25: 10:00 am – 10:50 am

    Sunday, February 26: 10:00 am – 11:50 am

    The public is more than welcome to come out and watch all of these ice sessions, which are all free of charge.

    For more information on Sledge Team Ontario or the Ontario Sledge Hockey Association contact toddsargeant@hotmail.com or www.ontariosledge.com

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  • World Financial Group Continental Cup headed to London, Ont. in 2018

    World Financial Group Continental Cup headed to London, Ont. in 2018

    Curling’s biggest names will be headed to London, Ont., next year for the 2018 edition of the World Financial Group Continental Cup.

    Curling’s version of the Ryder Cup is returning to Canada for the first time since the 2015 event at Calgary, and should offer fans in attendance from Jan. 11-14 at The Sports Centre at Western Fair District an advance look at many of the teams that will be competing at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea.

    “Having been a part of many past successful events in my hometown of London, I’m very excited to see our city get another chance to host an elite Season of Champions event,” said Peter Inch, Chair of Curling Canada’s Board of Governors. “The World Financial Group Continental Cup gives fans a wonderful opportunity to see the world’s best men’s and women’s players in one exciting event under one roof, and I know London is going to put on a great show for the players and fans alike.”

    The WFG Continental Cup is a four-day event that pits Team North America against Team World in three forms of competition: traditional team games, mixed doubles and skins games. There are point values assigned to each match, with a total of 60 points available, meaning the first side to hit 30.5 points wins the WFG Continental Cup.

    “I am absolutely thrilled to announce that we will be bringing the Continental Cup back to Canada,” said Taylor Stavenjord, Marketing Manager for World Financial Group Canada. “It is an honour to bring home the sport Canadians love so much and I sincerely look forward to cheering with fellow curling fans in London, Ontario.”

    Each side has three men’s and three women’s teams; the winning side receives $52,000 Cdn ($2,000 per member, including captain and coach), while the losing side gets $26,000 ($1,000 per member, including captain and coach). As well, the side that generates the highest points total from the six skins games will receive an additional $13,000 ($500 per player, plus captain and coach).

    The Sports Centre, which is part of the Western Fair District complex, is an Olympic-size arena with seating for around 1,500. It’s the home rink for the London Nationals of the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League. It sits adjacent to three other NHL-size ice surfaces.

    Also part of the Western Fair District is The Raceway, offering standardbred horse racing from October to May, a casino and a Yuk Yuk’s comedy club.

    “We are so excited to welcome back some of the best curlers in the world for the 2018 Continental Cup in London,” said London Mayor Matt Brown. “This will be a huge event for our downtown and for curling fans across the region. This is one more opportunity for us to demonstrate that we are a sports city.”

    “It is always an honour when our city can host prestigious events and welcome premier level athletes from around the world to London,” added London-Fanshawe MPP Teresa Armstrong. “Events such as this raise the profile of our city as a destination for athletes and spectators alike. This tournament will be a welcome addition to our community’s reputation for hosting successful high-profile sporting events. The benefit to our community and local economy will be strongly felt, and I know our city will take great pride in being a welcoming host.”

    Team North America will feature Canada’s Winter Olympics-bound men’s and women’s teams, which will be decided at the 2017 Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings Dec. 2-10 in Ottawa.

    The other two Canadian teams will be the winners of the 2017 Scotties Tournament of Hearts, which begins Saturday in St. Catharines, Ont., and the 2017 Tim Hortons Brier, March 4-12 in St. John’s, while USA Curling will add a men’s and women’s entry to Team North America at a later date.

    Captains and coaches for both Team North America and Team World will be announced later this year; the teams that will comprise Team World will be determined in consultation with Team World’s coach and captain.

    “The Ontario Curling Association values the opportunity to host Curling Canada events in Ontario,” said Stephen Chenier, Executive Director of the Ontario Curling Association. “The past successes of London as a host city of major curling championships make certain that the 2018 World Financial Group Continental Cup will be an event to attend for sure.”

    It will be the 14th edition of the World Financial Group Continental Cup, with Team North America currently on a streak of winning five straight, including the 2017 event last month in Las Vegas.

    North America has won the Cup in 2002 in Regina, 2004 and 2007 in Medicine Hat, Alta., 2011 in St. Albert, Alta., 2013 in Penticton, B.C., 2014 in Las Vegas, 2015 in Calgary and back-to-back titles in 2016 and 2017 in Las Vegas. Team World emerged victorious in 2003 in Thunder Bay, Ont., 2006 in Chilliwack, B.C., 2008 in Camrose, Alta., and 2012 in Langley, B.C.

    London is no stranger to major curling championships. Most recently, the city played host to the 2011 Tim Hortons Brier. Prior to that, London hosted the 2006 Scotties Tournament of Hearts; both events took place at the downtown Budweiser Gardens (formerly the John Labatt Centre)

    Also, the old London Gardens hosted the 1974 Macdonald Brier and  Thompson Arena on the Campus of Western University hosted the 1981 Air Canada Silver Broom world men’s championship.

    “We were ecstatic to get the call from Curling Canada telling us that we had earned the right to host the 2018 World Financial Group Continental Cup,” said Ted Smith, Vice-Chair of the London Host Committee. “The Western Fair District is really a wonderful facility, and I know our city will be going all out to put on a terrific show for the world’s best curlers and the fans who will be packing the arena.”

    “We are thrilled to be hosting the World Financial Group Continental Cup here in London in 2018!” added Cheryl Finn, Director, Sport Tourism for Tourism London. “London is a prime location to host this exciting event and we couldn’t be happier to have the opportunity to be able to work with Curling Canada again.”

    TSN, Canada’s leading sports network, along with French language sports network RDS, will televise all of the action from London.

  • London Blizzard Sledge Hockey Club presents the 13th Annual Blizzard Invitational Sledge Hockey Tournament

    London Blizzard Sledge Hockey Club presents the 13th Annual Blizzard Invitational Sledge Hockey Tournament

    (London, ON) – The London Blizzard Sledge Hockey Club is proud to announce that the 13th Annual London Blizzard Invitational Sledge Hockey Tournament will again be held at the Western Fair Sports Centre and Nichols Arena, beginning Friday, January 20th to Sunday, January 22nd, 2017.

    This year’s tournament features 39 teams, 9 from the USA, playing in 6 different divisions based on skill level, Junior Sledge Development A and B divisions, and Intermediate A, B, C and C+ divisions. Championship Rounds will be played Sunday morning with Gold medal games early afternoon at Western Fair.

    Results and additional information can be found by visiting http://www.londonblizzard.com/Tournament.html.

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  • World Champion Elvis Stojko to Perform at London Skating Club 110th Anniversary Ice Show

    World Champion Elvis Stojko to Perform at London Skating Club 110th Anniversary Ice Show

    The moment you have all been waiting for has arrived!

    The London Skating Club will be presenting its 110th Anniversary Ice Show, Canada – “Proud, Strong & Free” that is proudly sponsored by O.M.A.C. Mortgages & ToyotaTown, on Sunday, March 26th, 4:00 pm, at Thompson Arena, Western University.

    Our featured skater for the show is Three-time World Champion, two-time Olympic Silver Medalist and 7-time Canadian Champion, Elvis Stojko.

    This Anniversary Ice Show will be choreographed by world-renowned professional figure skater and choreographer and former competitive skater, Roselle Doyle.

    All skaters in the club will be invited to participate in the show.

    Tickets for this historical event are available now through the Western Mustang's Ticket Office  Tickets are $20 each for adults, and $10 for youth 12 and under.

    Don’t miss out and get your tickets today!

    https://westernmustangstickets.universitytickets.com/w/event.aspx?id=1231&cid=144&p=1

    Mustang Ticket Office: 519-661-4077 – open Monday-Friday from 11:00 am-3:00 pm

    There will also be an autograph session with Elvis at the show and you won't want to miss this milestone event! The London Skating Club is pleased to continue its charity partnership with Jesse's Journey & Muscular  Dystrophy Canada for this event.

    Interested sponsors can contact Kelly Farmer, 110th Show Coordinator, London Skating Club – 519-681-2640 or e-mail: info@londoskatingclub.com

    Mark your calendars and tell your family and friends about our 110th Anniversary Ice Show featuring Elvis Stojko and our very own London Skating Club skaters.

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  • London to host 2017 Canadian Espoir Championships

    London to host 2017 Canadian Espoir Championships

    More than 250 athletes will converge on the city of London, Ontario for the 2017 Synchro Canada Espoir Synchronized Swimming Championships. The athletes participating in the event will range in age from 11 to 15 and will come from across Canada to take part in the event May 30-June 4, 2017 at the Western University Recreation Centre pool. The announcement was made today by Synchro Canada.
     
    Western will also provide the facilities for the event’s Athlete Village in its Essex Hall. Synchro Canada will work closely with the host club, the London Synchro Club, to create a Local Organizing Committee to stage the competition.
     
     “London has a rich history of hosting major sporting events at all levels and we are thrilled to partner with the London Synchro Club, our colleagues at Synchro Swim Ontario and many Ontario area volunteers to deliver this important developmental competition,” said Jackie Buckingham, Chief Executive Officer, Synchro Canada. “We are also pleased to be using the facilities at Western at this national level.  The Olympians of tomorrow will come from this very talented group of young athletes and we cannot wait to present this event to friends, family and spectators in the London area.”
     
    The event will have a major economic impact on London, estimated at over one million dollars.  The Synchro Canada Organizing Committee alone will use 1200 hotel room nights, in addition to others booked by family, friends and spectators attending the event.  “We are so pleased to welcome synchronized swimmers from across Canada for this competition,” said London’s Mayor Matt Brown. “This once again proves London is a sports city through and through, and a premier destination for sport tourism.” 
     
    “We are excited that London has been selected to host this championship,” said John Winston, General Manager of Tourism London. “This will continue to enhance our reputation as a national sporting destination.”
     
    London Synchro Club President Louise Koza, who will be acting as chair of the organizing committee, is looking forward to welcoming the Canadian Synchro community to London: “London Synchro Club members are committed to devoting skills, energy and time to make this a memorable experience for athletes and coaches. The accommodations and venue at Western University provide an outstanding location for athletes to compete and deliver top performances.”
     
    The Synchro Canada Espoir Championships are broadcast in Canada and around the world through live streaming on digital platforms. Recent host cities for this event have been Winnipeg, MB (2016), Saint John, NB (2015), Kamloops, BC (2014) and Ottawa, ON (2013).
     
    A preliminary information package, containing information about the competition and the Athlete Village, is available for download.

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  • London to host five Ontario Cup Basketball Championships in 2017 and 2018

    London to host five Ontario Cup Basketball Championships in 2017 and 2018

    Tourism London is proud to announce that the City of London has been selected to host five Ontario Cup Provincial Championships in 2017 and 2018. Ontario Basketball (OBA) announced Monday the dates and locations for these 2017 and 2018 championships and London leads the way with a record, five championships. Building on the foundation established in 2016, Tourism London once again partnered with all four local youth basketball organizations to collectively host these tournaments.

    “We are delighted to be hosting five Ontario Cup age categories in the Forest City in 2017 and 2018,” said Jason Jansson, executive director, Ontario Basketball. “The continued efforts of Tourism London and the four OBA members clubs to host the Provincial Championships in the City of London is a true testament to community engagement and collaboration.”

    “We are so proud of our local club’s collaborative effort to secure these Ontario Basketball Championships.” said Cheryl Finn, Director of Sport Tourism for Tourism London. “The London Ramblers, London CYO, Gold Medal and London 86’ers, along with the London Board of Basketball Officials have come together to provide an athlete-centered approach to hosting each of the championship weekends.  This is a unique approach that we are very proud of and hope it proves as a template for other local sport organizations to work towards.  These weekends are important to Tourism London’s hosting portfolio as large numbers of athletes and their families, staying to compete in our city, over several weekends significantly contributes to the economic impact related to this event.”

    In 2013, OBA conducted a Sport Tourism Economic Assessment Model economic impact study with the Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance (CSTA). The study found the total economic activity (industry output) generated by the Ontario Cup Under 16 boys event staged in Ottawa was $1.9 million in the Province, with $1.3 million occurring in Ottawa. An estimated $23 million of economic impact is generated from the entire 18 Ontario Cup events.

    A full list of 2017 and 2018 Ontario Cup dates and assigned age categories is available below.

    Age Category

    2017

    2018

    Location

    U10 Girls

    March 24-26

    March 23-25

    London

    U11 Girls

    March 24-26

    March 23-25

    London

    U12 Girls

    March 24-26

    March 23-25

    Newmarket

    U10 Boys

    March 31-April 2

    April 6-8

    London

    U11 Boys

    March 31-April 2

    April 6-8

    Windsor

    U12 Boys

    March 31-April 2

    April 6-8

    Niagara Region

    U13 Girls

    April 7-9

    April 13-15

    Niagara Region

    U14 Girls

    April 7-9

    April 13-15

    Brampton

    U13 Boys

    April 21-23

    April 20-22

    Milton

    U14 Boys

    April 21-23

    April 20-22

    London

    U15 Girls

    April 28-30

    April 27-29

    Durham Region

    U16 Girls

    April 28-30

    April 27-29

    Ottawa

    U17 Girls

    May 5-7

    May 4-6

    Kitchener-Waterloo

    U19 Girls

    May 5-7

    May 4-6

    Kitchener-Waterloo

    U15 Boys

    May 12-14

    May 11-13

    London

    U16 Boys

    May 12-14

    May 11-13

    Ottawa

    U17 Boys

    May 26-28

    May 25-27

    Markham

    U19 Boys

    May 26-28

    May 25-27

    Kingston

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  • Tourism London to host the 2018 Ontario Summer Games

    Tourism London to host the 2018 Ontario Summer Games

    (London, ON) - Tourism London is happy to announce that the City of London has been selected by the Ministry of Tourism, Culture, and Sport to host the 2018 Ontario Summer Games, scheduled to take place August 3 to 5, 2018. An official announcement will be made tonight at the Opening Ceremonies of the 2016 Ontario Summer Games in Mississauga.

    “We are so pleased to host the Ontario Summer Games in 2018,” said Mayor Matt Brown. “London is a sports city through and through. This is a fantastic opportunity to showcase all our community has to offer. We look forward to welcoming our province’s elite athletes and passionate sports fans.”

    “We are so honored to have been chosen as the host community for the 2018 Ontario Summer Games,” said Cheryl Finn, Director of Sport Tourism with Tourism London. “London has a phenomenal history of successfully hosting multi-sport events and we plan to provide athletes, and their families with an experience in our city that they will never forget. We would like to sincerely thank the Government of Ontario and look forward to hosting this amazing event.”

    "Supporting communities across the province is an important part of our plan to Build Ontario Up and bring people together through a shared love of sport and volunteerism. We’re a stronger, more cohesive province when we can come together for events like the 2018 Ontario Summer Games and I know that London will deliver a memorable weekend,” said Eleanor McMahon, Ontario’s Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport. “The city will benefit tremendously from greater community building, economic activity and sport development and I look forward to working with officials, community leaders and the wonderful people of London as we implement these Games.”‎ ‎

    Chair of the London Host Organizing Committee will be Bill Merrylees, Detective Superintendent with the London Police Services, who also serves as President and CEO of the Can-Am Police-Fire Games Federation, and Vice President of the International Police Sport Union.

    “This is great and exciting news that London has been selected to host the Ontario Summer Games in 2018,” said Bill. “The City of London has a proven track record of organizing multi-sport events that are athlete focused to ensure the best possible experience.  We have great venues and our volunteers will make the athletes and their families feel welcomed.  I would like to thank the Ministry for selecting London and wish all of the athletes’ good luck this weekend in Mississauga.”

    The Ontario Summer Games are the largest multi-sport event in the province, with over 3,000 youth athletes, coaches, managers, and officials competing in 22-27 different sports. Hosting the event is expected to produce an economic impact of over $6 million dollars for the City of London.

    London has previously hosted these Games in 2004, 1996, and 1975.

  • Delaware Speedway Youth Cup Series Event Monday May 23rd

    Delaware Speedway Youth Cup Series Event Monday May 23rd

    The Kallisto-FCV p/b Toyo Tires Cycling Team is pleased to announce the 2016 Delaware Speedway Youth Cup Series Road Race event on Monday May 23rd.  Gates will open at 7:30 and the first race of the day (50 minute Cadet Road Race) will start at 9am.  The speedway is located minutes west of London off of Hwy 401 & 402.

    The 650m Speedway was used 2 years ago by the OCA for our Youth Series event, however, last year dates could not be arranged. 

    The Holiday Monday event will bring together the top Youth racers in the Province.  The 4 age groups are, U11, U13, U15 & U17.  The Series is sanctioned by the Ontario Cycling Association and is open to Boys & Girls.  Almost any type of bike can be used in the series, road bikes are preferred. Some of the newer kids have used Mountain bikes in the past and the Delaware Speedway is a great way to see if you like the Series.  In the Youth Series, drafting is legal.

    The Ontario Youth Series is open to all kids that have a membership to a club, or you can purchase a citizens permit to race. 

    The format of the day starts with a Road Race of varying distances depending on the age of the athlete, this is followed by a Time Trial. The Speedway is very wide with sweeping corners.  The kids (athletes) will have a "Blast". 

    All of the information can be found in the Technical Guide.

    Registration for the Delaware Speedway event: https://ccnbikes.com/#!/events/2016-delaware-speedway-youth-road-race 

    The Kallisto-FCV Cycling team and our parent volunteers look forward to welcoming all the Youth racers in the province to come out and enjoy a fun day at the races on Monday May 23rd, 9am - 2pm.

  • A.B. Lucas Secondary School to host 2018 OFSAA Girls’ AAA Basketball Championships

    A.B. Lucas Secondary School to host 2018 OFSAA Girls’ AAA Basketball Championships

    (London, Ontario) – We are pleased to announce today that the 2018 Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations (OFSAA) AAA Girls’ Basketball Championships have been awarded to A.B. Lucas Secondary School here in London. The tournament will be played November 28 to December 1st, 2018 and will feature the top 18 girls’ high school basketball teams in Ontario battling for the provincial championship.

    “We are thrilled to have been awarded the 2018 AAA OFSAA Girls Basketball Championship” said Kris Potter, Chair of the Local Organizing Committee and Head Coach of the A. B. Lucas Girls Basketball team. “We are excited for the opportunity and look forward to having the best high school girls’ basketball teams in the province all coming to London.”

    When asked about the event, Shamus Bourdon, Assistant Director at OFSAA mentioned that "OFSAA is excited that Girls' AAA Basketball will return to London in 2018. Hosting an event this size takes a lot of support and many volunteer hours.  The OFSAA Executive Council appreciates convenor Kris Potter, A.B. Lucas Secondary School, Tourism London, and the City of London for making the commitment to providing a positive experience for the hundreds of student-athletes and teacher-coaches around the province."

    London last hosted the OFSAA Girls AAA Basketball Championships in 2013 at Regina Mundi Catholic College (RMC).

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  • RETURNING THIS FALL TO BUDWEISER GARDENS 2016 ROOKIE TOURNAMENT

    RETURNING THIS FALL TO BUDWEISER GARDENS 2016 ROOKIE TOURNAMENT

    Spectra Venue Management and Tourism London are pleased to announce that the 2016 Rookie Tournament, Presented by Scotiabank, will be held at Budweiser Gardens September 16-18, 2016.

    This marks the fourth year in a row that London has hosted the tournament which features the top prospects from four of the National Hockey League’s most popular franchises. This year, Toronto Maple Leafs’ prospects will face off in three games beginning Friday, September 16 versus rookie teams from the Ottawa Senators, Pittsburgh Penguins and rival Montreal Canadiens.

    “We are very pleased that the Rookie Tournament is returning to London. It has proven to be a very successful competition that many local hockey fans look forward to experiencing,” said John Winston, General Manager, Tourism London.

    "We are very excited to once again host the Rookie Tournament, a great event for hockey fans of all ages” said Brian Ohl, General Manager at Budweiser Gardens and Regional Vice President Spectra Venue Management. “The Rookie Tournament gives fans the first chance to see the new crop of young talent from four of the most popular NHL teams: The Pittsburgh Penguins, Ottawa Senators, Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs”.

    Tickets for the 2016 Rookie Tournament go on sale Friday, April 29 at 10am with three different packages available for purchase. The All-Event Package includes tickets to all six Rookie Tournament games and a savings of up to 25% with Adult tickets priced at just $87.00 and Students/Seniors/Kids tickets available for only $72.00.

    Once again, Toronto Maple Leaf fans will be able to purchase the ‘Leafs Nation Package’ which includes all three Leaf games, while Montreal fans can see their team in action by purchasing the ‘Habs Fan Pack’. Both packages will include all three games of each respective team at a savings of up to 12%. Adult packages are $51.00 while Students/Seniors/Kids packages are $39.00. Individual game tickets will go on sale at a later date to be announced.

    Ticket Packages on sale Friday, April 29, 2016 @ 10am
    Tickets will be available online at www.budweisergardens.com and by phone at 1-866-455-2849. Tickets also available in person at the Courtesy Ford Box Office at Budweiser Gardens, Western Connections at UWO, BooksPlus, and the Fanshawe College Biz Booth.

    Tickets (incl. HST, FMF, plus service charges):
    All-Event Package: Adults $87.00, Students/Seniors/Kids $72.00
    Leafs Nation Package: Adults $51.00, Students/Seniors/Kids $39.00
    Habs Fan Pack: Adults $51.00, Students/Seniors/Kids $39.00
    Save up to 25% on Single Game Tickets with the All Event, Leafs Nation and Habs Fan Packages – Available for a limited time.

    Full Tournament Schedule:

    Friday, September 16, 2016
    3:35 p.m. Game # 1 – Pittsburgh (black) vs. Montreal (red)
    7:00 p.m. Game #2 – Ottawa (white) vs. Toronto (white)

    Saturday, September 17, 2016
    3:35 p.m. Game #3 Pittsburgh (black) vs. Ottawa (white)
    7:00 p.m. Game #4 Toronto (blue) vs. Montreal (red)

    Sunday, September 18, 2016
    1:00 p.m. Game #5 Montreal (red) vs. Ottawa (white)
    4:35 p.m. Game #6 Toronto (blue) vs. Pittsburgh (black)

    For more information please contact: Marcy Redmond, Marketing Coordinator, 519-667-5740, marcy_redmond@comcastspectacor.com.

