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thelineup Do you host a tournament every year and would like to add more teams? Are you looking to host one but don’t know where to start? Want to submit a bid for your organization to host a provincial or national event but unsure of the bidding process? The best place to start would be to contact the Regional Sport Tourism Office (RSTO) and let us help. The RSTO is focused on working together with community sport organizations, partners in tourism and the municipalities of Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge and Guelph. Our objective is to increase the profile and support given to current sports events and to attract more events to the area by capitalizing on the great facilities, volunteers and knowledge of our sport community. We can assist you in securing hotel bookings for visiting teams, identify

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Hosting help is just a call away Region welcomes professional basketball Athlete of the Year: Mandy Bujold Waterloo U12 Soccer Girls Impress in London K-W divers compete in Ontario Summer Games Kitchener Minor Girls Softball 2016 year in review GSM Tennis Club: Meet our tennis director Ontario’s best speed skaters coming to compete at RIM Park Waterloo’s got game! Spread the word — spread the sport! KW Minor Boys Softball thanks its sponsors KSA donations 2015/2016


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Lots to cheer about in gymnastics KW YBA set to begin new season and host championships Region of Waterloo Swim Club’s Alec Elliot heading to the Rio 2016 Paralympics

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Professional basketball is coming to the Region of Waterloo! While many details are yet to be finalized, organizers of the team (the KW Titans) and the league (National Basketball League of Canada) are working full-court to ensure things are all set to go for the start of the season in late December. With Stu Julius (former Assistant Coach with the NBL’s London Lightning) in place as the GM and Serge Langis (Coach of the NBL’s Moncton Miracles last year) signed on as head coach, the team is now KW Titans GM actively filling its 12-man roster. Stu Julius With the first selection at the league’s inaugural All-Canadian Draft, the Titans picked Greg Morrow (University of Western Ontario) and then Kevin Thomas (Troy University) in the second round. The two join the team’s first signee, point guard Adam Blazek (NBL River Lions last season). In its sixth year of operation NBL Canada will feature 10 teams with five (KW Titans, London Lightning, Orangeville A’s, Niagara River Lions and Windsor Express) in the Central Division and five (Cape Breton Highlanders, Island Storm, Moncton Miracles, Saint John Mill Rats and Halifax Hurricanes) in the Atlantic Division. It is expected that tickets will go on sale once the schedule is confirmed and arrangements for a “home court” (Kitchener Auditorium) are finalized — most home games will probably be Saturday evenings and Sunday afternoons with some weekday evenings. The local owners and organizers promise an exciting fun-filled atmosphere for the entire family and lots of community involvement. See you at the opener!

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Athlete of the Year: Mandy Bujold This is the first publication in a series that profiles the 2015 Athlete of the Year recipient and nominees.

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Female Athlete (Boxing) Hometown: Kitchener ON DOB: July 25, 1987 Team: Team Canada

Mandy Bujold, from Kitchener, was named the Athlete of the Year for the second time, (2008 was her previous award), for her outstanding performance in 2015. As a ten-time National Champion, Mandy became the first female in history to win back-to-back gold medals with her performance at the Pan Am Games held in Toronto last year. By winning gold in the 2016 Olympic Qualifier, Mandy earned the privilege of representing Canada at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio!

Congratulations on an outstanding career. We look forward to following your continued success. The Athlete of the Year Award was launched in 1999 to recognize the tremendous accomplishments of local athletes from Kitchener, Waterloo and the Townships of Wellesley, Wilmot and Woolwich. Some of the previous recipients of this prestigious award include Lennox Lewis, Scott Stevens, Sarah Pavan, Andrew Poje & Kaitlyn Weaver and Kelly Vanderbeek.

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Waterloo’s U12 Soccer Girls Impress in London

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The The Waterloo U12 Gold soccer team participated in Region 1 games in London recently, playing two full-length games on a very hot and sunny Saturday. In their first game, against the Sarnia Spirit, the girls communicated well and easily worked the ball around their opponents thereby creating many scoring opportunities and converting on most of them. The highlight of this game was a six-player passing sequence that beautifully transitioned the ball from our defensive third to a shot, without the other team even getting near the ball! The girls were so dominant that they ultimately switched their play to a possession game. The second match was against the London Whitecaps. Playing in even hotter field conditions with a reduced roster, the first half was evenly matched — a very impressive showing against the highly skilled and physically imposing London team. (Of note, the London coach let our players know that they were their toughest competition in the last six months.) The girls kept their mental cool, continued to look for the smart pass and played to feet whenever they could. Minimizing the need to

chase down long balls helped our girls avoid tiring themselves out further. The coaches are particularly proud of how, even while exhausted, the girls never stopped being mentally engaged, gave

