Ottawa Beams with Pride for Canada Games 2017

The Canada Games, held in Manitoba from July 28th to August 13th, just wrapped up, leaving sports enthusiasts satisfied with exceptional sport showmanship and talent country-wide!The Province of Ontario is beaming this week, bringing home 87 gold medals, 65 Silver, and 60 Bronze, for a grand total of 212 placings. Here in Ottawa, we couldn’t be more excited to congratulate our local athletes as well.

Here are the medals won by our local Ottawa athletes:

Gold Medal

  • August Sibthorpe – Canoe/Kayak
  • Rowan Hardy-Kavanagh- Canoe-Kayak
  • Lexy Vincent- Canoe-Kayak
  • Genevieve L’Abbe- Canoe-Kayak
  • Henry McKay – Diving
  • Malik Bhatnagar – Tennis
  • Hunter Amesbury- Rowing
  • Monti Mohsen- Soccer
  • Haider Kadhom- Soccer
  • Tony Mikhael- Soccer
  • Ricky Comba- Soccer
  • Ethan Kalef- Volleyball
  • Max St-Denis- Volleyball
  • Alex St-Denis- Volleyball

Silver Medal

  • Shyvonne Roxborough – Athletics
  • August Sibthorpe – Canoe/Kayak
  • Lexy Vincent- Canoe-Kayak
  • Genevieve L’Abbe- Canoe-Kayak
  • Katherine Maine – Cycling
  • Aaron Wong-Sing- Sailing
  • Julia Chadwick- Basketball
  • Taylor Featherstone- Basketball
  • Ariel Young- Soccer
  • Kayza Massey- Soccer
  • Emily Amano- Soccer
  • Olivia Cooke- Soccer
  • Mollie Eriksson

Bronze Medal

  • Laura Amoi – Athletics
  • Rowan Hardy-Kavanagh – Canoe/Kayak
  • Lindsay Irwin- Canoe/Kayak
  • Philipe Turcano- Canoe/Kayak
  • Isaac Finfelstein- Canoe/Kayak
  • Joe Spratt- Canoe/Kayak
  • Katherine Maine – Cycling
  • Gaël Shindano – Swimming
  • David Quirie – Swimming
  • Regan Rathwell – Swimming
  • Mary-Jo Weiss- Rowing

Each of our local athletes, with a medal place or not, should be incredibly proud of their performance at the Canada Games. We would also like to note the challenging work of all the coaches, volunteers and parents, who have shown wonderful skill, support and guidance to the athletes as well.

To compete in the Canada Games takes hours of training, dedication, many sacrifices and above all, a love for sport. The Ottawa Sport Council wants to congratulate every athlete who completed in the Games and wish you all continued success in your athletic future.

Ottawa Champions Hope to Hit Home Run with All-Star Game

As part of the official Ottawa 2017 celebrations, The Ottawa Champions will play host to the Can-Am/American Association All Star Game festivities. The event runs July 24th and 25th at the Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton (RCGT) Park, starting with a skills competition and followed by a classic Home Run Derby. The next day, July 25th, the All-Star Game kicks off at 7:05 PM.

Skills Competition

Each participant will go head-to-head with an American Association counterpart, with one running from home to home, and the other running from second to second. The winner of each round will move on, with the best time receiving a bye to the final.

Home Run Derby

The three Can-Am League participants will take part in a timed event against three participants from the American Association, with each player getting three minutes to hit as many homeruns as possible.

The top four participants will move on to the semi-finals, and the top two from there will face off for the title.

Making History

This is the first time that Ottawa has hosted a professional baseball all star game, with the event playing host to players, families, and fans from Texas, Winnipeg, Quebec, New York, and the American mid-west. With the affordable ticket price of $18/adult, this is an excellent opportunity for the entire family. Tickets do not specify seating, so make sure you get there early (Gates open at 5:30 PM).

You can purchase your tickets online at, by phone at 613-745-2255, and in person at the RCGT Park box office.


Reviewing Rowan’s Law: Part Two

In Reviewing Rowan’s Law: Part One, we briefly reviewed some of the recommendations made from the Coroner’s inquest from Rowan Stringer’s tragic death. There have been many press releases, meetings at Queen’s Park and discussions with key stakeholders in the amateur sport sector, not only in Ontario – but also Canada wide.

It has now been just over a year since Rowan’s Law made Ontario the first province in Canada with legislation aimed at concussion prevention. While there is further work to do, many organizations have embraced change in this area and are working to educate and protect their athletes. For example, Football Canada has introduced concussion awareness and management tools, and The Concussion in Youth Sport Act was introduced in  the Manitoba Legislature, which proposes to add new training and responsibilities for coaches of child athletes. This Act has yet to pass but is a step in the right direction. If the law passes, coaches will be required to identify concussion symptoms and ensure any player suspected of suffering a concussion is removed from play until they’re medically cleared to return.

