Smithville and London welcome young athletes to OFSAA event
Smithville District Christian High School and London District Christian Secondary School were the hosts of this year’s Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations (OFSAA) A division soccer championships June 4-6.
Smithville hosted the girl’s championship, welcoming 16 teams from across the province.
“The event was a tremendous success, a result of the endless efforts of our volunteers and the beautiful weather,” says the school’s convenor and athletics director Fred Breukelman.
The school hosted a tournament banquet, with guest speaker Olympic medalist Melanie Kok. Breukelman says community member Sonya Wierenga and crew did an outstanding job of transforming the high school’s gymnasium, providing a hospitable and festive atmosphere for the athletes. A portion of the funds raised from the banquet will support Rose City Kids.
“I think that many schools saw that we, even as a smaller Christian school, can do a professional job of hosting a provincial event,” says Breukelman. “So many teams were overwhelmed with our hosting efforts, the details, and the extra mile that many students and staff went to make OFSAA 2009 a successful tournament for these ladies.”
London District Christian Secondary School (LDCSS) hosted the boys A soccer championship. Convenor Eric Lammers says this is the second time the school has hosted an OFSAA event, adding their first experience was excellent.
“Hosting this type of event gives double exposure,” he says. “It exposes us to the quality people and athletes in the public and Catholic system, and exposes (LDCSS) to them.”
The event is a lot of work, says Lammers, and provides students and staff members with excellent educational experiences. Students helped by making PowerPoint presentations, YouTube clips and hosting.
“All kinds of their gifts were used in practical service,” he says.
Another Ontario Alliance of Christian Schools (OACS) member school, Hamilton District Christian High School, hosted the OFSAA boys AA soccer championship. On the organizing team of nine a student earned her leadership course credit helping with the website, commemorative booklet and taking on a lot of the phone calls and networking.
The convenors note it was exciting to see the athletes perform.
“The excellent play and sportsmanship on the field was exhilarating,” says Breukelman.