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Panther Wins BIG for Team at a Toronto Maple Leaf Game!
 
On Monday, January 23rd, players and parents from the CYGHA Panters Atom A team went not only to watch the Toronto Maple Leafs vs Calgary Flames, but to watch their teammate, Allie Dinsmore participate in the Ford Minor Hockey Shootout.  Allie did the team and Sport Aurora proud.  In 40 seconds, Allie put all 8 shots in the net and the final shot came from centre ice, and won the team $800.00.
 
It was a memorable night for all!  Congratulations Allie!
 

 
Sport Aurora Announces
 
2016 ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
 
Sport Aurora spent 4 months searching for the right Athlete of the Year for 2016.
Yesterday was a history making announcement.
 
Congratulations to Cameron Morision of Aurora
 

Sport Aurora Celebrates Sport Excellence with Aurora's School Athletes of the Year 2016

 
Students from across Aurora have been recognized as Sport Aurora's 2016 Athletes of the Year.  Elementary & High School students from across the Municipality were called to the front of Council Chambers and congratulated for their achievement in Sport on Tuesday July 12th.  Students were selected by their schools and nominated for the award.  A certificate was given in recognition for their dedication to sport.
 
For a full list of names, please click here

 

 

Media Releases

Sport Volunteers Honoured at Annual Sport Aurora Celebration

October 20, 2014

Aurora, October 20, 2014 - Member Organizations of Sport Aurora came together on Sunday, October 19 at East Side Mario’s Restaurant in Aurora to recognize the contributions of Sport Volunteers nominated to receive special Awards for their commitment to athletes.

Almost 100 family, friends and colleagues joined them in the celebration and heard from each nominating Organization how each of these volunteers have brought value to their Organization. Noted sport journalist, Mark Hebscher, spoke to them about the value of volunteerism and the importance of their work. “Volunteers are the heart of every Community and an important the sign of a very healthy and successful Community,” he stated.

This is the fourth year that Sport Aurora has recognized special volunteer efforts.

Mayor Geoffrey Dawe was on hand to welcome the group and stated that “Sport Aurora has once again brought the spirit and contribution of sport volunteerism public. This is a very important event to all sport in this Town, and I am proud to be a part of it,” Mayor Dawe joined by Councillors John Abel and Michael Thompson in his support of the event.

For more information on the Sport Aurora All-Candidate’s Meeting contact the Chair, Ron Weese at ron.weese@sportaurora.ca or by phone:  289-221-5763


 

 

2K 4Kids 3 on 3 Pond Hockey Fundraiser

Another great day of 3 on 3 Pond Hockey took place on January 31st, 2014.  This was the 3rd Annual 2K 4 Kids Fundraiser held at the Karabin's outdoor rink.  This event was started back in 2011 by Walter Karabin and Kris King (in 2012 Mother Nature didn't cooperate).  The goal of this event was to raise funds for local kids in need of financial support to participate in sports/recreation in our community.  We are very fortunate to have many sponsors and volunteers who contirbute and make this a successful event each year.  The six teams entered in this year's tournament displayed some amazing hockey talent, which made the day entertaining, highly competitive and fun for both players and spectators alike!  Congratulations to this years winner's Team Whitmore who were victorious against Team King in a very exciting championship game.  A big thank you to all the players who came out to play and support and support this event.

We are happy to support Sport Aurora and this program.

Julie and Walter Karabin on behalf of the 2K 4Kids Fundraiser, donated $1,500.00 to the Sport Aurora All Kids Can Play Program.  We thank them for their generous donation which goes to help those families in need of financial assistance.


 

Aurora Sports Hall of Fame (ASHoF) Receives first 2014 Cornerstone Donation from the Town of Aurora

Town of Aurora supports the Aurora Sports Hall of Fame with $5000.00 Charter Cornerstone Donation

June 24th, 2014

In a vote 5 - 3, Aurora Town Council voted this evening to support the Aurora Sports Hall of Fame by donating $5000.00 to become a Charter Cornerstone Donor.

