WHL ANNOUNCES FIVE-GAME SUSPENSION FOR THUNDERBIRDS’ MCNELLY


WHL ANNOUNCES FIVE-GAME SUSPENSION
FOR THUNDERBIRDS’ MCNELLY
  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE / WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2019 Calgary, Alta. – The Western Hockey League announced today that Cade McNelly of the Seattle Thunderbirds has been suspended five games for a cross-check major and game misconduct he received during WHL Regular Season Game #287 in Spokane on Tuesday, December 3.
 
McNelly’s suspension will start Friday, December 6 when Seattle visits Victoria. McNelly will be eligible to return to the lineup for WHL Regular Season Game #344 on Sunday, December 15.
 
Though there was no injury to the opponent on the play, McNelly is a repeat offender, including being previously suspended for a cross-check major and game misconduct.

About the Western Hockey League
Regarded as the world’s finest development league for junior hockey players, the Western Hockey League (WHL) head office is based in Calgary, Alberta. The WHL consists of 22 member Clubs with 17 located in Western Canada and five in the U.S. Pacific Northwest. A member of the Canadian Hockey League, the WHL has been a leading supplier of talent for the National Hockey League for over 50 years. The WHL is also the leading provider of hockey scholarships with over 350 graduates each year receiving WHL Scholarships to pursue a post-secondary education of their choice. Each season, WHL players also form the nucleus of Canada’s National Junior Hockey Team.
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Sport Manitoba Coaching Award Named After Manitoba’s Janet Arnott

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Dec. 4, 2019         

  Sport Manitoba Coaching Award Named After Manitoba’s Janet Arnott
Dec. 4, 2019 – Winnipeg, MB – Sport Manitoba Coaching has introduced a new award category for the Sport Manitoba Coaching Awards presented by Club Regent Casino & Event Centre that is named after late Manitoba curling athlete and coach, Janet Arnott. The awards take place on March 21, 2020 at 10 a.m. at the Club Regent Event Centre.
 
“These awards are about recognizing Manitoba’s coaches who have made a significant, unique impact in the lives of their athletes,” said Sport Manitoba President & CEO Jeff Hnatiuk. “Janet’s decades of contributions as an outstanding curler and coach exudes leadership and positive influence, and this new award will carry her name forward in a very memorable way.”
 
The Janet Arnott award In the Train to Train Athlete category is awarded to coaches who are responsible for athletes who compete at the Canada Games and National Championships.

“We are so excited to be able to name our new award after such an incredible woman,” said Sport Manitoba Coaching Manager Susan Lamboo. “She has inspired many athletes and coaches across Manitoba to pursue their passion in sport.”

The Major Award Categories for the Sport Manitoba Coaching Awards are: Active Start/Fundamentals Athletes – Vince Leah Award Learn to Train Athletes – Dr. Jack Hunt Award  *NEW CATEGORY* Train to Train Athletes – Janet Arnott Award Train to Compete-Train to Win Athletes – Peter Williamson Award  School System Athletes – Peter Dick Award Active for Life Athletes – Global News The Recognition Award Categories for the Sport Manitoba Coaching Awards are: Years of Service Recognition – Coaches who have dedicated a minimum of 25 years to coaching at any level.  International Coach Recognition – Manitoba coaches who have coached at International Events in 2019.  The voting will be conducted by a Selection Committee.

The nomination deadline is Sunday, December 15, 2019. Nominations are currently open to the public for all categories, and eligibility is for accomplishments during the 2019 calendar year. You can nominate online or submit your nomination via email to coaching@sportmanitoba.ca. Guidelines and nomination information can be found here.

Tickets for the event go on sale soon and will be available at www.sportmanitoba.ca

  About
Sport Manitoba is a not-for-profit organization and the lead planning, programming and funding agency for the development of amateur sport in Manitoba. Located at 145 Pacific Avenue in Winnipeg, Sport Manitoba partners with over 100 organizations to deliver sport in the province and is responsible for programs including the Manitoba Games powered by Manitoba Hydro, Sport Manitoba Coaching, Team Manitoba, Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame, Fit Kids Healthy Kids, and KidSport. Services provided include the Sport Manitoba Clinic, Sport Manitoba Performance, Sport Manitoba Fitness Centre, and the Paul Robson Resource Centre for Leadership and Coaching.   -30-
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Susan Lamboo
Coaching Manager
Sport Manitoba 
Office: 204-925-5669
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Sam Cortes
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Sport Manitoba
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CHIEFS’ HUGHES NAMED WHL ROOKIE OF THE MONTH

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE / TUESDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2019 Calgary, Alta. – The Western Hockey League announced today that forward Bear Hughes of the Spokane Chiefs has been named WHL Rookie of the Month for November 2019.

