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November 3, 2017
It is with great anticipation that we look forward to the 2017/2018 season. It is also with sadness that we will do so without the presence of two fine gentlemen in Pat Fowler and Don Black whose passing leaves us with a great loss.
Over the summer your executive and committee members continue to plan ahead and most recently have completed site inspections for National events.
We now call upon Provincial and Territorial leaders to initiate the planning stages amongst their perspective entries in 2018 for all categories for the Juveniles in Owen Sound, ON as well as the Seniors’ in Portage La Prairie, MB.

Most recently we have completed the 2017 Canada Cup in Arnprior, ON, Oct. 28 - 29. We had 16 of the very best teams in the World competing in Women’s, Mixed and Men’s categories. All three National Teams prevailed, with Broom-Shak, Rebels and Patriotes coming out on top in very strong competitions. Congrats to all participants and thank you to Rob Munro and Joey Kealey for chairing, the Gamblers Juvenile for volunteering Timekeeping, Stats and the Door. Special thanks to our Officials and we may have created some conversation for 3 person officiating units. This was utilized in the finals and is now open for discussion in future events.

Our CBF High Performance Director, Pascale Gauthier, Long Term Athlete Development Coordinator, Georgina Reynolds, and Coaching Coordinator Conrad Morneau, along with several other Coaching Facilitators, continue to develop and operate programs within the New NCCP. With summer behind us, we see renewed interest in BF2 and BTC Workshops in the fall. Most recently, BTC and Facilitator Training Workshops were conducted in Cabano, QC and Seaforth, ON. Congrats to all candidates and our new Facilitator in QC, Alain Dugas. Please note that there will be another BTC Workshop in Chesterville, ON at the Nelson Laprade Center, November 10 – 12. In addition with some added interest, there will be a BF2 Workshop run in conjunction with the BTC at this same time.

To top it off, this coaching group continue on with the BF2 (Broomball For Fun) initiation that includes the Lace to The Top component for Youth Broomball development. Elementary schools across the country are eligible for a week long introduction of broomball into their respective curriculums. Check on the CBF web site, broomball.ca, Broomball For Fun and see where free merchandise is available to help initiate programs. This program has proven to be invaluable for development of the game and coaching at the youth level. Also at this time we wish to acknowledge Sport Canada for their continued support and contribution to our programs.

On a personal note, I had the pleasure of facilitating a week long youth workshop at Wemindji, QC, near James Bay. These young ladies demonstrated a very impressive level of skill and hopefully someday we will see them participating at the National level.
Welcome back to everyone for the 2017/18 Season and we look forward to meeting each of you over time. If you are in need of information or have a question on something, please do not hesitate to contact the CBF office at cbf@broomball.ca or myself at president@broomball.ca.

George Brown
President, Broomball Canada




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