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February’s Sport Networking Meeting Recap

February’s Sport Networking Meeting Recap


Donna Clements, Brantford’s Economic Development & Tourism Business Development Officer, MC’d the Sport Networking Meeting on Wednesday, February 7, 2018. This was our first Sport Networking Meeting of the year, and it was nice to see so many familiar faces back again. 

Host Thank You - Once again, The Sherwood Restaurant & Catering was our gracious host for the Sport Networking Meeting. Many attendees look forward to this location each year, as Dennis Duce, Mary Myers, and their whole team are such great supporters of the Brantford community.  Through charitable events, banquets and sport tournaments, The Sherwood Restaurant, Catering & Banquet Hall has been servicing them all for the past 57 years.  Brantford Sport Tourism thanks you for your continued support.

Icebreaker - Since today’s meeting takes place on the heels of a wonderful winter snowstorm, Donna decided to ask everyone to introduce themselves and tell us where they would rather be on this cold snowy day. Lots of attendees seemed to favour the idea of playing outside in the snow with their grandkids. Another popular one was the wish to be on a warm, sunny beach with a cool drink in hand!

2017 Sport Tourism Year End Report  After some laughs over the icebreakers, Donna started the meeting off with a recap of the previous year.  She awed us with some impressive numbers:

  • Last year, Brantford and area played host to 105 sporting events; 57 of which were single day events & 48 of which were multi-day events
  • This brought 24, 979 attendees to our area, creating a total revenue of $3,696,022!

Donna also excitedly shared the news to those who hadn’t already heard that Brantford & The County of Brant have been named Finalists for a 2018 CSTA PRESTIGE award for the 2017 Ontario ParaSport Winter Games we jointly hosted.  Click here for more information on that exciting nomination! She continued with more good news; that Brantford and the County of Brant are shortlisted to host the 2021 Ontario 55+ Winter Games, and we hosted a site tour last month. You can read all the details about the site tour here.

Donna also touched on exciting things to come for 2018, sharing that we are looking for a consultant to help with our Municipal Sport Tourism Strategy. This year we will are hosting 4 Sport Networking Meetings, at different times of the day to provide an opportunity for everyone wanting to attend. Fewer Sport Networking Meetings will be held in order to accommodate the need for community consultation events as part of the Sport Tourism Strategy.  

2018 Meeting Dates:
Thursday, June 14, 2018 at the Best Western Brantford Hotel & Conference Centre, 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Thursday, September 13, 2018 at the Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Brantford, 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, December 13, 2018 at Galaxy Cinemas Brantford, 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Next up was Nicole Drake, Manager of Tourism & Marketing for the City of Brantford, who introduced Tourism’s new Information Coordinator, Natalie Walker. Natalie is filling in for Kara Davey while she is off on maternity leave, and is the gatekeeper for all online communications for Brantford Tourism - including the Discover Brantford website, blog, Signature Experience Guide, and accompanying microsite Nicole also relayed that the Signature Experience Guide is now an annual publication and will include more experience driven content.  For example, what can families do to fill their time between tournament games? The guide will have specific experience ideas laid out for their convenience.

Tourism is currently accepting local advertisers for the publication.  For more information please contact


Ela Stypa Jones, City of Brantford Economic Development & Tourism – Excitedly announced that there’s a new book titled The Red and White Zamboni Ice Machine for sale at the Brantford Visitor & Tourism Centre by local Author Jimmy “The Iceman” MacNeil.  The book retails for $15 +pst. 

Syd Bolton & Jason Souliere, Personal Computer Museum – The Personal Computer Museum ‘s next open house is this Saturday February 10th, and they will also be hosting a PONG exhibit on Family Day (Monday, February 19th). Syd also announced that he and Jason will soon have news to share about a venture they are collaborating on, and requested if anyone has any score-keeping or sports data to contact him at

Jennifer Middleton, City of Brantford Parks & Recreation – Upcoming events at Harmony Square include Frosty Fest on February 18th & 19th and the Chili Willy Cook-Off on February 25th. Also, the City’s Harmony Square turns 10 this year! In celebration, they are planning a three-day event to take place this June in Harmony Square - details still to come. 

Bryan Maude, Paris Curling Club – February 24th & 25th is the Olympic Open House at the Paris Curling Club from 10 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Everyone is welcome!

Teresa Moran, Ball Hockey International – This year’s annual Walter Gretzky Street Hockey Tournament will take place June 1st, 2nd & 3rd at Lions Park Arena Steve Brown Sports Complex.

Andrew Pilkington, The RISE Centre TRC Academy – If anyone is interested in getting paid for some physical activity, Brantford Soccer is in need of soccer referees for the summer time.  Andrew can be reached at for anyone who is interested!

Angela Hanlon, Holistic Healing Arts – ‘Seedy Saturday’ is an event taking place this Saturday, February 10th at the Grand River Community Health Centre from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Angela will be hosting a workshop focused on how to use your garden herbs and veggies to make real, delicious meals. There will also be other seminars and vendors on site. 

Sylvia Hentz, Boys & Girls Club of Brantford – The Boys & Girls Club of Brantford invites people who are interested in starting clubs, or have clubs/teams to use their facilities for practices or tournaments.  They are also selling t-shirts in support of anti-bullying that you can purchase from Sylvia.  You can contact her at

Kimberlee Taplay, Jewel 92 – Has recently started Project Dragonfly, which is partnered with the Canadian Mental Health Association, to help raise mental health awareness and is looking for online content for ‘Dragonfly Diaries’. Please contact her at

Jason LaRonde, Minor Softball – Access Sports Centre is happy to announce they just had additional Turf fields installed. 

Thank-you Marlene Sharpe - After the shout-outs were complete, Donna gave a moving thank-you and tribute to her dear friend Marlene Sharpe who recently passed away.  Marlene was a long-standing City of Brantford employee as the Sales & Marketing Manager at the Sanderson Centre.  In Marlene’s honour, 2 sets of tickets for upcoming performances at the Sanderson Centre were donated and raffled off.

A Celebration of Life in honour of Marlene will be held on Thursday, February 8th at 1:30 p.m. at the Sanderson Centre (88 Dalhousie Street).

Thank You - Thanks once again to our generous host The Sherwood Restaurant, who donated 2 $25 Gift Cards to their restaurant to be awarded as door prizes. Special thanks to Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Brantford who donated a gift basket prize for a door prize as well. 

The next Sport Networking Meeting will take place Thursday, June 14, 2018 at the Best Western Brantford Hotel & Conference Centre, from 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.


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