A ‘C’-rated prospect for the 2020 NHL Draft, Hughes recorded 12 points (5G-7A) and a plus-12 rating in 12 games during November. The Chiefs went 7-3-2-0 in the calendar month, remaining in third place in the competitive U.S. Division.

During the month of November, Hughes recorded points in eight of his team’s 12 games, posting four multi-point efforts. The final point of the month for the Port Falls, Idaho product was an assist on the game-winning goal in overtime against the Victoria Royals Saturday night.

Throughout November, Hughes was recognized as the first star of the game and third star of the game once.

The 6-foot-1, 165-pound forward has posted 20 points (10G-10A), including one power-play goal, in 22 WHL games during the 2019-20 WHL Regular Season. Originally listed by the Chiefs, Hughes has posted 22 points (12G-10A) in 24 WHL regular season games, including one power-play goal. He’s also appeared in three WHL playoff games.

Hughes and the Chiefs are in action Tuesday, December 3 (7:05 p.m. PT) when they play host to the Seattle Thunderbirds at the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena.

WHL Rookie of the Month
November: Bear Hughes, Spokane Chiefs
September/October: Cole Sillinger, Medicine Hat Tigers

Call for Nominations for Sport Manitoba’s Night of Champions

Call for Nominations for Sport Manitoba’s Night of Champions 


Dec. 2, 2019 – Winnipeg, MB – Sport Manitoba is calling on the public and media to nominate those in our sport community for Night of Champions held on March 21, 2020 at the Club Regent Event Centre. The annual event celebrates sport excellence in Manitoba by recognizing our province’s dedicated and influential individuals and teams.

“It’s important to get the word out in our community when we come together to recognize our province’s athletes, teams, officials, volunteers and coaches at an event like this,” said Sport Manitoba President & CEO, Jeff Hnatiuk. “It’s a time to acknowledge a wide range of remarkable contributions in sport, and we hope to see many eager nominators this year who shine a spotlight on those who have had a positive impact on our sport community.”

The Award Categories for Night of Champions are: 

  • Junior Athlete (Male & Female)*
  • Junior Team*
  • Open Athlete (Male & Female)*
  • Open Team*
  • Official
  • Volunteer
  • Youth Volunteer
  • Coach (Male & Female) **

*Junior Athletes are those competing in Junior categories as determined by their national sport organization. Athletes competing in Open categories are as determined by their national sport organization.

**Coach of the Year winners are selected from nominations for the Sport Manitoba Coaching Awards.


The voting will be conducted by the Manitoba Sports Media to select winners for the following categories: Junior Athletes, Open Athletes, Junior Team, and Open Team.

A Selection Committee will select winners for Volunteer, Youth Volunteer, and Official awards. The Sport Manitoba Coaching selection committee will select the Coaches of the Year.

The nomination deadline is Sunday, December 15, 2019. Nominations are currently open to the public and media for all categories, and eligibility is for performances and accomplishments during the 2019 calendar year. You can nominate online or submit your nomination via email to events@sportmanitoba.ca. Guidelines and nomination information can be found here.

Tickets for the event go on sale soon and will be available at www.sportmanitoba.ca

Zone 4  – Dec 2 – Morden Thunder 5th vs Mountain Mustangs 1 st

Dec 2 Broadcast live at 725 PM with your host Kevin Pauls

Mountain Mustangs Stats – Winter 2019/2020Player Stats

NoNamePOSGPGAPtsPPGSHGGWGGTGPIMPts/G
99Bench–2019/20 6       4.00
14Bazin, AlexD12145   110.42
31Bosc, RemyG7        .00
2Carels, ZanderF1287154   81.25
7Collet, MaxF12145    10.42
19Conrad, NathanD12 11    2.08
16Cox, PaytenF11246    10.55
11Degraeve, MerekF121821392243303.25
23Delichte, IanD12 88    4.67
3Desrochers, Darrian- APD1        .00
27Durand, RhileyD11134  1 2.36
6Foster, LiamF127714 1   1.17
18Grift, BenF12459 1 333.75
21Mangin, HunterD12 11    2.08
17Norrie, Trenton- APF1        .00
12Talbot, CedricF71 1    2.14
1Talbot, NathanG6       4.00
10VanDeVelde, LukeF111714311 4 282.82
5VanDeVelde, SpencerD111561   18.55
9VanDeVelde, TylerF10112  1 2.20
8Vigier, JoelF1258132  261.08
 TOTAL 126793160104109175 