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Fall in love with exercise & start feeling (and looking) better! Submitted by Jillian Fleming Fall is upon us, but just because you’re packing up your swimsuit doesn’t mean you should toss in the towel. Staying active year-round is beneficial for your physical and mental health. Regular exercise helps prevent heart disease, controls weight, boosts energy, and improves your mood (endorphins). On top of that, exercise doesn’t have to be a chore — find something you like

and stick with it! Staying active this fall season is easy with the City of Waterloo’s recreation programs. The wide range of programs offered by the City of Waterloo makes it easy to find something that suits your goals and that you will enjoy. There’s something for everyone, from swimming to dancing to yoga. If you’re more of a team player, the city’s adult recreational

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Lots to cheer about in gymnastics Submitted by Kellie Hinnells, KWGC Executive Director at Kitchener Waterloo Gymnastics Club Watching gymnasts perform in the 2016 Rio Olympics was, to say the least, quite fascinating. Their strength, dedication and passion for their sport was nothing short of admirable, but what may be even more admirable was watching the faces of their parents in the stands and hearing the pride in their voices during television interviews. That’s because parents of competitive athletes are sometimes just as committed and dedicated to the sport as their children are. After all, they are their child’s taxi drivers, their

chefs, their confidants and their number one fans. At KW Gymnastics, we recognize that without parental support it’s likely many children wouldn’t succeed in the sport they love so much. However, a parents’ role isn’t just about cheering their child on and making sure that he/she gets to practice on time. It’s about ensuring your child understands that the true nature of competition isn’t just about winning or losing — it’s about always doing the best you can possibly do — for yourself.

Always do the best you can possibly do — for yourself.

TIPS FOR PARENTS To help your child succeed, we’ve come up with a few parent tips that will not only help you handle the stress of a competitive training schedule, but will help your child learn skills faster, perform better and deal with challenges he/she will undoubtedly face. Competing Against Themselves Competitive gymnasts, just like the ones we’ve seen in the Olympics, will always chase gold. Nevertheless, what we need to teach our children at an early age is that they are competing against themselves, not their friends or other children. If a child does poorly in a competition, we encourage parents to focus on the good parts of the performance and help him/her feel like a winner, not a failure. Whatever you do, do not punish your child for a bad performance. Let your child know you are proud of him/her no matter what.


Coaching It is important to leave coaching up to those who know the sport the best — the coaches. Your child does not want to hear how you think he/she could improve. Children need their parents to be their cheerleaders, their fans, their support — their parents. Make it fun It isn’t easy when a child sees his/ her friends playing outside when he/she is on their way to the gym to train for hours and hours. That is why it’s important to make the sport fun! In fact, we know that the more fun your child is having in our gym, the more he/she will learn and the more he/she will want to come back. If your child is not having fun, we encourage you, as the parent, to speak to the coach to find out why. Teach them how to fail Did you watch USA gymnast Simone Biles fall on beam in the qualifiers, get back up with a smile on her face and continue her routine? The most

successful people in competitive sports are those who take risks and, when they fail, use that failure to help them improve the next time around. Teaching your child that it’s ok to make a mistake will not only help him/her in the sport of gymnastics, but also in his/her overall life. Do not compare Every child is different and, in the world of gymnastics, this is no different. Children mature at different ages so some are stronger or more flexible than others are. Whatever the case, it does not matter! You should never compare your child to the athletes that he/she is competing against. To do well, your child needs to concentrate on his/ her own efforts and goals. Constant comparison to teammates and/or competitors will cause your child to feel like a failure and, ultimately, will turn him/her off the sport.

