Local Sport Organizations are integral to providing positive sporting experiences to the community.  Through the work of the Sport Plan, a number of initiatives and resources are available to organizations. 

Resources during COVID-19

The following information provides resources to support your organization during this time.

Sport Law & Strategy Group
Sport Law & Strategy Group

Sport Law & Strategy Group provides support to sport organizations. This includes: legal solutions; staff development, coaching and HR management; planning and research; governance and compliance services; communications and marketing.

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Engaging your Members through Fun Activities
Kahoot

Kahoot can be used to play trivia with members. Users can make their own Kahoot trivia questions or use existing games on the site.

How to use Kahoot - Instructions


Scavenger Hunt Template

Thank you to the Aurora Minor Hockey Association - Minor Peewee AA for sharing their scavenger hunt for others to use as an idea for their team or members.

AMHA Minor Peewee AA - Scavenger Hunt List

Women and Girls in Sport

Town of Aurora is collaborating with the community to build capacity to engage women and girls in physical activity and sport. 

Gender Equity Plan - Report and Infographic

In November 2019, Town of Aurora entered into a partnership with Canadian Women & Sport to review and develop recommendations related to gender equity in sport. The project includes a survey of Local Sport Organizations and Town of Aurora, consultation workshop with members of the community and representatives from the sport community and a final report to guide initiatives for more engagement of women in sport. The report provides six key priority gaps that will be the focus over the next two years. The first step is to develop a Sport Equity & Inclusion Committee which the Town of Aurora is in the process of creating. The following links provide the full report from Canadian Women & Sport, as well as an infographic summarizing the report.

Town of Aurora Gender Equity Consultation Report - Updated March 1, 2020

Gender Equity Plan - Infographic Flyer

Virtual Keynote Speaker – Sheilagh Croxon

Join the Town of Aurora for a virtual keynote address on Excellence & Retention of Women in Sport with Sheilagh Croxon, Olympic Coach in Artistic Swimming.

NOTE: Due to COVID-19, the Town of Aurora is rescheduling the full in person Female Leaders in Sport Summit to January 2021.

Date - Sunday, September 13, 2020

Time - 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Cost - FREE

Registration - Online registration on our e-PLAY page (Registration Code: 18948)

If individuals do not have an existing e-PLAY account with the Town of Aurora, one must be created prior to registering for this event. Once registered / logged into e-PLAY, search by the registration code # 18948.

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10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Headshot of Sheilagh CroxonSheilagh Croxon, three-time Olympic Coach, has inspired generations of athletes and coaches with her ability to conceive unique ideas. Sheilagh co-coached the Canadian Olympic Synchronized Swim team to a silver medal win at the Atlantic Olympics Games. As Canadian Olympic Head Coach at the Sydney Olympic Games, scored another Olympic medal, this time bronze. In 2008, she coached New Zealand’s Synchro duet team to qualify for the country’s first Olympic Games since 1984. Sheilagh will deliver a virtual keynote address on Excellence & Retention of Women in Sport. 

11:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

In addition to the keynote address with Q & A to follow, the Town of Aurora will present the Sport Equity & Inclusion Committee priorities, tasks and projects related to the Gender Equity Report completed through our partnerships with Canadian Women & Sport.

20 Female Leaders in 2020

Town of Aurora is excited to present the 20 Female Leaders in 2020! The community is fortunate to have these individuals engaged in sport, providing direction for the future and being a role model for younger athletes. Each of the female leaders will be participating in a variety of courses and workshops to further their training in each area. The Town looks forward to working with each of these leaders over the next year and beyond.

Board of Director Stream

The following individuals help lead sport organizations in an administrative capacity and will be participating in training and professional development to support their contributions to sport.