Goalie Stats

NoNameGPMINWLOTWGASavesGAAPct
31Bosc, Remy738351 191462.98.885
1Talbot, Nathan6340312181353.18.882
 TOTAL12 822372813.07.884

Morden Thunder Winter 2019/2020 Roster

NumberNamePosYr
1Merasty, MattG12
4Merasty, RadekF11
5Sheldon, ZaneF10
6Klassen, NoahF10
7Sager, OwenD12
8Hynes, CarterD11
9Wiebe, CarterF11
10Hobbs, JustinF12
11Doell, EthanF11
12Blatz, SamF10
13Viallet, ThomasF12
14Worley, EatonD12
16Peters, AidenD11
17Dyck, JonathanD10
18Cousins, BaileyD10
19Wiebe, Blake “AP”D10
21Clyde, BrodyF12
22Worley, KestonF10
24Klassen, Matt “AP”F10
35Chapman, DaneG11

WHL SENDS EIGHT PLAYERS TO CANADA’S NATIONAL JUNIOR TEAM SPORT CHEK SELECTION CAMP

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE / MONDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2019

Calgary, Alta. – The Western Hockey League is proud to announce today eight WHL players have been invited to Hockey Canada’s National Junior Team Sport Chek Selection Camp, scheduled for Monday, December 9 to Thursday, December 12 in Oakville, Ont.

Five first-round NHL Draft selections headline this year’s representation from the WHL, led by returning defenceman Ty Smith (Lloydminster, Alta. / Spokane Chiefs).

Joining Smith at the National Junior Team Sport Chek Selection Camp are goaltender Joel Hofer (Winnipeg, Man. / Portland Winterhawks), defencemen Calen Addison (Brandon, Man. / Lethbridge Hurricanes), Bowen Byram (Cranbrook, B.C. / Vancouver Giants), Braden Schneider (Prince Albert, Sask. / Brandon Wheat Kings), along with forwards Dylan Cozens (Whitehorse, Yukon / Lethbridge Hurricanes), Nolan Foote (Kelowna, B.C. / Kelowna Rockets), and Peyton Krebs (Okotoks, Alta. / Winnipeg ICE).

WHL Invitees – Canada’s National Junior Team Sport Chek Selection Camp 

Goaltenders H W DOB Hometown WHL Club NHL
Joel Hofer 6’5” 172 7/30/2000 Winnipeg, Man. Portland Winterhawks STL ’18 (4-107)
Defence            
Calen Addison 5’10” 180 4/11/2000 Brandon, Man. Lethbridge Hurricanes PIT ’18 (2-53)
Bowen Byram 6’1” 192 6/13/2001 Cranbrook, B.C. Vancouver Giants COL ’19 (1-4)
Braden Schneider 6’2” 210 9/20/2001 Prince Albert, Sask. Brandon Wheat Kings Eligible 2020
Ty Smith 5’11” 175 3/24/2000 Lloydminster, Alta. Spokane Chiefs NJD ’18 (1-17)
Forwards            
Dylan Cozens 6’3” 185 2/9/2001 Whitehorse, Yukon Lethbridge Hurricanes BUF ‘19 (1-7)
Nolan Foote 6’4” 200 11/29/2000 Kelowna, B.C. Kelowna Rockets TBL ’19 (1-27)
Peyton Krebs 5’11” 180 1/26/2001 Okotoks, Alta. Winnipeg ICE VGK ‘19
(1-17)

COMPLETE SELECTION CAMP ROSTER

In total, Hockey Canada named four goaltenders, 10 defencemen, and 17 forwards to the 31-man roster.

“After a long evaluation process through summer camp, the early weeks of the CHL season and the Canada-Russia Series, we are nearing the final steps in selecting the roster that will represent Canada at the 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship,” said Hockey Canada’s Head Scout Brad McEwen. “We are expecting a highly competitive camp from these 31 players, and we know there will be many difficult decisions when it comes time to select the players who will wear the Maple Leaf in the Czech Republic.”

Canada’s National Junior Team Sport Chek Selection Camp will be held at the Sixteen Mile Sports Complex, home of the Oakville Blades of the Ontario Junior Hockey League, and will feature a pair of games against a team of U SPORTS all-stars on Dec. 11-12. Tickets for selection camp are available at HockeyCanada.ca/Tickets, starting at $15 plus fees.