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K-W divers compete in Ontario Summer Games Submitted by Brian Dixon

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Fifteen divers from the Kitchener Waterloo Diving Club can finally rest for the summer after competing in the Ontario Summer Games in Mississauga in August. Normally the season would be over in July after national finals, but this year they trained through July, up to 15 hours a week, to prepare for the summer games that featured over 3,500 athletes, coaches and officials in multiple sports. It was a fantastic experience for these young athletes and, according to Coach Rob Wells, competing in a multisport event at this

early point in their career really helps the team come together as one. The Kitchener Waterloo team brought home 13 medals in total but, more importantly, everyone put in strong personal efforts over the three days of diving. Will Roberts, 14, earned a gold medal on the men’s B 3-metre event and silver on both the 1-metre board and platform. KW diver Owen Weiss earned gold on platform, silver on the 3-metre and bronze on the 1-metre in the

same events. In the D age group (11 and under), KW diver Emmitt Reesor earned silver medals on the 3-metre and platform, while Kole Marles earned silver on the 1-metre and Dominic Arnold earned bronze on the 3-metre. In the women’s events, Natasha Fishman earned bronze in the women’s B 3-metre event and Abi Dixon, 12, earned bronze medals on the 3-metre board and platform in the women’s C (age 12-13) age group. The club’s divers continued to practice in August but full training for next season really gets underway in September. With the success of the Canadian Olympic Team in Rio de Janiero, the diving club is expecting a surge in registrations for fall diving lessons. Information for aspiring divers is on the club’s website,

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KW YBA set to begin new season and host championships Submitted by Mike Quigley, President Kitchener-Waterloo Youth Basketball Association


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1. Junior Summer Camp 2. Intermediate Summer Camp 3. D1 Gold Medal Vipers The 2016/17 basketball season is now underway for the KW Youth Basketball Association (KW YBA). Viper tryouts started in the middle of September and YBA House League evaluations start at the beginning of October.

KW YBA summer events The Kitchener-Waterloo Youth Basketball Association never closes. House league and Viper seasons finish but then Novice Skills Clinics and Summer Camps run one after another. Players work on their skills at these and take advantage of other programs and facilities to further develop their skills. The YBA held another great series of Novice Skills Clinics: Beginner for younger (ages 6 to 9) players and Advanced for those slightly older (ages 10 to 12). More than two dozen players in each division worked hard from the end of March to the middle of June for two hours every Saturday to improve and develop. A big thanks goes out to all the volunteers who worked with these players, especially Tony and Neil Mathura who both took on big leadership roles in this program. The YBA Community Summer Basketball Camps in July and early August were successful as well. Campers in the Junior (6 to 9), Intermediate (10 to 12) and Senior (13

to 16) Divisions worked on developing their skills and had fun playing games for one, two or sometimes three weeks under the supervision of some of the top high school coaches and a number of highly skilled university and high school players. An Elite Viper camp saw some of the top rep players, or those trying to become rep players, work for a week at a high level of intensity. Hopefully, the instruction that these players received will help them achieve the Division 1 results that several of our Viper teams earned last season. The other specialized camp was a Shooting Camp where players were instructed in the finer points of all aspects of shooting the basketball — a skill of extreme importance at all levels of the game. For four days at three hours per day, players worked on developing their shooting right from basic footwork to follow-though execution and showed immediate improvement in their shooting results.

KW YBA to host Ontario championships again KW YBA and our Viper Rep teams have been awarded two Ontario Cup Championship Tournaments by the Ontario Basketball Association. These tournaments bring all the teams

from across the province in each division to one location to play their final tournament of the season, the Provincial Championships. Partly because the success last year, the KW YBA will be hosting two separate girls’ divisions on the weekend of May 5 to 7, 2017. The U17 Juvenile Girls’ and the U19 Women’s Ontario Cups will be run simultaneously across the city. We are hoping to have Wilfrid Laurier University, the University of Waterloo, RIM Park and, possibly, the new courts at Conestogo College as well as several high schools as our venues. These events bring a large number of people into the KW area and definitely help the local economy. However, they cannot be run successfully without the help of a large number of volunteers. In the past, these remarkable people have put in a lot of time and effort and, as a result, we have always had compliments from our visitors for all aspects of the tournament and the friendliness of our community. If helping at one of these events interests you, please contact Check our website, for all upcoming events. If you are interested in volunteering at any level, please email contact please contact

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Kitchener Minor Girls Softball 2016 year in review


Submitted by Kitchener Minor Girls Softball Association

The 2016 softball season for all Kitchener Minor Girls Softball Association (KMGSA) programs has concluded. This season was a special one as we celebrated our 50th anniversary, had a 20 percent increase in player registration and had a team represent Kitchener at the Eastern Canadian Championships in Nova Scotia. KMGSA’s recreational program, for ages eight through 19, had 17 teams this season. Regular season games occurred from May to early July with the league finals on July 8-10. KMGSA would like to congratulate all the players on a great season where friendships were made, skills were learnt and sportsmanship was displayed on the field. The Kitchener Kobras Select program had three teams this year: Squirt, Bantam and Midget. Each participated in a number of tournaments this summer with the Midget team bringing home a gold medal from the Unionville tournament. This was a great experience for all these players and coaches and we hope to see them back again next year. The Kitchener Klassics Representative program’s eight competitive teams just wrapped up their season with some teams playing as many as 60 games.

