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We wish to remind Ottawa-based community sport organizations that applications for the Ottawa Sport Council Foundation 2023 Community Opportunity Grant are open until Friday, June 9th at 17:00 EST. This year’s grant is offered in partnership with the Ottawa Sport Council, Their Opportunity, and the Ottawa Community Foundation.

Program Goal and Eligibility

The Ottawa Sport Council Foundation 2023 Community Opportunity Grant offers funding to children and youth programs which support accessibility and inclusivity of those who face socio-economic barriers to participation in sport and underrepresented and marginalized populations.

Eligible programs will also be in alignment with the charitable purpose of Their Opportunity to deliver and subsidize local sport for development and community engagement programming. Their Opportunity’s programs and services help eliminate socio-economic barriers of access to sports and recreation while promoting a lifestyle of giving back.

Key Details

·      Grant Window: Monday, May 15 to Friday, June 9 at 17:00 EST

·      Amount Awarded: Up to $2,000

·      Number of Programs to Receive Funding: 2

·      Grant Duration: Up to 1 year

Click here to access the Ottawa Sport Council Foundation 2023 Community Opportunity Grant now!

The application is available as a fillable PDF. Within the document, you will find all the details necessary to complete the grant, including key terms defined and frequently asked questions. The Ottawa Sport Council is also happy to answer any clarifying questions in advance of submission.

For additional information regarding equity, diversity, and inclusion we invite you to watch the Ottawa Sport Council Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Panel Discussion Video. This recorded virtual panel discussion invites community sport organizations to consider the ways in which they can create a more inclusive and welcoming environment within their organization.

For further information, please visit our website or contact:

Marcia Morris
Executive Director,
Conseil du sport d’Ottawa Sport Council

About the Ottawa Sport Council

As the unified voice of amateur sport in Ottawa, the Ottawa Sport Council (OSC) facilitates advocacy and growth for all community sport organizations.

We believe that there should only be positive experiences in sport.

About Their Opportunity

Their Opportunity is a national registered children’s charity that has the vision to educate, uplift & support children to overcome barriers through the strength of sport & generosity. Since inception, we have helped provide opportunities for over 45,000 children & affected thousands more through our Giveback Program; translating to 585,000+ hours of sport & recreation and 157,500+ hours of community service or engagement.

Their Opportunity hosts a unique Giveback Program where children who receive subsidies or participate in one of our core programs are asked to “pay it forward” within their community through volunteerism. We believe in creating a cycle of generosity, where active youth are empowered to give back to help build healthier communities.

Journalists and reporters play an important role in the realm of sport contributing to what the late Royal Roads University Professor Michael Real would call the ‘mythic spectacle’ of sport, and by exposing the maltreatment and injustice that can plague the sports world – from doping, cheating, and violence, to the recent crisis of maltreatment in Canadian sport.

Join Dr. Jennifer Walinga and her panel for an examination of the role media plays in advancing culture change in sport with guests Donna Spencer, The Canadian Press sports journalist, Brian Wong, Calgary Flames Chinese language sportscaster, Rohit Joseph, CBC Radio associate producer and writer, and Anika Taylor, U of T researcher on the role of Media in advancing a safeguarding culture in sport. We will discuss some of the challenges our journalists, reporters, broadcasters and producers typically face and the opportunities for positive social change that exist both within the newsroom and beyond.

Question about our programs? Contact Enrolment Services.

Register for the session here.

The fact that we can all access most of what we want from the comfort of our own homes in 2023 is as common as a daily sunrise. The surprises come from the kinds of things that are available to us and what has gone into making that happen.

Once upon a time, registering for your favourite sport activity was a commitment; from sourcing the location, to printing off the application to visiting the facility with a cheque (what’s that?!?!) and then waiting to see if the session that was requested was available. If not? The whole process needed to start again.

It was with the convenience of the participants and their parents in mind that Ontario Volleyball Association partnered with the communiti app to facilitate registrations starting with the 2023 Beach Volleyball season. This partnership has kicked off with communiti facilitating registration for the Ashbridges Bay Beach Volleyball League, the largest in North America. (

There are OVA clubs using the app as well. It’s no wonder with a streamlined process where the user experience is such that a potential player can go from exploring the offerings in their area to chatting with the club administrator with any questions to signing up and paying for their session in a matter of minutes. It’s convenient and affordable and allows for both administrators and players to get up and running in no time. The benefits can be explained by way of administration tasks being reduced for clubs and coaches by by 50% while growing revenues by 30%. For many volunteer-run organizations, this is good news.