The 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship begins on Boxing Day when Canada takes on the United States at 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT. TSN and RDS, Hockey Canada’s official broadcast partners, will air all 31 games at the 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship, providing wall-to-wall game coverage and analysis throughout the tournament.

Canada has won 31 medals at the IIHF World Junior Championship since 1977, including 17 gold, nine silver and five bronze. Team Canada last took home gold in Buffalo in 2018.

For more information on Hockey Canada, Canada’s National Junior Team and the 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship, please visit HockeyCanada.ca, or follow along through social media on FacebookTwitter and #WorldJuniors.



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WHEAT KINGS’ REINHARDT NAMED WHL ON THE RUN PLAYER OF THE WEEK

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE / MONDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2019

Calgary, Alta. – The Western Hockey League announced today that Brandon Wheat Kings forward Cole Reinhardt has been named the WHL On the Run Player of the Week for the week ending December 1, 2019.

Earning the award for the second time this season, the 19-year-old recorded eight points (4G-4A) and a plus-seven rating in two games as the Wheat Kings split a home-and-home set against the Winnipeg ICE. The win kept the Wheat Kings six points ahead of the Moose Jaw Warriors for the second wild card spot in the WHL’s Eastern Conference.

Friday, Reinhardt posted a career-high five points in a 7-4 win against the ICE. The performance included the second hat trick of his WHL career and a pair of assists. He scored the second, sixth, and seventh goals of the game for the Wheaties, adding helpers on their third and fifth goals of the game. He was named the first star of the game and first star of the night in the WHL.

In Saturday’s 6-5 loss to the ICE in Winnipeg, Reinhardt recorded a goal as part of a three-point night.

The 6-foot-1, 200-pound product of Calgary, Alta. is enjoying a strong first half of the season, posting 28 points (17G-11A) in 28 games, including three power-play goals, one short-handed goal, and two game-winning goals. His 17 goals are tied for fifth in the WHL.

Reinhardt was originally selected by the Wheat Kings in the ninth round, 197th overall, of the 2015 WHL Bantam Draft. For his WHL career, Reinhardt has 114 points (61G-53A) in 224 WHL regular season games, including 14 power-play goals, two short-handed goals, and 10 game-winning goals.

Brandon returns to action on Tuesday, December 3 (7:00 p.m. CT) when they play host to the Swift Current Broncos at Westoba Place.

ROCKETS’ BASRAN NAMED
WHL ELI WILSON GOALTENDING GOALTENDER OF THE WEEK 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE / MONDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2019 Calgary, Alta. – The Western Hockey League announced today that Brandon Wheat Kings forward Cole Reinhardt has been named the WHL On the Run Player of the Week for the week ending December 1, 2019.

Earning the award for the second time this season, the 19-year-old recorded eight points (4G-4A) and a plus-seven rating in two games as the Wheat Kings split a home-and-home set against the Winnipeg ICE. The win kept the Wheat Kings six points ahead of the Moose Jaw Warriors for the second wild card spot in the WHL’s Eastern Conference.

Friday, Reinhardt posted a career-high five points in a 7-4 win against the ICE. The performance included the second hat trick of his WHL career and a pair of assists. He scored the second, sixth, and seventh goals of the game for the Wheaties, adding helpers on their third and fifth goals of the game. He was named the first star of the game and first star of the night in the WHL.

In Saturday’s 6-5 loss to the ICE in Winnipeg, Reinhardt recorded a goal as part of a three-point night.

The 6-foot-1, 200-pound product of Calgary, Alta. is enjoying a strong first half of the season, posting 28 points (17G-11A) in 28 games, including three power-play goals, one short-handed goal, and two game-winning goals. His 17 goals are tied for fifth in the WHL.

Reinhardt was originally selected by the Wheat Kings in the ninth round, 197th overall, of the 2015 WHL Bantam Draft. For his WHL career, Reinhardt has 114 points (61G-53A) in 224 WHL regular season games, including 14 power-play goals, two short-handed goals, and 10 game-winning goals.

Brandon returns to action on Tuesday, December 3 (7:00 p.m. CT) when they play host to the Swift Current Broncos at Westoba Place.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE / MONDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2019

Calgary, Alta. –
 The Western Hockey League announced today that Kelowna Rockets goaltender Roman Basran has been named the WHL Eli Wilson Goaltending Goaltender of the Week for the week ending December 1, 2019.

