Success Stories

Ringette and Lacrosse Gain Spotlight | Fundy Region - Thursday, January 22, 2015

-       Colchester Recreation, in conjunction with the Village of Bible Hill, Lacrosse Nova Scotia and Ringette Nova Scotia, held a morning of FUNdamental sessions with grade 4s from Winding River Consolidated and Bible Hill Central Elementary on January 19, 2015. The Ringette portion of the event took place at the Colchester Legion Stadium in Truro, while Lacrosse was conducted at the Cougar Dome, also in Truro. Ringette has grown its base in Colchester with a January-February Active Start program at the Don Henderson Memorial Arena in Brookfield. The Truro Bearcats Minor Lacrosse Registration will have a registration session on March 26, 2015 from 4:30-7:30pm at the Colchester Legion Stadium.  

For more information about Truro Minor Lacrosse check out their website here


Kings County Leadership Mentor Project | RBC Learn to Play Grant - Monday, December 1, 2014

As a part of the RBC Sport Day in Canada celebrations, Kings County received an RBC Learn to Play grant to support the Kings County Leadership Mentor Project.  To celebrate RBC Sport Day in Canada, Kings County Recreation hosted Learn to Play After School Programs on November 28th. 

The Kings County Leadership Mentor Project involves sixteen elementary schools and seven recreation departments throughout Kings County. Collectively they employ over sixty after school and day camp program leaders in part time and seasonal positions. The other partners in the project, represented here today, are the Annapolis Valley Regional School Board, the Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness Active Living Branch, Sport Nova Scotia and the seven recreation departments in Kings County.


Free Spirit Therapeutic Riding Association Summer Camp | Valley Region - Monday, June 30, 2014

The Free Spirit Therapeutic Riding Association (FSTRA) incorporated physical literacy into their camp, including Athletics Nova Scotia's Run,Jump,Throw program as well as gymnastics activities while accommodating all activities for their campers needs! 

FSTRA was showcased in the Chronicle Herald article: Just horsin' around

Check out FSTRA's 3 Day Summer Camp Video


Recreation and Sport Collaboration | Central Region - Friday, May 30, 2014

During the winter of 2013 Athletics Nova Scotia and HRM Recreation discussed the possibility of partnering together to offer Canadian Sport 4 Life (CS4L) age/stage appropriate programming in recreation centres.

On December 23, 2013 Athletics Nova Scotia put on a Run, Jump, Throw Coach Workshop for twenty three HRM Recreation Leaders, who are now trained leaders for the program.

In April 2014, with the support of the Sport Nova Scotia, Community Sport Development Coordinator for the Central Region, Janessa Green, funding was granted for Athletics Nova Scotia to provide four Run, Jump, Throw kits to targeted recreation centres in HRM (Cole Harbour, Timberlea, Bedford and Prospect).

With the leaders trained and the equipment at the recreation centres, it was time for children to be registered into the programs. There has been an overwhelming response to the HRM Recreation Run, Jump, Throw programs. Many programs filled up as soon as registration was opened.

It is very exciting to see that the collaboration of these two organizations has created such success for happy, healthy and active HRM children.


'I Love Waterpolo''I Love Waterpolo' - Tuesday, April 1, 2014

On Saturday, March 29, ‘I Love Water Polo’ Instructor Training was held in the Highland Region at St Francis Xavier Alumni Aquatic Center.  With the support of a Regional Coaching Education grant, Water Polo Canada, Water Polo Nova Scotia and StFX Alumni Aquatic Center, five pools in the Highland Region joined forces with their resources to host one training session for 10 local instructors.  Instructors were trained through an 8-hour National Coaching Certification Program clinic. 

‘I Love Water Polo’ is a flexible, community driven, introductory, grass roots water polo program.  In a learn-to-play environment, similar to swimming lessons, participants discover the game of water polo, and the basic skills involved in aquatic sports.  The ILWP program also helps to enhance the participants swimming, balance, and coordination skills.

Mulgrave Recreation Department, Guysborough Recreation Department, St Mary’s Recreation Department, Pictou County YMCA and the Town of Pictou Recreation Department all took advantage of this great opportunity to strengthen their instructor’s skills and increase the programming they offer.  Check out each department’s summer schedules to find out more details on local ‘I Love Water Polo’ programming.  


South Shore | Canadian Tire Mustangs Host Successful Sledge Hockey Demo - Monday, February 10, 2014

On December 21st, 2013 the South Shore Canadian Tire Mustangs Midget AAA hockey team hosted a successful sledge demonstration at the new Lunenburg County Lifestyle Centre in Bridgewater, NS for the general public to come and try sledge hockey.

