As our OUA Training Camp Tour has come to an end and I’m able to reflect on the fruits of our labour, it goes without saying, that this venture was not possible without the cooperation of the schools, coaches, players and more specifically the SIDs (Sports Information Officers).
That being said, I dedicate this blog entry to the ones who work effortlessly behind the scenes. The movers and the shakers. The ones who pull the strings and make things happen.
On this trip I was able to put a face to all the people I have been emailing and calling since the beginning of July. Dealing with multiple emails and voice mails, the SID’s from each school helped to arrange our training camp tour, responded to my request for photos for the articles, as well as set up interviews with players and coaches.
Not only did they help arrange our visit but, this group of people assist in making what you see on our site possible. I contact them with a request, and they make it happen.
I spent most of my days leading up the to training camp tour in front of the computer screen and attached to my phone, simply being in constant communication with each of the school’s sports information directors, as we made arrangements for SportsEh’s visit to their school.
Once on their campus, our team was greeted with smiles and enthusiasm, private tours and words of encouragement for what we had set out to cover in this large project.
The feedback from the coaches, players and SIDs alike, definitely came as a pat on the back for us. Their words translated to, “you’re giving the people what they want to know, no one has done this before,” and this is certainly one goal we are aiming to achieve here at SportsEh.
The attention we have been bringing to each school through our articles and video features, have been made possible, largely in part to these SIDs making the calls and setting up interview times, going through databases to find the proper information, searching for photos and of course emailing, emailing, emailing.
A HUGE THANK YOU goes out to each school’s athletic department, the coaches and the players, but more specifically to the following individuals:
-Michael Beasley and Charlie Nielsen- Carleton University
-Jen Elliott- University of Ottawa
-Shawn MacDonald- Queen’s University
-Alyson Fisher- York University
-Jill Clark- University of Toronto
-Bill Malley- McMaster University
-Michelle Pino- University of Guelph
-Jamie Howieson- Wilfrid Laurier University
-Dan Ackerman and Marshall Bingeman- University of Waterloo
-Elisa Mitton- University of Windsor
-Tony von Richter- University of Western Ontario
My mother always taught me, “give credit where credit is due.” So here’s to the unsung heroes and heroines behind the desks and the by the scoreboards, the worker bees who produce the honey… thank you for assisting us in making our OUA Training Camp Tour a success.
We look forward to our next visit and continuing our relationship with each of the Sports Information Directors.
Check out our OUA Training Camp Tour on www.sportseh.ca.