These teams competed in many tournaments throughout Ontario this summer and brought home a nice collection of medals and memories: the Mites (U10) had one gold and one silver, the Squirts (U12) had three gold and three silver, the Novices (U14) had four gold and three bronze including Eastern Canadian Bronze and the Midgets (U18) earned two gold, two silver and one bronze. KMGSA would like to thank all the volunteers, coaches, umpires and players for an outstanding season. KMGSA would also like to thank the City of Kitchener for its support of girls’ softball over the past 50 years and working with KMGSA to make sure our program needs are met. Without volunteers, KMGSA would not be able to provide these deserving players a fun, safe and secure playing environment. KMGSA is actively looking for more volunteers to help with the upcoming 2017 season. Please contact us if you can spare a few hours a month and would like to volunteer.

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Region of Waterloo Swim Club’s Alec Elliot heading to the Rio 2016 Paralympics

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Alec Elliot is a homegrown Paralympic swimmer. He got his start in the Region of Waterloo’s (ROW’s) top program when he was eight. After taking a few years off swimming, he returned to ROW and quickly worked his way through the Bronze to the Elite level. In 2015, Alec was named to two national teams. He competed at the IPC Worlds competition in Scotland, making it to the finals in five races and the Para PanAm team that competed in Toronto where he won five bronze medals. In April 2016, Alec obtained his goal of making the Paralympic team that will compete in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in September 2016. He made the qualifying times for all races held at the games but has chosen not compete in the 200IM. His family will travel down to watch him compete in the 50, 100, and 400-free and the 100-metre butterfly, back and breast-stroke events.

ROW has developed swimmers from age five through to adult since 1976. From stroke development and fitness to world competition, ROW swimmers have represented Canada with medal performances at the Olympics, World Championships, Commonwealth Games, Pan Am Games and World Cups, as well as representing the community at the International Children’s Games, provincial and regional championships, and local meets. If you, or your kids, are interested in competitive swimming and would like to join ROW, please visit for more information.

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Ontario’s best speed skaters coming to compete at RIM Park Submitted by Kelly Schmidtke

Speed skating is a great sport for people of all ages and levels of ability, and racing on skates is exciting for both competitors and spectators alike. On October 15 and 16, the KW Sertoma Speed Skating Club’s competitive team, the KW Cobras, will launch the 2016/2017 season with a province-wide meet for 200 skaters. This first meet of the season brings together racers who represent a wide developmental range of experience in the sport, giving spectators the opportunity to see the fresh excitement of new skaters in their very first meet as well as highly skilled athletes already competing at provincial and national levels. For the duration of the season, Ontario speed skaters compete in differing tiers at various regional and provincial meets. For many of the athletes, the October meet at RIM Park will be the start of a six-month journey that culminates in provincial and national championships. As they race to achieve both placing and personal best ranking times, skaters will be stretching their competitive muscles and regaining focus on the season ahead. Strength

and technique are key components of speed skating but, additionally, successful racing depends on good strategy and effective coach/skater communication. Spectators witness intentional decision-making and learn about when to go out in front, when to follow and when to pass — just in time to win the race! This local meet is a great opportunity to learn more about one of Canada’s most popular Olympic winter sports. The skaters won’t be the only ones who will be busy on the weekend. Meets such as this require approximately 100 volunteers including coaches, officials and a multitude of club members. Many hands are involved to ensure that safety, fairness and fun occur both on and off the ice. The KW Cobras compete both days, and represent the full range of experience — from brand new to nationally ranked athletes. Come out to the Piller’s Rink at RIM Park for this free event on October 15 and 16, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, and watch the fastest sport on ice!

KW Sertoma Speed Skating Club launches Ontario’s competitive season on October 15 & 16 at RIM Park For more information about this meet and the Sertoma Speed Skating Club, including how you can try speed skating yourself, visit Follow us on Twitter (@kwspeedskates) and Instagram (kwspeedskates) to keep up to date on competitions throughout the season.

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The City of Waterloo is a healthy, active and vibrant community filled with incredible facilities and opportunities for all ages. Recreation and healthy pursuits are promoted and supported by the Community Services Department and our Leisure & Active Living programmers. Our qualified and competent staff members have plenty of options for your consideration to keep you on the move seven days a week all year long!