The Mustangs took part in a training session on Friday, December 20th provided by Easter Seals Nova Scotia, so they were able to help on ice at the demonstration.

The demonstration was possible because of partnerships with: The local Canadian Tire Mustangs Midget AAA team, General Manager of the New Lunenburg County Lifestyle Centre; Kevin Benjamin, Parasport coordinator at Sport Nova Scotia; Ben Marston, Easter Seals Nova Scotia; Faye Joudrey, Lunenburg County Recreation Directors Association and the Community Sport Development Coordinator for the South Shore; Nicole Kenney


Canadian Sport for Life (CS4L) Recreation Workshop | Valley Region - Wednesday, January 15, 2014

The Valley Recreation Coordinators/Directors Association, with the support of the Department of Health and Wellness and Sport Nova Scotia, hosted the Valley CS4L Workshop on January 15th at the 14 Wing Greenwood Community Centre. Originally the workshop was scheduled for December 18th, but had to be rescheduled due to a winter storm.

The workshop brought together Recreation Directors, Municipal Physical Activity Leaders, as well as other community stakeholders. The workshop was attended by over 40 recreation professionals. The goals of the workshop were to have a shared understanding of CS4L, build on the current CS4L alignment in the Valley as well as build excitement and momentum for further CS4L activation and implementation. Through the day participants were provided with the opportunity to collaborate with each other in their counties (West Hants, Kings, Annapolis and Digby), share successful CS4L alignment projects happening within municipal recreation and identify actions items to further implement CS4L in the Valley. 


Sport Day in Canada, in Colchester County - Saturday November 30 - Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Colchester County came together to celebrate sport in their community for Sport Day in Canada on Nov 30. Partnerships between Recreation Departments, First Nations Communities, Provincial Sport Organizations and local Sport Organizations made it possible for a full day of TRY-IT events at no cost to participants. Throughout Colchester County there were eight different events at five different locations, all involving multiple coaches and participants! Colchester was proud to celebrate sport along with the rest of the country on Nov 30!


Tri-Town Boxing Club - Monday, December 9, 2013

This is a great example of a project that received funding from the Manulife Community Sport Fund to help turn a dream into a reality; opening a boxing club in North Sydney to provide a place for kids to get off the streets and have a place to become healthy and active to train in boxing. The club is now going strong with 30 youth benefiting from the services of the new club, many being young girls. Here is a link to a recent story where six athletes from the club will be competing in a provincial competition for the first time:



Cape Breton Basketball Development - Monday, July 29, 2013

After a lot of research we concluded that basketball predominately happened in the school setting, it has a very strong presence at the elementary level where there are a lot of participation opportunities. However, after the elementary level it was identified that there was a real lack of opportunity for children to continue to play and develop in the game; only children making the junior high rep teams were able to continue playing. Although there were pockets of programs in certain communities there was no consistent basketball club stream. By bringing together basketball leaders from all communities we were able to facilitate conversation investigating the challenges and opportunities for basketball development in Cape Breton. From these talks a planning committee was formed and this lead to a full board being appointed and the creation of Basketball Cape Breton.

Sport Nova Scotia in partnership with Department of Health & Wellness, Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board, Cape Breton University, and Basketball Nova Scotia, Basketball Cape Breton now provides consistent programming in all communities. With their strong focus on coach development it means that hundreds of children that would not be playing the game are now receiving quality instruction from appropriately trained coaches. They are implementing a fantastic intro to basketball initiative to offer children the fundamental skills needed to play sport and with their recreational leagues running from U8 to senior it will not only provide a place for participants to be active for life but it will fuel their competitive stream that is closely linked to the university programs.

With funding support from Sport Nova Scotia, Basketball Cape Breton were able to run their pilot spring leagues which saw over 800 children register to play! 


Fundy Canadian Sport 4 Life Recreation Forum - Friday June 21, 2013 - Monday, June 24, 2013

Sport Nova Scotia, in partnership with the Department of Health and Wellness, hosted a Canadian Sport 4 Life Summit for Recreation Professionals in the Fundy area. The day long session was held at the new Rath Eastlink Community Center in Truro, NS. Recreation Directors, Municipal Physical Activity Leaders, Recreation Summer Students, as well as other Community Leaders came together to enhance their knowledge of CS4L and the Sport System in Nova Scotia. 

Click here for more information on Canadian Sport 4 Life.