In Ontario, a Special Advisory Committee to the Premier of Ontario was also created. This group will work toward implementing the recommendations set out from the Coroner’s inquest. Rowan’s Law currently only applies in Ontario, which the committee would like to change.  The committee is calling for legislation across the country to give all Canadian youth similar protection through mandatory concussion protocols.

At our recent Sport Summit, Let’s Talk about Concussions, held at the Ottawa Tennis and Lawn Bowling Club, we convened a number of speakers including Mr. Gordon Stringer (father of Rowan Stringer and key advocate of Rowan’s law), Karolina Wisniewska (Canadian Paralympian), Lorraine Lafrenière (Chief Executive Officer,  Coaching Association of Canada), and Dr. Andrée-Anne Ledoux ( Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute) to discuss the growing epidemic of concussion in sport. Each speaker brought an unique perspective to the discussion; parent, coach, athlete and physician. A video of the summit can be found here

One thing that resonated with summit attendees was Mr. Stringer’s discussion about the tragic loss of his daughter. He mentioned how Rowan had a physical injury that was the focus of discussion and because her concussion could not be seen, nobody understood its severity.  Gordon Stringer emphasized the importance of advocating for teammates and players when you see them get hurt. Speak up and let someone know that the player needs to be removed from the game immediately and seek medical attention. It is simple advice, but often overlooked in the moment of the game.

For more information on Rowan’s Law, the Sport Summit and upcoming sessions, please visit our website.

2017 Ontario Sport Council Foundation Grant Launch

The Ottawa Sport Council is pleased to announce the launch of the 2017 Ottawa Sport Council Foundation Fund. The Ottawa Sport Council Foundation is a Charitable Endowment fund established in partnership with the Ottawa Community Foundation and the True Sport Foundation with the goal of providing support to Ottawa Community Sporting Organizations.

The focus of the 2017 Fund will be to assist community sport organizations to establish new programs for underrepresented communities in Ottawa and to increase opportunities for participation in sport activities embracing True Sport principles (Go For It, Play Fair, Respect Others, Have Fun, Stay Healthy, Include Everyone, Give Back).

Who Can Apply? 

Incorporated not-for-profit organizations that offer sport programs in Ottawa and have operated and been incorporated for at least one year in Ontario.

Application Deadline:

All applications must be submitted no later than Friday June 30, 2017 at 17:00.

Application details are available at Ottawa Sport Council Foundation Grant 2017.


Ontario Trillium Foundation Grow Grants 2017

Writing and applying for grants can be a daunting and often confusing process. When you are an amateur or community sport organization looking for support and funding, resources and experience are often hard to come by. That’s why, at the Ottawa Sport Council, we want to assist to simplify the process and be a support to our local sports organizations.

If you check out our website, we have links to various grants that may apply to your organization. In these links, you will find various tips and assistance on how and when to apply. One of the grant- organizations we have listed is the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF). OTF has both SEED and GROW grant opportunities- the GROW grant 2017 organization registration deadline is June 7, 2017, 5 p.m. ET and the application deadline is June 28, 2017, 5 p.m. ET.

The Grow Investment Stream supports projects that are based on evidence and deliver on specific grant Results to contribute to the longer-term goal of a related priority outcome. Projects funded in the Grow Investment Stream are based on robust planning, and deliver positive change which is achieved by replicating, adapting, or scaling existing an proven program. For more information, check out this video

Grant writing and applications don’t have to be a scary process for your sport organization. There are workshops and various tools to assist through the process. In the end, your organization is stronger and benefits through this experience and process. If you have questions about grant writing, please get in touch

Ottawa Sport Council Spring Sport Summit to Tackle Concussions

Save the date – we are excited to announce our upcoming Spring Sport Summit! We hope you will join us on Saturday, June 3rd, at the Ottawa Tennis and Lawn Bowling Club.

For our theme, we have chosen to tackle the sometimes controversial and evolving topic of concussions. The brain injury has been mentioned for decades (especially in the NFL and other professional sports associations) yet we are still discovering many new symptoms (long and short-term), rehabilitation techniques and ways to avoid concussions all together.

On June 3rd, we will bring together the experts in the field, to discuss the impact that a sport-related injury, such as a concussion, can have on the developing brain and how we can work together to ensure risk is minimal. We will advance the dialogue around the growing prevalence of concussions in sports through a series of presentations, and round table discussions.

While the Ottawa Sport Council has always encouraged sport participation, it has also worked to make the community sport landscape a safer space for all participants by facilitating learning opportunities—and there is compelling evidence that concussion education can decrease occurrences and minimize the impact of concussions in sport.

It is our hope that you will REGISTER your organization and be a part of the learning and the conversation.

Rowan’s Law – Part 1

Local Ottawa teen, Rowan Stringer was only 17 when she died on Mother’s Day in 2013. After suffering her second concussion within the week, the teen lost consciousness while playing the sport she loved and never awoke again.

The coroner’s inquest that followed exposed a lack of protocols in youth amateur sports that experts say must be addressed to keep children safe.

