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By Pat Park
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Episode #12- Olympic Decathlon Champion Damian Warner
It's "The World's Greatest Athlete!" Damian Warner and his long-time coach, Gar Leyshon, recount their time together as athlete and coach at Montcalm Secondary School in London, Ontario. What team sport does Damian reflect on fondly as his spring-board to high school athletic success? What did Gar first see in Damian as a student-athlete? How has Olympic glory changed everyday life in 2021 for our country's Closing Ceremony Flag Bearer? It's all here! This is an episode that will surely get the motivational engines running for aspiring high school athletes and it will undoubtedly reinforce the benefits of athletics for dedicated coaches!
November 30, 2021
Episode #11 - The Current Climate Of OFSAA
OFSAA championships and festivals returned in October for the first time in 19 months. How did we get here and what does an OFSAA event look like in 2021? Two integral members of the OFSAA leadership group - President Carolyn Chesney And Acting Executive Director Shamus Bourdon - provide clarity and background on how the organization reached the point of a return to provincial championships.
October 18, 2021
Episode #10- Peter Morris' Coaching Reflections
Coach. Teacher. Mentor. Friend. All of these words aptly describe this episode's special guest to those of us in the school sport community. A former high school teacher with a 37 year background in coaching has seen it all. The highly-respected Peter Morris reflects on a career in this episode that will entertain aspiring coaches and ones that have been around the block a time or two. Over the years, Peter's dedication to school sport allowed him to connect with so many people outside of the coaching channel as well. He forged strong relationships with convenors, athletes, volunteers, event organizers and the overall OFSAA community during his tenure as a valuable OFSAA staff member from 1998 to 2019. What was his most rewarding coaching moment? How does the "hidden potato trick" work in baseball? It's all here in our 10th episode!
May 20, 2021
Episode #9 -"Humboldt Strong" - Kaleb Dahlgren With Martine Gaillard
Three years following the Humboldt Broncos' tragic bus crash, we hear from one of the team's captains, Kaleb Dahlgren. The 23-year old is joined in conversation with Sportsnet Central Host Martine Gaillard. They discuss his new book "Crossroads", diabetes, community, support teams, the loss of recent high school championships and a host of other important topics. You won't want to miss hearing about his emotional and physical recovery while learning about his future goals. This is a motivational and powerful discussion that will undoubtedly appeal to Canadians of all ages! Be sure to grab your copy of "Crossroads" at, Amazon or Indigo.
April 09, 2021
Episode #8 - The "Red Shirt Effect" With Michelle Lange
Find out about the movement that is the "Red Shirt Effect"! In the absence of sports over the last 12 months, Athletics Coordinator Michelle Lange has spear-headed a popular virtual training program to generate positive mental and physical well-being among teenagers. The goal is to assist athletes during this pause so that they are reinvigorated when the time comes to try out for for school teams when we return to sports in the future. 
March 12, 2021
Episode #7 - Mallory Mackesy's Dedication Leads To Opportunity
Dedication Leads To Opportunity Mallory Mackesy, 16, is multi-sport student-athlete at Saltfleet District High School in Stoney Creek and her dedication to field hockey has not gone unnoticed. Hear about her motivations and her thoughts on what it has been like for one high school athlete to miss out on OFSAA championship due to COVID-19 over the last calendar year. Not one to sit still, Mallory has produced videos that put her backyard field hockey workouts on full display. The YouTube videos can be viewed on the homepage of  The grade 11 student is pleased to share that she will attending the University of Maine on a scholarship. We wish her well in her academic and athletic pursuits at Saltfleet and with the Black Bears beginning in 2022. Follow Mallory at @mallory_fieldhockey on Instagram, /MalloryMackesy on Facebook and YouTube.
February 04, 2021
Episode #6 - Students Take Centre Stage!