Christina Kerr
Photo of Christina KerrChristina Kerr grew up in York Region loving sports of all kinds. She played soccer, softball, frisbee, volleyball, basketball and hockey. Hockey was always the one she was most passionate about even though she didn’t begin to skate until she was in grade 3 on an invitation from a friend. From the first step on the ice she was hooked, this game changed her life. Lifelong friends where made playing hockey, coaching and attending school. The sport allowed her to travel across the world and move to a new country to gain an education while playing the sport she loved every day! Christina began her hockey career during the inaugural season of the Central York Girls Hockey Association (CYGHA) and continued to play with the organization until moving away to Plattsburgh, New York where she played 4 years of NCAA hockey. After university Christina continued to play and coach in the CYGHA organization along with charity tournaments and men’s leagues. Christina is also the founder and coordinator of a local co-ed charity tournament which benefits a different charity each year. She believes sport is such a great tool to learn so many valuable life lessons that athletes will gain and use in every aspect of their lives.
Hailey Milligan-Jones
Photo of Heather Milligan-JonesFrom Brantford Ontario, Hailey is a passionate and empathetic leader in the community. Hailey had a distinguished and much decorated women’s basketball career while graduating with honours at McMaster University. Her dedication to academics, athletics and community outreach transformed the lives of those around her. Hailey became very involved at the Hamilton Kiwanis Boys and Girls Club, as first a volunteer and then an employee. She began facilitating and developing community programs focusing on the retention and access for girls and women in the Hamilton area. During this time, Hailey was captain of her team, involved in McMaster Athletes Care (MAC) as well as committing time to growing sport for youth, with a specific focus on girls and women. Hailey’s on court success has been recognized by many awards including OUA Joy Bellinger Award, USPORTS Sylvia Sweeney Award for dedication to athletics, academics and community service, Therese Quigley Female Athlete of the Year in 2014 and YMCA Young Women of Distinction Award 2014. Hailey went on to play professional basketball for a year in Strakonice, Czech Republic. Hailey is currently the Manager of Varsity Athletics at York University. Her portfolio includes the management of high-performance sport, as well as leadership, outreach and development. Hailey has a ‘people-first’ mentality and believes that open and honest communication is the key to success. Hailey is an influential advocate for the development of women and girls in sport. Hailey is currently on the Board of Directors at York University Cooperative Daycare. Hailey resides in Aurora, along with her husband and daughter.
Amanda Van Veen
Photo of Amanda Van VeenAmanda is currently chauffeur and busy mom to 3 amazing kids who are 11, 10 and 7 years of age. She was a former VP and Head Trader for Canada's largest High Net Worth wealth management firm - Gluskin Sheff + Associates. During Amanda’s time on Bay Street she served in various capacities with the Institutional Equity Traders Association including two years as President. Amanda also served on the Board of the Canadian Security Traders Association, Women in Capital Markets and the Bay Street Children’s Charity Foundation. Additional volunteer positions include Toronto and North York Pony Club Assistant District Commissioner, Aurora Girl Guides Leader, Member of the Board of Directors for York Simcoe Express Hockey Club. In her formative years Amanda was an avid and competitive horseback rider, downhill ski racer as well as playing for the Dutch National Fastball team. Amanda is currently a certified swim instructor and lifeguard and an NCCP Level 1 certified coach.
Coaches Stream

Coaches work on the ground with athletes, leading and mentoring them through their athletic career. The following coaches are leaders in our community and will be participating in coaching courses to further develop their skills.

