With Dave Makela


For Release: June 15th, 2000



Although the curtain on another high school sports season officially closed last Sunday, for physical education program leaders, the work to organize next year's activities is very much in full swing.

The athletic association's final meeting of the 1999-2000 school year is Tuesday, June 20th, and it is at this meeting that the very framework for next year's competition is built.

Dates, conveners, coaches and venues are all critically important elements of the program that need to be agreed upon as early as possible, especially when the demands on "all of the above" are so great year after year. The timing of the Fall sport season is an incentive for work to get done in June as well, with the Fall sport season kicking into gear almost the very minute the school year starts in September.

On top of all this, there are several new motions slated for discussion at this year's meeting, and the program leaders from all local high schools will be called upon to make tough decisions which will very directly affect next year's operation.

And finally, not the least important are the school-specific details that need to be ironed out such as equipment inventories, athletic banquet planning, and so on.

No the balls may not be bouncing in the gym anymore this school year, but the work continues until the final bell sounds.



Today marked the fifth and final elementary track and field meet of the Rainbow District School Board's line-up this Spring.

Close to 2,500 participants representing some fifty area schools took part in these events this year, the largest of which was the 570-athlete Senior meet which took place last week.

Like any track meet, the events do not run themselves, and I think it's important to take time out to offer thanks to the three hundred or so adult volunteers who took time out of their daily lives to lend a helping hand. We are tremendously fortunate as well, to tap into a group of extremely qualified and experienced retirees who attend these meets each year and help ensure events are run properly. I won't name them - they know who they are and I think they know how much they are appreciated - at least I hope they know.

At the same time, I would be remiss if I would not acknowledge the efforts of the five area high schools that sent students to help at these meets as well. To the students of Lasalle, Sudbury Secondary, Lockerby, Lo-Ellen Park and Macdonald Cartier that assisted - your efforts were truly impressive!


With that I will sign off until September, wishing all those who supported and/or got involved with the S.D.S.S.A.A. this school year a very well-deserved and restful summer.


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