octoBER 2021

October 26, 2021: Your October Update

Hello Cruisers Family!

Sport is back and it is wonderful to be back on the court and the ice with you. Note that decisions on bursary applications will be made shortly.

With that in mind, we’d like to share some great news!

We are excited to report we received a generous donation to our Bursary program from one of our athletes (who wishes to remain anonymous). The board would like to thank you for your generosity and kindness in helping make sport possible for other Cruisers members this year.

Call For Volunteers

We need Coaches for our Para Ice Hockey Program. You would be put onto an existing team, and have a mentor to help guide you along in your coaching career. Cruisers would cover costs associated with training courses, and there is an honorarium as a token of appreciation at the end of the season. This is a great opportunity if you have a friend or family member on any specific team. Contact Ken Hall (paraicehockey@cruisers-sports.com) for more information!

Cruisers Sports is excited to announce that the 2021 Cruisers Cup Para Ice Hockey Tournament is returning this year! The tournament will be held at the Susan Fennell Sportsplex (500 Ray Lawson Boulevard, Brampton) on November 5th - 7th, 2021. If you are interested in volunteering for the tournament, please click here to sign up: https://forms.gle/JVEqcURPBA2BbHWK8The registration link will close on October 30th - THIS SATURDAY at 5:00pm - and volunteer shifts will be confirmed via email on Monday, November 1st.

Please note, in accordance with Ontario Sledge Hockey Association protocols, City of Brampton facility protocols, and the Ontario Government regulations, all volunteers 12 years and older must show proof of full vaccination (2 doses + 14 days since second dose) in order to attend the Cruisers Cup this year. We've also had to modify volunteer numbers and roles to align with facility protocols - descriptions of volunteer roles needed for the tournament can be found on the sign-up form. All volunteers will receive the most recent COVID-19 protocols for the facility with their volunteer shift email. Please contact Lisa Myers with any questions: paraathletics@cruisers-sports.com.

Strength and Conditioning Program

On Friday we sent out an email about our Strength and Conditioning Program, in partnership with Sheridan College in Brampton.

We will be holding a Zoom Town Hall on Friday, October 29th at 7:00pm to provide an overview of the program, give you a tour of the in-person facility, as well as answer any questions you may have about the program. Link to the Town Hall can be found here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82941851222?pwd=OEdUUkRsS1Z1VE5nNUpUbXZqSnN5QT09.

If you missed the email, check it out here: www.cruisers-sports.com/news/archives/2021/october.shtml#oct22.

Para Ice Hockey Try-it

We will be hosting a Para Ice Hockey Try It this coming Saturday, October 30th, at Iceland Arena in Mississauga, from noon to 1:30pm. This is open to both Cruisers who don’t play hockey, as well as the public who would like to try. This is a great way to recruit new disabled athletes for the club!

To register please sign up at: https://forms.gle/gCjP1rJERURW3LYj7 and for more info contact Ken Hall.

SMART Adventures

Attention! Time Sensitive! Your fellow athlete - Steve Surman has an offer for you!

“My friend owns SMART Adventures (ATV / dirt bike off road company) and would like to offer 12 lucky Cruisers a FREE half day ATV experience! It would be a weekday booking (likely November 4th) and all equipment and instruction for new and experienced riders would be provided”

As this is not a club sponsored event, please reach out to Steve Surman directly with inquiries or to sign up, he will determine interest and set up the booking. www.smartadventures.ca


Did you know that to date we have raised over $2,000 for our club from members and friends using the FlipGive app? Incredible!! If you have not already signed up, please do so, join our team now and you’ll get a $5 bonus the first time you shop: https://flipgive.app.link/teams/join?fundraiser_name=Skotty&joincode=T5S4YQ

Or enter this code: T5S4YQ

Stay tuned next month as we reveal a revamped Flipgive campaign!