“Finding ways to add value to the membership experience and promote convenience is something that has enormous value to Ontario Volleyball,” commented OVA Executive Director Jo-Anne Ljubicic. “We want to be able to offer ways to easily get as many people into playing volleyball as quickly as possible and communiti helps with that.”

There is an added bonus of a communiti Loves Volleyball Fund that has been created to support
programs that promote volleyball in the community by a percentage of each registration’s user fee being added from each transaction.

The backbone of the communiti app rests in Artificial Intelligence and the way that an app can predict answers to the questions users may have in looking to register for a sport. In other words, helping users discover the clubs and coaches around them and then get matched according to their skill level is a literal game changer. “We created this app using all of today’s technology as a way of making sports more
accessible to everyone,” said communiti Co-Founder and CEO Shashank BK. “In today’s world being able to get what we need by using an app on our phone is no longer unusual. Adapting to using an app has gone from extraordinary to the ‘every day’.”

Ontario’s Phoenix Volleyball Club sees the value too. “We decided to use the communiti app for our Beach Volleyball registrations. It’s easy for us to manage in the back end, is easy for our players and their parents to register with all of the information available about schedule, time, and skill level. It also takes the impulse for a person to try volleyball while cruising the internet to reality,” said Katrine Ivey, Founder and President, Phoenix Volleyball. (

Skate Ontario, the governing body for skating in the province has also jumped on board with communiti as a partner. “Offering the communiti app to our members was a ‘no-brainer’. It offered clubs and skating schools within our region the chance at an online presence, ease of registration and a way of giving back to skating with the development of the communiti loves Skating Fund. A win-win for everyone,” declared Skate Ontario Business Development Advisor Pj Kwong.

Volleyball and figure skating are at the front of this online movement to the communiti app but others like para sport, hockey coaching, sailing and golf are following suit.

For more information or to see how communiti can help your club or organization, contact:


May 22, 2023 – Volleyball Canada congratulates and thanks 2023 Youth Nationals participants as the final tournament wrapped up this past weekend.  With the competitions taking place across Canada over the course of 3 weeks, they have officially set the mark for the largest Volleyball Nationals to date with 1,256 teams participating.

“I would like to offer my sincere congratulations to all the athletes who participated in this year’s Nationals” said Sandra de Graaff, Director of Domestic Competitions for Volleyball Canada. “Your hard work and dedication to this sport is truly inspiring.  Keep up the good work and continue to strive for excellence in everything you do.”

The action kicked off in Ottawa on May 5-7 where the first of three 14U Nationals events took place. Impact Unity Volleyball won the boys’ category and Venom Vipers dominated in the girls’ category to open an exciting three weeks of Nationals action.

The following week, May 11-20 saw five different categories in Calgary over 10 days. A record 632 youth volleyball teams competed at the Olympic Oval at the University of Calgary for the gold.

The weekend of May 12-14 also kicked off the action in Winnipeg (14U), Halifax (14U) and Edmonton (15UB & 16UB). There was endless volleyball excitement surrounding not just the competition but also the activities, vendor booths and contests.

Wrapping-up the Nationals in Regina, May 19-21, Pakmen Gold team took home the gold medal in the 15UG category.
Volleyball Canada would like to thank the athletes, coaches, parents, referees, partners, staff, and event crew who helped make this year’s Nationals tournaments such as success.

Full list of Youth Nationals medalists:

City Age Category Gold Silver Bronze
Ottawa 14UG Venom Vipers Madvic MVC Matterhorn
14UB Impact Unity Volleyball Venom Black Mambas Pakmen Gold
Calgary 16UG Reach Harmony Defensa Pakmen Gold
17UG Halton Hurricanes Category 7 Pandas Leaside Wildfire
17UB JR Bison 17U Boys Junior Cascades Black NOOKS 17M
18UG MVC Everest Halton Hurricanes Pakmen Gold
18UB Pakmen Gold Durham Attack Fierce Thundercats Elevate
Winnipeg 14UG Durham Rebels Blockade Junior Bison Gold 14U Ducks 14U-1
14UB 14U Boys Focus Xplosion YYC Blue 14U CSVC Black 14U
Halifax 14UG 14U Crush Avalon VC 14 Leaside Sparks
14UB DVC White Valley Venom SJR Blue
Edmonton 15UB FVVC Black Unity Bushido 15U Kings Black
16UB KW Predators Invictus Pakmen Gold WinMan Wolves
Regina 15UG Pakmen Gold Hurricanes Category 5 Huskies 15UW Premier

Full results for all 2023 Nationals can be found here.

