The high school sports landscape in Brant, Haldimand and Norfolk counties is about to change.
Schools within the Grand Erie and Brant Haldimand Norfolk Catholic district school boards will be under one governing sports body – the Athletic Association of Brant Haldimand Norfolk. In the past, the schools competed in the Brant County Secondary Schools Athletic Association, the Norfolk Secondary Schools Athletic Association and, in the case of the Haldimand schools, Southern Ontario Secondary School Athletics.
“It’s a positive move,” said Dave Thomas, a retired teacher and principal, who will help oversee the new association as the athletic program consultant for the Grand Erie board.
“It helps the growth of sports for some of our smaller schools because it will increase the competition level for them. I really think for our individual sports it will be a positive move.”
The whole process to bring schools from three different counties and two school boards under one playing association began a couple of years ago. When it was first brought to the table, there were some department heads within each board who didn’t like the idea.