Pickleball The City of Waterloo has been offering pickleball for all ages and all abilities since 2014. This program is always embracing new players and our staff work to make the experience enjoyable for all levels of physical and competitive ability. Everything you hear about pickleball related to its physical, social and mental challenges and values that the game generates is real. Our competent and profession game staff are here to engage your mind, body and spirit. Accommodating beginner, intermediate and advanced player opportunities to match your current and evolving skill and interest is how we continue to grow. Clinics, tournaments and numerous social opportunities are additional offerings that round out and broaden the play among our club members. We have everything that you need to begin play. Simply let your curiosities about this international game phenomenon lead you to our doorstep and we’ll assist you from there! If you can’t come to us, maybe we can make arrangements to come to you and your special interest group, friends or social gathering to help out!

PickupHub Are you sporty, single and looking to hook up? If so, PickupHub might just be


the answer! Waterloo’s own PickupHub is definitely Waterloo’s newest recreation participation sensation. Using webbased technology (available on desk top and mobile web browsers), independent athletes can review a schedule of preplanned sports and join a game online with ease. With games posted well in advance of game day, PickupHub allows the sporting community to build on player interests and generate game commitment. By securing game spots, players are effectively communicating their intention to play which is the advantage over standard drop-in programs. Ultimately, advance commitment leads to better quality games and experiences. The guess work about attendance and commitment for programs is eliminated. Our experience to date with PickupHub has been extremely positive. As a result, Waterloo is progressively adding additional sports to the program portfolio and expanding our PickupHub clientele base daily. You want game — we got game!

teams are welcome to submit entries to play. Our qualified administration staff will guide your athletic interests through a full-season of play. Leisure and active living is what we do!


CARL If you are a long-term sport participant and like the regularity of league play, then CARL (Community Adult Recreation Leagues) is for you. For 16 years, the City of Waterloo has served well over 100,000 sporting customers in multi-sport by fulfilling their passion and interest in competition and socialization. This fall 2016 is no exception as CARL leads the way into yet another season of highly organized sporting opportunities. New or not to Waterloo Region, CARL rolls out its orange carpet equitably to those aged 18 right through to 65 (and over) with its services welcoming you to join our sport family. Individuals and

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Synchro — more than water ballet Submitted by John Ortiz, Head Coach KW Synchro

Many people who saw synchronized swimming (synchro) in the 2016 Rio Olympics found out that the sport is more than flowered caps and balletic arms. In fact, synchronized swimmers cross-train in swimming, dance, acrobatics, flexibility, athletic land training and more — and, all this before they begin their training for synchro! It’s a full body workout and some of the strongest female athletes are synchronized swimmers. It takes a huge amount of strength, stamina and theatrical artistic flair to be a synchro swimmer. KW Synchro, a club that has been a part of our community for over 30 years, is now gearing up


for a new season. Its streams range from entry levels (Novice) to the more comprehensive Provincial Competitive teams. All of these levels feature a team environment where athletes work together to learn and build on skills, develop routines and perform the required figures for their levels, all while having fun and being challenged. The team experience promotes the development and value of leadership skills, solid work ethic, passion and heart. Athletes learn goal-setting skills as well as self-evaluation and selfawareness. If you have a young child who still needs to work on her swimming skills,

KW Synchro offers a recreational program geared towards the basic swimming skills for water safety. Aside from the sequins and glitter, this sport was rated one of the top five sports by ESPN. Now, with the inclusion of men in the sport at the World Championship levels, many clubs throughout the province have begun to recruit boys who may have an artistic creative mind for performance to be a part of their team. The girls are enjoying the new challenge of lifting a boy out of the water without touching the bottom of the pool! Grab your suit, and jump in with KW Synchro:

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Skate sharpening 101 As hockey players, we all know to get our skates sharpened but what exactly happens to them when we hand them off to the experts? Basically, a rounded groove is created in the center of the bottom of the blade. This forms sharp edges along the sides of the blade to give you the glide control and movement on the ice. When you bring your skates in for a sharpening, you can request the groove to be any one of a variety of different depths. The depth of the groove depends on player preference, so trial and error is the best way to determine what you like best. The depth typically varies depending on the size and weight of the player. A 7/16-inch groove is recommended for smaller, beginner and lighter players because it helps the skate naturally dig into the ice. On the other hand, a 5/8-inch groove is better for larger players looking for more glide without sacrificing edge control. If you’re somewhere in-between, then a 1/2-inch groove is the standard starting point. As a rule of thumb, you should get your skates sharpened every five to 10 ice times.However, if you’re skating on an outdoor rink then the quality of the ice will wear down your blades much faster, so make sure to get them sharpened more often. Also, to get the best of both edge