    For All Tournament Media Credentials: Please contact Kelly Austin, Marketing Director, by email at kelly_austin@comcastspectacor.com.

    Toronto Maple Leafs Media Contacts: Ian Meagher, Media Relations Coordinator, imeagher@torontomapleleafs.com

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  • London Rowbust Breast Cancer Survivor Dragon Boat Team Headed to Worlds in Australia

    London Rowbust Breast Cancer Survivor Dragon Boat Team Headed to Worlds in Australia

    How do a group of women who are daughters, sisters, mothers and/or grandmothers from various backgrounds, brought together by breast cancer become World Champions?  By having 70 teammates who support all levels of paddling and all levels of competition and who always "have our backs"!  By being determined, focused and enthusiastic. And by having Coaches who have allowed us to dream bigger than we ever thought possible and who make us believe in the dream because they believe in us!  Together we are the Rowbust Breast Cancer Survivor Dragon Boat Racing Team from London, Ontario Canada. 

    The 2014 Club Crew World Championships (CCWC) in Ravenna, Italy was the first time that the International Dragon Boat Federation (IDBF) recognized the Breast Cancer Survivor (BCS) Division. Rowbust was there.  We competed against BCS teams from many other countries and paddled to victory, winning World Championship Gold in the 200m, 500m and 2000m distance races. 

    On March 19, 2016, Rowbust will depart for Adelaide, Australia to compete against other highly competitive BCS teams to defend that World Championship title.  

    Before landing in Adelaide, we will spend a week in Canberra, Australia getting accustom to the drastic time change and training to get "race ready" as this CCWC competition comes at the end of the paddling season in Australia but before the season starts in Canada.   

    Rowbust's road to Adelaide has taken a different path than what is considered normal for us when preparing for a competition of this kind. Since the 2016 CCWC is in early April our crew stayed on the water at Fanshawe Lake well into December even though we are typically off the water at Thanksgiving. Fortunately, Ontario has enjoyed a milder than usual winter and we only had a few days of rain, wind and snow in December. We have undertaken a focused training schedule at Movati Athletic who has sponsored Rowbust for 14 years with free gym memberships and trainers. We have also taken advantage of the Welland International Flatwater Center’s world class paddling tank facilities during the winter months.  We are well prepared for this competition. 

    Another challenge that we have faced is the cost of transporting the full crew and coaches to Australia. Rowbust had lobbied so hard for the BCS division to be recognized at the World level and for the BCS division to be treated just like any other paddling division that it was a must-have for Rowbust to go and defend.  All we had to do was to figure out how! 

    Starting in September 2015, after our race season had finished, Rowbust organized a number of different targeted fund raising events for funding our “Aussie crew”. Fortunately we are based in a community that is supportive of our goals and enjoys being around our contagious energy. 

    An incredible amount of work by a dedicated group of Rowbust volunteers went into the planning and organization of the following events:

    • Our Fall Golf Tournament was sold out with 144 enthusiastic golfers and our Silent and Live Auction. 
    • The “Boob Tour” Comedy night was also a sold out event in which comedians from Calgary came to entertain the lively crowd. 
    • Christmas Inspirations by Design featured local garden, house designer and clothing entrepreneurs who entertained with the latest styles.
    • Our Bocce Ball Tournament was a fun way to let others show their "competitive" spirit. 
    • Sarah Smith Music Night with and opening band Small Council had the building dancing in the aisles.
    • A Taste of Gold featured other Gold Medal Athletes such as Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, Damian Warner, Dave Willsie and Teresa Carriere.

    Along with these major fund raisers, Rowbust has had many donors and sponsors to assist us with our goal to show the world what breast cancer survivor athletes can do and how healthy we can be after the diagnosis of breast cancer. Within 5 months, Rowbust has been very successful at our fund raising efforts and is well on our way to paying for the crew of 26 to travel to Australia.

    We won’t be alone in Adelaide, a Rowbust Angel will be with us. Beloved teammate, Gail Hathaway lost her second battle with cancer 8 weeks after competing in Italy in 2014.  Gail was a proud member of Rowbust, one of our biggest, most enthusiastic cheerleaders and she will be in our hearts as we race down that course, watching over us along with all of our fallen sisters.  Losing members to a cancer rediagnosis is an unfortunate reality for all BCS Dragon Boat teams.  It is never easy to lose loved ones but we cherish the memories of these great women and carry them with us at every event we attend. 

    We invite you to watch the Live Stream at http://original.livestream.com/idbfdragon of the Club Crew World Championships when the BCS teams compete on April 1, 2 and 3, 2016. The BCS division will be well represented and very competitive ensuring that the world takes notice of the Breast Cancer Survivor Division.

    Follow Rowbust's adventures on our Rowbust Blog at www.rowbustdragonboat.com or "Like" us on Facebook or on Twitter @RowbustBCS

  • LDA and TVDSB Central Sr. Boys Basketball Championships to be played at Budweiser Gardens

    LDA and TVDSB Central Sr. Boys Basketball Championships to be played at Budweiser Gardens

    (London, Ontario) - Building off of the success of the Senior Girls Championship, the LDA and TVDSB, in partnership once again with the London Lightning, Tourism London, and Budweiser Gardens, are excited to announce that the Senior Boys Basketball Championship games will be played at Budweiser Gardens on Thursday, February 18th prior to the London Lightning games versus Windsor Express.

    “We’re excited to once again work with this tremendous group of local partners to this time provide the Senior Boys with the chance to play their championship games at Budweiser Gardens”. Said Tim Orr, Athletics Coordinator for the Thames Valley Regional Athletics Association. “The girls’ event was a success and they really enjoyed themselves so we wanted to make sure we could provide the boys with the same experience”. This event would not be possible without the generosity of the London Lightning, who are once again providing the facility at no cost to the LDA and TVDSB.

    Games will begin at 8:30am with the last championship game tipping at 3:30pm. Capping off the Championship day will be a London Lightning regular season game versus the Windsor Express at 7pm.

    Schedule:
    8:30am TVDSB Sr. Boys A Championship
    North Middlesex vs Westminster

    10am LDA Sr. Boys A Championship
    To be determined

    12pm LDA Sr. Boys AA Championship
    To be determined

    2pm TVDSB Sr. Boys AA Championship
    South vs Montcalm

    3:30pm TVDSB Sr. Boys AAA Championship
    To be determined

    7pm London Lightning vs Windsor Express

    Admission into Budweiser Gardens for the high school games is $5 and can be purchased on the day of the event from the box office. Children 12 and under are free to attend.

    Tickets to the London Lightning game start at $14 and can be purchased at http://www.lightningbasketball.ca/, or again at the Budweiser Gardens box office.

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  • Finalists Announced for the 10th Anniversary Edition of the Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance’s PRESTIGE Awards

    Finalists Announced for the 10th Anniversary Edition of the Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance’s PRESTIGE Awards

    Ottawa, Ont. February 4, 2016: The 24 finalists for the 2016 Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance (CSTA) PRESTIGE Awards represent the spectrum of the sport tourism industry in Canada. From major multi-sport, multi-city international events, to smaller, intimate local ones, to outstanding volunteers and organizations, the finalists exemplify the best in bidding, hosting and staging sport events across Canada.

    “This is the 10th anniversary of the CSTA’s PRESTIGE Awards, and at the conclusion of 2015 as the Year of Sport in Canada, the finalists are outstanding examples of the key role that sport plays right across our nation,” said Rick Traer, CEO, Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance. “In 2015, Canada once again demonstrated why it has been consistently named one of the world’s leading sport hosting nations. We are honoured that the PRESTIGE awards recognize the people, the events, the sponsors and the communities who contribute to making Canada a world leader in the sport tourism industry and congratulate each one of the finalists.”

    The PRESTIGE Awards will be presented on Monday, March 7, 2016 during the CSTA’s annual Sport Events Congress  at the Westin Hotel in Ottawa at a gala luncheon, emceed by broadcast journalist Scott Russell, host of CBC Sports Road to the Olympic Games.

    2016 PRESTIGE AWARDS FINALISTS (in alphabetical order)

    CSTA Canadian Sport Event of the Year Award (Group A: budget greater than $1 million) presented by Edmonton Events

    • 2015 Canada Winter Games (Prince George, B.C.)
    • 2015 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships (Kingston, Ont.)
    • 103rd Grey Cup Festival (Winnipeg, Man.)

    CSTA Canadian Sport Event of the Year Award (Group B: budget less than $1 million) presented by Edmonton Events

    • BC Athletics Track and Field Championship Jamboree 2015 (Nanaimo, B.C.)
    • Tough Mudder Whistler 2015 (Whistler, B.C.)
    • World Sledge Hockey Challenge 2015 (Leduc, Alta.)

    CSTA International Sport Event of the Year Award presented by Tourism Toronto                               

    • FIBA Americas Women's Championship (Edmonton, Alta.)
    • FIFA Women's World Cup (Vancouver, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Montreal, Moncton)
    • Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan Am Games (Toronto, Ont.)

    CSTA Canadian Sport Event Sponsor of the Year Award presented by Adup Display

    • CIBC (Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan Am Games) (Toronto, Ont.)
    • Coca Cola (FIFA Women's World Cup) (Vancouver, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Montreal, Moncton)
    • Freedom 55 Financial Championship (MackenzieTour - PGA Canada) (London, Ont.)

    CSTA Sport Event Volunteer of the Year presented by CBC Sports

    • Anthony Everett, 2015 Canada Winter Games (Prince George, B.C.)
    • Bryan Kosteroski, 2015 ISF World Men's Softball Championship (Saskatoon, Sask.)
    • Jay Nash, Nash Cup International Squash Tournament (London, Ont.)

    CSTA Sport Tourism Champion of the Year Award presented by RTO 4 (Regional Sport Tourism Office, Kitchener-Waterloo-Cambridge-Guelph)                                                                                                                   

    • Darrell Cox, (Ottawa Tourism, Ottawa, Ont.)
    • Greg Krischke, (Mayor, City of Leduc, Leduc, Alta.)
    • George Leblanc, (Mayor, City of Moncton, Moncton, N.B.)

    Sport Tourism Organization of the Year presented by WestJet

    • Edmonton Events
    • Sport Surrey
    • Vancouver International Marathon Society

    CSTA Sustainable Sport Event of the Year presented by Elite Communication

    • 2015 Canada Winter Games (Prince George, B.C.)
    • 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup (Vancouver, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Montreal, Moncton)
    • Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan Am Games (Toronto, Ont.)

    Further information on each finalist can be found here.

  • Mustang Days Return to Western this Weekend

    Mustang Days Return to Western this Weekend

    Western’s teams are getting set for another busy weekend at home, as the university hosts its annual Mustang Days celebration from Friday through Sunday. The Mustangs will host a total of 10 games on campus this weekend with the men’s and women’s volleyball, basketball, and hockey teams all competing at home.

    Women’s Volleyball

    Saturday, February 6 – 12:00 p.m. – York at Western – Watch live on OUA.tv

    Sunday, February 7 – 1:00 p.m. – Nipissing at Western – Watch live on OUA.tv

    The women’s volleyball team picked up wins over Guelph and McMaster on the weekend to extend their season-best winning streak to eight games and pull even with the Marauders atop the OUA West standings. Western has a chance to bring their winning streak into double digits when they face off against York and Nipissing at Alumni Hall this weekend. The Lions have lost more sets than they’ve won, picking up 20 wins while dropping a total of 32 so far, while the Lakers sit sixth in the OUA East with a 2-12 record and wins against RMC and Brock.

    Men’s Volleyball

    Saturday, February 6 – 2:00 p.m. – York at Western – Watch live on OUA.tv

    Sunday, February 7 – 3:00 p.m. – Nipissing at Western – Watch live on OUA.tv

    The men’s volleyball team finished with a mixed bag of results last weekend, beating Guelph on Friday before falling to the CIS No. 1 Marauders on Saturday. Western’s record is now at 7-7 for the season—good enough for fifth in the OUA alongside Waterloo and York. They’re back in Alumni Hall this weekend for games against York and Nipissing on Saturday and Sunday, respectively. York and the Mustangs are part of the three-way tie for fifth place in the OUA, giving this week’s game extra meaning, while Nipissing sits one point below York and Western in the standings with a record of 6-9.

    Men’s Hockey

    Friday, February 5 – 7:30 p.m. – Western at Toronto – Listen live on CHRW Radio 94.9 FM

    Saturday, February 6 – 4:00 p.m. – Windsor at Western – Watch live on OUA.tv

    The men’s hockey team ran into a hot goaltender last weekend, as Chris Perugini made 40 saves to help the Lions to a 3-2 victory in the battle of the two best teams in the West. The loss snaps Western's five-game win streak and gives the Lions some space at the top of the OUA West standings. Next up for the Mustangs are games against Toronto and Windsor on Friday and Saturday, respectively. Toronto has won both of their games since their meeting with Western earlier in January, dropping Guelph and Windsor back-to-back, while the third-place Lancers are looking to gain some key ground on the Mustangs.

    Women’s Hockey

    Saturday, February 6 – 7:30 p.m. – Western at Laurier – Watch live on OUA.tv

    Sunday, February 7 – 4:00 p.m. – Brock at Western – Watch live on OUA.tv

    Rookie April Clark scored her first two OUA goals on Saturday to help the women’s hockey team finish their weekend on a high note one night after a loss to Toronto put the team on their longest losing streak of the season. Western is now eleven points out of first place in the league behind the runaway Gryphons but just two points back of second-place Nipissing. Next up for the Mustangs are the Laurier Golden Hawks and the Brock Badgers. Both teams sit below Western in the standings but have gotten some solid goaltending, as they’re tied for seventh in the OUA with .931 team save percentages.

    Women’s Basketball

    Friday, February 5 – 6:00 p.m. – Nipissing at Western – Watch live on OUA.tv

    Saturday, February 6 – 6:00 p.m. – Laurentian at Western – Watch live on OUA.tv

    The women’s basketball team battled to a pair of victories over the weekend, extending their winning streak to seven games to keep them in sole possession of first place in the OUA West standings. Next up are a pair of games against Nipissing and Laurentian at Alumni Hall this weekend. The Lakers are currently last in the OUA North with a record of 2-10 while the Voyageurs, who sit third in the North Division, enter the week having lost their last four games and seven of their last ten. Still, Laurentian has proven to be better on the road than at home this season and will look to put up a fight on Saturday.

    Men’s Basketball

    Friday, February 5 – 8:00 p.m. – Nipissing at Western – Watch live on OUA.tv

    Saturday, February 6 – 8:00 p.m. – Laurentian at Western – Watch live on OUA.tv

    The men’s basketball team picked up two victories in a row for the first time this season last weekend, downing Waterloo on Wednesday before defeating Laurier on Saturday. The wins move Western’s record to 6-7 this season, putting them in a tie with the Golden Hawks for second place in the OUA West Division. This week the Mustangs host a pair of teams from up north in Nipissing and Laurentian. Nipissing is currently last in the OUA North with a 3-9 record while the Voyageurs sit two points ahead of the Lakers and are fresh off their fourth win of the season against Toronto last week.

    Track and Field

    Friday, February 5 – Saturday, February 6 – Western at the Hillsdale Wide Track Classic

    Friday, February 5 – Saturday, February 6 – Western at the Armory Collegiate Invitational

    The track and field team competed at the 45th Annual York Open on Saturday, January 30, and returned home with some impressive results. The women's team turned in a strong performance at the meet with eight top three results and seven additional top six finishes while the men's team also impressed, posting nine top-three results and four additional top-six finishes. This weekend, the team splits up with some competitors heading to the Hillsdale Wide Track Classic in Michigan while others attend the Armory Collegiate Invitational in New York.

    Ringette

    Friday, February 5 – Sunday, February 7 – Western at the Kitchener Tournament in Kitchener, Ont.

    The ringette team is coming off a busy three-game weekend with a pair of games against Waterloo-Dawson and another against London. Next up for the team is the Kitchener Tournament, which takes place in Kitchener, Ontario, from Friday through Sunday.

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  • London Devilettes Girls Hockey Association to Host 26th Annual Tournament

    London Devilettes Girls Hockey Association to Host 26th Annual Tournament

    The London Devilettes Girls Hockey Association is proud to be hosting its 26th Annual Tournament from Friday, February 5th  to Sunday, February 7th.  Even outdoing last year’s huge tournament, this year’s largest Devilettes tournament ever will showcase 178 teams in 17 divisions, playing a total of 346 games. This year the tourney has attracted teams from Michigan to Whitby, from Milwaukee to Iqaluit, including 18 from various parts of the U. S. The players’ ages range from 7 to 21, and include teams in house leagues and competitive levels in each of Novice, Atom, PeeWee, Bantam, Midget and Intermediate divisions. Over 2800 players will be playing, joined by their families, providing a major boost to the local economy. In their second year as co-organizers, the husband and wife team of Greg and Kathy Strauss report that over 4000 hotel nights have been booked for the weekend in London and surrounding area. As Greg points out, “When you add in everything from restaurant meals to shopping to fuel fill-ups, that is a financial impact of over half a million dollars to the city.”

    Although it requires a major commitment of time, the Strausses are proud to be managing “the biggest hockey tournament in London, and one of the biggest in North America.” It is possibly the biggest to be run totally by volunteers. They are particularly pleased to have a team returning from Iqaluit, who last visited London over 10 years ago. The sole Midget-Intermediate women’s team in Iqaluit is now coached by a lady who played on that previous team, Jesse Mike. Jesse was invited to bring her team by Ted Brown, the coach of the Devilettes Junior team, who has been running a summer hockey camp each year in Iqaluit for over 15 years. “We are the only women’s team in Iqaluit,” says Jesse, “and so we play against boys’ teams. Eleven of our players, including our goalie, are able to make the trip, and so we will be flying to Ottawa and taking a late bus to London.” The team will play their first 3 games at Western Fair at 2:30 and 8:15 p.m. Friday, and Saturday at 5:00 p.m. at Glen Cairn arena, potentially followed by playoff games at Western Fair.

    The tournament is based at the Western Fair Sports Complex, and games will also be played at 9 other arenas. This means that a major input of volunteer work is required. Help is provided by a hockey parent from each of the 35 London teams entered, as well as by other people both currently and formerly involved with Devilettes’ hockey.  Combined with futher assistance from the host teams in running everything from the registration tables to a silent auction, the team effort comprises over 1000 hours of volunteer time.

    As well as being a major fund-raiser for the Association, the tournament is meant to showcase girls’ hockey, and hopefully encourage more girls to consider hockey as a regular part of their activities. The Devilettes organization, now in its 30th  season, has over 800 girls registered on a total of 27 house league teams (in 6 divisions) and 17 competitive teams (6 divisions).  The Association has developed skilled teams that participate in each of the possible age categories of minor hockey. Players as young as 5 years of age can register in the Tykes division, and house leagues include players as old as 21, in the Midget/Intermediate house league.  Competitive teams begin at the Novice age, and continue up through Midget and Intermediate ages. The association also includes Senior AA and B teams. London teams have always faired well in their home tournament, and are  expected to add some hardware to that which they have already accumulated this season.

    Play gets underway Friday morning at 10:00.  All finals will be played at Western Fair starting at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, with the last game scheduled to commence at 4:30.  Other arenas hosting games are Argyle, Carling, Glen Cairn, Kinsmen, London Sports Park, Nichols, Stronach, Silverwoods, and Dorchester.  The public is encouraged to attend any of these games at no charge. A full program of game times and team rosters is available on the Devilettes’ website, londondevilettes.ca, and you can follow the tournament on Twitter at @LDGHATournament. Fans coming out to games will also get to enjoy tournament extras such as a Silent Auction of valuable items, and vendors of hockey paraphernalia and clothing.

  • Gilmour, Sittler & Vaive Headline 2016 Head Table at 60th Annual Rogers Sports Celebrity Dinner & Auction

    Gilmour, Sittler & Vaive Headline 2016 Head Table at 60th Annual Rogers Sports Celebrity Dinner & Auction

    (London, ON) - The organizing committee for the 2016 Rogers Sports Celebrity Dinner & Auction is excited to announce the members of our Head Table for the 60th annual event in support of the Thames Valley Children’s Centre. This year we will celebrate Toronto Maple Leafs of the past and future including former captains Doug Gilmour, Darryl Sittler & Rick Vaive. We will have 2015 Maple Leafs 1st round pick & London Knights co-captain Mitch Marner and Arizona Coyotes 2nd round pick Christian Dvorak. We will also be joined by Western Mustangs defenceman Katelyn Gosling. A CIS champion in 2014 and now member of Team Canada that recently won the 2016 Nations Cup. We are happy to have London Lightning coach Kyle Julius and all-star Garrett Williamson. Our TVCC Ambassador this year will be Sam Denton. Denton is 17 and in grade 12 at Parkside Collegiate Institute in St. Thomas. Sam has been an active member of Canada's Paralympic soccer team and is currently training for the team's next competition in Denmark.

    We are very happy to have London native and Rogers Sportsnet personality Christine Simpson serve as our emcee.
    Simpson says “'I’m always thrilled to get a chance to come back to London and be a part of the dinner.
    Having grown up there it's always nice to see a lot of familiar faces in the room. This will be my 3rd time being involved and with the list of sports celebrities coming this year it's sure to be another great night, as well as a great chance to raise much needed funds for the charity.”

    Event Co-Chair Jim Cressman says "These are exciting times for the Rogers Sports Celebrity Dinner and Auction and the Thames Valley Children's Centre as we enter a new chapter with our 60th anniversary edition of an event that grew from being the brainchild of a handful of sports media types to now a long-standing tradition in the Forest City. Our tireless volunteer committee has worked hard at assembling this year's head table lineup and we're proud to dub this year's event 'London Loves The Leafs.' We're also very excited to be partnering with Western Fair District as we move our event to the Metroland Media Agriplex, which we see as an opportunity to grow the dinner and auction even more." 