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May 23, 2023 – (Ottawa, ON) The latest episode of Sportopia: Conversations about healthy, human sport, titled “Finding the right Directors for your sport organization”, is now available. Listen now as we share insights and enhance the legal and leadership knowledge of sport leaders. Episodes are now available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, and Amazon Music. You can also listen on our website.

Partners Steve Indig and Dina Bell-Laroche host this conversation, spending 40 minutes exploring the role of the Board of Directors with the help of Mike Bruni, KC, Barrister and Solicitor. Mike has also served as the recent Nominations Committee Chair for Hockey Canada. This episode discusses the considerations for sport organizations in seeking new members for their Board of Directors, the nomination process, and what it means to be a Director in sport today.

Click here to listen to Episode 10: Finding the right Directors for your sport organization

The podcast is meant to answer burning questions from sport leaders, so we are inviting listeners to share ideas for future topics and to ask questions you’d like for us to tackle. Listen and submit questions and comments via email and social media (@sportlawca) to have your say in conversations about healthy, human sport!

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Join us for a morning of empowerment through sports and physical activity with Ontario Cycling! This Power Hour includes a Fast and Female curriculum-based workshop, fun physical activity, and Q&A with our REAL (Relatable, Empowering, Active Leaders) Role Models, and more. Participants will enjoy high-quality time with women athlete role models.

WHEN: Saturday, June 3, 2023, from 10:00 am – 11:30 am (registration opens at 9:30 am)

WHERE: Hardwood Ski and Bike (402 Old Barrie Rd W, Oro Station, ON L0L 2E0)

WHO: Girls ages 9 – 12 year olds

Cost: FREE!


Event Schedule:

*Please note that you do not have to be a cyclist to participate! All are welcome to attend and have fun!*


Donate Today! Please consider making a donation to support Fast and Female Canada programs. Visit for more details.

If your daughter/participant you are registering needs additional support or if there’s anything we should know ahead of time, please email us and let us know:

Athletes as Advocacy, Activism and Accompliceship

By Eva Bošnjak (they/them)

Over the past several years, we have seen an increase in conversations around allyship and advocacy in many arenas, we have seen many leaders and athletes leading the change and taking up the role of ally. But what does it really mean to be an ally?

Fundamentally, an ally is an individual in a position of privilege or power who makes consistent efforts to understand and support equity-deserving or marginalized groups. Ally is not an identity an individual can claim. Rather, it is an ongoing practice of taking action, becoming self-aware, and taking accountability to unlearn biases (Clemens, 2017). While allyship is a great place to start, I like to encourage folks to work on becoming an accomplice instead.

Accompliceship is a step beyond allyship and involves moving into the realm of advocacy. An accomplice uses their own privilege to challenge systemic oppression at the risk of their personal comfort and/or position (e.g., job) (Clemens, 2017). I like thinking of accomplices as co-conspirators of making systemic change.

Accomplices are vitally important for making systemic change as it can be quite difficult for folks from marginalized groups to be advocates for themselves. As an example, let’s take a look at the recent Hershey Canada campaign for International Women’s Day. Fae Johnstone, who is a trans woman, was one of five women featured on Hershey’s limited release chocolate bars. After the campaign went public, Johnstone was met with an onslaught of online harassment and hate. Unfortunately, these examples also carry into the realm of sport. A notable example is when Colin Kaepernick, a Black man, used his public platform and kneeled for the national anthem during several NFL games throughout the 2016 season to protest racial injustice and police brutality. Despite his professional accomplishments and status as a high-profile athlete, Kaepernick faced public backlash and his career was greatly impacted.

I highlight the experiences of Fae Johnstone and Colin Kaepernick to show what can happen when people from marginalized groups advocate for themselves. Right now, we need folks to step up and be accomplices because it is dangerous for marginalized people to be publicly advocating for their own communities. For example, it is safer for cisgender people to advocate for trans rights, and they are much less likely to experience retaliation when speaking out.

