Increasing opportunities for all Nova Scotians to participate in sport.

Bedford Blues Sledge Hockey
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reSPORT continues to develop and refine its resources as we move toward broader community engagement. A public roll out of the program has begun. The work is made possible by a collaboration between Sport Nova Scotia, the provincial government department of Communities, Culture and Heritage, and the Canadian Sport Centre Atlantic.

Building a network of contacts for persons with disabilities was a critical part of bringing more parasport opportunities to communities. Sport Nova Scotia leveraged social media to promote parasport around the province.

The regional sport consultants supported under-represented initiatives and worked with non-traditional partners demonstrating the positive community reach these positions have across Nova Scotia.

Through our PSO Coordinator program, we had a direct impact on sport at various levels across the province. The programs continued to be vital to building sport across the province; from acquiring new sources of funding to working on implementing new programs, these initiatives impacted sport in Nova Scotia. Some highlights from the program include:

Archery Nova Scotia hosted 130 archers for the 2019 Atlantic Championships and 68 for the 2019 NASP provincial championships. A scoring machine was purchased through Support4Sport funding and the organization focused heavily on improving governance-related practices including revamping the website and engaging in planning sessions.

Boxing Nova Scotia took strides towards enhancing their high-performance initiatives, without losing sight of the broader membership pool. Prior to the pandemic, participation in the sport was at an all-time high and the organization hopes to re-ignite member interest once it’s appropriate to resume full activities.

Cross Country Ski (CCNS) hired a communications officer who created a new website for the organization and is responsible for creating a presence for the organization on social media.

Judo Nova Scotia saw a 30 percent increase in overall membership in the 2019-20 season. In addition to increasing overall membership numbers, they also hired a part-time provincial coach to oversee the organization’s goals in regard to recruitment, development, and high-performance athlete retention. Judo NS worked with CSCA to develop a four-year high-performance plan and hosted a dojo assistant course to help train more coaches.

Karate Nova Scotia began the process of hiring a technical director and performance coach. These positions will mark the first time that KNS has paid technical leadership. The organization has been working on updating and improving policies and procedures to help its organizational effectiveness to grow and develop further.

Row Nova Scotia had an extremely successful summer rowing season on the international scene. Five NS rowers and one coach were selected to national programs, including a world championship gold medal and fourth place. The organization grew when they hired a part-time technical director through the Support4Sport Technical Leadership Program. They’re also in the process of developing a new strategic plan to set the organizational pathway for 2020-2024.

Rugby Nova Scotia ran highly successful programming for all ages including youth, junior, and adult.  They hosted the Men’s Eastern Canadian Super League Championship, as well as the rugby -focused Atlantic Coaching Conference at St. Mary’s University where members of the Leinster Rugby Football Club from Ireland were in attendance.

Squash adapted to the pandemic by providing membership extension fees. When it’s safe to do so, the organization will go back to regular operations and explore the logistics of running tournaments again.

Taekwondo revamped their website and social media strategies, and kept their membership engaged during lockdown through coach-hosted Zoom classes and NCCP courses. They’re building a high-performance plan and working to get back to hosting tournaments again.

Wrestling Nova Scotia had a great showing at competitions in 2019, earning silver at Ontario Cup, two gold and one bronze at Ragnarok, and a gold and silver at Matmen. The organization has been working hard on governance practices through creating a pso handbook, updating bylaws, finalizing committees, and creating and updating policies. They’re working with CSCA to create a four-year excellence plan and have established a group of coaches to oversee programming for the provincial team.

Community Sport Development continued to have an impact.

The multisport movement continues in Nova Scotia. There are now 12 multisport programs running across the province. These programs provide young Nova Scotians the opportunity to build fundamental movement skills in a safe and supportive environment while experiencing a wide variety of sports. The multiport program is also a key opportunity to educate parents, guardians and coaches on the value of a long-term athlete development-aligned sport system. In addition, one Adult Multisport program was introduced to engage adults to be more active in sport.

We worked with provincial sport organizations on a day-to-day basis to support them with numerous programs and services, all in an effort to promote sport in the province.

Sport Quarterly remains an important print publication for sharing and celebrating stories around sport. This printed tabloid was shared with 66,500 Nova Scotian households as an insert in The Chronicle Herald and other small newspapers.

Our traditional sport recognition programs, Cleve’s Source for Sports Athlete of the Month, and the Support4SportAwards celebrated sporting success and gave us the opportunity to inspire Nova Scotians. Digital versions of all articles are also shared through Sport Nova Scotia social channels.