 It's a STUDENT TAKEOVER on this edition!   Sort of... The female and male recipients of the 2020 OFSAA Character Athlete Award - Grace Petsnick of Fort Frances High School and Tristan Smith of École secondaire publique Maurice-Lapointe in Kanata -  share high school memories, thoughts on their unusual graduation year and let us in on their post-secondary plans. Both will receive a $1,000 grant from Jostens as they stood out in the minds of the voting panel for their commitment to OFSAA's values of leadership, equity, respect and sportsmanship.
June 12, 2020
Episode #5 - NBA Assistant Coach Roy Rana On His High School Coaching Roots
Roy Rana is one of the most influential figures in Canadian Basketball. He reflects fondly on the many rewards of coaching high school basketball at C.W. Jefferys and Eastern Commerce. He started coaching in high school at age 24 and he hasn't looked back. Rana stands by the theory of "be willing to take risks!" After decorated tenures at the high school and university level, Rana is currently in his first season on the coaching staff of the NBA's Sacramento Kings. Listen to what he attributes to the steady influx of Canadian talent currently on NBA rosters. It's not the answer that you're used to hearing. Ballers and coaches of all sports will find interest in hearing the name of a well-known basketball coach that Rana admires the most and the name doesn't start with "Red" or "Phil". That and more here on Episode 5! ###
May 14, 2020
Episode #4 - Comedian & Former High School Teacher Gerry Dee Stops By
EPISODE #4: A trade-off of veal sandwiches in return for more playing time for a player on his hockey team? Gerry Dee lets us in on this story, and others like it, from his high school coaching days on the next episode of The OFSAA TIMEOUT Podcast. The host of Family Feud Canada and Mr. Dee certainly has the real life background across high school athletics to inform and entertain on Episode Four which will be available beginning April 2. What sports did he enjoy coaching the most? What life lessons did he like to impart on the student-athletes that he coached? And, oh, what could go wrong when supervising kids' dodgeball and indoor Marco Polo in the small confines of the gymnasium? Catch Gerry Dee in person on his comedy tour by going to or
April 02, 2020
Episode #3 - Mental Health Literacy
"It's okay not to be okay".  This episode is an educational discussion for coaches and student-athletes . Krista Van Slingerland is our guest and she educates us on an important topic in today's society and sporting landscape - Mental Health Literacy In Sports. Krista is the co-founder, and recently named executive director, of the CANADIAN CENTRE FOR MENTAL HEALTH AND SPORT. Based in Ottawa, the CCMHS is a not-for-profit organization supporting the mental health and performance of competitive and high-performance athletes and coaches. It is the first centre in North America to offer collaborative sport-focused mental health care services designed to help athletes and coaches achieve their performance goals while preserving their mental health and well-being. Krista has turned her own struggle with a mental health disorder into a career focused on working with athletes, coaches, parents and administrators to make Canadian sport a safer and more inclusive place for athletes struggling with mental illness. You should also know that Krista has learned a lot about the coach-athlete relationship through her experience as a standout collegiate basketball player at Carleton University and the University of Ottawa. She is also a researcher in the field of applied sport psychology. Krista is a good follow on Twitter (@KVanSlingerland) and she can be reached at the website: Here you can learn about their team of distinguished experts and find some practical tools to assist you. Below are some resources recommended by Krista. Crisis Resources: Kids Help Phone - Text "CONNECT" to 686868, - Text (778) 783-0177, Online Resources: Better Help - (online access to professional counsellors) The LifeLine App - (direct access to phone, online chat, text and email crisis support) Big White Wall Canada - (anonymous peer support community accessible anytime and anywhere) ###
February 21, 2020
Episode #2 - Girl Power! Promoting Ways To Keep Girls Active In Sports
Join us for our "Roundtable" comprised of three current female teacher-coaches from different regions of the province. It's a candid discussion on how high schools can engage girls to start and maintain an active lifestyle through high school sports and physical education.
January 21, 2020
Episode #1 - TSN's James Duthie
TSN's award-winning broadcaster, James Duthie stops by to relive his high school football and soccer glory days while growing up in Ottawa. He also shares a few humorous stories from the hockey desk at TSN.
January 02, 2020