Submitted by G&G Skate Training Centre

control and glide, the new Revolutionary Z-Channel skate sharpening is now available. What is the Z-Channel? The ZC is a new method of sharpening skates invented in Sweden. Unlike conventional hollows or FBVs, the ZC is a combination of edges and flat cut with a channel in the middle of the blade (think tire treads). The width and depth of this channel is adjustable to give different levels of grip. The blade’s two flat surfaces reduce friction and increase the glide. All of the sharpening styles mentioned in this article are available at The Pure Edge Skate Sharpening located inside at G & G Skate Training Centre.

Conventional Sharpening View 1/2” Hollow

The benefits of the ZC are: • Double edges for increased bite which allows better edge control. • The skater will be able to have a lower left/right body angle for improved turns and agility. This allows complex skating maneuvers to be conducted with total confidence that the edges will hold when needed. • Less friction, better glide — this equals more speed and endurance.

Flat Bottom V Sharpening View 100/50

Z-Channel Sharpening View 1” hollow


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KSA donations 2015/2016 Submitted by Kitchener Sports Association The Kitchener Sports Association (KSA) raises money, mainly through the sale of 50/50 tickets at Kitchener Rangers home games, for the benefit of local minor sports groups, their athletes and charities. In the year ending June 30, 2016, KSA disbursed $182,390 to the following recipients: • 8 scholarships from 2015 (Mikala Baker, Justin Enns, Danielle Hak, Martha Helmers, Ousmane Kromah, Erynne Rowe, Cheyenne Sexton and Jaime Simons) • Athlete of the Year Program • Awards of Excellence Program • Boxing Canada • Cystic Fibrosis Canada • EMPWR Foundation (head injuries) • Family and Children’s Services • Food Bank of Waterloo • Kids Ability (sports equipment) • Kidsport (KW) • Kitchener Minor Baseball • KW Minor Boys Softball • Kitchener Minor Hockey • KMHA – Donna’s Kids Program • Kitchener Minor Soccer


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Kitchener Skating Club Kitchener Tournament Baseball • KW Ball Hockey • KW Community Foundation (KSA Legacy Fund) • KW International Children’s Games • KW Predators Volleyball • New Hamburg Minor Hockey • Pride Stables (fee assistance) • ROW Swim Club • Stanley Park Optimist Ball • Twin City Minor Football • Twin City Spinners Basketball • Waterloo Ravens Minor Girls Hockey • Waterloo Regional Boxing Academy • Waterloo Region Hall of Fame • Waterloo Region RC School Foundation • Waterloo Synchronized Swimming • Wilmot Aquatics Swim Club • Woolwich Soccer Club The Kitchener Rangers kicked off their 2016/17 season on Sept. 4 with their Annual Fan Fest and Barbecue. KSA has bundles and bundles of 50/50 tickets ready for sale — one of the winners may be yours! Go Rangers Go!






1. Hockey Helps the Homeless (l-r): Greg Herner, Mel Barrie, Terry Barrie and Keith Thompson (Committee members - Keith also plays goal for one of the teams that will be participating in the upcoming event on Oct. 28 at RIM) 2. Young Rangers fans came out to celebrate the start of the new hockey season. 3. The opening faceoff: Kitchener went on to outscore the Mississauga Steelheads 5 to 1 in the exhibition season opener before 2,359 fans right after the Fan Fest and Barbecue. 4. The Rangers players were all out to meet their fans and sign souvenirs. 5. Kitchener Rangers players (l-r): Joseph Garreffa, Kyle Gentles, Connor Hall , Dylan Di Perna, Jake Henderson and Giovanni Vallati 6. Kitchener Rangers players(l-r): Connor Bunnaman, Dylan Seitz and Greg Meireless (Rangers BBQ, Sept. 4)

Upcoming KSA dinner meetings: Sept 20, Oct 18 and Volunteer Recognition Dinner on Nov 22 — You’re invited! For more information on the KSA, visit Kitchener Rangers website is For more information on making a donation, volunteering, sponsoring and/or playing on one of the 16 teams in the upcoming Hockey Helps the Homeless event on Friday, October 28, visit and select “Waterloo”


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