    This year we will be offering 2 different price points. A ticket including dinner will be $150 each, With our new venue it also allows us to offer bleacher seating and those tickets will be $20. The 60th annual Rogers Sports Celebrity Dinner and Auction will take place on February 23rd, 2016 at the Metroland Media Agriplex. Tickets can be purchased at www.ldnsportsdinner.com. Net proceeds benefit Thames Valley Children's Centre

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  • Fanshawe Wins Bid to Host 2017 CCAA Men’s Volleyball National Championship

    Fanshawe Wins Bid to Host 2017 CCAA Men’s Volleyball National Championship

    (London, Ontario) – In conjunction with the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA), Fanshawe Athletics is proud to announce that they have been approved to host the 2017 CCAA Men’s Volleyball National Championship.  The bid was unanimously approved by the CCAA as part of their mid-winter meetings being held in Ottawa, Ontario.

    Fanshawe will host the event March 8-11, 2017 at Fanshawe College in London, Ontario. Eight men’s teams from across Canada will compete in the Championships and as hosts, the Fanshawe Falcons will be guaranteed a spot in the tournament.

    “We are very appreciative of the CCAA for their support and awarding Fanshawe College this premiere event,” said Nathan McFadden, Manager of Athletics at Fanshawe. “Being selected to host this National Championship is a testament to the hard work done by our staff and the tremendous job by our Head Coach, Patrick Johnston in putting together one of the top volleyball programs in the country. Fanshawe Athletics is committed to excellence and winning national championships and we aim to achieve both at this event. We are also very excited to bring an event of this calibre to our great City of London, which is a volleyball hotbed in Canada.”

    “I'm thrilled that Fanshawe has been given the opportunity to host the CCAA National Championship next season,” said Men’s Volleyball Head Coach Patrick Johnston. “It's huge for our program and the volleyball community in London as a whole. The exposure provided by a National Championship is tremendous and I'm very glad the staff in Athletics were able to secure the bid.”

    Fanshawe has played host to a number of Provincial and National Championships, and will be hosting the 2016 CCAA Curling National Championships in March at the Highland Country Club. The 2016-17 season will also mark the 50th anniversary of Fanshawe Athletics.

  • Women’s Purse Doubled for 2016 NASH Cup

    Women’s Purse Doubled for 2016 NASH Cup

    London Squash & Fitness Club has been located at the corner of Albert St. and Ridout St. since 1966. Over the decades it has played host to many of the world’s best singles and doubles players. In 2008, LSFC hosted its first professional draw offing a $5,000 men’s purse. The effort was a huge success and has been growing.


    In 2016 LSFC will play host to the 9th Annual NASH Cup Professional Squash Tournament. The men’s draw has grown to a $15,000 purse and has featured champions from Pakistan; Colombia; Czech Republic; Germany; England; the United States and Canada. In 2012 a $5,000 women’s purse was added making this the only event in Canada to host both professional divisions. The NASH Cup was the 5th largest PSA event in Canada during 2015.


    It is with great excitement that the 2016 NASH Cup committee announces that the women’s purse will be increased to $10,000 for 2016. Like many other professional sports the total purse determines not only the money players can win, but the number of ranking points that are available to them. This larger purse moves the tournament to a new level, and will dramatically increase the level of play featured in the women’s draw. One can expect to see some of the best women’s matches ever played in London in 2016. More importantly, the NASH Cup is now at a level that ALL of Canada’s top squash players can enter the draw.


    The NASH Cup has been a grassroots effort. It is run by a volunteer committee, and supported by a growing list of sponsors and ticket holders. The event size expands as the budget will allow. The purses are in US Dollars, which can be a challenge. The addition of new sponsors for 2016 along with the continued dedication of our existing supporters has allowed the event to move to a new level.


    Top quality facilities, live online streaming, and sold out crowds have made the NASH Cup a top stop for many professionals. The tournament has grown to become one of the most popular events on the PSA tour. London Squash & Fitness is a member owned, not-for-profit facility. Squash is played by Londoners of all ages on 32 courts in 9 facilities.


    The 2016 NASH Cup professional draws will run from September 19th to 24th. Tickets and Sponsorship opportunities are currently available. Please see www.nashcup.com or email jay.nash@nbc.ca.

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  • Just 21 nominating days for the 2016 PRESTIGE Awards....

    Just 21 nominating days for the 2016 PRESTIGE Awards....

    Deadline is December 23rd to recognize the best sport tourism leaders, initiatives and events in Canada!    

    In all the hustle and bustle of the holidays, don’t forget to nominate your event, your sponsors, or your leaders for the 10th annual PRESTIGE (Program Recognizing Exceptional Sport Tourism Initiatives, Games &Events) Awards, presented by the Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance (CSTA).

    The nomination deadline for all seven categories is December 23, 2015 at 8:00 p.m. ET.

    Questions or confused about how to wrap it all together in a nomination package? Contact Kelly Michael, awards@canadiansporttourism.com before December 16, 2015.

    Once you’ve completed the nomination form, don’t forget to be a part of celebration. The awards will be presented on Monday, March 7, 2016 during the CSTA’s annual Sports Event Congress  at the Westin Hotel in Ottawa.  Long-time CBC Broadcaster currently seen on Road to the Olympic Games, Scott Russell, will host the awards program luncheon.

    Nomination criteria and forms can be found here.

    Deadline for nomination:  December 23rd at 8:00 p.m. ET.

    About the Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance

    The Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance (CSTA) is a tourism industry led organization that promotes sport tourism as an economic development initiative at the community level. The CSTA services over 400 members across Canada, including 145 municipalities, 200 national and provincial sport, multi-sport and major games organizations and variety of other sport and tourism industry partners. Sport tourism is the fastest growing segment of the tourism industry with approximately $5.2 billion in annual spending by domestic and international visitors.

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  • Sledge Team Ontario in London for Training Camp

    Sledge Team Ontario in London for Training Camp

    London, ON: Sledge Team Ontario (STO) will be in London November 27 – 29, 2015, for a weekend – long training camp. London Blizzard players playing for STO are Chris Wood, James Dunn and Tom Gabriel. Head Coach Todd Sargeant and Trainer Ted Sinclair are also from the Blizzard.

     

    STO is preparing for its competitive season. In January Florida will be heading north to Stoney Creek. Ontario to play in a 3 game series. In February STO will travel to Kingston to play Team Quebec for 3 games and the last action for the 2015-16 season will come in May as STO travels to Alberta to play in a tournament featuring provincial teams from Quebec, Alberta and British Columbia. To help in this preparation there will be an intra-squad exhibition game on Saturday with a few London Blizzard players added to round out the roster.

     

    Sledge Team Ontario, was created to give elite sledge hockey players the opportunity to gain high-performance experience outside normal Ontario Sledge Hockey Association league play.  It was created with hopes of developing player’s skills for future national team duty. Since its inception 20 players have played for STO and on the National Team.


    “This program has proven to be very valuable in the development of elite players in Ontario,” said STO head coach Todd Sargeant. “Players graduating from STO have been well-prepared for playing for our National Team in the World Championships and Paralympic Games”.


    Practices and the exhibition game will take place at the Western Fair Arena.  Times are as follows:


    Friday, November 27: 3:00 pm – 4:50 pm Practice

    Saturday, November 28: 10:00 am – 10:55 am Practice

    Saturday, November 28: 11:00 am – 11:50 am Intra-squad Scrimmage

    Sunday, November 29: 10:00 am – 11:50 am Practice


    The public is more than welcome to come out and watch all of these ice sessions, which are all free of charge.

    For more information on Sledge Team Ontario or the Ontario Sledge Hockey Association contact toddsargeant@hotmail.com.

  • CIS women’s hockey: Queen’s, Western to host national championship in 2017 and 2018

    CIS women’s hockey: Queen’s, Western to host national championship in 2017 and 2018

    Nov. 10, 2015

    OTTAWA (CIS) – Canadian Interuniversity Sport announced Tuesday that Queen’s University and Western University had been selected to host the CIS women’s hockey championship in 2017 and 2018, respectively.

    The national tournament will be held in Kingston, Ont., and London, Ont., for the first time since women’s hockey made its CIS debut in 1997-98.

    “We are honoured to be hosting the 2017 women’s hockey national championship,” said Leslie Dal Cin, Executive Director, Queen’s Athletics & Recreation. “On the heels of what was an exciting CIS women’s rugby championship this past week, we now look forward to celebrating the 175th anniversary of Queen’s University and the opportunity to bring the very best CIS women’s hockey student-athletes and programs to Kingston. University hockey holds special significance for both Queen’s and our community and after two decades we are delighted to host the CIS women’s championship.”

    “We are excited to bring the CIS women’s hockey championship to Western in 2018,” said Thérèse Quigley, Western’s Director of Sport and Recreation Services. “Our women’s hockey program has grown into one of the top teams in the nation over the past few seasons and with London being a hotbed for girls hockey, hosting the CIS championship provides an opportunity for us to treat local fans to some of the best hockey in Canada.”

    The Western Mustangs had a breakthrough season a year ago when they skated to their first OUA and CIS titles. In the national final, the Mustangs shocked the CIS women’s hockey world with a 5-0 domination of perennial powerhouse McGill. 

    The Queen’s Gaels have also been among the best OUA programs in recent years. While they are still looking for their first national banner, the Gaels were crowned conference champions twice over the past five seasons and merited a CIS bronze medal in 2011. 

    Before returning to Ontario for the first time since 2013, when it was held at the University of Toronto, the CIS championship will be staged in Calgary for the second straight year this winter, from March 17 to 20.

    NOTE: The specific dates for the 2017 and 2018 CIS tournaments – which will be held in March - will be announced at a later date.

    ALL-TIME CIS WOMEN’S HOCKEY CHAMPIONSHIP HOSTS (champions)

    2018    Western University

    2017    Queen’s University

    2016    University of Calgary

    2015    University of Calgary (Western)

    2014    St. Thomas University (McGill)

    2013    University of Toronto (Montreal)

    2012    University of Alberta (Calgary)

    2011    Wilfrid Laurier University (McGill)

    2010    St. Francis Xavier University (Alberta)

    2009    St. Francis Xavier University (McGill)

    2008    University of Ottawa (McGill)

    2007    University of Ottawa (Alberta)

    2006    St. Francis Xavier University (Alberta)

    2005    McGill University (Laurier)

    2004    McGill University (Alberta)

    2003    University of Regina (Alberta)

    2002    University of Regina (Alberta)

    2001    University of Calgary (Toronto)

    2000    Concordia University (Alberta)

    1999    University of Toronto (Concordia)

    1998    Concordia University (Concordia)

  • LDA and TVDSB Central Senior Girls’ Basketball Championships to be played at Budweiser Gardens

    LDA and TVDSB Central Senior Girls’ Basketball Championships to be played at Budweiser Gardens

    (London, Ontario) – The LDA and TVDSB Central are excited to announce that the Senior Girls’ Basketball Championship games will be played at Budweiser Gardens on Sunday, November 15, 2015.

    Through a unique partnership with the London Lightning, Budweiser Gardens, and Tourism London, this event will feature the TVDSB and LDA Sr. Girls’ A/AA Championship games beginning at 11am, followed by a London Lighting Black and Gold team scrimmage at 5:30pm, capped off with the ever competitive TVDSB Sr. Girls’ AAA Championships tipping off at 7pm.

    “We’re thrilled to be able to work with this tremendous group of local partners to provide these athletes with the opportunity to play their championship games at Budweiser Gardens” said Tim Orr, Athletics Coordinator for the Thames Valley Regional Athletics Association. “For a lot of these athletes it will be the biggest game they’ll play in their lives and were happy to be able to provide them with this experience”.

    Admission into Budweiser Gardens for all games is $5 and can be purchased on the day of the event from the Budweiser Gardens Box office. Children 12 and under are free to attend.

    Tentative Schedule: 

    11am                     TVDSB Sr. Girls’ A Championship

                                 North Middlesex vs Westminster 

    12:30pm              TVDSB Sr. Girls’ AA Championship

                                 South vs Montcalm 

    2pm                       LDA Sr. Girls’ A Championship

                                 Teams to be determined 

    3:30pm                 LDA Sr. Girls’ AA Championship

                                 Teams to be determined 

    5:30pm                 London Lightning Black and Gold Team Scrimmage 

    7pm                       TVDSB Sr. Girls’ AAA Championship

                                 Teams to be determined

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  • Fanshawe Soccer Sweeps OCAA Player of the Year Awards

    Fanshawe Soccer Sweeps OCAA Player of the Year Awards

    Kovacevic, Mendes win Women’s and Men’s honours respectively 

    (London, Ontario) – On Wednesday evening, the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association (OCAA) named Jade Kovacevic (Georgetown, ON) the Women’s Soccer Player of the Year and Brandon Mendes (London, ON) the Men’s Soccer Player of the Year. This is the first time in Fanshawe Soccer history that a Falcon student-athlete has been named Player of the Year.

    Kovacevic led the nation in scoring, with 26 goals in ten games. She broke the OCAA record of goals in a season (previously 20), the Fanshawe College record of goals in a season (previously 13), tied the Fanshawe College record for goals in a single game (5) and is tied for first on the Fanshawe career goal scoring list after playing only one season.

    Mendes was exceptional defensively this season. His leadership and experience helped lead the Falcons to first place in the OCAA West Division, while tying for first place for the least amount of goals against in the OCAA (6). Both Kovacevic and Mendes will be the OCAA nominees for the CCAA Player of the Year, which will be announced on November 10.

    The OCAA also announced:

    Jade Kovacevic – OCAA Player of the Year, CCAA All-Canadian, League and West Division Scoring Champion and All-Star

    Brandon Mendes – OCAA Player of the Year, CCAA All-Canadian, West Division Defensive Player of the Year and All-Star

    Mike Marcoccia – League (tie) and West Division Scoring Champion (tie) and All-Star

    Chad GoPaul – West Division Rookie of the Year

    Luke Siroen – West Division Top Goalkeeper

    Nicole McDonald – All-Star

    Fanshawe Women’s & Men’s Soccer teams – West Division Best Defensive Team and West Division Champions

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  • Fanshawe Athletics Set to Host OCAA Baseball Championship

    Fanshawe Athletics Set to Host OCAA Baseball Championship

    Octover 22, 2015

    (London, Ontario) – Fanshawe Athletics will be hosting the OCAA Provincial Baseball Championship at Labatt Park on Friday, October 23 and Saturday, October 24. The Falcons Baseball team will start the day off on Friday with an 11am game versus the Humber Hawks.

    The Falcons are looking to build upon their impressive Bronze medal performance in their inaugural season last year. General admission tickets are $10 per day, with free admission for children under six and Fanshawe students with valid student ID. Tickets are cash only and will be available at the gates of Labatt Park, one hour prior to the first game time.

    Parking for fans will be on the city streets surrounding the park and concessions will be open for the duration of the tournament.

    The 2014 OCAA defending champions, the St. Clair Saints, will be playing against the Durham Lords at 1:30pm on Friday. There will also be games at 4pm and 6:30pm, dependent on the previous games’ results. On Saturday, October 24, the bronze medal game will take place at 10am, followed by the gold medal game at 1pm. 

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  • The 2015 NASH Cup starts Monday at London Squash & Fitness

    The 2015 NASH Cup starts Monday at London Squash & Fitness

    Top squash professionals from all over the world have begun to return to London Ontario and will compete from September 14th to 19th in the 2015 NASH Cup. A men’s purse of $15,000 and women’s purse of $5,000 have attracted a spectacular pool of squash talent who will battle throughout the week in single elimination competition.

    17 different countries are represented in the draw. No individual, or even country, has ever repeated as the NASH Cup champion. The PSA draw is in its 8th year with past champions hailing from Pakistan; Colombia; Czech Republic; Canada; USA; England, India and Germany.

     

    The PSA Men

    • A rematch of the 2013 final is possible as past champions Joe Lee (England; 45) and Shawn Delierre (Canada; 54) return, but neither will have an easy time of it as the event’s top seed, Diego Elias (Peru; 37), plans to plant the Peruvian flag on the trophy this year. Diego is the current World Junior Champion and won the Silver Medal at this past summers PanAm Games in Toronto. He’s a 19 year old rising star currently training in Toronto by Canada’s own Jonathan Power (former world number 1). Last month he won his first $50,000 purse in Venezuela.
    • 2014 Finalist Eddie Charlton (England; 53) continues to work his way up the world ranks. He was the favourite going into the NASH Cup final last year, and is looking to set things straight.
    • Declan James (England; 51) is in his 3rd NASH Cup and has something to prove. In 2013 & 14 he made the quarter finals and he’s since his world ranking rise from 100th in 2013 to 51st today. As the tournament’s 3rd beat ranked player he has every right to expect to make the final four.
    • The top 10 is rounded out by a large number of tournament rookies. Henrik Mustonen (Finland; 58); Reiko Peter (Switzerland; 72) Richie Fallows (England; 74); Kristian Frost Oleson (Denmark; 75); Abdulla Mohd Al Tamini (Qatar; 78).    
    • Matthew Serediak (Canada; 124) returns as the only player to compete in 7 NASH Cup’s. He claims the 2nd seed in this year’s qualifier and is positioned to move into the main draw.
    • Albert Shoihet (Canada; 181) and Kale Wilson (Trinidad; 201) were members of the 2013-14 Western Mustangs Squash Team and turned pro last year. Both are rising the ranks well and are coming back to London to show just how far their games have progressed.

     

    The PSA Women

    • The top of the draw in incredibly strong for the women with Maria Toorpakia Wazir (Pakistan; 51) returning after a year’s absence to reclaim her 2013 Title. She’s in for a fierce fight though as tournament rookies Cyrielle Peltier (France; 52) and Millie Tomlinson (England; 55) have come to London to learn what the NASH Cup is all about and aim to leave their names on the trophy.
    • Canadian’s dominate the remainder of the women’s field with Hollie Naughton (62); Nikki Todd (67); Melina Turk (102); Micaala Seth (138); and Danielle Letourneau (142) making the trip to London Squash. Hollie and Nikki were two thirds of Canada’s Gold Medal team at the 2015 PanAm games.

    Our local entries are exceptional, and include London Squash & Fitness’s new squash director Jay Francis (England). Rounding out the local men are Nicholas Sachvie (Hamilton); Cameron Seth (Waterloo); Josh Hollings (Toronto) and Strachan Jarvis (London) - each will be in the draw Monday evening. Local women Holly Delavigne; Laura Savage; Arden McKillop and Paula Jenkins (All London Squash) enter the women’s draw Tuesday.

    Spectators can expect hard fought matches in both draws from start to finish. Tickets are very limited with Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights already sold out. Standing room is available and all matches will be streamed live through nashcup.com. No app is required.

    Press is welcome throughout the event, and all efforts will be made to make players available. Matches run most evenings between 4 and 10pm (Women’s Semi-Finals are 1&2pm Thursday).

    For a full schedule please refer to our web site at www.nashcup.com

    Facebook: www.facebook.com/nashcup

    Twitter: www.twitter.com/nashcup

    Amateur entry – www.squashontario.com (Amateur matches run September 18-20)

     

    Jay Nash

    Nash Cup Host 2003-2015

     

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  • Fanshawe Falcons Baseball and Softball Home Opener Events on Saturday, September 12th, 2015

    Fanshawe Falcons Baseball and Softball Home Opener Events on Saturday, September 12th, 2015

    (London, Ontario) – The Falcons baseball and softball teams begin their season at home this Saturday, September 12th. It will be a fun-filled day, as Fanshawe Athletics hosts their first Falcons Fest event of the season. 

    The Men’s Baseball team will be starting their season with a doubleheader against the reigning two-time OCAA champions, the St. Clair Saints. The games will take place at historic Labatt Park at 5pm and 7pm. The Falcons are looking to build upon their impressive Bronze medal performance in their inaugural year, with help from veteran OCAA All-Star, catcher Sean Refflinghaus. General admission tickets are $5 per person, with free admission for kids under six and Fanshawe students with valid student ID. Tickets are cash only and will be available at the gates of Labatt Park on Falcons game days, 1 hour prior to game time.

    The Women’s Softball team will take on the Durham Lords in a doubleheader at Stronach Park. The Falcons return OCAA Rookie of the Year and All-Star, Kady Hawkins, as well as OCAA All-Star Rachel Dotzert. Game times will be at 12pm and 2pm. Admission is free for all fans.

    Being a Falcons Fest event, there will be free hot dogs and soft drinks courtesy of the Real Canadian Superstore and Kelsey’s London East at both the baseball and softball games.

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  • STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Canadian Championship coming to London Ribfest for 2016

    STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Canadian Championship coming to London Ribfest for 2016

    - You’ve seen it on TV, now come experience it live! -

    LONDON, ON (September 3, 2015) – The STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series will partner with London Ribfest to celebrate its 2016 Canadian Championship in the Forest City.  Over 20 of the top Canadian logger-sport athletes will battle for the Canadian Championship title!

    “We’re hoping to spice things up by bringing the event home to London,” said Gerry Rozo, Manager of the STIHL Timbersports Series.  “London Rib Fest is already hugely popular, but I know people will love to see the men and women in our sport kick it into high gear to win a Canadian title.  It’s an adrenaline rush to see how fast they can cut, chop and slice through wood like it’s butter.”

    The Championship will feature the Women, Rookie and Professional Men divisions plus for the first time in Canada, the Series will play host to Team USA for a STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Border War against Team Canada

     

    Schedule:

    Saturday, July 30th      Border War:  Team USA vs Team Canada*

    Sunday, July 31st         Canadian Championship; Women and Rookie Divisions*

    Monday, August 1st    Canadian Championship; Professional Men Division*

    * Times to be confirmed.

     

    “Every year, Ribfest attracts over 200,000 people during the three days of our event,” explains Doug Hillier, President of Family Shows Canada, organizer of London Ribfest.  “They’re going to go wild for the STIHL Timbersports athletes.  I’ve seen them in action and it’s fast and furious!”

    Get ready London, succulent ribs plus sharp axes and chain saws is a combination you won’t want to miss!

