Congratulations Michele Van Bargen – Pete Beach Award Recipient

TVRA is extremely proud and honoured to announce that our very own Michele Van Bargen was the receipt of this year’s Pete Beach Award. Michele has been a dedicated teacher-coach for all of her 28 years of teaching. Most prominently, she has coached Girls Volleyball and Track and Field for her entire career, sharing her expertise in both sports across multiple generations of student-athletes. Michele’s contributions to Athletic Administration are…

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2021 Spectra Award Winners

Despite missing out in their final year of athletics in high school, both of the Spectra award winners this year were exceptional role models for their schools and within their communities over the last 4 years. Dominating in cross country, track and field, and wrestling, Jalen Marcil from London Central Secondary School is the 2021 Spectra Award winner.  Described by her coaches as one of the hardest working and positive…

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Former TVRA Athlete, Julia Gosling, vying for spot on Olympic Team

It was not long ago when former MTS student, Julia Gosling won the coveted SPECTRA award. Shortly after that, she headed for St. Lawrence University to pursue her education and lead the women’s hockey team there. Now, she will have to defer her 3rd year at the university to travel to Calgary at the end of July to train with the team. Both she and her teammates are pumped and…

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Coach Jamie Neilson Creating a Legacy at Oakridge Secondary School

From a parent’s perspective, having Jamie as a coach is a feeling of joy and happiness. From a coach’s perspective, I spent the last 15+ years coaching against Jamie and the Oaks. I can explicitly remember coaching against him and the teams he has had throughout the years. As a female coach coaching boys in volleyball, I had to work hard to get the respect of my coaching peers, referees,…

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Holy Cross Trailblazing goalie has a chance to make OHL Draft her-story

Grade 10 Holy Cross CSS student Taya Currie is looking to break barriers, as she sets her sights on the OHL entry draft. She currently plays goal for the AAA Elgin Middlesex Chiefs. Taya is also the goaltender for the Holy Cross Centurions girls hockey team and led them on a playoff run in 2020. We wish Taya the best of luck on June 4th and 5th! Way to go…

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Ava Ebert accepted into Volleyball Canada’s National Excellence Program

A huge congratulations goes out to Ava Ebert, AB Lucas Secondary School student-athlete and FCVC volleyball program athlete who has just been selected to take part in Volleyball Canada’s National Excellence Program. From September to December Ava will train, learn, and be exposed to all that the Senior National Team has to offer from a volleyball and sports science perspective. Ava is recognized as one of eighteen female volleyball athletes…

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Scott Morrison Interview

In partnership with the SSSAA Thunder Bay High School Sports Association, Director David Pineau has a Zoom call with Boston Celtics Assistant Coach (and former Lakehead Men’s Basketball Coach) Scott Morrison with your questions featured! Check out the video here! Scott Morrison Video LINK

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Kelly Welch Recipient of the Pete Beach Award

Pete Beach was a former Executive Director of OFSAA whose life was dedicated to sport and helping others, especially young people, achieve their full potential. Under his leadership, OFSAA expanded from 7 Associations to 15 and 300 schools to 580. Each association is permitted to nominate and award one coach each year this prestigious award. These winners exemplify the same dedication, spirit and love of sport that made Pete Beach…

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