Madeleine Amelink
Photo of Madeleine AmelinkMadeleine Amelink is a first year student studying architectural engineering at the University of Waterloo. Madeleine has been training in karate at Aurora Family Martial Arts since she was 6, and has been teaching for over 5 years. She co-runs the demo team and teaches students of all ages not only martial arts, but leadership skills. Madeleine grew up shy but found courage and confidence through martial arts and through her strong female role models. These amazing female instructors gave Madeleine a passion to excite, encourage, embolden and empower young girls. She aims to be a role model and help other shy girls realize their worth, potential and strength through sport, and help them find what makes them feel like strong leaders.
Brittany Douglas
Photo of Brittany DouglasBrittany began playing rugby in grade nine and had her first opportunity to coach at the age of 19 with the Cobourg Saxons U18 girls team. Brittany followed this up with coaching at a local high school while pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree from Trent University. She had the opportunity to coach the U18 Toronto Representative 7’s team and is currently managing the U16 Ontario Girls Team. Over the last four years Brittany has made a home for herself with the Aurora Barbarians Rugby Club. She has helped lead the club as a key player on the field and earned the position of captain. Brittany wants to continue leading the members of this community by taking an active role coaching the younger players.
Emily Kemp
Photo of Emily KempEmily Kemp is 17 years old, and a recent high school graduate. She will be attending the University of Guelph in Fall 2021. Emily skated at the Aurora Skating Club for the last 13 years starting at the CanSkate level working her way up to the advanced level. Emily enjoys taking part in competitions and testing to challenge myself to improve my skills as well as work on new elements. This helps Emily to prepare herself for new opportunities in the sport of Figure Skating. This past season, she qualified for the Ontario 2020 Provincial Championships for the very first time, but unfortunately they were cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Although Emily did not get to attend the Championships, she is very content with the progress she made in the Free-skate category. Emily’s love for figure skating has been extremely strong from the moment she started competing, and now she has the opportunity to share that with young skaters as a certified junior coach. Emily currently teaches CanSkate levels Pre-Can to level 6 at the Aurora Skating Club which has redefined her appreciation and passion for the sport. Figure Skating teaches resilience, courage, and success, but unlike other sports, you feel superhuman as you glide across the ice. Emily is looking forward to seeing what the future holds for improving her personal as well as my coaching skills. Over the next few years, it is Emily’s goal to continue to train, compete, and coach higher levels of figure skating in order to support future generations of skaters.
Christina Kerr
Photo of Christina KerrChristina Kerr grew up in York Region loving sports of all kinds. She played soccer, softball, frisbee, volleyball, basketball and hockey. Hockey was always the one she was most passionate about even though she didn’t begin to skate until she was in grade 3 on an invitation from a friend. From the first step on the ice she was hooked, this game changed her life. Lifelong friends where made playing hockey, coaching and attending school. The sport allowed her to travel across the world and move to a new country to gain an education while playing the sport she loved every day! Christina began her hockey career during the inaugural season of the Central York Girls Hockey Association (CYGHA) and continued to play with the organization until moving away to Plattsburgh, New York where she played 4 years of NCAA hockey. After university Christina continued to play and coach in the CYGHA organization along with charity tournaments and men’s leagues. Christina is also the founder and coordinator of a local co-ed charity tournament which benefits a different charity each year. She believes sport is such a great tool to learn so many valuable life lessons that athletes will gain and use in every aspect of their lives.
Ivy Lau
Photo of Ivy LauIvy and her husband started Champion Swimming in Aurora about 10 years ago, from providing backyard swimming lessons to now running a facility with their own indoor pool providing swimming lessons for kids of all ages year round. They want to help kids to gain confidence in water, to learn an important life skill, and also to inspire them to find their love and passion in swimming as a sport. It is the most rewarding for Ivy as the kids grow from learning to blow bubbles to loving swimming so much. Ivy feels it is a privilege to teach & coach all these children and looks forward to serving more families in Aurora.
Nicole Lau
Photo of Nicole LauNicole is currently a national competitive swimmer for the Aurora Ducks and achieved qualifications to the Canadian Olympic Trials and Canadian Swimming Championships in 2019 and 2020. With her experience in competitive swimming and teaching younger children how to swim at Champion Swimming, Nicole gained the confidence to coach the development groups at the Ducks. Nicole loves the sport and hopes to inspire young athletes to enjoy and love to swim as well. She like to incorporate technique, speed work, and fun into her training sessions to ensure practice is never boring.
Laura Leibuik
Photo of Laura LeibuikLaura loves to run. These days you may find her out running with her 5 year old who would prefer to be carried, or keeping up with her 7 year old, who may out run her in a fair race in a few years. She remember fondly sprinting up the court for a full court pass and an easy layup when the defence was sleeping or too slow to transition. Running suicide sprints in practice, Laura gave the point guards a run for their money, the excitement of competition spurring her on. Laura’s love of running opened doors in sport, but also got her hooked on exercise, and now in these crazy times, Laura is forever grateful that she had the opportunity to be apart of various athletic teams growing up. Teamwork, communication, skill development, friendships, sportsmanship, travel, the benefits of team sport last a lifetime. Laura is excited to begin learning to engage and excite children through coaching.
Caitlin LeRoux
Photo of Caitlin LeRouxCaitlin LeRoux is a 16 year old highschool student. She started skating at the age of three and has been skating with the Aurora Skating Club since 2011. Caitlin has played many sports but figure skating is the sport she loves the most. The Aurora Skating Club feels like a second home to her and the people are like family. The coaches have always inspired Caitlin to become not only a better skater, but a better person too. She was asked to become a P.A. (Program Assistant) to help with the younger children in the Canskate program and has been doing this for the last five years. With this experience Caitlin’s coaches encouraged her to obtain her Canskate Coaching Certification. This would allow Caitlin to give kids what was given to her when she was learning to skate. Caitlin wants to motivate younger skaters while helping them to learn new skills in a fun and safe environment. This sport has allowed her to discover different things about herself as well as allowing her to meet new people and her best friends. Caitlin knows with everything that she has learned and still learning, that skating will always be a part of her life.
Heather Powers
Photo of Heather PowersHeather is a 3rd degree black belt currently teaching Martial Arts at Aurora Family Martial Arts. She has been training in Karate for over 14 years, and teaching for the past eight years. Heather is also a 3rd year student working towards her Bachelors of Kinesiology and Health Promotion at Sheridan College. At Aurora Family Martial Arts, she currently co-coaches both the tournament and demo teams, as well as teach a variety of fitness and karate classes for all ages and belt levels. What Heather loves about coaching is that she is able to inspire young girls in a male-dominated sport. Martial Arts is a passion of hers, and being able to share that love with her students; while teaching them confidence, courage and self-defence is amazing. Many female students that Heather teaches have expressed an interest in one day coaching Karate, which warms her heart. Watching them grow not only into amazing Martial Artists, but as confident and determined female leaders is important to Heather. Her goal is to introduce more women and young girls to Martial Arts; it’s an empowering sport that has allowed Heather to become confident and determined towards anything she does. If Heather is able to inspire just one young woman to find her voice and become confident in herself, then she has done her job as a coach.
Olivia Purcell
Photo of Olivia PurcellOlivia Purcell is the current assistant coach of the Lady Redbirds U11 Competitive team and a player on the Wilfred Laurier University Women’s Field Lacrosse team. Olivia joined the Lady Redbirds as a player in 2014. When the House League program began in 2015, Olivia quickly volunteered as a coach and a referee for the inaugural season. For the past two season’s Olivia was convenor of the House League program. This summer she took her first step in a competitive coaching role by leading skills and training for our youngest players. Olivia is grateful and excited about the opportunity the 20 Female Leaders of 2020 presents in furthering her training and experience as a coach.
Meghan Rothenbroker
Photo of Meghan RothenbrokerMeghan is a Lester B Pearson and Aurora High School alumni who started running with the Town of Aurora community running group prior to joining the Newmarket Huskies. Meghan competed as a varsity cross country/track runner for McMaster where she obtained her BHSc and MSc in Biochemistry. For the 2019-2020 season she was an assistant coach for the McMaster cross country/track team. Meghan is currently a researcher at Sunnybrook but she still tries to make time to run everyday! Meghan is passionate about advocating for women in sport and STEM.
Officials Stream