    About STIHL Timbersports

    The STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series is established worldwide as the major league of logger sports, with a massive global fan-base following competitive events live and on TV. The sport originated in Canada, the USA and New Zealand, where lumberjacks held local competitions to determine the best of their profession. Over time these tests of strength and skill evolved to a professional level and in 1985 the first STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series Championships were held in the USA. In Canada, STIHL TIMBERSPORTS has consistently grown from a niche sport in the lumberjack community to a National Tour with over 15 competitions.

    About STIHL Limited

    STIHL Limited, headquartered in London, ON, is a subsidiary of ANDREAS STIHL AG & Co. KG.  STIHL is the number one selling brand of handheld outdoor power equipment in Canada.  STIHL manufactures a full line of powerful, lightweight and versatile handheld outdoor power equipment for homeowners and professional users.  STIHL products are only sold through servicing power equipment dealers from coast to coast – not mass merchants.  For more information or the name of the closest STIHL Dealer visit the STIHL website at www.stihl.ca.

    PHOTO: Marcel Dupuis of Memramcook, N.B., (right) powers through a log in the single buck event on his way to winning his first STIHL Timbersports Canadian Championship at the Scotiabank Convention Centre in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Sunday, July 19, 2015. The Canadian Press Images PHOTO/STIHL Timbersports

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    Contact:

    Andrew Findlater

    SELECT Public Relations

    afindlater@selectpr.ca

    416-659-1197 

     

  • Registration Open for London Ramblers Basketball House League & Competitive Tryout Schedule Announced

    Registration Open for London Ramblers Basketball House League & Competitive Tryout Schedule Announced

    With its beginnings in 1987-1988, Ramblers Basketball has grown from a single girls’ team participating in tournaments to a dynamic program offering a wide range of basketball activities. The program now includes over 200 house league participants and 16-18 travelling competitive teams, both boys and girls ages 8-19, that represent the club at various Canadian and U.S. tournaments, including provincial championships.

    To register for house league, please print off a registration form from the Ramblers Basketball website and mail it in with your payment. If your child is interested in trying out for a competitive team, all tryout information regarding dates, times and locations is attached below with more information on the Ramblers Basketball website. There is no fee to tryout, anyone is welcome.

    Register now so you don’t miss out. Programs are filling fast! Please visit the London Ramblers Basketball website http://www.londonramblers.com/ for more details.

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  • Fanshawe Women’s Soccer Signs Former Canadian National Team Player Jade Kovacevic

    Fanshawe Women’s Soccer Signs Former Canadian National Team Player Jade Kovacevic

    (London, Ontario) – The Fanshawe Falcons Women’s Soccer program is proud to announce the addition of past FIFA and NCAA player Jade Kovacevic to their roster for the upcoming season. The Georgetown, Ontario native has both the skill set and experience to immediately impact the program.


    Kovacevic was a member of the Canadian Women’s National Team from 2010-2012. During that time she participated in the FIFA U-17 World Cup in Trinidad and Tobago and the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Japan. She previously attended Louisiana State University, an NCAA Division I school, part of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). During her extremely successful freshman campaign in 2012, she was named to the All-SEC Second-Team, SEC All-Freshman Team, LSWA Second-Team All-Louisiana and TopDrawerSoccer.com Top 100 Freshmen (57).


    “We are extremely excited to have Jade as part of our squad this year,” said Women’s Soccer Head Coach James Welsh. “Jade is a tremendous athlete with a work ethic and attitude that equals her ability. Jade will add to a strong squad and we are looking forward to seeing her experience and leadership in action.”


    Kovacevic and the Falcons will begin their season on Monday, September 14th when they travel to take on the Conestoga Condors at 5pm. Fanshawe will see their first home action on Saturday, September 19th at 12pm versus the Mohawk Mountaineers.

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  • Ontario Basketball Association Awards London with Four Ontario Cup Provincial Championships in 2016

    Ontario Basketball Association Awards London with Four Ontario Cup Provincial Championships in 2016

    (London, Ontario) - London will play host to four Ontario Basketball Provincial Championships. With eight weekends of competition from the beginning of April until the end of May, the event attracts approximately 1,150 teams, 16,000 athletes, 2,500 coaches, 1,200 officials, 2,500 volunteers, local and national media and thousands of fans annually. Ontario Cup is considered one of the largest basketball events in North America.


    For the first time in OBA hosting history, London had submitted a collaborative bid in partnership with Tourism London, London Ramblers, London CYO, Gold Medal, and London 86’ers basketball clubs as well as the London Board of Basketball Officials (LBBO). All four clubs will assist in the hosting responsibilities associated with this significant event.


    “Ontario Basketball is delighted to be hosting four of its Ontario Cup Provincial Championships in London in 2016,” said Jason Jansson, executive director, Ontario Basketball. “This bid is unique in the sense that Tourism London and all four OBA member clubs are collaborating to host the pinnacle event for Ontario Basketball. It is historic for the City of London and will make each tournament a community event and a celebration of our great sport.”


    OBA member clubs, alongside their local tourism groups were eligible to bid for the right to host an event for the 2016 season.


    “As a local basketball club, the opportunity to host four weekends in London helps to continue to establish London as a leader within the Provincial basketball community”, said Danielle Hall, president of the London Ramblers Basketball Club. “Events of this nature help to build awareness and strengthen partnerships which benefits our local youth."

    Ontario Basketball will once again team up with CSTT Sports Management International (CSTT) who will be the official hotel provider and supply OBA teams with exclusive booking and accommodation services for the 2016 championships. “We are thrilled to continue our 16 year relationship with Ontario Basketball in London and across the province.” said Gary Curgin, President of CSTT Sports Management International. “CSTT Sports Management will again be the exclusive accommodations partner for all 18 divisions for the 2016 Ontario Cup.”


    There is significant economic impact associated with hosting these championships. A past Sport Tourism Economic Impact Study conducted by the Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance (CSTA) found that the economic impact generated by an Ontario Cup hosted in Ottawa was $1.9 million in the Province, with $1.3 million occurring in the city of Ottawa. An estimated $23 million of economic impact was generated by the entire Ontario Cup events.


    “We are very proud of our basketball community in London. The fact that we are all able to come to the table to work collaboratively to host these championships is a testament to our local infrastructure and event hosting experience.”, said Cheryl Finn, Director of Sport Tourism for Tourism London.


    More information on the Ontario Basketball provincial championships can be found at www.basketball.on.ca

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  • VOTE for White Oaks Park to Win $250,000!!!

    VOTE for White Oaks Park to Win $250,000!!!

    White Oaks Park is one of four finalists in the running for the Kraft Project Play grand prize of $250,000. The prize money will be used to redo the outdated basketball court.  

    Voting is open from 12pm Monday August 17 until 11:59pm Tuesday August 18. There is no limit to the amount of votes you can place. To vote go to www.kraftprojectplay.com.  

    The winner will be announced on TSN and RDS on Friday August 21st, 2015. 

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  • London Lightning Women’s Fastball Team Qualifies for Eastern Canadian Championships

    London Lightning Women’s Fastball Team Qualifies for Eastern Canadian Championships

    London, ON (August 13, 2015) – The London Lightning U-18 Women’s Fastball team are Provincial Champions after taking home the crown this past weekend in Ancaster. The team went undefeated all weekend, beating host Ancaster by a score of 7-3 in the finals, and will now represent Ontario at the Midget Tier II Eastern Canadian Championships in Charlottetown, PEI on August 24th – 30th. The team has their sights set on bringing home the gold medal.


    The London Lightning Fastball Association is a not-for-profit organization that receives no municipal or government subsidies. With travel costs being upwards of $25,000 to PEI for the Eastern Canadian Championships, the team is reaching out to local businesses for donations and sponsorship to help pay for these expenses.


    If you are interested in supporting these girls in their quest for gold, please contact Catherine Arthur at (519) 670-2985 or by email at arthurcatherine@hotmail.com.

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  • Toronto Maple Leafs Announce 2015 Rookie Tournament Roster Four First-Round Picks Highlight Maple Leafs Roster

    Toronto Maple Leafs Announce 2015 Rookie Tournament Roster Four First-Round Picks Highlight Maple Leafs Roster

    2015 ROOKIE TOURNAMENT PRESENTED BY SCOTIABANK LEAFS PROSPECTS TO PLAY SEPTEMBER 11-13, 2015 AT BUDWEISER GARDENS

    The Toronto Maple Leafs announced Thursday their 28-player roster that will participate in the Rookie Tournament hosted by the Maple Leafs at Budweiser Gardens. Prospects from the Ottawa Senators, Montreal Canadiens and Pittsburgh Penguins will each play three games beginning on Friday, September 11. 

    This year’s Maple Leaf team is highlighted by Toronto’s first-round selection in this year’s NHL Entry Draft, Mitch Marner. Joining Marner are former first-round selections William Nylander (2014, 8th overall), Kasperi Kapanen (2014, 22nd overall) and Frederik Gauthier (2013, 21st overall). 

    Tickets are available online at www.budweisergardens.com and by phone at 1-866-455-2849. Tickets also available in person at the Budweiser Gardens Box Office, Western Connections at UWO, BooksPlus, and the Fanshawe College Biz Booth.

    Tickets (incl. HST, plus FMF and service charges):
    Single Game Tickets: Adults $19.50, Students/Seniors/Kids $14.50
    Two Game Pack: Adults $30.00, Students/Seniors/Kids $25.00
    All-Event Package: Adults $87.00, Students/Seniors/Kids $72.00
    Leafs Nation Package: Adults $51.00, Students/Seniors/Kids $38.50
    Habs Fan Pack: Adult $51.00, Students/Seniors/Kids $38.50

    The Maple Leafs will be welcoming back six players who participated in last year’s tournament; Frederik Gauthier, William Nylander, Carter Verhaeghe, Cody Donaghey, Matt Finn and Rinat Valiev. 

    Toronto Marlies head coach Sheldon Keefe will handle coaching responsibilities along with Marlies associate coach Gord Dineen, assistant A.J. MacLean and Orlando Solar Bears coach Anthony Noreen.

    The Toronto Maple Leafs also announced that they will host a full team autograph session following their game vs the Ottawa Senators on Friday, September 11 at 7:30pm.

    Toronto Maple Leafs 2015 Rookie Tournament Roster 
    Forwards (16) 
    Dzierkals, Martins 
    Foster, TJ 
    Gauthier, Frederik 
    Hyman, Zachary 
    Joly, Michael 
    Kapanen, Kasperi 
    Korostelev, Nikita 
    Latour, Bradley 
    Marner, Mitchell 
    Nylander, William 
    Piccinich, J.J. 
    Rodewald, Jack 
    Soshnikov, Nikita 
    Timashov, Dmytro 
    Vail, Brady 
    Verhaeghe, Carter

    Defencemen (10) 
    Brouillard, Nikolas 
    Dermott, Travis 
    Desrocher, Stephen
    Donaghey, Cody 
    Finn, Matt 
    Jamieson, Aiden 
    Lizotte, Cameron 
    Miller, Brenden 
    Nielsen, Andrew 
    Valiev, Rinat

    Goaltenders (2) 
    Nichols, Justin 
    Peressini, Lucas 

    2015 Rookie Tournament Packages on sale include:
    The All-Event Package includes tickets to all six Rookie Tournament games and is $87.00 - Adults, $72.00 Students/Seniors/Kids.

    Once again, Toronto Maple Leaf fans will be able to purchase the ‘Leafs Nation Package’ which includes all three Leaf games, while Montreal fans can see their team in action by purchasing the ‘Habs Fan Pack’. Both packages will include all three games of each respective team. Adult packages are $51.00 while Students/Seniors/Kids packages are $38.50.

    Two-Game Pack allows fans to pick any two of the six tournament games for only $30.00 Adults, $25.00 Students/Seniors/Kids.

    Full Tournament Schedule:
    Friday, September 11, 2015
    4:00 p.m. Game # 1 – Pittsburgh (black) vs. Montreal (red)
    7:35 p.m. Game #2 – Ottawa (white) vs. Toronto (white)
    Saturday, September 12, 2015
    4:00 p.m. Game #3 Pittsburgh (black) vs. Ottawa (white)
    7:35 p.m. Game #4 Toronto (blue) vs. Montreal (red)
    Sunday, September 13, 2015
    4:00 p.m. Game #5 Montreal (red) vs. Ottawa (white)
    7:35 p.m. Game #6 Toronto (white) vs. Pittsburgh (black)

    For more information and all Media Credentials please contact: 
    Kelly Austin, Director of Marketing (519) 667-5733 kaustin@budweisergardens.com

    Toronto Maple Leafs Media Contacts 
    Stefano Toniutti, Media Relations Coordinator, Toronto Marlies – stoniutti@torontomarlies.com

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  • DANNY DEAKIN RETURNS

    DANNY DEAKIN RETURNS

    Danny Deakin is rejoining FC London for the 2015 Premier Development League (PDL) season.

    The club announced Wednesday, May 6, that the 21-year old midfielder from Sheffield, England will be back to try to help FC London Claim its second PDL championship in four years. Deakin spent his offseason playing with the Mercyhurst Lakers and claiming several accolades in 2014. His impressive list of acknowledgements includes the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) All-Star First Team, the Pennsylvania State Athletics Conference (PSAC) All-Conference First Team, the Daktronics All-America First Team and the National Soccer Coaches' Association of America (NSCAA) All-Region First Team. The 5'9 lefty got on these lists by leading the NCAA Division 2 in assists over the 2014 season.

    FC London Head Coach Martin Painter is extremely pleased to have Deakin's ability to make plays back this summer.

    "We are looking forward to Danny being a very important part of the team this year. We plan to use him in a more central position to utilize his vision, passing ability and creativity," said Painter. "Danny has an outstanding work rate, is very experienced, intelligent and will be a vital component in our midfield."

    Deakin is one of ten players returning to the blue and gold from the 2014 season.

    Fans can look forward to seeing Deakin in action first in FC London's exhibition match against Detroit FC on May 18 at 7PMat the Henk Van Dyke Stadium in Strathroy. Tickets can be purchased at the gate or at Strathroy Sports Excellence, located at 7 Front Street West.

    The first match of the 2015 PDL season that FC London fans will be able to watch Deakin in is the June 6 home opener when he and the rest of the squad host Toronto FC Academy at the German Club located at 1 Cove Road.

  • GET YOUR INDIVIDUAL, TEAM AND SEASON TICKETS NOW!

    GET YOUR INDIVIDUAL, TEAM AND SEASON TICKETS NOW!

    FC London tickets are on sale now! With ticket plans to match everybody's needs.

    Single tickets up to discounted rates for fifty game tickets can be purchased at our website. Tickets are good for any game so if you purchase a season ticket bundle of seven and miss a game you can just invite a friend to the next game.

    The best value package is the season ticket bundle which includes ten tickets and one of our brand new 2015 FC London scarves. It has never been so easy to show your team spirit and support the boys as they go for the 2015 Premier Development League Championship!

    Click here to purchase or for more information.

  • Fanshawe Athletics and the YMCA Launch Jr. Falcons Sports Camps

    Fanshawe Athletics and the YMCA Launch Jr. Falcons Sports Camps

    (April 30, 2015) - Fanshawe Athletics and the YMCA have teams up in an exciting partnership to bring Jr. Falcons Sports Day Camps to London this summer. The camps will take place at Fanshawe College and will give children aged 6-12, the opportunity to develop their skills in either a soccer or basketball themed week. The majority of the day will focus on sport fundamentals and skill development, with some traditional day camp activities mixed in as well.

    Sport camps will be offered this summer from July 6-10 as well as July 13-17. Registration is due by noon on the Thursday prior to the camp session beginning and is available online at www.ymcawo.ca.

    For more information, please contact Krista Gillespie by email at kgillespie@ymcawo.ca

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  • London Calling

    London Calling

    (April 29, 2015) It's one of the more intimidating things a distance runner hears, or sees as they complete the first lap of a 10,000m and look up at the lap counter. The daunting task of racing the longest championship track distance will discourage some, but the appeal of challenging oneself is exactly what draws athletes to the annual London 10,000m, which has been selected to host both the 2015 Athletics Ontario and Athletics Canada 10,000m Championships.

    At the 2014 London 10,000m, Sami Jibril of Athletics Toronto was the top male, winning a thrilling race after leading much of the way, showing a confidence reflective of his strong road racing resume. Leslie Sexton of London Runner was the top woman in 2014 - winning the Ontario 10,000m Championship for the third consecutive year - just a few seconds off the TD Stadium and Runners' Choice London Distance Series record of 33:10 set by Megan Brown in 2011. Sexton is already registered for the 2015 London 10,000m and is eager for another record attempt.

    2015 London 10,000m entries are open, and already include a large contingent from the McGill Olympic Club. There is a Championship entry deadline of noon on Monday, May 4th and an April 26th deadline for Elite athletes looking for free accommodations. The host club is able to help with accommodations in part thanks to support from the City of London Sport Tourism. The London 10,000m is an Open event, with a 'soft' entry standard of 40:00 for scheduling purposes. The 10,000m heats will be preceded by a 3k Community Fun Run as well as open 1,500m track races. There is no charge for parking or entry to the facility.

    Whether you're racing or spectating, be sure to mark the Sunday, May 10th London 10,000m meet on your calendars. London is calling!

    For more information, contact Steve Weiler

    Phone: (519) 777-6096

    Email: steveweiler@hotmail.com

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  • RETURNING THIS FALL TO BUDWEISER GARDENS 2015 ROOKIE TOURNAMENT

    RETURNING THIS FALL TO BUDWEISER GARDENS 2015 ROOKIE TOURNAMENT

    For Immediate Release Monday April 20 at 7am

    The Toronto Maple Leafs, Global Spectrum and Tourism London are pleased to announce that the 2015 Rookie Tournament will be held at Budweiser Gardens September 11-13, 2015.  This marks the third year in a row that London has hosted the tournament which features the top prospects from four of the National Hockey League’s most popular franchises.

    This year, Toronto Maple Leafs’ prospects will face off in three games beginning Friday, September 11 versus rookie teams from the Ottawa Senators, Pittsburgh Penguins and rival Montreal Canadiens.  This will be the first appearance for the Canadiens at Budweiser Gardens since the venue opened. 

    “We are very pleased that the Rookie Tournament is returning to London. It has proven to be a very successful competition that many local hockey fans look forward to experiencing,” said John Winston, General Manager, Tourism London. 

    Ticket Packages on sale Friday, April 24, 2015 @ 12 noon. Tickets will be available online at www.budweisergardens.com and by phone at  1-866-455-2849. Tickets also available in person at the Budweiser Gardens Box Office, Western Connections at UWO, BooksPlus, and the Fanshawe College Biz Booth.

    Tickets (incl. HST, plus FMF and service charges):  All-Event Package: Adults $87.00, Students/Seniors/Kids $72.00 Leafs Nation Package: Adults $51.00, Students/Seniors/Kids $38.50 Habs Fan Pack: Adults $51.00, Students/Seniors/Kids $38.50. Save up to 35% on Singe Game Tickets with All Event and Leaf Nation Packages – Available for a limited time.

    "With Ottawa, Pittsburgh and Montreal involved this year, there is a stronger sense of rivalry with this tournament," remarked Maple Leafs Assistant General Manager Kyle Dubas. "Certainly this is a very exciting and promising time for the Maple Leafs and our fans. Our rookie tournament in London is the first chance for us to see our new additions face off against three of our biggest rivals in a very competitive environment.”

    Tickets for the 2015 Rookie Tournament go on sale Friday, April 24 at 12 noon with three different packages available for purchase. The All-Event Package includes tickets to all six Rookie Tournament games and a savings of 35% with Adult tickets priced at just $87.00 and Students/Seniors/Kids tickets available for only $72.00. 

    Once again, Toronto Maple Leaf fans will be able to purchase the ‘Leafs Nation Package’ which includes all three Leaf games, while Montreal fans can see their team in action by purchasing the ‘Habs Fan Pack’.  Both packages will include all three games of each respective team at a savings of more than 20%.  Adult packages are $51.00 while Students/Seniors/Kids packages are $38.50.  Individual game tickets will go on sale at a later date to be announced. 

    Full Tournament Schedule: 

    Friday, September 11, 2015 
    4:00 p.m.  Game # 1 – Pittsburgh (black) vs. Montreal (red) 7:35 p.m.  Game #2 – Ottawa (white) vs. Toronto (white)  

    Saturday, September 12, 2015 
    4:00 p.m.  Game #3 Pittsburgh (black) vs. Ottawa (white) 7:35 p.m.  Game #4 Toronto (blue) vs. Montreal (red)  

    Sunday, September 13, 2015 
    4:00 p.m.  Game #5 Montreal (red) vs. Ottawa (white) 
    7:35 p.m.  Game #6 Toronto (white) vs. Pittsburgh (black) 

    For more information please contact: Kelly Austin, Director of Marketing (519) 667-5733 kaustin@budweisergardens.com.  

    For All Tournament Media Credentials: Please contact Marcy Redmond, Marketing Coordinator, by email at mredmond@budweisergardens.com.

    Toronto Maple Leafs Media Contacts:  Ian Meagher, Media Relations Coordinator, imeagher@torontomapleleafs.com.

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  • The 94th “Lapham” comes to London, Ontario April 23rd.

    The 94th “Lapham” comes to London, Ontario April 23rd.

    (April 16, 2015) Competition in the 2015 Lapham Grant Matches, hosted by the London Squash & Fitness club in London Ontario, will begin play on Thursday evening April 23rd and run until noon Sunday April 26th. Matches will feature top talent and experienced singles and doubles players (58 on each side) from across Canada and the United States, each country vying to claim the tournament’s four trophies – The Lapham Cup (singles); The Grant Trophy (Doubles); The Lawrence-Wilkins Trophy (65+); and the Crawford Trophy (Ladies singles and doubles). Full event history can be found at www.laphamgrant.com.


    The “Lapham” now in its 94th consecutive year of play is the longest annual team contest of any sport in North American history. This occasion will mark the second time, since first played in 1977, that London Squash hosts this prestigious event. A local volunteer committee led by Lapham Chair Jay Nash and by Lapham Canadian Captain Lindsay Smith has been working diligently since late 2013 in preparation. For the first time in Lapham history live streaming of singles and doubles matches will be available to interested viewers at http://lg2015.polyscore.ca. The Lapham is jointly administered by US Squash and by the Jesters Club of Canada on behalf of Squash Canada.


