By Ottawa Sports Pages
BEHAR’S FIREWORK ANNOUNCES 2-YEAR PARTNERSHIP WITH ATHLETESCAN
AthletesCAN, the association of Canada’s national team athletes, announced a two-year partnership with athlete marketing company FireWork on Oct. 25. Founded by former Carleton Raven and now current Ottawa Red Black receiver Nate Behar, FireWork will collaborate directly with AthletesCAN members to create social media and sponsorship revenue opportunities for athletes who compete on the world stage. The partnership lasts until 2023.
CANADIAN JUNIOR NATIONAL BASEBALL TEAM TRAVELS TO FLORIDA FOR FALL CAMP
Baseball Canada’s junior national team travelled to TD Ballpark, the spring training home of the Toronto Blue Jays, in Dunedin, Fla., for a series of intrasquad games and a matchup with Stetson University, which Canada lost 9-5. The camp ran Oct. 14-23. Notable members of the club from Ottawa include Greg Hamilton, head coach and director of national teams, and assistant coach TJ Burton. Orléans’ Ty Hamilton, an outfielder/pitcher, drove in a run in the loss to Stetson.
COVID FORCES MULTIPLE HOCKEY CANADA CANCELLATIONS, INCLUDING PARA HOCKEY CUP
Due to issues arising from the COVID-19 pandemic, Hockey Canada announced Sept. 27 it had cancelled the upcoming 2021 Canadian Tire Para Hockey Cup, the 2021 National Women’s U-18 Championship and the 2021 World Junior A Challenge. The pandemic, coupled with the vaccination status of some international teams, forced the cancellation, Hockey Canada said in a statement. Ottawa’s Tyrone Henry and Ben Delaney, as well as Gatineau’s Anton Jacobs-Webb – all members of Canada’s para hockey national team – will now be unable to compete in 2021. The hope is the spring 2022 national championships will be played as usual, Hockey Canada said.
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