OFSAA curling cancelled
December 19, 2012
MUSKOKA - Expected to draw dozens of teams and plenty of excitement, the 2013-13 Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations’ (OFSAA) curling championships have been cancelled due to the ongoing conflict between teachers and the province.
Gravenhurst was to be the lead host with Bracebridge providing some extra ice space for the three-day event, originally scheduled for March 20 to 23.
With teachers eliminating extracurricular activities as part of their work-to-rule action, Gravenhurst High School athletic director Corry Ziorjen confirmed the event had to be cancelled due to a lack of time to prepare and organize but provided no other comment by press time.
An official with the Gravenhurst Curling Club, who requested to not be identified, expressed frustration over the cancellation, saying the club, the Gravenhurst Centennial Centre and either the Bracebridge Sportsplex or the Bracebridge Curling Club had been rented for that weekend to provide extra sheets of ice for the tournament.
“Now all of Muskoka is losing the curling championships,” said the official. “And in the end, it’s the kids that suffer, some in their last year of high school, who will never have a chance to make OFSAA again.
“I understand teachers’ hands are tied, it just irks me the kids can have the rug pulled out from under them like that,” the official added. “A person can’t point fingers but the politics of the situation is having a cost.”
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