    For any additional information please contact Jay Nash at jay.nash@nbc.ca or Lindsay at Lindsay.Smith@blood.ca.

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  • Western Ontario Highland Dance Championship Weekend April 25 and 26 2015

    Western Ontario Highland Dance Championship Weekend April 25 and 26 2015

    (April 10, 2015) - Highland Dancers from across the country are busy fine tuning their skills for the upcoming ScotDance Canada Championship Series at the London Convention Centre, from July 6-10, 2015. With less than three months until the event, dancers are vigorously training to prepare.


    During the last weekend of April, many of Ontario’s dancers will visit London to participate in the Western Ontario Open Championship and Amethyst Premiership as a lead up to the larger Championship Series. Held at Oakridge Secondary School, the competitions are being hosted by WOHDA and will have over one hundred and fifty dancers. For media inquires, please contact sherry@simdancers.com.


    Co-Chairs Anne Sutherland of London and Leslie MacDougall of Cambridge anticipate 900 dancers from around the world will converge on the city to participate in the highland dance competitions that take place over the course of the five day ScotDance Canada Championship Series. During the five days, the prestigious Canadian Championship will take place involving the highest calibre of dancers from across the country. The Sherry Dalliday Premiership, the Jenny MacLachlan Jig and choreography competitions are additional featured events. Dancers ages four to young adult will compete in other competitions including primary, beginner, novice, intermediate and premier levels.


    Please contact Sherry Sim for more information at sherry@simdancers.com or visit our ScotDance Canada website www.scotdance.ca.

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  • OCAA Hall of Fame Class of 2015 to Include Three from Fanshawe

    OCAA Hall of Fame Class of 2015 to Include Three from Fanshawe

    Longtime Men’s Basketball Coach Glenn Johnston to be inducted in Coach Category

    (London, Ontario) – The Ontario Colleges Athletic Association (OCAA) announced today the inductees into the OCAA Hall of Fame, Class of 2015.  Fanshawe College is proud to have three individuals selected for induction – Glenn Johnston, John Hayden and Michelle Hall.  The OCAA Hall of Fame recognizes extraordinary contributions and accomplishments within collegiate sports in Ontario.  These new inductees will be recognized at the OCAA Hall of Fame Banquet to be held on April 29th, 2015 at the Oakville Convention Centre in Oakville, Ontario.

     

    Glenn Johnston – Coach

    Johnston was the Head Coach of the Falcons Men’s Basketball program at Fanshawe for an impressive 35 years, from 1976-77 until 2011-12.  During his tenure, his teams won two CCAA National Championships (1979-80 and 1980-81) and six OCAA Provincial Championships (1977-78, 1978-89, 1979-80, 1980-81, 2003-04 and 2006-07). His teams won 13 total Provincial medals (6 Gold, 3 Silver, 4 Bronze) and posted an amazing OCAA League record of 429 wins and 261 losses. During that time, he was named CCAA Coach of the Year in 1995-96 and named the OCAA Coach of the Year four times (1990-91, 1995-96, 1999-00 and 2006-07).  Johnston is the third Fanshawe coach to be inducted into the OCAA Hall of Fame. 

     

    John Hayden – Athlete

    Hayden was a member of the Falcons Men’s Basketball program for four seasons (1979-80 to 1982-83). He was an instrumental piece in both of Fanshawe’s Men’s Basketball National Championships (1979-80 and 1980-81) and was named a CCAA Championship All-Star in 1980-81. While he was playing for the Falcons, the team had an OCAA league record of 60-18 and playoff record of 9-4. He was a two-time OCAA First Team All-Star (1980-81 and 1981-82), an OCAA Second Team All-Star in 1982-83 and was named the OCAA Championship MVP in 1980-81.  He is second all-time in Fanshawe Men’s Basketball history for total points with 1119, averaging 15.1 points per game over his career.

     

    Michelle Hall – Athlete

    Hall played three seasons with the Falcons Women’s Basketball program from 1996-97 to 1998-99. In both 1997-98 and 1998-99, she was the OCAA Women’s Basketball Scoring Champion, scoring 17.2 and 18.4 points per game respectively. While she was playing, her teams had a league record of 33-11.  She was twice named an OCAA First Team All-Star (1997-98 and 1998-99), as well as an OCAA Second Team All-Star in 1996-97. In 1997-98, her team won a bronze medal at the OCAA Championships, where she was named a CCAA All-Canadian.  In the same year, she was also named Fanshawe’s Female Athlete of the Year. The following year, she helped lead the team to an OCAA silver medal.

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    For further information, please contact:

    Rob Thorpe
    Sports Information Officer

    Fanshawe Athletics
    1001 Fanshawe College Blvd.  London, ON. N5Y 5R6
    T: 519-452-4430 x3923 | C: 519-777-7849 | F: 519-452-4434
    rthorpe@fanshawec.ca

    www.fanshawec.ca/athletics

  • Sledge Hockey - Gold on Gold

    Sledge Hockey - Gold on Gold

    (April 6th, 2015) - On Saturday April 4th the Ontario Sledge Hockey Association (OSHA) held its Champions Day League finals in Oakville. The best teams from across Ontario met in the Divisional championship games.

    The London Blizzard Sledge Hockey Club won two gold medals.

    The Junior Sledge Development (JSD) team won the gold medal in the JSD division beating the Mississauga Cruisers 6-3.

    The Intermediate team won gold in the Intermediate C division with a 6-2 win over the Elmvale Bears.

    These victories capped a banner season for the London Blizzard teams, which included an Intermediate bronze medal win at the Cruiser’s Cup Tournament in Mississauga and bronze medals for both our teams at our own London Blizzard Invitational Tournament held at the Western Fair Sports Centre in London.

     

    Sigmund Bernat

    President, London Blizzard Sledge Hockey Club

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  • London Lynx Ringette Association to host 2015 “AA” Ontario Championships

    London Lynx Ringette Association to host 2015 “AA” Ontario Championships

    March 10, 2015 (London, ON) - London Lynx Ringette Association is finalizing plans for the 2015 ‘AA’ Ontario Ringette championships March 12-15, 2015 in the Forest City. More than 40 teams in eight divisions will compete for provincial honours, with London boasting top-ranked teams at both the U14 and the U16 age levels heading into the event, based on season-long results. Winners in the U19 and U16 divisions advance to compete in the 2015 Canadian Ringette Championships being held in Wood Buffalo, Alberta, just outside Fort McMurray, in early April.

    According to the STEAM analysis provided by the Canadian Sports Tourism Association and Tourism London the 2015 "AA" Ontario Ringette Championships will generate a direct economic activities of $1.0 million to the City of London and $1.5 million of economic activity to the province of Ontario.

    Opening ceremonies will be held on March 12 at the Hellenic Centre and medal presentations will take place Sunday, March 15 at the Western Fair Sports Centre (WFSC), one of two venues for the event. The games will be held at the WFSC and at Stronach Arena for this exciting four-day event.

    This is another in a long list of premier ringette events that London is hosting, a list that includes the 2001, 2002 and 2009 Ontario Ringette Championships. In 2012, London hosted the World Junior Ringette Championships and is looking forward to hosting the 2016 Canadian Ringette Championships.

    ABOUT RINGETTE
    Ringette is a Canadian sport that was invented in 1963 in North Bay, Ontario by the late Sam Jacks. There are currently over 30,000 players on nearly 2,000 teams across Canada, with over 1,500 officials and nearly 8,000 coaches. Internationally, it is played on more than a half dozen other countries around the world. Ringette has been designated a Heritage Sport by Sport Canada and as part of the Sport for Life movement, ringette is well advanced at adapting Sport Canada’s Long Term Athlete Development model. For more information, please refer to the Ringette Canada website www.ringette.ca or the London Ringette website at www.londonringette.com


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    For more information, please contact:

    Phil Singeris
    President, London Ringette
    519-871-0311 (cell)
    p.singeris@ rogers.com

  • London Skating Club Fares Well At Canadian Synchronized Skating Championships

    London Skating Club Fares Well At Canadian Synchronized Skating Championships

    March 4, 2015 2:00 pm EST
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


    The London Skating Club is proud to announce that during the Canadian Synchronized Skating Championships that were held in Charlebourg, QC, from February 27-March 1, London’s very own, Synchronicity Open Synchronized Skating Team from the London Skating Club skated to a great finish and placed 4th at these championships competing at this level for the first time as a team.


    The team is coached by Traci Wells who now can add this accomplishment to her long list of championship titles and medals throughout her years as a member of the London Skating Club’s synchronized coaching team staff.
    The London Skating Club is also proud to announce that the Intermediate team, coached by Shannon Moxey of London, placed in the top 10 at these national championships!


    Both teams qualified earlier this month at the Regional Championships (Provincials) that were held in Sault Ste. Marie for these national championships!


    In addition to these results, London Skating Club’s very own Kylie Smale competed at the Skate Canada/Western Ontario Section StarSkate Championships in Fort Erie and took gold in the U14 Juvenile Freeskate category, with a Personal Best Score to qualify her to compete at the Skate Ontario Provincial Championships, which are being held at the Cassie Campbell Community Centre in Brampton, Ontario from March 13-15th.


    Other results from these StarSkate Championships were as follows:

    Nicole Gallo – Silver – Pre-Introductory Interpretive & 17th in U11 – Pre-Juvenile

    Deanna Gooden – 10th Gold Triathlon

    Annabella Gummerson – 1st Star 4 & 4th Pre-Introductory Interpretive

    Shelby Komarnicky – 5th Gold Freeskate (Personal Best Score) & 6th Gold Triathlon

    Angela Lee – 10th Star 5

    The London Skating Club is a proud member of Skate Canada and is one of the largest and oldest clubs in Canada. The London Skating Club has been a proud part of the London & Surrounding community for 108 years!
    The London Skating Club operates out of various rinks throughout The City of London, and offers programs in Learn to Skate (CanSkate), Figure Skating (StarSkate), Power Skating (CanPowerSkate) and Adult and Synchronized Skating Programs.

    Auditions for synchronized skating teams & workshops will be held in April & May, along with Spring School (April-June) for all levels from Learn to Skate, Learn to Figure Skate, advanced skating, and adult skating.

    For more information on the London Skating Club, it’s synchronized skating program or other skating programs, please contact Administrative & Promotions Coordinator, Kelly Farmer or our Synchronized Skating Team Convenor, Anne McDougall at 519-681-2640, e-mail: info@londonskatingclub.com or visit us at www.londonskatingclub.com.

    Like us on Facebook! www.facebook.com/LondonSkatingClub and Follow us on Twitter@LondonSkating

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  • Fanshawe Wins Bid to Host 2016 CCAA National Curling Championships

    Fanshawe Wins Bid to Host 2016 CCAA National Curling Championships

    (London, Ontario) – At the recently completed Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Winter Board Meetings in Ottawa, the CCAA approved Fanshawe Athletics bid to host the 2016 CCAA National Curling Championships.

    Fanshawe will host the event March 23-26, 2016 at the Highland Curling Club in London, Ontario. Eight women’s and eight men’s teams from across Canada will compete in the Championships and as hosts, the Fanshawe Falcons women’s and men’s curling teams will be guaranteed a spot in the tournament.

    “We are thrilled that our comprehensive bid to host the 2016 Curling National Championships was approved by the CCAA. We look forward to showcasing both our nationally recognized curling program, led by Head Coach Barry Westman, as well as the great City of London on the national stage,” said Nathan McFadden, Manager of Athletics at Fanshawe. “The teams that qualify for this championship can expect high quality venues unlike any they have experienced before at this level. From the exceptional upscale facility at the Highland Country Club to the uniqueness of the newly renovated Delta London Armouries, participants will be provided with an outstanding experience while being hosted by Fanshawe during their stay in London.”

    Fanshawe has hosted a number of Provincial Championships, but hasn’t hosted a CCAA National Championship since 2004 when they hosted the CCAA National Soccer Championships.

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    For further information, please contact:

    Rob Thorpe

    Sports Information Officer - Fanshawe College Athletics
    1001 Fanshawe College Blvd. London, ON N5Y 5R6

    Cell: 519-777-7849 | Office: 519-452-4430 x3923 | rthorpe@fanshawec.ca

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  • London’s Forest City Diving Club held its first invitational event for elite divers this weekend

    London’s Forest City Diving Club held its first invitational event for elite divers this weekend

    London Free Press - The Forest City Diving Club made a splash among Tier II competitors with its inaugural Forest City Invitational meet at the Canada Games Aquatic Centre this weekend.

    More than 60 divers made the trek to London for the event, which is for divers one level below national.

    Competitors ranged in age from six to 18, with some of the advanced divers working towards dives commonly seen in the Olympics, said Bob Zacharias, the president of the London club.

    Diving can be a tough sport, with competitors often having the bumps and bruises to show from hitting the water wrong, Zacharias said: "Smacking or hitting the water is very similar to hitting a very hard object, so it can be painful for the kids."

    Because of that, divers do a lot of dry-land training, including trampoline work to "develop their muscle groups to develop their in-flight training," Zacharias added.

    For young divers, the dives they pull off in competition are the result of exacting repetitive work, they don't just happen by chance.

    "It's very, very, very incremental, so there's all kinds of little tops as they go through the training process," he said. "From pointing their toes to how the knees have to be bent to where the arms have to be, where the face has to be for every single dive they have to learn."

    Zacharias said the club hopes to continue the meet annually. "We could accommodate more (divers). It would be nice to see them from farther away in the province, so the excitement grows."

    Hensen, M. (2015, February 22). London's Forest City Diving Club held its first invitational event for elite divers this weekend. London Free Press. Retrieved February 23, 2015 from http://www.lfpress.com/2015/02/22/londons-forest-city-diving-club-held-its-first-invitational-event-for-elite-divers-this-weekend.

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  • 5 Londoner's make Team Ontario roster for the upcoming 2015 Canada Summer Games

    5 Londoner's make Team Ontario roster for the upcoming 2015 Canada Summer Games

    Sport Alliance Ontario - Toronto, Ontario - February 4, 2015

    Sport Alliance Ontario is proud to announce the full roster of athletes, coaches, managers and technicians that will make up the Team Ontario contingent at the upcoming 2015 Canada Winter Games. The Games will take place from February 13 to March 1, 2015 in Prince George, British Columbia.   For the past year, the athletes, coaches, managers and mission staff have been working very hard to prepare to represent Ontario at the Canada Games. Team Ontario’s finest will do their best to make Ontario proud at the Games, which will be broadcast on TSN and online via Canada Games TV.

    “I’d like to congratulate Team Ontario and all the mission staff who will represent our province at the 2015 Canada Winter Games. Your skill, ambition and dedication to sport is an inspiration to all of us. Our government is proud to support amateur sport through programs that provide financial support, training and development opportunities and world-class training facilities and we look forward to cheering on our athletes as they go for gold in Prince George and beyond.”

    — Michael Coteau, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport and Minister Responsible for the 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games

    “Athletes, coaches and managers have invested many months of hard work preparing for these Canada Games” said Marc Seguin, Chair of Sport Alliance Ontario.  “We look forward to everyone competing at their best and to use this experience at the Canada Games to further their dreams.  Sport Alliance Ontario is proud to support Team Ontario and will be in Prince George to support our athletes and sport system as we strive for excellence.”

    Blair McIntosh, who is leading the team as chef de mission for the seventh time, said, “it gives me great pleasure to lead this dynamic team of athletes, coaches and managers, who are all committed to deliver their best performances ever as we aim to capture the Canada Games flag this winter in Prince George.”

    The 2015 Canada Winter Games will feature the following exciting sports over two weeks of intense competition:

    • Alpine Skiing & Para-Alpine
    • Archery (Indoor)
    • Artistic Gymnastics & Trampoline
    • Badminton
    • Biathlon
    • Cross-Country Skiing and Para-Nordic
    • Curling
    • Figure Skating (including athletes with an intellectual disability)
    • Freestyle Skiing
    • Hockey
    • Judo
    • Ringette (Female Only)
    • Snowboarding
    • Speed Skating (Long & Short Track)
    • Squash
    • Synchronized Swimming (Female Only)
    • Table Tennis
    • Target Shooting (Air Pistol and Air Rifle)
    • Wheelchair Basketball (Mixed Teams)

    Below is a list of Team Ontario members from London who will be competing:

    D'Arcy Allen - Athlete - Target Shooting

    Kristi Copeland - Coach - Speed Skating

    Joshua Davies - Athlete - Wheelchair Basketball

    Isaac Ratcliffe - Athlete - Hockey

    Elena Williamson - Athlete - Target Shooting

     

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    For Team Ontario :

    Blair McIntosh, Chef de Mission

    (647) 826-4381

    bmcintosh@specialolympics.ca

     

    Marlene Stirrett-Matson, Communications

    (647) 688-9411

    marlene.stirrett-matson@ontario.ca

     

    Team Ontario Quick Facts:

    • Sport Alliance Ontario (SAO) is a not-for-profit sport management organization that receives funding from the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport to deliver a variety of program, services and games in the province, including Team Ontario’s participation at the Canada Games.
    • The Honourable Michael Coteau is the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport and Minister responsible for 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games.
    • Team Ontario will be comprised of 350 athletes, coaches, managers, chaperones, technicians and mission staff at the 2015 Canada Winter Games.
    • The Canada Games flag is awarded to the top overall province or territory at each Canada Games.
    • Team Ontario has won the Canada Games flag 20 times since the inception of the Canada Games in 1967.
    • Team Ontario has won the Canada Games flag at nine out of 12 Canada Winter Games, losing to Team Quebec in 1975, 1979 and 2003.
    • At the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi 17 former Team Ontario athletes competed. Former Team Ontario athletes include: Perianne Jones and Lenny Valjas (Cross Country Ski), Ivanie Blondin and Christine Nesbitt (Long Track Speed Skating), Alex Pietrangelo (Men’s Hockey), Marianne Leeson (Snowboard Women’s slalom), and 8 members of the Women’s Hockey Team.

    Team Ontario website: www.TeamOntario.ca

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  • East Park Golf Gardens 2015 London Ontario Golf Heart Award Winner Ceremony June 2015 at Long-Time Local Fun Spot

    East Park Golf Gardens 2015 London Ontario Golf Heart Award Winner Ceremony June 2015 at Long-Time Local Fun Spot

    February 2, 2015 (London, ONT) – London Ontario Golf (est. 2005) today announces it has chosen East Park Golf Gardens as the winner of the 2015 London Ontario Golf Heart Award. This year marks the first time a group receives the annual award, recognizing those who grow the game and support the community.

    More than 75,000 people visit East Park each year, many of whom challenge one of London’s most popular 18-hole golf courses, play its two 18-hole miniature golf layouts and hone their skills at its driving range. Founded in 1963 by a group of prominent Londoners, East Park is operated by managing partners Neil Kapp, Alon Shatil and Ian Stone, who celebrated East Park’s 50th Anniversary in 2013.

    “More youngsters – including me – started playing golf at East Park than any other London golf club,” said Reed. “Despite its heavy play, East Park boasts one of the area’s best manicured golf courses – a testament to how serious Neil, Alon and Ian are about providing a top-notch golf layout for not only youngsters and their parents, but also for people of all ages and abilities.

    “Concurrently, East Park has been heavily involved in helping local charities for more than 50 years. It’s a tradition today’s owners continue. London Ontario Golf is proud to recognize East Park as our fifth winner of the Heart Award. We look forward to celebrating with them in June,” Reed added.

    “We are honoured to have our name alongside past winners, including the 2014 winner, Mike Weir. We take great pride in the fact East Park is synonymous with family fun, and a big part of that is our golf component. But giving back to the community through charity is just as important to our corporate climate,” said Kapp, Shatil and Stone. “With the Heart Award bringing attention to Heart & Stroke Foundation, we are thrilled to share this award with our staff, who go the extra mile to provide family fun which in turn promotes physical activity and healthy living.”

    The cover story of Business London Magazine April 2013 featured East Park. To read the story, visit

    http://www.myvirtualpaper.com/doc/Business-London-Magazine/april_2013/2013040403/28.html#28.

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    For high-res images from previous Heart Award ceremonies, or for more about London Ontario Golf and the Heart Award, please contact:

    Jeffrey Reed, Publisher & Editor, London Ontario Golf

    519/668-4083

    jeff@londonontariogolf.com

     

    For additional comments from East Park Golf Gardens, contact:

    Alon Shatil, Managing Partner, East Park
    519/451-2950 ext. 299
    alon@eastparkgolf.com

     

    About London Ontario Golf

    Established in 2005, LondonOntarioGolf.com has twice been named “Best Feature Story” winner by the Golf Journalists Association of Canada. Publisher and editor Jeffrey Reed, a nationally-recognized golf journalist since 1989, has recently captured two international and two national sports writing awards.

    About the London Ontario Golf Heart Award

    The London Ontario Golf Heart Award recognizes members of the London and area golf industry who unselfishly give back to the game of golf. Each June (Stroke Awareness Month), the Heart Award recipient, as selected by the editors of LondonOntarioGolf.com, is honoured within the categories of golf professionals/instructors, golf mentors, golf course owners/operators, golf course architects/designers and members of the media. February is Heart Month. The Heart & Stroke Foundation of Ontario is the Official Charity of London Ontario Golf. Previous winners of the London Ontario Golf Heart Award: Mike Olizarevitch (2011), Fred Kern (2012), Patty Howard (2013) and Mike Weir (2014).

    The Heart Award will be on display at the London Ontario Golf booth at the London Golf Show & Sale, February 14-15 at Western Fair District’s Progress Building.

    About Heart & Stroke Foundation

    Heart & Stroke Foundation is a registered Canadian charity that educates individuals about the management and prevention of heart disease and stroke. The Foundation also funds medical research for the causes of heart disease and stroke in an effort to create more survivors. For more information on Heart & Stroke Foundation, please call 519-679-0641 or visit http://www.heartandstroke.ca.