Basran made two appearances this week, posting a 1-0-0-1 record with a 0.96 goals-against average, and stopped 46 of 48 shots for a 0.958 save percentage along with one shutout. Earning three of four points from their two games this week, the Rockets are now 5-0-0-1 in their last six games and still sitting second in the B.C. Division, four points behind the Kamloops Blazers.

In Tuesday’s matchup against the Edmonton Oil Kings, Basran stopped all 27 shots through regulation and overtime for his first shutout this season. Though Basran did take the loss in the shootout, allowing one goal on three attempts, he was named the second star of the game for his efforts. Saturday against the Prince George Cougars, Basran stopped 19 of 21 shots in a 3-2 win for Kelowna. Basran stopped two shots in the first, 11 in the second, and six in the third.

The 18-year-old from Vancouver, B.C. was originally selected by the Rockets in the third round, 64th overall, of the 2016 WHL Bantam Draft. In 20 games this season, the 6-foot-2, 190-pound goaltender has a record of 11-5-1-2, 2.49 GAA, 0.917 SV%, and one shutout. For his WHL career, Basran has compiled a 37-27-4-3 record, 2.68 GAA, 0.911 SV%, and four shutouts in 82 WHL regular season games.

Basran and the Rockets will begin their road trip through the East Division on Friday, December 6 (7:00 p.m. CT) against the Prince Albert Raiders.

WHL On the Run Player of the Week
November 25 – December 1: Cole Reinhardt, Brandon Wheat Kings
November 18 – November 24: Logan Barlage, Lethbridge Hurricanes
November 11 – November 17: Cole Reinhardt, Brandon Wheat Kings
November 4 – November 10: James Hamblin, Medicine Hat Tigers
October 28 – November 3: Oliver Okuliar, Lethbridge Hurricanes
October 21 – October 27: Jake Gricius, Portland Winterhawks
October 14 – October 20: Orca Wiesblatt, Calgary Hitmen
October 7 – October 13: James Hamblin, Medicine Hat Tigers
September 30 – October 6: Ty Smith, Spokane Chiefs
September 23 – September 29: Dylan Cozens, Lethbridge Hurricanes
September 20 – September 22: Bryce Kindopp, Everett Silvertips

WHL Eli Wilson Goaltending Goaltender of the Week
November 25 – December 1: Roman Basran, Kelowna Rockets
November 18 – November 24: Roman Basran, Kelowna Rockets
November 11 – November 17: David Tendeck, Vancouver Giants
November 4 – November 10: Trent Miner, Vancouver Giants
October 28 – November 3: Joel Hofer, Portland Winterhawks
October 21 – October 27: Shane Farkas, Victoria Royals
October 14 – October 20: Dylan Garand, Kamloops Blazers
October 7 – October 13: Joel Hofer, Portland Winterhawks
September 30 – October 6: Ethan Anders, Red Deer Rebels
September 23 – September 29: Beck Warm, Tri-City Americans
September 20 – September 22: Roddy Ross, Seattle Thunderbirds


Fraser Valley defeats Manitoba with strong fourth quarter, 76-65

WINNIPEG – The Fraser Valley Cascades (5-3) took the latter match of their two-game series with the Manitoba Bisons (3-5), winning 76-65 Saturday night at the Investors Group Athletic Centre.

The Cascades dominated in the paint where they outscored the Bisons 40-14 and collected 25 offensive boards to Manitoba’s nine.

“It’s been an area that we’ve been bad at all semester,” said Manitoba coach Michele Sung. “We know if we mentally take possessions, runs, and quarters off we’re going to get killed.”

Manitoba kept their sharpshooting from the perimeter going, hitting 10 of 21 three-point attempts after drilling 10 of their 19 attempts last night.

Taylor Randall was money from beyond the arc early on, nailing a trio of three-pointers on her first three attempts. Randall led the game with 15 points at the half, but finished with 17.

“We had good flow at times but defensively we got to stop big players in big games,” said Randall postgame.

And that wasn’t the case for Manitoba after Fraser Valley scored 27 fourth-quarter points, 12 coming off the hands of Jessica Parker who didn’t have a made field goal after the first 30.

“We didn’t do a good job in using fast and slow in terms of tempo,” said Sung. “When they asked their players to step up, they got that in spurts where we didn’t with consistency.”

