More than six months after the first Ontario Federation of Secondary School Athletic Association (OFSSA) COVID cancellation, high school sports championships are still on hiatus, with the announcement of winter sports cancellations earlier this week.
Nick Rowe, OFSAA President issued the following statement:
“After a meeting of our return to Sports Working Group in recent days, OFSAA’s Executive Council determined that the current reopening regulations within the province have not progressed to the point where our winter championships and festivals can take place.
We are disheartened to announce that the following OFSAA events are cancelled in 2021: snowboarding, alpine skiing nordic skiing, curling, girls volleyball, boys basketball, hockey, swimming and wrestling.
The Return to Sports Working group is comprised of school administrators, teachers, a director of education, a public health official and OFSAA staff.
The group will continue to monitor the feasibility of OFSAA spring events.”
In response to the current pandemic, OFSAA has organized several initiatives to keep young athletes active and competitive. Virtual Challenges are a series of sport-specific challenges. Taking part earns a school points, which build towards year-end prizes.
Try Day is another initiative, which reimburses schools up to $700 for the costs of trying a new sport, or to modify an existing sport or its equipment, to enhance its COVID safety.