Ottawa Sport Council Webinar Series: Have Your Say

The Ottawa Sport Council is planning the programming for our new webinar series, and we’re inviting stakeholders to help choose the topics.

One of the Ottawa Sport Council’s most well-received initiatives has been its webinars. With topics such as sponsorship and volunteer management, our comprehensive library of free learning materials has empowered community sport leaders to maintain efficient sport programs, launch new initiatives and receive guidance from like-minded peers.

Now we would like to hear from you – we want you to have the opportunity to shape the next series by providing your feedback on potential topics. To help us better understand your organization’s educational needs, we would appreciate if you would take two minutes to complete this short, three-question survey by October 25, 2017.

Thank you in advance for completing the survey. We know that with your input, our new series of webinars will be as topical and engaging as they have in the past.

The Ottawa Sport Council thanks the Ontario Government for its generous support of its work through the Ontario Sport and Recreation Communities Fund

Ottawa Sport Council Foundation Awards 2017 Recipients of Charitable Endowment Fund

The Ottawa Sport Council Foundation is thrilled to announce its 2017 Charitable Endowment Fund recipients – LACA SC and the Ottawa Titans Water Polo Club. Both LACA SC and the Ottawa Titans Water Polo Club have been awarded $1500 by the True Sport Foundation to support development of their initiatives: LACA SC’s program, Lift a Parent, Get a Kid There, will create a transportation network to ensure that disadvantaged youth have the transportation required to attend a free soccer program; and the Ottawa Titan’s program, Ausome Ottawa Titans Water Polo will introduce the sport of water polo to youth diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

The Ottawa Sport Council Foundation’s ‘Charitable Endowment Fund’ was established in partnership with the Community Foundation of Ottawa and the True Sport Foundation. The Ottawa Sport Council is passionate about sport and this endowment fund aims to enhance sport excellence, guided by True Sport principles, in the City of Ottawa.

Marcia Morris, Executive Director of the Ottawa Sport Council, said, “Sport has the potential to enrich the lives of everyone, and we believe that no one should be excluded. The programs offered by LACA SC and the Ottawa Titans Water Polo Club for youth who otherwise may be excluded from participation in sport are very inspiring and we are very excited to support them as our 2017 fund recipients.”

The Charitable Endowment Fund supports Ottawa community sporting organizations through True Sport Foundation Grants.  Grants are available on a yearly basis and adopt key focus areas each year. In 2017, the focus was to assist community sport organizations in establishing new programs for underserviced populations and to increase opportunities for participation in sport activities embracing True Sport principles (Go For It, Play Fair, Respect Others, Keep it Fun, Stay Healthy, Include Everyone, Give Back) in Ottawa.

“We are very pleased that through our partnership with the Ottawa Sport Council Foundation we are able to support the work of LACA SC and the Ottawa Titans Water Polo Club and their commitment to offering values based programs.” says Karri Dawson, Executive Director at the True Sport Foundation. “We all share an understanding of the value and power of community sport and together we look forward to providing a quality sport experience for local youth who otherwise may be excluded from participating”

“Throughout the years, season after season, LACA SC has experienced and received first hand testimony from newcomers, single parents families, low income families, or simply put families with limited means of transportation (for many reasons) the difficulty in getting kids to the soccer pitch for a games or practice sessions.  Even when organizations like ours providing sponsored free or low cost registration to soccer, children who would otherwise benefit from this have failed to participate or show up.  The reason, simply because today’s busy shift-work and scheduled society does not allow the parents adequate time or means of transportation. We hope that if we symbolically “Lift a Parent” we in turn can “Get a Kid There” to participate as well as shed light on an ongoing participation problem for all sports”, commented LACA SC Secretary, Romulo Osorio.

Bosko Vukojevic, President, Ottawa Titans Water Polo Club added, “The Ottawa Titans Water Polo Club believes strongly in giving back to the community.  We are very excited to be able to dedicate the month of January to running free water polo clinics for members of Ottawa’s Ausome organization (  There is no doubt these sessions will be extremely rewarding, not only for the participants but also for our coaches!”

Ottawa Sport Commissioner Jody Mitic commented, “It is wonderful to see how local grants like the Ottawa Sport Foundation Charitable Endowment Fund are really making a difference in our communities. Programs that support inclusiveness are so important. LACA SC and the Ottawa Titans Water Polo Club have proposed wonderful initiatives which are very deserving of the funding.”

2018 grant opportunities will be announced mid-year 2018. Incorporated not-for-profit organizations that offer sport programs in Ottawa and have operated for at least one year in Ontario are eligible for the grants.

Ontario Trillium Foundation Capital Grants 2017

It’s that time of year again – Grant writing season! Every organization across the board is gearing up to pull their projects together and apply for the funding that will deliver many worthy services and programs to communities that appreciate and need them. Before the countless hours go into research and drafting applications, make sure your organization REGISTERS first! Below is the registration and application date for the Ontario Trillium Foundation CAPITAL GRANTS, that is fast approaching:

  • Organization registration deadline: October 4, 2017, 5 p.m. ET.
  • Application deadline: October 25, 2017, 5 p.m. ET.

What is a Capital Grant?

The Ontario Trillium foundation has split their grants into several categories, breaking down funding to better serve programs and services. The purpose of a Capital Grant is to broaden access, improve community spaces and promote energy efficiency to achieve a Priority Outcome.

Some of the activities funded include:

  • Buying and installing equipment
  • Doing renovations, installations and repairs
  • Building structures or spaces
  • Making better use of technological resources

Amount: From $5,000 to $150,000
Term: Up to 1 year

Some tips to make your application succeed:

  1. Complete the OTF Self-Assessment Tool :  First-time applicants are advised to complete the self-assessment tool to ensure you are eligible for funding- If you have any questions, you are encouraged to contact the Ontario Trillium Foundation Support Centre at
  2. Give Yourself Adequate Time. Successful grant writing is not done at the last minute. You should be researching and formulating ideas for your grant application at least two months prior to the deadline.
  3. Read the Guidelines. Always read the program guidelines and application form to determine that your proposed work is a strong fit for the program’s deadlines and objectives.
  4. Write Clearly and Directly. Answer all of the questions as directly as possible and thoroughly outline the steps that will be taken, key individuals involved, and partners engaged to successfully complete your project. If you are not sure about the meaning of a question, ask  the Support Centre.
  5. Outline Your Action Plan. Clearly outline the steps that will be taken to ensure the successful completion of your project. Ensure that your plan is detailed and in line with your proposed budget and objectives.
  6. Create a Realistic Budget. Research the real cost of activities, services, materials, fees, and equipment. Talk to others who have done similar work. Research potentials partners and other funders who may be able to support project costs. Include in-kind or donated services and materials in your budget or budget notes.
  7. Follow Instructions and Triple Check Your Grant. Do not put so much hard work into a grant application only to miss the deadline! Make sure you check the deadline time.
  8. Ensure you engage an external reviewer- ask an external reviewer to read through your application to ensure you have communicated your plan accurately and concisely.

Grant Applications can seem like a daunting process, but given enough time to research and organize, the process will be simplified.  Wishing everyone the best of luck with the OTF Capital Grant 2017 application process!

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.