Vaccine Reminders

Just a reminder, in keeping with the recent Government of Ontario orders and mandates from our Provincial and National governing sport bodies, all Cruisers members (athletes, coaches, officials, staff and volunteers - including parents) who are 12 and older must provide proof of full vaccination in order to participate or attend in-person Cruisers Sports programming and activities.

Further details regarding implementation of this policy, exemption qualifications, providing proof of vaccination, etc. will be available this month as we update our Return to Sport protocols to align with these recent government orders.

Cruisers Sports Selected as Canadian Tire Jumpstart Grant Recipients

Cruisers Sports is proud to share that we have once again been selected by Canadian Tire's Jumpstart program to receive grants from their Sport Relief Funding. The Jumpstart fund helps community sport organizations like ours, continue to provide access to sport and play for Canadian youth. This year Cruisers has been awarded an operations grant, as well as a programming grant.

The operations grant will allow Cruisers to participate in a number of upcoming shows building awareness of our sport programs with others in the community. Already we've hosted a booth at Access Expo that took place in September at Variety Village and received a great response.

The Jumpstart Programming grant will support our Para Ice Hockey program this year, with funding being used towards rental fees as well as new equipment.

We are grateful to Canadian Tire's Jumpstart program. These grants will go a long way towards helping Cruisers build awareness of our programs and support our Para Ice Hockey athletes.

We encourage everyone to come out and cheer on their fellow clubmates at the Cruisers Cup. Capacity limits have been removed and it would be great to see you there!
And remember, when you go trick-or-treating, look both ways before crossing the street, and don’t forget - Skotty really loves Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. Happy Hallowe’en!

October 22, 2021: Strength and Conditioning Program

Hello Cruisers Family!

Cruisers Sports is excited to announce an amazing partnership we've established with Sheridan College to provide a weekly strength and conditioning program exclusively to our athletes. We will be holding a Zoom Town Hall on Friday, October 29th at 7:00pm to provide an overview of the program, give you a tour of what the in-person facility looks like, as well as answer any questions you may have about the program. Link to the Town Hall can be found here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82941851222?pwd=OEdUUkRsS1Z1VE5nNUpUbXZqSnN5QT09

If you have any questions about this program, please don't hesitate to reach out to Lisa Myers at paraathletics@cruisers-sports.com.

Description of Program

This program provides structured resistance training programs tailored to each individual using a variety of training tools. They focus on improving overall fitness, including building muscular strength, and tissue resiliency around important joints to support both your sporting goals, and activities of daily living. They strive to build a positive, engaging environment and will work with each person to find the right exercise techniques for your own ability. Workouts will be provided either in person at Sheridan College Davis Campus (7889 McLaughlin Road, Brampton) or virtually over a zoom call and are facilitated by both a certified strength and conditioning specialist, as well as kinesiology and health promotion students.


  • Every Monday 5:30-6:30pm; Wednesday 6:00-7:00pm; Friday 5:30pm-6:30pm (additional morning timeframes TBC by Town Hall)
  • Will usually run in blocks of 3 months with a break and excludes holidays

Program Eligibility

  • Must be 16 years and older (those who are interested but are under 16 are asked to contact Lisa Myers at paraathletics@cruisers-sports.com to discuss other possibilities)
  • Must be a current Cruisers Sports member
  • Must be committed to attending the program regularly and communicating with staff when you are unable to attend (note: it is recommended that you attend two sessions per week - however you can attend just once or all three sessions a week, depending on your schedule and space in the program).

October 12, 2021: Jigsaw Casting

Hello Cruisers Family!

From our friends at Jigsaw Casting:

Jigsaw Casting is seeking an Indigenous Hero Girl and a Boy who plays a wheelchair sport for a Public Campaign Encouraging Ambition in Children!

2. A Boy with a visible disability. Age 10 to 14. Ideally he plays a wheelchair sport.

More info: https://mailchi.mp/0e00c32ac911/jigsaw-casting-is-seeking-all-walmart-shoppers-across-canada-for-a-tv-campaign-6494434?e=20737fb0c9

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