With summer almost upon us, sports parents including Ruth and I are driving near and far as outdoor sports teams engage children and youth eager to play in local leagues. In partnership with Sport Manitoba, the government of Manitoba is enhancing safety and health in sport by establishing a toll free support number (1-877-737-9875) for parents, players and others concerned about abuse, bullying or harassment.
“Sport Manitoba believes in being proactive in ensuring sport in our province is safe and enjoyable, and all our participants remain active for life,” said Jeff Hnatiuk, President and CEO of Sport Manitoba. “Manitoba is a leader in keeping kids safe. Through our Sport Support Line, coach education including the Respect in Sport program, volunteer training, and the policies our recognized sport organizations enforce, we are committed to working with our partners to make sport safer for all.”
But beyond local leagues, few realize that Rossmere is home to several young athletes who represent our province or country in a variety of sports.
Rossmere resident and University of Manitoba student Brooke Goulet recently represented Manitoba Senior Girls at the Youth Bowl Canada national five-pin championships in Oshawa, Ontario, where she brought home a gold medal by tying for first with BC and Quebec.
Rossmere residents were also well represented at the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Alberta. Matthew Wilton competed in Wheelchair basketball; Mykola Kruk in Alpine Skiing, and Austin Taylor brought home gold and silver medals in archery and this summer will compete on the global stage at the World Archery Senior Championship in the Netherlands and at the World Archery Youth Championship in Spain.
As well as initiating the Sport Support Line, Manitoba’s government is proud to support many local community clubs through a variety of grants and programs. These funds were recently made easier to access by a streamlined process amalgamating older programs that sometimes overlapped, conflicted and were difficult to apply for. The same funding is now available via a one-stop grant-shop, details are available at https://www.gov.mb.ca/grants/pdf/bsc-guidelines.pdf and applications at https://www.gov.mb.ca/grants/pdf/bsc-application.pdf
Local league information for upcoming teams are posted at area community clubs, North Kildonan Community Club (http://nkcc.ca/), Gateway Community Club (https://gatewayrec.com/) and Valley Gardens (http://valleygardenscc.com). There are also many opportunities to coach and help for adults wanting to get involved.
If you have questions about this or any other provincial or local programs, please contact my office and my assistant Gerald or I will be more than happy to help.
Andrew Micklefield is the MLA for Rossmere and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phoning 204-289-4545.
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