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Water Safety Bursary in Memory of Alex Ottley

In February of 2020, 9 year old Alex Ottley was swept away into Lake Erie while trying to save a friend.  Our community grieved with the family of Alex for their profound loss.  The Hagersville Skating Club decided to begin a fundraising effort to create a Water Safety Bursary that will provide lessons to Haldimand County residents in need of swimming lessons.  

The primary collection for this Fund happened at our Showcase in March of 2020.  On the evening of the Showcase, March 12, 2020, the arena was closed immediately after the performance, due to the Covid-19 pandemic.  Due to the uncertainty of summer programming, it was decided to not offer the Bursary last year.  Although we are mid-way through the 2021 Summer Aquatics programs, we are now able to offer the Bursary to eligible applicants.  We will continue to offer the Bursary until funds are no longer available.  

Applications will be submitted to the Hagersville Skating Club Board of Directors, who will in turn recommend applicants to the Haldimand County Supervisor of Community Programs & Events.

To expedite the process, please print the application and fill it out, then scan (or take photo) and email to  .


Please Click on the PDF file of the Water Safety Bursary Application below.  

Water Safety Fund in honour of Alex Ottley.pdf

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Jumpstart Sport Relief Fund Recipient

Youth sports organizations were greatly impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.  In the spring of 2020, all organized youth sports were halted in efforts to keep our youth safe.  In efforts to re-open safely, many new restrictions were put in place.  These restrictions reduced ice time and number of participants.

Canadian Tire has been a great support to youth sports organizations across Canada.  Through their Jumpstart program, they offer individual support for families that cannot afford the full costs of registrations and equipment.  For years, families in need could apply for individual and confidential support.  Our own club have had members supported by the Jumpstart program.

In the fall of 2020, Canadian Tire expanded the Jumpstart funding, and entire organizations could apply for grants through the Jumpstart Sport Relief Fund.

The Hagersville Skating Club was fortunate to receive a $10 000.00 grant from the Jumpstart Sport Relief Fund.  This grant was put toward keeping our fees at a pre-pandemic rate, despite our lower membership due to the pandemic and number restrictions.  We were also able to purchase items necessary for the change in program delivery.

We would like to thank Canadian Tire for their support of youth organized sports!