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Sport Networking Meeting Recap – Thursday, June 13, 2019

Sport Networking Meeting Recap – Thursday, June 13, 2019

 Welcome and Ice Breaker

The historic Sanderson Centre was the beautiful backdrop to our June Sport Networking meeting.  Domino’s generously provided a delicious pizza lunch for our hardworking sports group. 

Ela Stypa Jones, Sport Tourism Coordinator, MC’d our quarterly event and began the session with a spirited ice breaker asking participants to introduce themselves and share where they are coming from in addition to their downtown parking strategy. The group consensus seemed to be that the majority of us tried to avoid parallel parking and would rather splurge for local parking in either a nearby lot or the parkade. Lots of people lucked out with two hour parking, while others were crossing their fingers and watching the clocks in anticipation. 


Sanderson Centre for the Performing Arts

Our host venue, Sanderson Centre, was first up on the agenda to present. Glenn Brown unfortunately could not be with us at the meeting, so Liz said a few words and provided a video clip from Glenn that detailed a brief history of the Centre in addition to some exciting hints at what’s to come in their centennial season. The Sanderson Centre originally opened as a vaudeville and silent movie house in 1919, so this year we can expect some throwbacks to that vaudeville series in addition to their film and performance series as well. Audiences can expect to see a community celebration performance in addition to a gala anniversary, with lots of keepsakes and merchandise for sale to commemorate the Sanderson Centre’s momentous birthday. Dance is an enormous event that comes to our community between recitals and competitions. A lot of these dancers and their families come to our communities for a multi-day tournament and stay overnight, shop in our stores, and eat out at our local restaurants generating a lot of revenue for our great city. One dance tournament over the Victoria Day long weekend generated about $57,000 in economic impact in one tournament. There were 8 dance competitions alone this year making up an estimated $579,000 in economic impact—for dance alone. The economic impact of sports tourism for the year was just under $6 million.

Modo Yoga

Markus Schneider of Modo Yoga joined us to talk about this fixture of health and wellness, located in the Brantford downtown core since 2015. Modo Yoga offers yoga, hot yoga and barre classes and it’s practice is the antidote to the chaos we have created for ourselves. There is a misconception that yoga is for certain type of people or body type, but Markus emphasized that yoga is for everyone. The old adage is ‘motion is lotion,’ so keep your body moving because it is good for you mentally, physically and physiologically as well. Modo Yoga’s classes lead you through a practice that is designed to get your body functioning optimally. It allows you to release tension and thoughts you are holding onto by gentle stretching and breathing techniques. Markus said, whether or not it’s Modo Yoga or another studio or venue, people have to find a way to de-stress and embrace the art of relaxation. Our brains are very good at letting us know when our bodies are exhausted, but not so much when our brains are overworked. Some signs and symptoms of being overwhelmed in the mind include: shortness, anger and frustration with yourself, your work and the ones you love. Markus also left the group comp cards to try one free class at Modo Yoga—thank you, Markus! is a 24 hour live streaming local news coverage site that is just 10 days old. It shares local news only from Brantford and its adjacent surrounding communities. The site has a similar look and feel to other news channels viewers will be comfortable navigating, with the only difference being that it is not on television but instead accessible via the computer or mobile devices. News Director, Dave Whitaker, spoke on behalf of the organization and recognized his colleague and owner, Jason Souliere. Jason worked in partnership with Syd Bolton, Owner of The Personal Computer Museum, to develop this business. Unfortunately, Syd Bolton passed away last year before could get off the ground and Dave added, “we are here in his memory.” is located on the main level of 1 Market Square (the Laurier Brantford building). Please go visit them anytime; their doors are always open. They are also open to story suggestions, tips and local events so please feel free to e-mail them or reach out via their site. 


Ela Stypa Jones – The Raptors Game Six is being held at the Brantford District Civic Centre. Doors open at 8:00 p.m. and the game starts at 9:00 p.m. Also, Canada Day will once again be held at Lions Park/Steve Brown Sports Complex on July 1, 2019. Great vendor shopping, food, activities for kids, and a day’s worth of musical entertainment are all in store, including headliner Colin James. The day will finish with a spectacular fireworks display at 10:00 p.m.

Bill Harding – The Brantford and Area Sports Hall of Recognition Induction Ceremony was held last night. Nomination forms are now online to nominate individuals, organizations, etc. for September. On Wednesday, February 12, 2020 the Brantford Sports Council Awards will be held. You can submit team names, groups, coaches, etc. for those awards.

Karen Lawrence – The 2019 Brantford – Brant County WALK-IT for Parkinsons will be held on Saturday, September 7th at Mohawk Park in Brantford. Registration begins at 1:00 p.m. and the walk is at 2:00 p.m. This will be the 10th anniversary of Karen and her husband running the walk. Door prizes are welcome as are participants.

Jason Freeze – June is a top month for events, so please pick up a paper, visit BScene online and check those out. Submit your events, if you haven’t already, at Also, Happy Pride Week! 

Jacque Dwyer – Happy Father’s Day to all the dad’s in the room. Best Western is hosting a great Father’s Day brunch and barbeque, so if you don’t have plans be sure to come and have a bite at Myra’s.

David McKee – The Special Olympics Track & Field Meet will be held July 5 with incredible athletes who have the goal in mind to do the best they can. It would be great if people could come out, support and fill the stands.

Dr. Sandy Kunej – Dr. Sandy wanted to wish all the Dads a Happy Father’s Day. He also shared that Family Care Chiropractic will be holding special examinations the whole month of June, not just for Father’s Day. 

Janice Knill – Jason’s Wheelhouse is a new rec center in Paris. It offers yoga, dance, music, arts, woodworking and much more and has been open 7 months now. Check them out on their website for more information.

Liz Martorano – colour run (Brantford Burst 2019) is coming up in September. The event will be held on Grandparents Day, so you can buy tickets online now and they would make a great Father’s Day gift.

Thank you again to both of our generous co-hosts, The Sanderson Centre for the Performing Arts and Domino’s. A special thank you goes out to Liz Oden and her team for the venue and set-up and Jackie Young for the food. 

We’ll see you all at the September Sport Networking Meeting at Home2 Suites by Hilton Brantford.


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