Recently, PK Subban, an NHL player and public advocate for combating anti-Black racism, spoke negatively about the NHL’s Pride night initiatives. He said, “we cannot push everyone to be an activist, we need to be very careful. I feel people pick and choose what they want to talk about and I don’t like it when we put the onus on athletes to be activists”. Despite the need for more people to take on the role of accomplice, there appears to be a lack of understanding around what needs to be done. To this day, only one NHL player under contract has ever publicly come out as gay, which clearly indicates that not enough has been done to address the ongoing homophobia and transphobia in the NHL. Addressing various forms of systemic discrimination should not be something that players are able to opt in or out of.

In my opinion, players who have a public platform and are making huge profits from playing a sport that is deeply entrenched in racism, homophobia, transphobia, ableism, and sexism have a responsibility to act and do something to address all those systems of oppression, not just the ones they want. To meaningfully address systems of oppression, everyone must step up and do something, not just the people who are directly impacted by those systems. Advocacy work must be intersectional rather than focused on one specific identity because oppressive systems intersect with one another and create multiple layers of injustice and oppression. As scholar Amia Srinivasan (2021) has said, “any liberation movement that only focuses on what all members of the relevant group have in common will best serve the members of the group who are least oppressed.”

Inclusion will not happen on its own. Rather, it will result from repeated, deliberate actions by a collective group of people. Moving forward, I encourage folks to examine the types of privileges they hold and to become accomplices to marginalized groups that they are not part of. I believe that change is possible. We all just need to put in the work.


Clemens, C. (2017). Ally or accomplice? The language of activism. Learning for Justice.

Hernandez, J. (2021). Luke Prokop comes out as gay and makes NHL history. NPR.

Kennedy, I. (2023). PK Subban’s LGBTQ+ comments divide hockey community. Deadspin.

Srinivasan, A. (2021). The right to sex: Feminism in the twenty-first century. Farr, Straus and Giroux.

May 17, 2023: Jumplete, a Canadian company that specializes in premium athletic apparel and knee braces, is now the apparel sponsor of Canada’s Men’s Beach Volleyball teams as well as the official knee/ankle brace of Volleyball Canada.

“Jumplete is absolutely thrilled to become a sponsor of Canada’s men’s beach volleyball program. As a team of former university athletes and coaches, we’re passionate about providing high-performance gear for athletes at all levels, from youth players to our national teams. With the right support, Canada’s incredible athletes can continue to excel and make us proud on the world stage,” said Evan Gagliardi, Founder, Jumplete Inc.

Jumplete has created unique designs for the men that are being launched in June, and will be worn by the teams at the 2023 World Beach Championships and the 2023 Pan Am Games. The beach apparel will be available for sale in late May at

“We’re constantly striving to improve our products, and collaborating with Volleyball Canada will undoubtedly set a new standard. We can’t wait to see our men’s national beach teams, our fellow ‘Jumpletes,’ soar to new heights as they compete against the best teams in the world.”

“We are very pleased to have an innovative Canadian volleyball brand to outfit the men as they compete on the international stage,” said Volleyball Canada President and CEO, Mark Eckert.

Jumplete has a presence at our Youth Nationals (Calgary and Edmonton) this month, as well as the men’s uniform provider at beach nationals in Toronto and Vancouver later in the summer.

“Our partnership with Volleyball Canada is a natural fit, and we’re proud to supply our trusted knee and ankle braces, and meticulously designed beach apparel to Canada’s national teams. As our athletes don the Jumplete gear, they’re not only representing our country but also an important part of the Jumplete family,” said Evan Gagliardi.

The agreement runs through the end of 2024.

The women’s beach teams’ official swimwear provider, Left on Friday, was announced last year.
Volleyball Canada Media Contact:
Jackie Skender

CSEP 2023 Awards and Grants: Applications and Nominations

The deadline to submit an application or nomination is Tuesday, June 6, 2023.

The Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP) is accepting applications and nominations for their 2023 Awards and Grants!

Each year, CSEP honours those who exemplify outstanding leadership and dedication, and those who have made a remarkable impact on the health and well-being of Canadians. Our awards encompass various categories acknowledging research, notable contributions to the profession, mentorship, and commendable service to the advancement of evidence-informed exercise science research and practice.

Apply yourself or nominate a deserving individual to help us recognize excellence in the exercise physiology community.



Detailed information on the awards and grants, their terms of reference and application/nomination processes can be found here

For all enquiries, please contact the CSEP Membership Services team at

CSEP Professional Development Days are back in-person! Join your colleagues, peers and mentors in the field of exercise science for a day of learning in the areas of:

  • Cancer & exercise
  • Strength & Conditioning
  • Sports Nutrition
  • Exercise & Osteoporosis
  • Evidence informed nutrition