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  • London Blizzard presents the 11th annual Blizzard Invitational Sledge Hockey Tournament

    London Blizzard presents the 11th annual Blizzard Invitational Sledge Hockey Tournament

    LONDON BLIZZARD presents the 11th annual

    “BLIZZARD INVITATIONAL SLEDGE HOCKEY TOURNAMENT”

    Sledge hockey teams from Canada and the United States to face off in London.

    LONDON, ON – The Blizzard Invitational Sledge Hockey Tournament will be held this weekend from January 23-25 in London at the Western Fair Sports Center.

    Sledge hockey is a fast-paced, exciting sport played primarily by physically-challenged individuals. The tournament will have 36 teams and approximately 550 players competing in Junior Sledge Development and Intermediate divisions. Teams from Canada and USA will be participating.

    Friday games will start at 1 pm at both Western Fair and Nichols arena. Saturday and Sunday games, with playoffs and medal games beginning Sunday morning are all at Western Fair. London has two teams in the tournament with one competing in each division.

    The Blizzard are celebrating their 11th tournament with some exciting news: For the first time Rogers Television will be broadcasting tournament games. Check their station for showing times http://www.rogerstv.com.

    The schedule and further information is available on the London Blizzard website: www.londonblizzard.com.

    For more information contact the Tournament Co-Chairs:

    Todd Sargeant  519-660-1705     toddsargeant@hotmail.com

    Sigmund Bernat 519-432-0258      bernat.s@sympatico.ca

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  • Lightning welcome Falcons, tip-off at special time

    Lightning welcome Falcons, tip-off at special time

    January 16, 2015 (LONDON, Ontario) – This Sunday the London Lightning take on the Mississauga Power at the Budweiser Gardens at a special start time of 4:00 p.m. as the Fanshawe Falcons Women’s and Men’s Basketball teams will take the court to play the Lambton Lions at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. respectively.

    A ticket to the Lightning game also permits your entry to both of the Fanshawe Falcons games.

    The Fanshawe Athletics department will also be revealing the new Falcons logo during the Men’s Falcons game. 

    This Sunday also marks the annual Make-A-Wish game. Fans can use the promo code ‘wishes’ when purchasing their tickets and a portion of the ticket will be donated to Make-A-Wish Southwestern Ontario.

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  • Short Track Speed Skating Meet Comes To London - Dec 13, 2014

    Short Track Speed Skating Meet Comes To London - Dec 13, 2014

    The London Speed Skating Club hosts the Western Regionals #3 on December 13, 2014, at Western Fair District, London City Chrysler Rink. Competitions will include 130 skaters from London and clubs across Southwestern Ontario. Racers aged 6 and up will compete in heats and finals starting from 9:00 am in this full day of exciting competition. This meet is a sanctioned event of the Ontario Speed Skating Association. 

    The day includes events for Special Olympics trainees, and a fun race for our skaters below age 6. This “cradle” race is super cute and is usually held between 12 and 1 (exact time to be announced). 

    Admission is free! 

    For more information contact:

    Kent Cunnington, President, London Speed Skating Club: londonspeedskating@gmail.com 

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    About our club:

    The London Speed Skating Club is London’s only training club for short track speed skating in our area. Our club has nearly doubled the number of skaters in the last two seasons. We train Tuesdays and Thursdays at Western Fair District, London City Chrysler Rink. For more information on our club, please visit www.londonspeedskating.ca. 

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  • Lightning partner with secondary students, Rembrandt Homes to help The Salvation Army

    Lightning partner with secondary students, Rembrandt Homes to help The Salvation Army

    November 19, 2014 (LONDON, Ontario) – The London Lightning is excited to announce a partnership with Tony Marsman of Rembrandt Homes, the secondary school students of London and The Salvation Army for their home game on Thursday, November 27 against the Moncton Miracles.

    The Lightning will have the upper bowl open, thanks to the generosity of Mr. Marsman, a long-time supporter of The Salvation Army, and London Lightning owner, Vito Frijia, next Thursday.

    After speaking with a number of secondary school principal’s yesterday, secondary school students in the city can purchase a ticket in the upper bowl for $5.00 with all proceeds benefitting The Salvation Army’s Christmas Kettle Campaign. With a seating capacity of over 3,000, the secondary school students of London have the potential to raise over $15,000 for The Salvation Army, while taking in an exciting London Lightning game.

    “The Salvation Army is so grateful for the continued partnership with the London Lightning. This event will help ensure that the most vulnerable in our community are provided with hope and dignity this coming Christmas”, said Perron Goodyear, Public Relations and Development Representative.

    Since its inception, the London Lightning have been committed to the London community. By engaging youth and forging partnerships with local agencies, the Lightning continues to impact the lives of London's young people.

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  • Fanshawe Athletics Announces Schedule and Venue Change for Basketball Games

    Fanshawe Athletics Announces Schedule and Venue Change for Basketball Games

    October 30, 2014

    January 18th Women’s and Men’s Games to be played at Budweiser Gardens

    (London, Ontario) – The Fanshawe Falcons Women’s and Men’s Basketball games versus the Lambton Lions, originally scheduled for February 18th, 2015 have been moved to Sunday, January 18th, 2015 and will now be played at the Budweiser Gardens in London, Ontario. 

    The Women will play at 10:30am and the Men will play at 12:30pm.  The Falcons games will be followed by the London Lightning who play the Mississauga Power at 4pm.  You can watch all three games for $10 by purchasing tickets via promo code “Falcons” at the Budweiser Gardens box office, online at www.budweisergardens.com or by phone at 1-866-455-2849.

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    For further information, please contact:

    Rob Thorpe
    Sports Information Officer

    Fanshawe Athletics
    1001 Fanshawe College Blvd.  London, ON. N5Y 5R6
    T: 519-452-4430 x3923 | C: 519-777-7849 | F: 519-452-4434
    rthorpe@fanshawec.ca

    www.fanshawec.ca/athletics

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  • Canadian Tire, London Lightning to welcome 3,000 youth to home opener

    Canadian Tire, London Lightning to welcome 3,000 youth to home opener

    October 27, 2014 (LONDON, Ontario) – The London Lightning is excited to announce that, with the help of charitable partner Canadian Tire Jumpstart and season partner Canadian Tire, the upper bowl will be filled with over 3,000 youth and their family members for the home opener game on Saturday, November 1.

    This will be the second year in a row that the Lightning has partnered with Canadian Tire and Canadian Tire Jumpstart to welcome deserving youth from the London community to the home opener game. 

    “The London Canadian Tire Dealers along with our partners Canadian Tire corporation and Canadian Tire Jumpstart are proud to support our London Lightning.  We are especially proud to contribute to the home opener, giving local kids a chance to see the boys in action.  Go Lightning!” said Jim Dodson, Associate Dealer, Canadian Tire store 208, Wonderland Road South.

    “Once again, the London Lightning is proud to partner with the London Canadian Tire Dealers and the Canadian Tire Jumpstart program in providing an opportunity for school children to attend the home opener of the London Lightning basketball season. We would like to express our gratitude to Canadian Tire, the London Canadian Tire Dealers and to Jumpstart for their generosity and community spirit,” said General Manager Bill Smith.

    The London Lightning will play their ‘401 rivals’, the Windsor Express, on Saturday. Tip-off is 7:00 p.m. Tickets for the lower bowl are on sale now through the Budweiser Gardens box office. 

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  • BUDWEISER GARDENS CELEBRATES TOP SOCIAL MEDIA RANKING

    BUDWEISER GARDENS CELEBRATES TOP SOCIAL MEDIA RANKING

     

    Date: October 22, 2014

    CONTACT:    Chris Campbell, Director of Marketing

    (519) 667-5733 ccampbell@budweisergardens.com

     

    FOR RELEASE IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    BUDWEISER GARDENS CELEBRATES

    TOP SOCIAL MEDIA RANKING

     

    VENUES TODAY SOCIAL MEDIA POWER 100

    RANKS BUDWEISER GARDENS #1

    IN NORTH AMERICA FOR VENUES ITS SIZE

     

    (London, Ontario)  Venues Today Magazine’s most recent, fall 2014 Social Media Power 100 ranking has placed Global Spectrum operated Budweiser Gardens as #1 in relation to all North American venues of a similar capacity (10,000 – 15,000).  This ranking represents the third consecutive occasion that the downtown venue has increased its ranking, which was previously #10 in February 2014. 

    Venues Today’s Social Media Power 100 incorporates Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Foursquare platforms into their scoring method.    The MTS Centre in Winnipeg Manitoba ranked in the second position in the same category.   Other top rankings include Madison Square Gardens topping the 15,000 – 30,000 position and the Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado, topping the 5,000 – 10,000 capacity category.

    “When you consider all the changes that have occurred since we set up our Facebook and Twitter accounts in 2009 it is incredible to think how much our focus has shifted over the years with content focused on social media,“ said Chris Campbell, Global Spectrum’s Director of Marketing at Budweiser Gardens.   “Our company has been very supportive and continually developing its marketers as the most innovative in the live entertainment and sports business.  This top ranking is a reflection of that support and the strength of the marketing team at Budweiser Gardens.”

    Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and General Motors Centre in Oshawa, Ontario, both operated by Global Spectrum also received notable rankings in their respective categories.

    For a complete list of the Social Media Power 100  ranking and more information please visit: http://venuestoday.s3.amazonaws.com/doc/August_SMP100.pdf

    Budweiser Gardens has many great events on sale now including, Sarah McLachlan (November 11, 2014), Hunter Hayes (December 13, 2014), Jersey Boys (February 10-15, 2015), Bryan Adams (February 24, 2015) and Neil Diamond (March 4, 2015).

    For more event and ticket information please go to www.budweisergardens.com or call 1-866-455-2849

    You can follow Budweiser Gardens on Twitter (@BudGardens) at www.twitter.com/budgardens  on Facebook at www.facebook.com/budweisergardens,  on Instagram at www.instagram.com/budweisergardens , FourSquare at www.foursquare.com/budgardens and Youtube at www.youtube.com/budweisergardens

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    About Global Spectrum:

    Global Spectrum (global-spectrum.com) manages Budweiser Gardens, as well as more than 125 other public assembly facilities around the world. Nearly 24-million people attended more than 15,000 events in Global Spectrum venues last year. Based in Philadelphia, PA, Global Spectrum is part of Comcast-Spectacor, one of the world’s largest sports and entertainment companies. Comcast-Spectacor also owns the Philadelphia Flyers of the National Hockey League, Ovations Food Services, a food and beverage services provider, Paciolan, the leading provider of venue establishment ticketing, fundraising and marketing technology solutions, Front Row Marketing Services, a commercial rights sales company, and Flyers Skate Zone, a series of community ice skating rinks.

     

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  • ScotDance Canada Championship Series Comes to London!

    ScotDance Canada Championship Series Comes to London!

    ScotDance Ontario is excited to be hosting the ScotDance Canada Championship Series at the London Convention Centre, from July 6-10, 2015.

    Co-Chairs Anne Sutherland of London, and Leslie MacDougall of Cambridge, anticipate 900 dancers from around the world will converge on the city to participate in the highland dance competitions that take place over the course of the five day event. During the five days, the prestigious Canadian championship will take place involving the highest calibre of dancers from across the country. Dancers ages four to young adult, will compete in other competitions including, primary, beginner, novice, intermediate, and premier levels.

    Highland Dance is the traditional form of dancing from Scotland, dating back to the 11th century. It is an athletic style of dancing that combines strength and grace. It delights audience members as the swaying of kilts in vibrant tartans add to its allure.

    The London 2015 committee is excited to get the community involved! We encourage community members to attend and enjoy the competitions. We are also looking for business sponsors to support this event. There are various levels of sponsorship and we encourage interested parties to contact Allison Silcox at allisonmsilcox@gmail.com or Sherry Sim at sherry@simdancers.com.

    Please visit our ScotDance Canada website www.scotdance.ac for up to date information.

    Discover Celtic Heritage at the London Convention Centre.

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  • Lightning add London native to roster

    Lightning add London native to roster

    October 17, 2014 (LONDON, Ontario) – The London Lightning are proud to welcome London native, Enrico Di Loreto, to the franchise.

    Di Loreto comes to the Lightning from the University of Windsor, where he became the all-time leading scorer in Windsor Men’s Basketball history and tied for all-time regular season wins in school history. In his final year at Windsor, he was also named the OUA West First Team All-Star. He averaged 18 points and four rebounds per game.

    “"Enrico has meant so much to our program over the last five years. We are very proud he will have the opportunity to contribute to a great organization like the London Lightning. I know he will bring the talent and passion that saw him graduate as our all-time leading scorer, and he will contribute on and off the court to continue the success of such a successful organization,” said University of Windsor Men’s Basketball Coach Chris Oliver.

    “Enrico is a character guy whose core values are honesty, loyalty, hard work and total commitment to the team,” said Tony Marcotullio, Head Coach of the Fanshawe College Men’s Basketball team. “He is a skilled shooter with great work ethic and his accomplishment of playing for the Lightning team shows the London youth basketball community that hard work pays off.”

    Before heading to the University of Windsor, where he graduated with a major in psychology and a minor in sociology, Di Loreto played locally for the H.B. Beal Secondary School Raiders.

    “I feel so blessed to have the opportunity to play in my home town, in front of my family and friends. I look forward to being a member of the Lightning organization and to improve every day.” said Di Loreto.

    “Enrico will be a great addition to our London Lightning family. He plays with great passion and focus and we are looking forward to having him, not only as a great player on the court, but off the court as well,” added Lightning Head Coach, Carlos Knox.

    Di Loreto will make his Lightning debut on Sunday, October 26 in a pre-season game against the Mississauga Power.

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  • Olympian Damian Warner to Invite London to Celebrate, Share its Pan Am Spirit as Torchbearers for TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Torch Relay Special presentation happening Tuesday, October 7

    Olympian Damian Warner to Invite London to Celebrate, Share its Pan Am Spirit as Torchbearers for TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Torch Relay Special presentation happening Tuesday, October 7

     

    LONDON, ON October 3, 2014 – The excitement of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Torch Relay — and the largest international multi-sport Games ever held in Canada — is coming to London!

    Last week, the city was announced as a major celebration community that, together with more than 130 communities in all corners of Ontario, will take part in the 41-day cross-Canada relay. For the full list of communities, visit TORONTO2015.org/torch-relay.

    On Tuesday, October 7, media are invited to meet Olympian Damian Warner and PACHI the porcupine, the official mascot of the TORONTO 2015 Games, as they show how London residents can get involved as torchbearers when the flame comes to the city next spring.

    For more information on the relay and to apply today to be a torchbearer, visit TORONTO2015.org/torch-relay.
     

    What:                   TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Torch Relay presentation in London

    When:                  Tuesday, October 7, 2014, from 10:45 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. 

    Where:                Lord Roberts French Immersion Public School
                                440 Princess Avenue, London, ON

     

    Who:                     Damian Warner, Olympian, decathlon

                                  PACHI the porcupine, the official mascot of the TORONTO

                                  2015 Games                 

     

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    For further information, please contact:

    Carlene Siopis

    Manager, marketing and communications, TO2015
    647.206.0259
    carlene.siopis@toronto2015.org

  • London Hockey Fans Score First Stop of the Rogers Hometown Hockey Tour, October 11 & 12

    London Hockey Fans Score First Stop of the Rogers Hometown Hockey Tour, October 11 & 12

    - Local hockey teams have chance to win ultimate hockey experience with Rogers Cheer Like Never Before contest -

    TORONTO (September 23, 2014) Lindros, Sittler…and MacLean! This Thanksgiving weekend, Forest City fans will experience the ultimate hockey festival as the Rogers Hometown Hockey Tour presented by Scotiabank and Dodge makes its first stop of the season in the hockey-rich community of London, ON, with local heroes Eric Lindros and Darryl Sittler making appearances alongside host Ron MacLean.

    The two-day hockey celebration gets underway Saturday, Oct. 11 at Noon ET from Budweiser Gardens and Covent Market Plaza, and concludes Sunday night following an outdoor viewing party of the first Rogers Hometown Hockey broadcast. The game features the Toronto Maple Leafs vs. New York Rangers, with the pre-game show hosted live onsite by MacLean from the Sportsnet Mobile Studio at 6:30 p.m. ET on City.

    The free hockey-themed weekend will feature several interactive games, activities and live entertainment for the whole family, including:

    • KidsZone with an inflatable mini-stick rink, face painting and bubble hockey
    • Outdoor Viewing Parties on both Saturday (Hockey Night in Canada) and Sunday (Rogers Hometown Hockey)
    • Ticket giveaways from the London Knights and Toronto Maple Leafs
    • Scotiabank Community Locker Room with commemorative youth hockey jersey giveaways and interactive games
    • Dodge Stow ‘n’ Go Challenge and a chance to win a Dodge Grand Caravan
    • Be a Broadcaster: call a hockey play alongside Sportsnet Connected anchor Evanka Osmak
    • McDonald’s® Ball Hockey Rink with pick-up games and hockey skills competitions, including free McCafé® brewed coffee and Deluxe hot chocolate
    • Interactive experiences inside the Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE Trailer
    • Xbox One gaming area featuring hockey and blockbuster titles, plus prizes and giveaways
    • Food stations including BeaverTails authentic Canadian treats
    • A Warming Station with Muskoka chairs and a live feed of the evening’s hockey games


    Rogers Hometown Hockey: Event and Broadcast Details

    Location: Budweiser Gardens and Covent Market Plaza (99 Dundas St, London, ON)

    Saturday, Oct. 11 - Festival opens at Noon ET and runs through end of Hockey Night in Canada outdoor viewing party

    • Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Toronto Maple Leafs, 7 p.m. ET (CBC)


    Sunday, Oct. 12 - Festival opens at Noon ET and runs through end of Rogers Hometown Hockey outdoor viewing party

    • Toronto Maple Leafs vs. New York Rangers, 7 p.m. ET (City)

     

    Rogers Cheer Like Never Before Contest

    Leading up to the celebrations in London, local hockey teams have an opportunity to win the ultimate hockey experience as part of the Cheer Like Never Before contest.

    Teams can upload a video of their team cheer, with the Top 5 vote-getters invited to take part in the festivities when the Rogers Hometown Hockey Tour visits London on October 11 & 12. The winning team in each town will then be in the running to win the trip of a lifetime, including: a trip to an NHL game, VIP Game Day Experience, and perform their team cheer in an NHL dressing room. For full contest details visit www.hometownhockey.com

    The Rogers Hometown Hockey Tour will roll into 25 different communities across Canada this season with a weekend of free outdoor hockey festivities for all ages, culminating in an outdoor viewing party of an NHL game broadcast every Sunday, with Ron MacLean hosting live onsite from the Sportsnet Mobile Studio. Following London, the tour will visit Selkirk, MB on October 18 and 19 for the second of 25 stops. For tour information visit www.hometownhockey.com

     

    Social Media Links

    Official website, Rogers Hometown Hockey www.hometownhockey.com

    Facebook www.Facebook.com/RogersHometownHockey

    Twitter @HometownHockey_ #HometownHockey

    Instagram @HometownHockey

     

    About Rogers Communications

    Rogers Communications is a leading diversified public Canadian communications and media company. We are Canada's largest provider of wireless communications services and one of Canada's leading providers of cable television, high-speed Internet and telephony services to consumers and businesses. Through Rogers Media, we are engaged in radio and television broadcasting, televised shopping, magazines and trade publications, sports entertainment, and digital media. We are publicly traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: RCI.A and RCI.B) and on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: RCI).  For further information about the Rogers group of companies, please visit rogers.com.

     

    Media Contacts

    Jennifer Neziol, jennifer.neziol@rci.rogers.com, (w) 416.764.6361, (m) 416.275.9182

    Sebastian Gatica, sebastian.gatica@rci.rogers.com,(w) 416.764.6368, (m) 416.710.9953

    Jennifer Cram, jennifer.cram@rci.rogers.com, (w) 416.764.6364, (m) 416.804.1683

    Meghann Cox, meghann.cox@rci.rogers.com, (w) 416.764.6362, (m) 416.258.3296

     

  • ROWBUST WINS WORLDS IN ITALY

    ROWBUST WINS WORLDS IN ITALY

    London, Ontario, Canada — Rowbust Breast Cancer Survivor Dragon Boat Team are world champions. The team captured gold in the Breast Cancer Survivor Division at the Club Crew World Championships in Ravenna, Italy from Sept 3 - 7, 2014.

    Rowbust competed in 3 race distances, 2 km, 200 m and 500 m and placed 1st in all distances while competing against teams from Australia, Italy, United States and Canada. This was the 1st time that the Breast Cancer Survivor Division was recognized as a division on the World Stage.

    Before heading to Italy, Rowbust travelled to London, England to paddle with a newly formed Cancer Survivor Team to “pay it forward” and provide some mentorship.

    Rowbust which was formed 15 years ago is made up of all breast cancer survivors from London and surrounding area. The team trains on Fanshawe Lake during the summer months and is sponsored by The Athletic Club for the winter months. Rowbust is fortunate to be coached by Cheryl McLachlan and Sarah Shellard.

    Come and meet Rowbust at Fanshawe Lake on Thursday, Sept 25th at 6 pm.
    Fanshawe Conservation Area
    1424 Clarke Road
    Fanshawe Yacht Club

    Contact person: Linda Kuska Team name: Rowbust Breast Cancer Survivor Dragon Boat Team Telephone number: 519-768-1866 or 519-852-1866 Email address: rowbust.board@gmail.com Website address: www.rowbustdragonboat.com


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  • The NASH Cup Squash Tournament - September 22nd to 28th

    The NASH Cup Squash Tournament - September 22nd to 28th

     

    The NASH Cup Squash Tournament has become the largest squash event in South Western Ontario. The tournament will run at the London Squash and Fitness Club from September 22nd to 28th. Over 45 professional players, representing 15 different countries, will begin arriving in London this Thursday to compete for $20,000 in prize money.

    The NASH Cup Professional Draw, launched in 2008, continues to expand in size and scope. The support from the London squash community has been tremendous.

    Last year we introduced London’s first Women’s Professional Squash Association (WSA) draw with a $5,000 purse. At the time it was one of only 5 stops in Canada (In 2014 there are 8, and more are confirmed for 2015).