As sport officials, these individuals are pursuing further training to officiate at higher levels of the game. They are role models for athletes to be able to see more females in officiating roles.

Taylor Nacevski
Photo of Taylor NacevskiTaylor Nacevski is a Grade 11 student at Aurora High School. Taylor started playing lacrosse with the boys in grade 1 and switched to the Lady Redbirds program when it became available. Taylor started officiating for Ontario Women's Field Lacrosse and started coaching clinics for the Lady Redbirds as soon as she was old enough. Taylor loves being involved in girl's lacrosse because she is very passionate about girls being involved in sports and them having opportunities through sports.
Brionna Theaker 
Photo of Brionna TheakerBrionna Theaker has had a passion for soccer since she was 4 years old and continues to play each season. Three years ago, Brionna welcomed the opportunity to begin refereeing for AYSC. Not only has refereeing given her the opportunity to give back to her community, she recognizes the personal growth that has resulted.

Volunteers

Volunteers are integral to sport at the community level. The steps to recruit and train a volunteer can take time and be overwhelming for all involved.

Volunteer Orientation Manual Template
In order to support the process, the following Volunteer Orientation Manual template has been created for use by Local Sport Organizations. The template provides a framework of information that should be provided to each new volunteer that joins the organization. The template highlights areas that should be adapted to your organization. 

Courses and Workshops

Town of Aurora will be hosting a variety of courses and workshops for coaches, volunteers and administrators in the year ahead. The most up to date information about upcoming courses and workshops can be found here. 

Please check back regularly for updated courses and workshops.