Local high school athletes will have to wait longer for a return to sports.
The Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations has announced that fall championships scheduled for October and November have been cancelled due to COVID-19.
“People were hoping we’d be able to do something for the student-athletes but once OFSAA cancelled everything it forced the hand of the school boards to cancel athletics for us,” said Dave Thomas, who is the Grand Erie District School Board’s athletic program consultant for the Athletic Association of Brant Haldimand Norfolk.
So, the Grand Erie and Brant Haldimand Norfolk Catholic boards have cancelled sports events this fall. That means there will be no girls basketball, boys volleyball, football, golf, tennis or cross-country.
“It’s frustrating but, at the end of the day, as educators, we have to realize that the kids have been out of school for six months,” Thomas said. “Our priority is getting them back into school and into a routine for their academics.