Sail All Program - Lunenburg Yacht Club - Friday, May 31, 2013

Graham Mann a Lunenburg County Native has been sailing as long as he can remember and the sport has been an integral part of his life. Mr. Mann developed a program called Sail All with the support of Nova Scotia Yachting Association, which is designed to give as many people as possible, in particular youth an opportunity to experience sailing. This is its inaugural year; Sail All was piloted at the Lunenburg Yacht Club and involved 14 classes of junior high students from Bluenose Academy and Bayview Community School. The pilot program, which is believed to be the first of its kind in Atlantic Canada began May 29 and ran for four weeks. Each session consisted of classroom training and several hours of instruction on water.

Sail all has been integrated into each school’s physical education program and is full funded through grants from Sport Nova Scotia, the Department of Health and Wellness and the Municipality of Lunenburg.

Check out the CBC news video to learn more about the program: 



Valley Parasport Expo - Monday, May 27, 2013

Sport Nova Scotia, partnered with the Department of Health and Wellness, Canadian Sport Centre Atlantic and Acadia University and hosted a Valley Parasport Expo in May.  Many Valley Region community sport groups attended with interactive booths and try it sessions to showcase opportunities for participation/athletes, coaches, officials and volunteers. Sport groups that attended included: Pisiquid Canoe Club, Nova Scotia Curling Association, Easter Seals, Acadia Minor Hockey Sledge Program, Blind Sports Nova Scotia, Free Spirit Therapeutic Riding Association, Valley Athletics, Launchers Athletics, Canadian Association for Disabled Skiing (CADS), Tennis as well as the Kings County Volunteer Resource Centre. The day showcased two Canada Summer Games Athletes David Bambrick and Ben Brown as well as goal ball, wheelchair basketball, wheelchair tennis, bocce, sledge hockey, para-athletics, para-alpine and para canoe/kayak. 

For more information about Parasport, please contact Ben Marston | Parasport Coordinator bmarston@sportnovascotia.ca 425.5454 ext. 375


Eastern Shore Family Sport Festival - Monday, May 27, 2013

Sport Nova Scotia hosted the Eastern Shore Family Sport Festival on May 25th at Oyster Pond Academy and at the Musquodoboit Harbour Rink in Musquodoboit Harbour, NS.  With the support of the Department of Health and Wellness, the Eastern Shore Family Sport Festival brought together community sport organizations, parents, coaches, volunteers, board members, and youth. The Sport Festival was attended by approximately 200 participants who were introduced to: the Canadian Sport for Life movement, funding opportunities for local community sport organizations, parent education, becoming a community coach, facilitated sessions aimed at equipping parents and boards with the tools, information, expertise and resources to operate more effectively, and a variety of new and fun active sports for the youth.  The participants also came together to communicate and network and find out all the different opportunities and resources available on the Eastern Shore.  The keynote speaker for the day was Olympian paddler, Steve Giles.

The Eastern Shore community has interest in doing leadership training in Fundamental Movement Skills, and Canadian Sport for Life awareness through recreation facilities.  There are also plans on creating a Sport Council, which would be a group that focuses on developing and supporting sport and physical activity programs/events on the Eastern Shore.



Speedy Kids Oval Program in Central Region - Thursday, March 21, 2013

Speedy Kids Oval program Society provides After-school speed skating program for kids at the Emera Oval at the Halifax Common’s!

Lisa Gannett is the President of the Board of Directors for the Speedy Kids Oval Program Society. The registered non-profit community sport organization focused on getting children involved in speed skating on the Halifax Common's Emera Oval. The organization received funding for the program and equipment from Nova Scotia's Department of Health and Wellness, Sport Nova Scotia's Manulife Financial Community Sport Fund and Speed Skate Nova Scotia. The organization started last winter by offering a Learn to Speed Skate program for various after school programs in the North End of Halifax (St. George YouthNet, the Community YMCA and the George Dixon Centre). 


Highland Region Sport Summit - Monday, February 25, 2013

The Highland Region Recreation Coordinators Association, with the support of the Department of Health and Wellness and Sport Nova Scotia, hosted the Highland Region Sport Summit on February 20th and 21st at the Tatamagouche Centre in Tatamagouche, NS. The summit brought together recreation professionals, municipal physical activity leaders, as well as other stakeholders. The summit was attended by over 40 participants and was well received by all. All of the goals set by the summit committee were met. The participants were able to increase their knowledge around Canadian Sport for Life (CS4L), Physical Literacy and Gender Equity as it relates to Sport. The participants were also provided with collaboration opportunities between sport and recreation, success stories from community sport groups around Canadian Sport for Life best practices and were also able to identify next steps around CS4L and Physical Literacy that they could put into action once they returned to their positions within their communities.


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