"This donatation is very welcome and highly valued," stated the Cornerstone Committee Chair, Ron Weese, who made the request of Town Council.  "This shows that the Town is a true partner in helping us preserve and celebrate sport history in Aurora and the Town will now forever be connected to the Sports Hall of Fame.," he continued.

Charter donations are accepted only until August 27th, which is the one-yesr anniversary of the announcement of the first slate of Inductees.  Once the date has passed, there will be no more opportunities to be a Charter donor.  Charter donors are offered guest status at all Induction dinners and VIP events, public recognition in perpetuity and their names will be placed in the Aurora Sports Hall of Fame, identitfying them as contributors to the project in the first year of development.

Other sponsorship opportunities are available through the Cornerstone Committee or by contacting the chair at sporthalloffame@sportaurora.ca

For more information about donor and sponsorhsip opportunities please contact the Project Manager at project.manager@aurorashof.ca

or

Ron Weese at sporthalloffame@sportaurora.ca  289-221-5763


 

Aurora to Become a Canadian Sport for Life Community

Aurora has been chosen by the Community Sport Councils Ontario as one of five pilot Communities to become Canadian Sport for Life Communities.  In March, a group of Aurora leaders in sport, education, public health and Community living came together for the first meeting.  The second public meeting,  hostesd by the Town's Parks and Recreation Department and Sport Aurora will be on May 30th in Council Chambers from 8:30am to 12:00 noon.  

For more information on how you can get involved, please click here to read more.


 

Town of Aurora 2013 Community Recognition Awards
Sport Aurora's Ron Weese Receives Bob Harman Award 

The Town of Aurora's held their Annual Community Recognition Awards
which honours individuals, groups and businesses who have actively supported the Town's development and enhanced the overall community.

The awards were given to those that have been outstanding volunteers based on Years of Service; Five Years, 10 years, 15 years and 20 years of continuous service to the Aurora community.

Sport Aurora's President, Ron Weese received the Bob Harman Memorial Award which was presented by Aurora's Mayor, Geoff Dawe.

Watch Ron Weese Interview with SNAP Newspapers [1:30]
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Astounding Number of Champions to be Honoured
2nd Annual Breakfast of Champions
 

The nomination date of June 30, 2013 resulted in an astounding number of Champions being recognized at the annual Breakfast of Champions event scheduled for October 20th in Aurora.

“This year 11 of our 25 member Organizations nominated 342 coaches and players who have achieved excellence in their sports by winning a provincial, national or international Championship,” observed Breakfast of Champions Chair, Dr. Doug Legallais of Sport Aurora. Champions were nominated from the Aurora Barbarian Rugby Club, Aurora Minor Hockey Association Aurora Minor Baseball Association, Central York Girls Hockey League, Evolution Gymnastics, Master Ducks Swim Club, Redbirds Lacrosse, Special Olympics-Aurora, Ducks Swim Club, Spectrum Baton Club and Storm Volleyball.

“This represents almost half of all our membership and this demonstrates that performance excellence is very high on their list of priorities. Aurora should be proud of our sport organizations and the job they do each day building skills and sportsmanship in their Programs. For a Town this size to have so many Champions is simply astounding,” he concluded.

The annual event that last year attracted just over 200 players parents, coaches and sport supporters in Aurora is bound to swell this year as the October 20th date approaches. “Last year Doug and his Committee did a fantastic job of organizing this event,” said Sport Aurora president, Ron Weese. “This year we extended the deadline for nominations to June 30th and this made the event more recent for many sports who declare their Champions in the spring,” he noted.

The Committee is in its final stages of preparation and will be announcing the Master of Ceremony and Keynote Speaker for the event. “We always want to present speakers who have an interesting story to share,” said Dr. Legallais. “I hope to have this information to share in a few weeks as we complete our preparations. I think the attendees will be entertained and inspired,” he concluded.

“While tickets to the event will be available through the Sport Aurora office, (www.sportaurora.ca) the players, coaches and parents get first chance at the limited number,” explained Laurie Mueller, Sport Aurora Program Manager. ”As soon as we have confirmations we will open the remaining tickets to the public.”


