Through our work with the Georgian Bay Breakers Sports Club we identified a need in the community for more accessible sports and leisure opportunities.
In late 2007, the BDB staff and Board of Directors, in partnership with the Curling Club of Collingwood, submitted a proposal to the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF); an agency of the Government of Ontario. The OTF grant will help us develop and implement the Integrated Sports and Leisure Network in the South Georgian Bay area. Youth and Adults with a disability will have an increased opportunity to participate in a wider range of inclusive active living programs with trained coaches and volunteers. This will happen as we develop new partnerships with local community sports and recreational organizations, clubs and associations.
If you are interested in becoming a coach or volunteer, or would like more information regarding the Sports and Leisure program, please contact Andrea Abbott-Kokosin at 705-445-1543 ext 300.
In November 2005 the Georgian Bay Breakers Sports Club was developed after a meeting between Jon Brown, consumer; Kathy Bloomfield, BDB staff member; and Mike Clark, BDB Board Member. Jon was looking for some help to train in Track and Field. The following spring, after several meetings to discuss the start of this exciting venture, 3 athletes started training in Track and Field.During the winter of 2006 the Sports Club grew to include Wheelchair Curling; through a great partnership with the Curling Club of Collingwood. Although it was not accessible at first, the Curling Club and the Town of Collingwood soon began renovations to put in an elevator and make the facility accessible to everyone.
In the spring of 2007 we added a third sport; Boccia. Boccia is an indoor version of the beach/backyard game of Bocce. The balls are smaller and made of leather. It is designed specifically for athletes with Cerebral Palsy, although realistically anyone can, and is welcome to, play.
This past spring we started using the facilities at Batteaux Creek Golf Course. Several of our Sports Club athletes have ventured on to the driving range and chipping area to try the game of Golf. This sport has also increased our Sports Club membership as several new athletes have joined us for this sport.
In the past year members of the Georgian Bay Breakers Sports Club have also ventured out to try their hand at 2 unique sporting opportunities.In July of 2008 we went to the York Soaring Association, to visit with Freedom's Wings, to participate in a day of Gliding. This agency operates a free gliding to individuals with a disability. They can be reached at: www.yorksoaring.com or contact Peter firstname.lastname@example.org
5 athletes from the Georgian Bay Breakers attended a "Try It On" day at highlands Nordic. This facility, in Duntroon, ON offered up the chance to try Nordic (cross-country) skiing to individuals with a disability. They had several "sit-skis" available as well as 4 very energetic volunteers to guide us in the whole process of skiing. The weather was amazing and everyone had a blast. See more about Highlands Nordic at:http://www.highlandsnordic.on.ca/
Location: Curling Club of Collingwood, 250 Hume Street, Collingwood