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March Sport Networking Meeting - Recap

March Sport Networking Meeting - Recap

It was back to business after a short break from the Sport Networking Meetings.  It was great to see our regular attendees on Thursday, March 9th, but we also had some new faces join our group and learn about the networking opportunities and business collaborations available.

Host Thank You

The meeting was held by two great community supporters: The Sanderson Centre for the Performing Arts provided the venue and Domino’s Pizza supplied the delicious lunch.  Always a winning combination.  Domino’s Pizza is a great community supporter and we thank them for also being a major contributor to the welcome bags given to tournaments.  Over 10,000 coupons for pizza specials are handed out every year to tournament attendees.  This is a great program to be a part of as your product is put directly into the hands of visitors to the community looking for services while they are here.

Ice Breaker

The meeting commenced with Bryan Maude of Ad Plus Promotions leading the group in a game of Heads or Tails.  The last five people standing all won coupons for large pizzas from Domino’s Pizza.  It was a lightning fast and fun ice breaker. 

Star of the Game

The Star of the Game was handed out to a member of the networking group who took on an incredible community task this year.  Connie Pomerleau, of Brantford Minor Baseball Association, and her husband, took over the ownership of the Inter County Baseball League Brantford Red Sox.  These are exciting times for the record six straight championship winning team.  We congratulate Connie, her family and the entire Brantford Red Sox organization.  Best of luck with the new season and thank you for being such a great community champion and supporter.

2017 Ontario ParaSport Winter Games - recap

Ela Stypa Jones of Tourism Brantford showed a recap of the 2017 Ontario ParaSport Winter Games.  From the excitement of the Opening Ceremonies to the incredible action of the Games themselves, it was a true success for the City of Brantford and the County of Brant.  It took many people and businesses to pull off the Games and those in attendance were recognized and thanked.  A special thank you went to the over 200 volunteers who were the first people participants interacted with as they arrived at the athletes village and helped them throughout the weekend.  It could have never been done without the selfless generosity of the great people of our communities.

Arnold Anderson Sports Fund

Jilysa Haye and Matt Betts of the Arnold Anderson Sports Fund presented their program.  It’s an online portal to help match families in the community that wouldn’t be able to participate in sports due to finances with local sport organizations. Qualified families are able to apply for funding towards registration costs.  Sport and healthy activity is so important in the development of our youth, and this program helps bring that opportunity to so many families.  It is available in Brantford and now in County of Brant.  Help spread the word!

ICOMA World Championships - update

Bryon Davis of D&D United Martial Arts provided a recap of the ICOMA world championships that he and his students attended in Panama this past January.  He presented the numerous accolades and titles won by two of his students, Kelsey Cooper and Amber Beauregard.  Two very accomplished and dedicated young women.  There is a very exciting future ahead of these two athletes as they prepare for the next steps of the world stage.  Bryon thanked all those that he works with through these networking meetings who help support his students and their endeavours to represent Team Canada. 

Days Inn Brantford - update

Samantha Harold of the Days Inn Brantford provided an update to the group of the new renovations happening at the hotel.  With the updates to the rooms, breakfast area and meeting space, the hotel is able to provide many amenities to all guests.  Days Inn Brantford also announced their sport incentive program.  For every room booked by a tournament, the host organization will receive $5/room/night.  This is a great opportunity for local sport organizations to access funding to help offset the costs of running their tournaments.  The hotel is also able to work with local groups within this program should rooms be needed for officials.  Contact them directly to set up a site tour of the hotel.  Sport organizers work very hard to put on successful tournaments in our city.  Thank you to the hotels that work directly with these dedicated individuals to make their tournaments great. 

Shout Outs

Brantford & District Civic Centre 50th Anniversary – Saturday, March 25th

Brantford Minor Softball – Beach Volleyball tournament – Friday, April 28th

Sunrise Rotary Fish Fry - Saturday, April 1st

Brantford Food Bank Golf Tournament – Friday, May 26th

BScene Events Listings – don’t forget to send in your community event information!

Best Western Brantford Hotel – swim classes and local memberships.  March Break swimming available.

Thank you all for attending.  The next meeting will be held Thursday, April 13th.  If you have an upcoming event or have something to share with group, contact Tourism Brantford to be added to the agenda.


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