 
 
 
York Women’s Summer Hockey Donates To All Kids Can Play Program 

The 14 team York Women’s Summer Hockey Program decided this year to donate funds to a worthwhile local charity in lieu of spending money on year-end prizes. A $400.00 cheque was presented by Katie Williams of the York Women’s Summer League to Sport Aurora’s All Kids Can Play Program in order to fund financially disadvantaged children in Aurora so registration fees for organized sports are not a barrier to participation.

Sarah Smith, the Board Member responsible for the Sport Aurora All Kids Can Play Program was thankful for this donation. “This is an unexpected and welcomed gift,” she said. “We usually have to make a request to local service organizations and ask for their help, but this was completely unsolicited and shows the generosity that sports people have putting children first in their thoughts when it comes to providing healthy physical activity,” she concluded.

“The funds will be placed in the Sport Aurora All Kids Can Play account and will be used to subsidize families who need this help,” said Sport Aurora Program Manager, Laurie Mueller. Families in need are welcome to contact us at our offices in the Aurora Town Hall and through a simple and confidential process, we will be happy to help fund their children’s sport participation.

For more information on this Program, please visit www.sportaurora.ca or contact Laurie Mueller at (905) 726-4776.
 

 Sport Aurora & AMBA Announces "I'm Going to Barbados" Winner
 
Congratulations to Sandro and Cindy Campoli, the lucky winners of the "I'm Going to Barbados" Raffle held Saturday, June 15th at Lambert Wilsson Fields.

The raffle was in partnership with Sport Aurora.

The parents of son Jake Campoli who's been playing baseball for many years are also long time supporters of Aurora Baseball.

Cindy and Jake Campoli are congratulated by left to right, Dave Giroux [President, AMBA] and Deborah Millington [Barbados Tourism Authority].

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Sport Aurora Announces "I'm Going to Barbados" Winner
 
Carrie Ebenhardt was the lucky winner of the "I'm Going to Barbados" Raffle, held Sunday, December 16th at Dr. G.W. Williams Secondary School in Aurora.  The multi-year volunteer with the Aurora Storm Volleyball Club was congratulated by (left to right); Ron Weese of Sport Aurora, Ron Kellman (Barbados-born and Aurora resident who helped obtain the grand prize) and Bruce Stafford, President of Storm Volleyball.

 
Sport Aurora Receive Trillium Grant to Make Aurora a Better Place to Play!

January 11, 2012 (Aurora, Ontario) Sport Aurora began making Aurora a better place to play today, thanks to a $204,000 four year grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF).  MPP for Newmarket/Aurora, Mr. Frank Klees joined OTF representative John Pugsley and Aurora Mayor Geoffrey Dawe in congratulating Sport Aurora at the announcement made in Aurora Town Council Chambers.

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Community News
   


Women minority in coaching ranks
Several programs to encourage more participation


By John Cudmore
yorkregion.com

Half the world’s population — give or take a few percentage points — is female.
The same math likely doesn’t apply to participants in high-performance athletics, but women’s sports have come a long way in the last few decades.

However, coaching is still a male-dominated occupation, even among female teams.

Placing more women in control of teams, particularly at high-performance levels, may be the next significant hurdle in the sporting community.

For a variety of reasons, women haven’t picked up clipboards and whistles as rapidly as they have latched on to playing equipment in recent generations.


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Sport Aurora Trillium Grant and Award Ceremony
SNAP Aurora- www.snapaurora.com

Sport Aurora was awarded with a prestigious $204,000 Trillium Grant over four years, which they received at a ceremony in Town Hall last month. It is the largest grant given to any sport organization to date and the community presence accentuated the obvious local enthusiasm for this grant.

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Sport Aurora winning at getting things done
By John Cudmore (The Era Banner & yorkregion.com)
January 18, 2012

It is actually possible for rival sports organizations to share a sandbox.  Turns out it can be beneficial for all concerned too.
For evidence, consider Sport Aurora, a collection of community sports groups that has utilized an all-for-one-and-one-for-all approach to get things done in their interest.  

In short, there is collective realization teamwork and planning easily trump individual, selfish and knee-jerk reactions when trying to achieve goals.

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