    On the men’s side there are 10 events across the country this year offing over $200K in prize money. Our $15,000 purse (up 50% from 2012) is the 5th largest professional squash purse in Canada.

    In 2013 we launched a live scoring application that reached over 2,100 unique IP addresses in 47 different countries. In 2014 we will be launching live streaming of matches to further expand our audience.

    Players are coming from all over the world. Countries being represented include Argentina; Belgium; Brazil; British Virgin Islands; Canada; Chile; England; Egypt; Germany; Guyana; Mexico; Norway; Pakistan; The United States; Trinidad and Wales. The field will also include 11 Local entries and 5 professionals with local ties (a record level).

    Among the professionals there are some great background stories, and an exceptional mix of rising stars and veterans:

    • George Parker (England; ranked 186) – at 19 years of age he is one of the youngest tournament entries. In August he finished 3 in the world Junior Championships and has just started his climb up the professional ranks.
    • Oliver Pett (England; ranked 199) – Oliver lost in the finals of the 2012 NASH Cup ranked 82nd in the world. After a year off he is climbing the ranks again and should not be underestimated.
    • Joe Lee (England; ranked 31) – As the 2013 NASH Cup champion Joe is returning to be the first player to successfully defend his title. He enters as the top seed and is favoured, but it will be anything but a smooth ride.
    • Nikki Todd and Hollie Naughton (Canada; ranked 71 and 75) – These rising Canadian stars, currently the country’s second and third ranked female players, have been playing a lot this year. The top 7 entries in the WSA draw are ranked within 15 places of each other…one of these two could easily become the first WSA NASH Cup champion.
    • Albert Shoihet; Adrian Ostbye; Kale Wilson; James Van Staveren; and Strachan Jarvis – The Western squash team has won the OAU championships 31 years in a row…these guys will show the crowd why. Four of them are now professionals and quickly rising in the ranks.

     

    Professional matches begin on Monday September 22nd. Tournament format is single elimination with the WSA final Friday September 26th at 7:30pm and the PSA final Saturday September 27th at 7:30pm

    Amateur Draw - Starting September 26th South Western Ontario’s largest amateur draw will kick off. Entries are still coming in, but it looks like we will once again have a strong draw. Participants are confirmed from Michigan and all over Ontario. Matches are played at London Squash & Fitness and GoodLife Fitness in Citi Plaza. Players will compete in 9 categories from beginner to open levels.

     

    • Media coverage is greatly appreciated. All efforts will be made to provide the best possible access for viewing, photography, and interviews.
      • There is an opportunity to broadcast from the tournament during daytime hours - WSA Semi-Final is scheduled from 1-3pm on Thurs. Sept. 25th.
      • Primary contact Jay Nash (Tournament Host) jay.nash@nbc.ca

     

    This event raises money in support of Developmental Squash

    (Men’s and Women’s University Squash teams; Junior Squash and the University Squash League)

    For additional information please see www.nashcup.com; www.facebook.com/nashcup; and www.twitter.com/nashcup

     

  • A Celebration of “The Game” with Rogers Hometown Hockey and Ron MacLean

    A Celebration of “The Game” with Rogers Hometown Hockey and Ron MacLean


    25 communities from across Canada set to receive hockey-themed festivities and outdoor viewing parties, beginning with London, ON, October 11 & 12

    Live Sunday broadcasts from Sportsnet Mobile Studio to feature local NHL player profiles and grassroots stories each week, hosted by MacLean –

    Sunday night broadcasts culminate with NHL national game each week on City

    TORONTO (September 9, 2014) This hockey season, Canadians across the country will get to experience the game they love with the ones they love, along with one of Canada’s favourites – Ron MacLean – as Rogers today unveiled the 25 communities that will be part of the inaugural Rogers Hometown Hockey Tour presented by Scotiabank and Dodge.

    Each week during the 2014/15 NHL season, the Rogers Hometown Hockey Tour will roll into a different community across the country with a weekend of free outdoor hockey festivities for all ages, culminating in an outdoor viewing party of an NHL game broadcast every Sunday, with MacLean hosting live onsite from the Sportsnet Mobile Studio (see full list of locations below).

    “The passion for hockey in this country is unrivaled. Every Canadian has a connection to the game – it is part of our DNA, it is part of our communities,” said MacLean. “We’re excited to share in this season-long celebration of Canada’s favourite pastime, help grow the game and bring to life those great hockey stories every Sunday.”

    Each Weekend of the Tour:
    Kicking off in London, ON on October 11 and 12, the Rogers Hometown Hockey Tour will bring together a community with deep hockey roots and deliver a jam-packed weekend of interactive games, activities and entertainment for the whole family, celebrating all things hockey in the heart of each town, including:

    •  Meet and greets with NHL Alumni, local hockey heroes, and celebrities
    •  Family outdoor viewing parties on both Saturday (Hockey Night in Canada) and Sunday (Rogers Hometown Hockey)
    • KidsZone filled with hockey-themed games and activities for all ages
    • Interactive experiences inside the Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE Tech Truck
    • Skills and drills competitions
    • Winter Market showcasing local culinary culture and hometown food trucks
    • Local bands and entertainment from main stage throughout weekend
    • Ticket and merchandise giveaways
    • Other onsite Rogers Hometown Hockey Tour partner activations from:
      • Scotiabank
      • Dodge
      • Samsung
      • XBOX
      • McDonald’s
         

    Rogers Hometown Hockey – Sunday Night Broadcast
    Each Sunday - the newest national night for hockey - City will air a half-hour pre-game show hosted by Ron MacLean live from the Sportsnet Mobile Studio, leading into an NHL game broadcast. MacLean, along with other Sportsnet personalities, will also make appearances during the intermission and post-game show

    The broadcast will include interviews with celebrities, NHL alumni, and special guests with connections to the community, including features on local NHL players and grassroots stories

    The first Rogers Hometown Hockey broadcast will feature the Toronto Maple Leafs vs. N.Y. Rangers on Sunday, Oct. 12 at 6:30 p.m. ET/ 3:30 p.m. PT on City.

    This season, the NHL on Sportsnet will deliver more than 500 national and regional regular season NHL games across nine networks, including CBC, City, Sportsnet (East, Ontario, West, and Pacific), Sportsnet ONE, Sportsnet 360 and FX Canada. Sportsnet has exclusive Canadian broadcast coverage of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, Stanley Cup Final, NHL All-Star Game, NHL Draft Lottery, NHL Draft, and the NHL Awards. Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE will deliver more than 1,000 regular season games on tablet and smartphones for the upcoming season. Sportsnet is also the official regional television broadcast rights holder for the Vancouver Canucks, Edmonton Oilers, Montreal Canadiens, Toronto Maple Leafs (including radio rights on Sportsnet 590 The FAN) and Calgary Flames (including radio rights on Sportsnet 960 The FAN).

    Social Media Links
    Official website, Rogers Hometown Hockey www.hometownhockey.com
    Facebook www.Facebook.com/RogersHometownHockey
    Twitter @HometownHockey_ #HometownHockey
    Instagram @HometownHockey

    About Rogers Communications
    Rogers Communications is a diversified Canadian communications and media company. We are Canada's largest provider of wireless voice and data communications services and one of Canada's leading providers of cable television, high speed internet and telephony services. Through Rogers Media we are engaged in radio and television broadcasting, televised shopping, magazines and trade publications, sports entertainment, and digital media. We are publicly traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: RCI.A and RCI.B) and on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: RCI). For further information about the Rogers group of companies, please visit rogers.com.

    Media Contacts
    Jennifer Neziol, jennifer.neziol@rci.rogers.com,
    (w) 416.764.6361, (m) 416.275.9182
    Sebastian Gatica, sebastian.gatica@rci.rogers.com,
    (w) 416.764.6368, (m) 416.710.9953
    Jennifer Cram, jennifer.cram@rci.rogers.com,
    (w) 416.764.6364, (m) 416.804.1683
    Meghann Cox, meghann.cox@rci.rogers.com,
    (w) 416.764.6362, (m) 416.258.3296

     

  • Caddy for LPGA professionals at the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open!

    Caddy for LPGA professionals at the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open!

    Do you have a child between the ages of 9-12 who loves golf and would like to caddy for the LPGA Pros?

    Several lucky young Canadians will get the chance to caddy for LPGA professionals at the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open thanks to Golf Canada. At this event, local youth will get the exciting chance to meet a professional golfer, carry the pro’s putter or bag and if they’re lucky, even take the pro’s first putt.

    The event will take place on Wednesday, August 20th at the London Hunt and Country Club during the Pro-Am of the CP Women’s Open, at the 17th hole. Participating kids will head straight to the 17th hole the day of the event, where they will check in and find out what professional golfer they will be walking with for the hole. Each participant will then get to walk with their designated professional and be their honorary caddy for the hole.

    This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for kids to meet and interact with the world’s top professional golfers during an LPGA Tour event. Although they only get to walk with the pro for one hole, the memories that this event will create will certainly last a lifetime.

    Contact Cheryl Finn, Director of Sport Tourism by Monday August 11, 2014 at cfinn@london.ca for more information on how to register!

  • Leafs Prospects Return To London For Rookie Tournament

    Leafs Prospects Return To London For Rookie Tournament

    The Toronto Maple Leafs announced Monday the schedule for the 2014 Rookie Tournament in London, Ontario. This year, Maple Leafs’ prospects will once again compete in three games at Budweiser Gardens from September 13-16 versus rookie teams from the Ottawa Senators, Pittsburgh Penguins and Chicago Blackhawks.

    “London is an excellent hockey town and we’re very excited to return for the annual Rookie Tournament,” said Leafs Senior Vice-President and General Manager David Nonis. “It’s a fantastic event for the fans and provides a platform for us to evaluate the players in our system against some of their peers from other NHL clubs.”

    Tickets for the 2014 Rookie Tournament officially go on sale Saturday, June 21 at 10 a.m. when two tournament packages will be available for purchase: All-Event Package (6 games) - Adults - $85.50, Students-Seniors-Kids - $70.50 / Leafs Nation Package (3 Leafs games) - Adults - $50.25, Students-Seniors-Kids - $37.75. Packages can be purchased at the Budweiser Gardens Box Office, by phone at (866) 455-2849 or online at www.budweisergardens.com.

    Individual game tickets will go on sale at a later date. Toronto, Ottawa, Pittsburgh and Chicago’s 2014 Rookie Tournament rosters will also be announced at a later date.

    Sat. Sept. 13 at 2:00 PM Game #1 – Pittsburgh vs. Ottawa

    Sat. Sept.13 at 7:00 PM  Game #2 – Chicago vs. Toronto               

    Sun. Sept. 14 at 2:00 PM Game #3 – Pittsburgh vs. Chicago         

    Sun. Sept. 14 at 7:00 PM Game #4 – Toronto vs. Ottawa                              

    Mon. Sept. 15 at 7:00 PM Game #5 – Ottawa vs. Chicago                             

    Tue. Sept. 16 at 2:00 PM Game #6 – Toronto vs. Pittsburgh        

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  • UFC Experience Tour is stopping in London, Ontario

    UFC Experience Tour is stopping in London, Ontario

    The Ultimate Fighting Championship is bringing the UFC Experience to four communities across the country this summer in conjunction with its UFC Community Works program. Along with live events the UFC Experience Tour will visit Regina, Kelowna, London and Lethbridge to showcase the fastest growing sports organization in the world.

    The tour will include a one-day UFC Community Works event that will give back to the community and support a local organization. The second day will educate, energize and engage fans on the sport of mixed martial arts and the UFC. It features a fun and interactive fan zone offering fans a chance to pose with a UFC championship belt.

    Spectators can also test their skills at the fitness challenge and enjoy autograph sessions with UFC fighters. It will also include an exclusive viewing party that evening of a global pay-per-view event.
    UFC Experience Tour Dates:

    May 24, 2014 - Regina, SK - UFC 173
    July 5, 2014 - Kelowna, BC - UFC 175
    August 30, 2014 - London, ON - UFC 177
    September 27, 2014 - Lethbridge, AB - UFC 178

    For more information go to: www.UFC.com/tour

    Owned and operated by Zuffa, LLC, the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is the premier mixed martial arts (MMA) organization and largest pay-per-view event provider in the world. Headquartered in Las Vegas with offices in London, Toronto, Beijing, Singapore and Sao Paulo, UFC produces more than 40 live events annually that consistently sell-out some of the most prestigious arenas around the globe.

    UFC programming is broadcast in over 145 countries to 800+ million TV households worldwide in 28 different languages. In Canada, the UFC has broadcast agreements with Sportsnet 360 and TVA Sports, which includes live events broadcasts, The Ultimate Fighter reality television show and thousands of hours of programming.

    In 2014, UFC launched UFC FIGHT PASS, a digital subscription service with exclusive live events, thousands of fights on-demand and original content. The UFC organization also licenses over 100 UFC GYM locations, and owns UFC.TV (offering live event broadcasts and video on-demand around the world), UFC FIT (an in- home fitness and nutrition program), UFC Magazine, and has a videogame franchise with EA SPORTS, UFC Fight Club, UFC Fan Expo, Octagon branded apparel, best-selling DVDs and Blu-rays and Topps Trading Cards.

    Website:www.ufc.ca 
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/UFCCanada 
    Twitter: @UFC_CA

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  • Organizers Appeal For Volunteers Ahead Of Major Summer Golf Tournament In London

    Organizers Appeal For Volunteers Ahead Of Major Summer Golf Tournament In London

    London, Ontario, Canada / (CFPL AM) AM 980

    Jacquelyn LeBel

    April 28, 2014 02:20 pm

     

    Organizers are hoping to fill hundreds of volunteer positions ahead of a major golf tournament in London this summer.

    The London Hunt and Country Club is hosting the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open Golf Championship in August.

    They were hoping to have between 1200-1300 volunteers signed on for the tournament by this Wednesday, but they’re currently sitting at around 750 volunteers.

    “A volunteer does not need to be an experienced golfer,” says tournament co-chair Marcia Roberts.

    “We need people to drive players to and from the airport; we need marshals out on the course to ensure that traffic flow is controlled, assistance with parking and security.”

    Roberts blames the harsh winter for the slow start to the golf season and fewer volunteers registering early. She adds that while there is a charge to volunteer, it’s the best way to get exclusive access to the event.

    “There is a $75 charge to volunteer, which may seem like a shock for some people for volunteering their time, but that comes with a package worth $300 including a full weekly pass for yourself, a second full weekly pass for you to give to a friend, a spouse, a guest… a uniform, a volunteer party, onsite parking.”

    More information and an online volunteer form can be found on the London Hunt and Country Club website.

    Meantime, organizers will announce next week which local charity will be the main beneficiary of the weeklong tournament. Over the past decade, the event has raised roughly $35 million for local charities.

    With files from Natalie Lovie.

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  • Arrival of Memorial Cup in London will be a 2-hour production paying tribute to the military

    Arrival of Memorial Cup in London will be a 2-hour production paying tribute to the military

    By:  Ryan Pyette, The London Free Press

    April 29, 2014

     

    The Memorial Cup trophy is ushered into each host city with some fanfare. But nothing quite like what's in store for London on Thursday, May 15.

    The Cup will arrive with the whirr of a helicopter, the wail of bagpipes and the clip-clop of the Budweiser Clydesdale horses in an elaborate two-hour afternoon ceremony scheduled to run from Wolseley Barracks to the tournament's Fanfest site near the Gardens downtown.

    The Cup's organizing committee released in-depth details of the planned motorcade route and ceremonies on Tuesday.

    “I think it's important when you bring something of this nature to the city, there's no better way to kick it off than showcasing the arrival of the thing they're playing for,” London Knights marketing director Geoffrey Hare said. “When people start seeing those military helicopters flying at 600 feet, they'll know the Cup is here.

    “It's a vision we've had. Everyone's done unique arrivals to their market, which is great. I always felt we can take it to another level and tie in everything.”

    The Cup shows up by air courtesy of a CH-146 Griffon, a multi-use Canadian military helicopter, at 1 p.m. at the barracks with a local military guard securing the landing area.

    After a brief welcoming ceremony, the prize emblematic of Canadian Hockey League supremacy will be escorted by a rolling motorcade headed by four G Wagons and two London police department light-armoured vehicles to the military tank on Central St.

    It will be piped through Victoria Park by Rick Wood to the cenotaph for a small memorial service with help from Lambeth and Oxbow public schools.

    From there, it will be loaded up and pulled by the famous Clydesdales, making a rare Canadian appearance, behind the London-based armoured reconnaissance regiment 1st Hussars to the Fanfest site for its official welcome.

    All three stops on the route are open to the public but there will be limited space at the barracks due to safety restrictions. The Knights encourage those interested in watching the Cup's arrival to gather at Fanfest by Bud Gardens, which will feature a series of speakers and a formal welcoming.

    “It's a big deal and we wanted to make sure it's one of the strongest and one of the most memorable arrivals of the Cup in tournament history,” Hare said. “We're bringing it to a military institution that dates back to the early 1900s, honouring the city's British roots at Victoria Park and the cenotaph, which pays tribute to the people who have fallen for our country over the years.

    “We feel it's memorable and honourable to do that.”

    It's a splashy start – and it's up to the host Knights to make sure the Cup stays put at tournament's end.

    The ceremony, which is free, will lead to the Cup's opening gala that starts at 5:30 p.m. at the London Convention Centre. Toronto Maple Leafs president Brendan Shanahan, an ex-Knight, will be the keynote speaker.

    Tickets are $100 and plenty are still available at www.mastercardmemorialcup.ca

    ryan.pyette@sunmedia.ca

    Twitter.com/RyanatLFPress

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     ARRIVAL OF THE MEMORIAL CUP

     

    Schedule

    Thursday, May 15

    1 p.m.: Memorial Cup lands at Wolseley Barracks (WB) via a military helicopter - CH -146 Griffon

    1:40 p.m. Cup heads to streets of London by rolling motorcade through following route (north on Elizabeth St., west on Oxford St., south on Richmond St., east on Central St., to military tank site

    2:05 p.m. Cup is piped through Victoria Park (Rick Wood) to the cenotaph for memorial service.

    2:35 p.m. Cup transported by Budweiser Clydesdales behind the 1st Hussars to Fanfest (at Budweiser Gardens)

    3 p.m. Cup welcome to London with a series of speakers.

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  • 2014 Global Sports Nations Index Ranks Canada as Number Two

    2014 Global Sports Nations Index Ranks Canada as Number Two

    Ottawa - The Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance (CSTA), an organization with 400 members including 142 municipalities, over 200 national and provincial sport organizations as well as product and service suppliers to the industry celebrates the recent Global Sports Nations Index which ranks Canada as the number two sporting nation in the world.

    This Global Sports Nations Index 2014 is produced by Sportcal, a global sports market intelligence agency, and is based on in-depth analysis of over 450 major multi-sport games and world championships over a rolling 12-year period, covering six years in the past and six years in the future (2009 to 2020).

    Rick Traer, CEO of the Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance commented: "With one of the CSTA’s key objectives being to market Canada internationally as a preferred sport tourism destination, this Index ranking of #2 in the world proves that the work of the Canadian sport tourism partners is indeed paying off.  They understand the impact of positioning Canada as a world leader in hosting sporting events, and we look forward to working together to place Canada at the top of the list in the near future."

    As well as the Olympic Winter Games held in 2010, Canada will have hosted 42 world championships and multi-sport games between 2009 and 2020. Next year, 2015, will be a big year for Canada and international sport events, with the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto and the FIFA Women’s World Cup which will be hosted throughout Canada, as well as four other world championships.
    After hosting the winter Olympic and Paralympic Games in Sochi, Russia has established itself as the world’s number one sporting nation in 2014. China, top in 2012 and 2013, has dropped to fourth, below Canada and the UK. The UK remains in third place, with the US rounding off the top 5 in fifth position.

    The CSTA leverages its expertise and leadership as a catalyst to grow the $3.6 billion a year sport tourism industry in Canada, promoting the development of partnerships between events rights holders and host cities.  Other activities of the CSTA include sharing best practices, measuring the economic impact of sport events and enhancing the profile of sport tourism.

    The CSTA has just wrapped up its annual Sport Events Congress, held this year in Edmonton, with over 360 delegates in attendance. Canada’s largest annual gathering of sport, tourism professionals and event management firms, the Sport Events Congress hosts the popular Sport Events Exchange, a business-to-business events marketplace where events rights holders have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with municipal representatives interested in hosting events in their communities.

    Next year, CSTA's Sport Events Congress is slated to be hosted in the 2015 Pan/Para Pan American Games host city of Toronto on March 31 - April 2, 2015 at the Sheraton Centre Hotel.

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    For more information:
    Rick Traer, CEO
    Tel: 613-295-6388
    rtraer@canadiansporttourism.com

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  • Jr. Knights Win Big!!!

    Jr. Knights Win Big!!!

    It's a game that the players will talk about for their entire lives.

    The 2001 Pee Wee Jr. Knights defeated the number one ranked Mississauga Rebels 3-2 in double overtime to win Gold at the Ontario Winter Games in Huntsville and Muskoka.

    The Jr. Knights had knocked off the Ottawa Jr. 67s to reach the final.

    Article by Mike Stubbs- NEWSTALK 1290 CJBK

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  • Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance Announces 2014 CSTA PRESTIGE Awards Finalists

    Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance Announces 2014 CSTA PRESTIGE Awards Finalists

    OTTAWA- February 27, 2014 

    The Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance (CSTA) is pleased to announce the finalists of the 2014 PRESTIGE Awards (Program Recognizing Exceptional Sport Tourism Initiatives, Games & Events), which celebrate the people, places and events that make the Canadian sport tourism industry so dynamic and important to the economic fabric of our communities. 

    These awards are presented annually in six categories to individuals, companies, events and organizations that have made outstanding contributions to the success of the sport tourism industry across Canada in 2013.  This year’s program generated 41 nominations.

    The 8th Annual CSTA PRESTIGE Awards Luncheon presented by Saskatoon Sports Tourism will take place on Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton, AB.  Olympic Gold Medalist and CBC Hockey Night in Canada Sportscaster, Cassie Campbell-Pascall will be the Master of Ceremonies.  The Luncheon will be held in conjunction with Sport Events Congress 2014 taking place April 1-3 at the same venue.