In our two-part blog series, we explore the recommendations made to educate parents, athletes, coaches and organizations about the severity that head injuries can lead to. We also look at the pressure felt by athletes to push forward, not taking the necessary recovery time and, leaving young athletes at risk. What has been implemented since the recommendations and what work still needs to be done? There are still many questions that need to be addressed and more research to be done, however – we are on the right path by continuing to have these conversations and raise awareness.

The coroner’s inquest into Rowan’s death resulted in 49 recommendations, including but not limited to:

  • Increased education & awareness for parents, coaches, athletes, and teachers surrounding concussion injuries
  • Better tools for coaches & trainers to identify concussions
  • Concussion policies in place at all school boards and sports associations across Ontario
  • Increased education and training for healthcare professionals to better treat and manage concussions

Rowan’s Law requested that an expert advisory committee to Ontario’s Premier was created, to develop a plan to implement the coroner’s recommendations. In our next part of this blog, we will reach out to the committee and various healthcare practitioners to discuss what steps have been taken and what is left to do.

2017 – the Year of Sport in the Capital!

With Canada celebrating it’s 150th year, Ottawa hosting their highly anticipated Ottawa2017 celebrations, and making the world destination “List of places to visit” Top 10, our city is amped up for what is certain to be an unforgettable year!

Along with the celebrations, there are many sport-centred events and stunts planned (such as Redbull Crashed Ice kicking off in March) and dragon boat ice racing, just to name a few. However, one event has caught our attention more then others – the bid to host the Canada Games in 2021.

On January 12th, surrounded by dignitaries, athletes and local community members, Mayor Jim Watson kicked off the bid for the Ottawa 2021 Canada Summer Games! There was local entertainment on site, amateur sport clubs, professional athletes and many volunteers, who all came together to show their drive and dedication to bring the Games to Ottawa and demonstrate to the country what sport means to Ottawa.

As a Council, our job is to support organizations in their quest to further their sport initiatives. It is our belief that incorporating activity and organized sport into our daily lives, brings people and communities together for the betterment of society. Hosting the Canada Games in Ottawa in 2021 will help foster our beliefs and create an exciting movement of sport in our city for years to come!

Please take the time to show your support for this initiative and sign up here:

All of us at the Ottawa Sport Council are rooting for the opportunity to host the Ottawa2021 Summer Canada Games!

New Year, New You: How to Avoid Losing the Healthy Resolution Game

Like many, we are happy to welcome 2017 and all the excitement of fresh slates and hopeful promise. As an organization that promotes amateur sport and a healthy lifestyle, January is an exciting time – as we see many people take to the gym and start healthy eating regimes. Over the months that follow, more then half of those who start in January, will have quit their New Years Resolution to be a better version of themselves. We want to help you stick to your goals and continue that journey of optimal health. Below are some quick tips to do just that:

Set Realistic Goals and Timelines

When you envision your end goal, whether it be to lose a set amount of weight, be able to run a specific distance or improve overall muscle tone and strength – you need to have a plan to get there. Your plan should fit your real-life schedule and consider that there will be things that pop up and attempt to throw you off your a-game. Is it realistic to plan to hit the gym six days a week, when you work a demanding job, have small children who participate in activities and you’re a member of the Parent-Teacher Council? No. When will you sleep? When will you rest? Start small and take incremental steps to reach your goals.

Have an Accountability Partner

You’ve heard that saying – “It takes a village to raise a child”, the same can be said about meeting goals and staying on track. Enlist a friend, trainer or even your kids to help keep you accountable to your plan and meet your goals. It’s also way more fun working out or eating healthy with others!

Go Easy on Yourself

Finally – don’t be hard on yourself. It takes 21 days to create a habit and even more to stick to it. If having a healthy diet and exercise routine was easy, we would all be doing it and this wouldn’t be a popular blog topic. If you do have set-backs, just start over. Forgive yourself and move forward with even more determination. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither was that 6-pack!

Celebrating Volunteers at the Ottawa Sport Summit

On November 26, 2016 the Ottawa Sport Council will host the third annual Ottawa Sport Summit, in Lansdowne Park’s Horticulture Building. Featuring a panel of guest speakers, this year’s edition will focus on learning about, and celebrating, sport volunteerism in Ottawa.

Why are our volunteers so important? There are countless hours of meetings, organization, promotion and set-up before any event or league even begin. Once this is in place, there is a need for ongoing support to run sport activities as well as tournaments. With funding being at a premium for amateur organizations, paid positions are far and few between. Many dedicated people lend their time for the betterment of their community through sports and recreation programs. This has a domino effect, as it provides safe places for youth to spend their time, while mentoring them to grow up and give back as a volunteer themselves.

Since its formation, OSC has strived to help increase the leadership capacity of sport organizations in our nation’s capital. Volunteer Management, including recruitment, retention, recognition and retirement has been identified as an ongoing challenge by clubs in Ottawa. With more awareness surrounding the overall benefit and appreciation of volunteers, we can continue to grow this base and keep sport in the Nation’s Capital alive and well for generations to come!

The Sport Summit will be held from 8:15 – 4:15. To learn more about the event, and to register, please visit Ottawa Sport Summit