Cacades’ all-star forward Taylor Claggett stepped up as well, scoring nine of her 16 points in the final frame. Claggett added nine rebounds and two steals. Teammate Deanna Tuchscherer tied Claggett with a team-high 16 points.

Lauren Bartlett led Manitoba with 19 points, rounding out her evening with six rebounds and four assists. Emma Thompson grabbed eight treys and finished with nine points on two of 10 shooting.

The Bisons are off for all of December and will travel to Edmonton in the new year to take on the MacEwan University Griffins on Jan. 4 at 6 p.m.

KidSport Calls on Canadians to Give the Gift of Sport this Holiday Season

Media Release

Nov. 28, 2019 

KidSport Calls on Canadians to Give the Gift of Sport this Holiday Season 
National not-for-profit aims to raise $250,000 to help more children play organized sport in 2020





Nov. 28, 2019 – WINNIPEG, MB –  KidSport™ launched their eighth annual Give the Gift of Sport fundraising campaign on Nov.18, 2019, calling on Canadians to donate online at KidSport.ca/GiftofSport. Over 30 per cent of Canadian youth under the age of 18 cannot afford to play organized sport. With the help of Canadians across the country, KidSport’s annual campaign—running until January 6, 2020—aims to get more kids off the sidelines, into the game, and experience the gift of sport. In 2018, KidSport Manitoba provided over $377,000 in funding to more than 1,800 kids for 40 different sports across five regions.

“Organized sport provides our children with so many benefits. We know it can help them be healthier, but it can also help them with things like their education and social development,” says Jamie Ferguson, Chair of KidSport. “In essence, sport can provide our children with a head start on life. At KidSport, we believe every child deserves that chance. Please give to our Give the Gift of Sport campaign and help make more head starts happen.”

According to the 2014 CIBC KidSport Report, 82 per cent of Canadians know a child who cannot participate in organized sport due to financial barriers. KidSport wants to change these statistics by providing grants to the growing volume of applications received each year, and continue to fund sport registration fees for more than 100 different sports across Canada.
 
Since its creation in 1993, KidSport has disbursed $75M and helped over 825,000 kids from coast to coast receive grants and sport introduction programming, thanks to the support from the Government of Canada, national corporate partners like Saputo, the Jays Care Foundation, and the generosity of Canadian donors. There is new demand each year, however, and KidSport can make a bigger impact with donations to the Give the Gift of Sport campaign.
 
“I was a KidSport Kid growing up, they literally helped pay for my registration to keep me on the field when I was younger, so they’re definitely a part of my story,” says two-time Olympian, professional Soccer player, and past KidSport grant recipient Desiree Scott. “KidSport is there to kind of remove that barrier financially and allow people just to enjoy the sport and get on the field and do what they love. Sport changes lives, it absolutely does, it’s changed mine, kept me out of trouble, keeps me fit, learning life skills, motivation, leadership skills, all of that good stuff. So staying in sport is so important and I’m happy I can call it my job and hopefully inspire people to stick with sport.”

Every donation counts and will contribute to making a difference in a child’s life. An average donation of $250 can provide one child a full season of sport—the type of gift that will last well beyond the holidays. Manitobans can make their contribution today to Give the Gift of Sport at KidSport.ca/GiftofSport, where personal, corporate or tribute donations can be directed to any of KidSport’s 178 community chapters.
 
Learn more about KidSport and join the holiday conversation on Twitter @KidSport and #GiftofSport, on Facebook.com/KidSportCanada, or online at KidSport.ca/GiftofSport.
  About  
KidSport is a national charity administered in Manitoba by Sport Manitoba which provides support to children in order to remove financial barriers that prevent them from playing organized sport. KidSport believes that no kid should be left on the sidelines and all should be given the opportunity to experience the positive benefits of organized sports.

Sport Manitoba is a not-for-profit organization and the lead planning, programming and funding agency for the development of amateur sport in Manitoba. Located at 145 Pacific Avenue, Sport Manitoba partners with over 100 organizations to deliver sport in the province and is responsible for programs including the Manitoba Games powered by Manitoba HydroSport Manitoba CoachingTeam ManitobaManitoba Sports Hall of FameFit Kids Healthy Kids, and KidSport. Services provided include the Sport Manitoba ClinicSport Manitoba PerformanceSport Manitoba Fitness Centre and the Paul Robson Resource Centre for Leadership and Coaching.
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For more information, please contact:

Janelle Bohunicky
KidSport Manitoba
Sport Manitoba 
Janelle.Bohunicky@sportmanitoba.ca
204.925.5911