    CSTA Canadian Sport Event of the Year Award presented by Tourism Montreal

    Group A: with an event budget greater than $250,000
    • 101st Grey Cup Festival (Regina, SK)
    • Canada Summer Games (Sherbrooke, QC)
    • Shaw Charity Classic (Calgary, AB)

    Group B: with an event budget less than $250,000
    • 2013 Canadian Judo National Championships (Richmond, BC)
    • 2013 Mastercraft Calgary Pro Shootout (Calgary, AB)
    • 2013 World Ball Hockey Championships (St. John’s, NL)

    CSTA International Sport Event of the Year presented by RTO4 (Kitchener-Waterloo-Cambridge-Guelph)
    • 2013 ICF Junior and Under 23 Canoe Sprint World Championships (Welland, ON)
    • IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship (Ottawa, ON)
    • ISU World Figure Skating Championships 2013 (London, ON)

    CSTA Sport Tourism Organization of the Year Award presented by WestJet
    • Calgary Sport Tourism Authority (Calgary, AB)
    • Richmond Sport Hosting (Richmond, BC)
    • Welland Recreational Canal Corporation (Welland, ON)

    CSTA Sport Event Volunteer of the Year Award presented by Sheraton Centre Toronto
    • Alice Humeny – Chair, ISU Essent World Cup (Calgary, AB)
    • Michael Jackstein – Vice President, 2013 Special Olympics Summer Games (Langley, BC)
    • Todd Sargeant - Co-Chair, London Blizzard Sledge Hockey Tournament (London, ON)

    CSTA Sport Event Sponsor of the Year Award presented by ADUP Display
    • 3M Canada – ISU World Figure Skating Championships 2013 (London, ON)
    • Cameco Corporation - MasterCard Memorial Cup (Saskatoon, SK)
    • Shaw Communications – Shaw Charity Classic (Calgary, AB)

    CSTA Sport Tourism Champion of the Year Award presented by Tourism Toronto
    • Eddie Francis (Mayor, Windsor, ON)
    • Greg Krischke (Mayor, Leduc, AB)
    • John Winston (General Manager, London Tourism, London, ON)

    Tickets to the PRESTIGE Awards luncheon are included with delegates’ fees for those who are registered delegates at Sport Events Congress.  Tickets are also available for purchase on a stand-alone basis, subject to availability.  Cost is $75 + tax per person and includes attendance to the awards show and lunch.  Reserved seating is available for groups of 5 people or more.  For more information about Sport Events Congress, the PRESTIGE luncheon or to purchase of tickets or register for the Congress, visit CSTA’s website at:  www.canadiansporttourism.com

    About CSTA

    The Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance is a member driven, tourism industry led organization that promotes sport tourism as a key economic development initiative at the community level.  The CSTA services over 300 members across Canada, including 140 municipalities, 150 national/provincial sport, multi-sport and major games organizations and variety of other national and provincial sport and tourism industry partners.

    For more information, contact:
    Andrea Guzzo
    PRESTIGE Awards
    Tel: (613) 523-7617
    awards@canadiansporttourism.com

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  • Synchronicity Intermediate Synchronized Skating Team from London Skating Club become the National Champions of Canada for second consecutive year!

    Synchronicity Intermediate Synchronized Skating Team from London Skating Club become the National Champions of Canada for second consecutive year!

    February 24, 2014

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The London Skating Club is proud to announce that on Friday, February 21, 2014, at the Canadian Synchronized Skating Championships that were held in Burnaby, BC, London’s very own, Synchronicity Intermediate Synchronized Skating Team from the London Skating Club skated to a great come back finish winning the Gold Medal at the Canadian Championships and becoming the National Champions of Canada for two consecutive years!

    The team is coached by Traci Wells who now can add the 2014 National title to her long list of championship titles and medals throughout her years as a member of the London Skating Club’s synchronized coaching team staff.

    The London Skating Club is also proud to announce that the Novice team, coached by Shannon Moxey of London, also achieved its Personal Best score for the season at these National Championships

    Both teams qualified earlier this month at the Regional Championships (Provincials) that were held in Waterloo, Ontario for these national championships!

    On Sunday, February 23rd, Shelby Komarnicky of the London Skating Club took Bronze in the StarSkate Silver Triathlon Division, earning her a spot to compete at the StarSkate Provincial Championships, which are being held in Wellington, Ontario, March 15-16, 2014.

    The London Skating Club is a proud member of Skate Canada and is one of the largest and oldest clubs in Canada. The London Skating Club has been a proud part of the London & Surrounding community for 107 years!

    The London Skating Club operates out of various rinks throughout The City of London, and offers programs in Learn to Skate (CanSkate), Figure Skating (StarSkate), Power Skating (CanPowerSkate) and Adult and Synchronized Skating Programs.

    Auditions for synchronized skating teams of all levels will be held in April, along with Spring School (April-June) for all levels from Learn to Skate, Learn to Figure Skate, advanced skating, and adult skating.

    For more information on the London Skating club, it’s synchronized skating program or other skating programs, please contact Administrative & Promotions Coordinator, Kelly Farmer or our Synchronized Skating Team Convenor, Anne McDougall at 519-681-2640, e-mail: londonsc@execulink.com or visit us at www.londonskatingclub.com. 

    Like us on Facebook! www.facebook.com/LondonSkatingClub

    Follow us on Twitter@LondonSkating

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  • Fanshawe Women’s Curling Wins 2014 Provincial Championship

    Fanshawe Women’s Curling Wins 2014 Provincial Championship

    February 18, 2014

    Fanshawe Women’s Curling Wins 2014 Provincial Championship
    Falcons Men’s Team Comes Home with Provincial Bronze

    (London, Ontario) – The Fanshawe Women’s Curling team was crowned 2014 OCAA Provincial Champions last Saturday night in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. The Women defeated the Mohawk Mountaineers in the Gold Medal final 7-4. The Women are the two-time defending CCAA National Champions, but this is their first OCAA Provincial Championship since 1988, and only the third in Fanshawe’s history.

    The Falcons Women’s Curling team had an outstanding tournament, finishing in first place in the round robin with a record of 6-1. This gave the Women a bye to the Gold Medal final. In the final, Fanshawe took an early 3-0 lead after taking 3 points in the second end. The Falcons stole another in the third end and never looked back, winning by a final score of 7-4. The Women’s team was made up of skip Shannon Kee, vice Christina Borgs, second Kaitlyn Knipe and lead Meghan White.

    The Falcons Men’s team also represented Fanshawe well at the OCAA Provincial Championships. The Men finished the round robin with a record of 5-2, earning them a spot in the semi-finals. The Falcons scored first but the Men couldn’t hold on and lost to the Humber Hawks 7-4. Fanshawe would settle for the bronze medal.

    Both teams will return to Sault Ste. Marie for the 2014 CCAA National Championships from March 19th-22nd. The Women’s team are two-time defending National Champions while the Men captured the bronze last season and won the title in 2012.

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    For further information, please contact:

    Rob Thorpe

    Sports Information Officer - Fanshawe College Athletics 1001 Fanshawe College Blvd. London, ON N5Y 5R6

    Cell: 519-777-7849 | Office: 519-452-4430 x3923 | rthorpe@fanshawec.ca

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  • Fanshawe Athletics Announces Addition of OCAA Baseball and Fastball

    Fanshawe Athletics Announces Addition of OCAA Baseball and Fastball

    February 10, 2014

    Nationally Recognized Program Expands to 19 Teams (London, Ontario) – Nathan McFadden, Manager of Athletics at Fanshawe College, announced today the addition of OCAA Men’s Baseball and Women’s Fastball to the Falcons Varsity Program for the 2014 season. With the addition of these two sports, the Falcons Athletics Program will grow to 14 sports for the 2014-15 season including 19 teams and 250 student-athletes.

    “We are very excited to add these two sports to our premiere intercollegiate program. Baseball and fastball provides the opportunity for another 44 student athletes to compete for championships at the OCAA level for Fanshawe and be a part of the Falcons experience,” stated McFadden. “The London community has a strong reputation for developing players in both baseball and fastball and we look forward to providing players with the opportunity to pursue their academic and athletic goals at Fanshawe College.”

    The OCAA Men’s Baseball league is currently made up of five teams (St. Clair, Humber, Durham, George Brown and Seneca) while the OCAA Women’s Fastball league is comprised of six collegiate programs (St. Clair, Humber, Durham, Conestoga, Seneca, and Mohawk).

    The Falcons Men’s Baseball program will play their home games at historic Labatt Park, while the Women’s Fastball program will play home games at Stronach Park.

    The search for Head Coaches for both programs will begin immediately. Interested applicants are directed to view the posting and apply through the Fanshawe College website at www.fanshawec.ca/hr/jobs.

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    For further information, please contact:

    Rob Thorpe

    Sports Information Officer - Fanshawe College Athletics1001 Fanshawe College Blvd. London, ON N5Y 5R6

    Cell: 519-777-7849 | Office: 519-452-4430 x3923 | rthorpe@fanshawec.ca

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  • Forest City Volleyball Club one of only three clubs in Canada to receive inaugural Volleyball Canada Club Accreditation.

    Forest City Volleyball Club one of only three clubs in Canada to receive inaugural Volleyball Canada Club Accreditation.

    January 31, 2014

    For Immediate Release:

    London, ON, January 31, 2014 – The launch of the new Volleyball Canada Club Accreditation program recognizes and rewards the contributions exceptional clubs make to the development of volleyball in Canada. The Forest City Volleyball Club, based in London, Ontario, is one of only three clubs in Canada to receive this recognition for 2014.

    The accreditation is for clubs which demonstrate commitment to excellence in several areas including coach, athlete and volunteer development, accountable governance, gender balance, and club capacity, among other criteria.

    With a more than twenty-year history, Forest City Volleyball Club is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to athletes, coaches and volunteers. Its mission is to foster an interest, appreciation, and love of volleyball at the grassroots level and to provide the development and training necessary to allow elite athletes to reach their full potential.

    For additional information contact:

    Vaughan Peckham, President, Forest City Volleyball Club

    519-643-0015or peckhamv@gmail.com

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  • Clara's Big Ride Comes to London

    Clara's Big Ride Comes to London

    January 28, 2014

    Six-time Olympian Clara Hughes will ride into London on March 19 and is featured as a keynote speaker for “Let’s Talk London” at the Western Fair Carousel Room.

    London, Ontario:  Tickets are now on sale for “Let’s Talk London”, a unique community event that will feature 6-time Olympian Clara Hughes as a keynote speaker, with the goals of inviting Londoners to open the conversation and help remove the stigma associated with mental illness. Clara's Big Ride for Bell Let's Talk will span 12,000 kilometres over the course of 110 days, beginning in Toronto March 14, 2014 and concluding in Ottawa on Canada Day, July 1.

    The London and District Distress Centre is among the 95 Community Champions from local mental health organizations across the country who will host Clara Hughes in their communities. 

    “We want “Let’s Talk London” to be the best stop on Clara’s ride,” says London and District Distress Centre Executive Director Cheryl Legate. “Every fundraising dollar will stay in London to help create a lasting mental health legacy.”

    Clara, along with 3 other speakers from London and surrounding area will bravely share their personal stories of overcoming mental illness with the hope of empowering others to understand what mental health means to them, and how they can seek help for themselves, or support others who may be suffering.  There will be door prizes and information booths available for all in attendance, with a very special welcoming reception.

    "Our Community Champions are an incredible group of Canadians dedicated to helping achieve a stigma-free Canada," said Clara. "I want to thank the London and District Distress Centre for their passion and commitment to growing the mental health conversation. Clara's Big Ride for Bell Let's Talk would not be possible without the support of these local Champions."

    In addition to the evening “Let’s Talk London” event, the London and District Distress Centre has partnered with both the Thames Valley District School Board and the London District Catholic School Board to plan an educational conference for students that will also feature Clara Hughes as the keynote speaker. Close to four hundred students from schools across the district will hear Clara speak about mental health issues at the conference at the Western Fair Thursday March 20th.

    Clara will arrive at the Carousel Room at the Western Fair at 9am and speak to the students for approximately one hour.  She will then ride off on the next leg of her journey to Kitchener, Ontario.

    Both the Thames Valley District School Board and the London District Catholic School Board say they are pleased to be working with the London and District Distress Centre and to be a part of the London visit for Clara’s Big Ride.

    The London and District Distress Centre provides 24 hour support to the residents of London and Middlesex. In 2013 the Centre received 21,671 calls on the help lines. 1,137 of those calls were suicide related. It is estimated that approximately 70% of callers have some form of mental illness.

    Let’s Talk London
    Where:   London’s Western Fair District - Carousel Room
    When:   5pm to 7:30pm
    Cost:  $30 per person

    To purchase tickets for “Let’s Talk London” Celebrating Clara’s Big Ride and to view sponsorship opportunities visit www.londondistresscentre.com or please contact:

    Cheryl Legate                                         Sarah Lagrove
    Executive Director                                  Community Development Coordinator
    London and District Distress Centre         London and District Distress Centre  
    (519) 667- 6709                                  (519) 667-6585   
    cheryl@londondistresscentre.com            sarah@londondistresscentre.com

    Today is Bell Let’s Talk Day

    Bell donates 5 cents for every text sent, mobile call and long distance call made by Bell and Bell Aliant customers, every tweet using #BellLetsTalk, and every Facebook share of the Bell Let's Talk Day image. Bell's donations are made at no extra charge to Bell Let's Talk Day participants, though normal long distance or text charges, if any, apply. Bell has already committed $62,043,289 to fund Canadian mental health programs based on its original $50 million commitment and participation in Bell Let's Talk Day since 2011.

    The London and District Distress Centre is a proud recipient of some of those community program dollars!

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  • London Hunt & Country Club named as host venue for inaugural Canadian Pacific Women's Open, Aug 18-24, 2014

    London Hunt & Country Club named as host venue for inaugural Canadian Pacific Women's Open, Aug 18-24, 2014

    Golf Canada, the LPGA Tour, and Canadian Pacific (CP) today announced a three -year sponsorship agreement to become title sponsor of the Canadian Women’s Open Golf Championship. The tournament will be renamed the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open. The inaugural event will be held at the London Hunt and Country Club in London, Ontario from August 18-24, 2014.

    “On behalf of Golf Canada, the LPGA Tour and Canadian golf fans from coast to coast, I want to thank Canadian Pacific, and especially CEO Hunter Harrison, for aligning their respected brand with our National Women’s Open Golf Championship,” said Golf Canada CEO Scott Simmons. “This is an exciting day as we welcome a storied institution in Canadian Pacific as a proud partner in Canadian golf.”

    “Canadian Pacific is pleased to have the opportunity to become title sponsor of the Canadian Women’s Open," said E. Hunter Harrison, CEO of Canadian Pacific. "Having been involved in this great championship in the past, I am well aware of the significant benefits of associating our brand to this event and to the lasting charitable legacy in the communities where we do business. Together with our dedicated team of railroaders and the support of our great customers, I am confident we will take this event to new heights and continue to preserve its status as the premier event on the LPGA Tour.”

    Through CP’s sponsorship, the prize purse will be increased to $2.25 million USD.

    A charitable component linked to the tournament to benefit the host community will be announced at a future date.

    "On behalf of the LPGA Tour, I would like to congratulate both Canadian Pacific and Golf Canada on today's exciting news regarding the Canadian Women’s Open,” said LPGA Tour Commissioner Mike Whan. “For our players, this championship has become a must-play event and we look forward to working with Canadian Pacific to showcase the LPGA Tour to millions of golf fans in Canada, across North America and throughout the world."

    As the event enters its 42nd season on the LPGA Tour, 2014 will mark the return of the LPGA Tour to the city of London for the first time since 2006.“We are delighted to be selected as the host venue for the inaugural Canadian Pacific Women’s Open,” said Wayne Dunn, President of the London Hunt and Country Club. “Our golf course will once again provide a wonderful challenge to the stars of the LPGA Tour and we look forward to rallying with our members, 1,200 volunteers and the entire London community to deliver a world class showcase.”“I want to thank the membership and executive at London Hunt and Country Club for serving as proud host of the 2014 Canadian Pacific Women’s Open,” said Simmons. “The 2006 event was a tremendous success and I have no doubt that the club, the golf community and the City of London will once again prove fabulous hosts for Canada’s National Women’s Open Golf Championship.”Two time defending champion Lydia Ko of New Zealand – who made history in 2012 and 2013 with her historic victories as the world’s top-ranked amateur golfer – will return to defend her Canadian Pacific Women’s Open title in 2014 as a professional, having recently announced her decision to turn pro.

    ABOUT THE 2014 CANADIAN PACIFIC WOMEN’S OPEN, or call 1-866-571-5742.

    A new era for Canada’s National Women’s Open Golf Championship has begun as stars of the LPGA Tour will challenge for the inaugural Canadian Pacific Women’s Open from August 18-24 at the London Hunt and Country Club in London, Ont. For information on volunteer opportunities, tickets or corporate hospitality, visit www.CPwomensopen.com or call 1-866-571-5742.

    ABOUT CANADIAN PACIFIC 

    Canadian Pacific (TSX:CP)(NYSE:CP) is a transcontinental railway in Canada and the United States with direct links to eight major ports, including Vancouver and Montreal, providing North American customers a competitive rail service with access to key markets in every corner of the globe. CP is a low-cost provider that is growing with its customers, offering a suite of freight transportation services, logistics solutions and supply chain expertise. Visit www.cpr.ca to see the rail advantages of Canadian Pacific.

    GOLF CANADA – LOVE THE GAME. GROW THE GAME..

    Golf Canada is the National Sports Organization and governing body for golf in Canada representing more than 340,000 golfers at nearly 1,500 member clubs across the country. A proud member of the Canadian Olympic Committee, Golf Canada’s mission is to grow participation, excellence and passion in the sport while upholding the integrity and traditions of the game. By investing in the growth of the sport and introducing more participants of all ages to the game, our goal is to be relevant to and respected by all Canadian golf enthusiasts from coast to coast. For more information about what Golf Canada is doing to support golf in your community, visit www.golfcanada.ca

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  • London to host 2016 Canadian Ringette Championships

    London to host 2016 Canadian Ringette Championships

    London, Ontario – November 6, 2013 – The London Ringette Association is pleased to announce it has been selected to host the 2016 Canadian Ringette Championships. The event, which will have approximately 48 teams competing, will be held April 3 to 9, 2016 at the Western Fair Sports Centre and Nichols Arena.

    “The London Ringette Association is no stranger to hosting successful sporting events, as can be seen from the successful U19 World Ringette Championship they organized in 2012,” said Jane Casson, Ringette Canada president. “We would like to congratulate them on being selected to host our 2016 national championships and we look forward to working together to provide another outstanding event.”

    The championships will host approximately 48 teams from across the country, with athletes competing in three divisions – U16, U19 and the National Ringette League (NRL) division (19+). It is expected the event will bring in over 3000 visitors to the region.

    Cheryl Finn, director, Sport Tourism for Tourism London said, “The 2016 Canadian Ringette Championships will be another feather in the cap of national sport hosting for the City of London!  We are very excited to have this event in our city as it will bring large numbers of competitors and visitors but more than that, will raise awareness for the great sport of ringette.  Our local ringette community remains one of the strongest in the country and it is always great when they are rewarded with an event of this magnitude!”

    “We are very excited for the opportunity to host the 2016 Canadian Ringette Championships,” said Kevin Knight, host committee chair. “We are confident that we will provide a memorable experience for the athletes and be able to showcase our great sport in London.”

    The 2014 championships will be held in Regina, Saskatchewan, while the 2015 event will be held in Woods Buffalo, Alberta.

    About Ringette

    Ringette is a Canadian sport that was invented in 1963 in North Bay, Ontario by the late Sam Jacks. There are currently nearly 30,000 players on more than 2,000 teams across Canada with over 2,400 officials and 5,000 coaches. Internationally, it is played in half a dozen other countries around the world. As part of the Sport for Life movement, ringette is well advanced at adapting Sport Canada's Long Term Athlete Development model. For more information, please refer to the Ringette Canada Web site at www.ringette.ca.

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    For more information, please contact:

    Kevin Knight

    2016 Canadian Ringette Championships Chair

    Cell: (519) 630-4352

    Kevin.knight@rogers.com

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  • Fanshawe College Awarded Volleyball Canada Centre of Excellence

    Fanshawe College Awarded Volleyball Canada Centre of Excellence

    (London, Ontario) – In conjunction with Volleyball Canada, Fanshawe College is pleased to announce it will be the newest home to Volleyball Canada’s Centre of Excellence (VCCE).

    The VCCE is a new initiative established by Volleyball Canada for athletes entering grades 8 through 12.  It focuses on individual skill development for high performance athletes to identify and train them for future participation with the national team program. 

    “Fanshawe College is thrilled to partner with Volleyball Canada to host a Centre of Excellence,” said Nathan McFadden, Manager of Athletics.  “Having one of the most successful athletic programs in the country, Fanshawe is well-positioned to provide expert coaching to the VCCE that our varsity student-athletes already receive.  London has a strong volleyball community with an abundance of talent and we look forward to developing that further at the VCCE.”

    Athletes will be selected to join the Centre of Excellence in September 2013 based on attending the VCCE London Identification session.  Those athletes selected will be invited to join the Centre to train alongside the top volleyball players in London.

    Dawna Sales, Program Manager of Volleyball Canada Centre of Excellence said, “We are excited to open our newest VCCE in London. To ensure excellence in athlete development, key partnerships with elite level coaches and quality facilities are a top priority.  We look forward to working with Fanshawe College to build a Centre of Excellence in this region.”

    To learn more about the program please visit: www.vcce.ca or contact Patrick Johnston (pjohnston@fanshawec.ca), head coach of the Fanshawe College Men’s Volleyball program.

    Athlete Identification Session Information:
    Wednesday, July 10, 2013, Fanshawe College Gymnasium
    Boys and Girls Grade 8 – 12
    7:00pm – 9:00pm
    Cost - $10 payable by cash or cheque (made out to “Fanshawe College”)
     

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