We believe in the power of sport.

Photo credit – Rick Rector

Here are just a few of the many highlights where sport was used as a vehicle to create a positive impact on communities across Nova Scotia over the past year.

reSPORT was created to find innovative ways for more Nova Scotians to access sport opportunities. The project has a core team of 35 community leaders provincewide, sponsored by a collaboration between Sport Nova Scotia, the Canadian Sport Centre Atlantic, and Nova Scotia Department of Communities Culture and Heritage.

There are now 12 multisport programs running across the province. These programs provide young Nova Scotians with the opportunity to build fundamental movement skills in a safe and supportive environment while experiencing a wide variety of sports.

New parasport programs were introduced including power chair soccer in Dartmouth, youth para hockey in Glace Bay, wheelchair curling in Sydney, para cycling at the Oval, and para play weekly at Canada Games Centre.

We partnered with businesses and other non-profits for worthy initiatives including supporting thousands of athletes across the province through the Support4Sport program.

More than 230 Nova Scotian athletes, coaches and officials were celebrated for their achievements in sport at the Support4Sport Awards.

We invested in over 55 provincial sport organizations in the form of financial assistance and supports across four main categories: participation, high performance, coaching, and organizational effectiveness.



From the CEO.

The 2018-2019 year was an exciting one for sport across the province and for Sport Nova Scotia. The year saw the completion of our strategic planning process and the beginning of the plan implementation. The process involved broad consultation with partners, key stakeholders, and the general public and resulted in a renewed vision and focus for sport in Nova Scotia. A key new outcome of the process is an increased emphasis for Sport Nova Scotia to engage more broadly and strategically, not just within our membership structure but with all Nova Scotians. This is an exciting and ambitious goal, and we will be working to continue to broaden our partnerships to increase our ability to impact quality sport development in all sport settings across the province.

One example of this is reSPORT. Sport Nova Scotia has been working with the Canadian Sport Centre Atlantic and the provincial government to support new and innovative ways to better engage Nova Scotians around positive sport experiences for all. At its core, the “movement” is about listening, especially to those who have not previously participated, and learning new ways to deliver sport at the community level. This is done through prototypes, pilots and small-scale initiatives all over the province. Internally we’ve also made changes to support the goals of our strategic plan and our members. Increased capacity has been invested in areas such as human resources, organizational effectiveness, information technology and provincial and community sport participation.

Throughout this report you’ll see highlights of the great work that is taking place across the province. Of particular note, we were once again extremely pleased to be able to support more children than ever before through our KidSport program. This year more than $630,000 was provided to almost 2,300 children so that they would have the chance to take part in sport. We would like to recognize the provincial government for their significant support of this program. They are the largest funder of KidSport in Nova Scotia, and without their help the program could not exist as it currently does. We would also like to extend a big thank you to the Nova Scotia Gaming Corporation for our Support4Sport program. Support4Sport continues as the largest funder of sport in Nova Scotia and has impacted every level of sport and its participants in so many ways. We are very proud to be their partner.

We’re excited with the challenges that lie ahead. One thing we are sure of is that we’ll need the entire sport sector working together and key partners such as recreation in order to have the impact we are hoping to achieve. In particular, we know our provincial sport organizations will play a vital role in this work, and we would like to thank them for the work they do every day to make sport happen across the province. We’d also like to thank our incredible Sport NS team for the work they do and the energy and passion they bring every day. In addition, our volunteer board of directors continue to provide us with support and guidance and have played a key role in helping our plan come to life. We are looking forward to the next year and the opportunities and challenges it will bring.

 

Respectfully Submitted,

Jamie Ferguson
CEO
Sport Nova Scotia