With Ontario schools closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it was no surprise in late march when that meant the provincial high school sports spring championships and festivals were cancelled.
The list included the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations (OFSAA) girls ‘AA’ soccer championship, which was scheduled to be hosted by the St. Mary Thunder at St. Mary Catholic Secondary School in Cobourg from June 4-6.
“On behalf of the OFSAA Executive Council and all of our staff, we are thankful for the commitment and passion of all student-athletes, coaches, convenors and volunteer host organizing committees to this point in the school year,” OFSAA President Nick Rowe said in a statement.
“Volunteers are the driving force in the planning efforts and execution of these events. A sincere thank you to each and every one of the volunteers across the province.”
The statement included a list of the convenors for the cancelled championships and festivals, which included Ian Kendrick from St. Mary, to recognize their “commitment and dedication.”
OFSAA will continue to follow the direction of public health experts and government agencies, Rowe said.
“We eagerly look forward to when we can safely get back to the classroom and when sport returns to our school communities,” he added.