Welcome to the Brock Niagara Penguins Website

Penguins are ready to start their 9th year in September 2014. A competitive and house league wheelchair basketball program, swim team and swim program and a Paralympic boccia team are being offered in the fall program. Please check the calendar (rightside) for program dates and events.

2014 Applications for new and returning athletes and volunteers are now available in the Register and How You Can Help upper tab. We encourage new athletes to contact us and come out to try at any time !

Please read the Volunteer Description and Athlete Code of Conduct and New Eligibility Criteria in the above tabs.  Fall Newsletters for Athletes and Volunteers are available for download.

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  • Register for a program
  • Find out about upcoming events
  • Learn how you can help by volunteering or donating
  • Contact us

Coaches announced for 2014-15 season

Penguins are excited to announce the 3 head coaches for this season

Wheelchair Basketball: James Davis

Swim Team: Erica Dugas

Boccia: Loretta Davis

All forms for 2014-15 season are ready for download

Applications, Sessions, Code of Conduct, Eligibility Criteria and Newsletters for athletes and volunteers are now available for downloading. Everyone (new and returning) must fill out an application form and ensure they register with Recreational Services at Brock University before the start of the program. If you are new to the program please contact us to arrange a free trial, if interested.

New Eligibility Criteria: Because of programs that are available in community, resources and knowledge of our volunteers and the future vision of the program, the eligibility criteria for all 3 programs has been adjusted. All athletes must be over 6 years of age, have a physical disability diagnosis and  have the ability to participate in a group with a support ratio of 4:1. If you have any questions or concerns about this criteria please contact us to discuss. We can inform you of other program in the community that may met your needs.

New Pictures posted on Flickr

Check out the Flickr link on the right hand side to view the new pictures of the Wheelchair Basketball awards and pictures of the some of the athletes trying out rowing!

Penguins vs. Badgers - 38 to 17!!

On March 26th, as part of the Student Justice Centre awareness week, the Niagara Penguins played the Women’s Badger Basketball team. Pictures of the game are posted in the Flirkr photo link on the right hand side of the home page. Special thanks to Adam for organizing the game and Dan, Jill and Jordan who represented the PEKN council and presented the team with the cheque from the “Pie in the Face” fundraiser.

Tetra Society - Switch control Boccia Ramp

Thanks to Jim Rennie and others at the Tetra Society, the program now has a new boccia ramp that has an electronic switch to release the ball. They have posted a short clip for all to view : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vRwFrxc-Yi8

Penguins is profiled in National Initiative - Changemakers

Congratulations to the club for being recognized as a leader:

 

http://www.changemakers.com/playexchange/blog/brock-niagara-penguins-where-disabled-youth-play-and-co

 

In French:

 

http://www.changemakers.com/fr/playexchange/blog/bienvenue-chez-les-brock-niagara-penguins-un-club-o%C3%B9-le

5th Annual Niagara Invitational Tournament - Report

On March 15 2014 , the 5th Annual Niagara Invitational Wheelchair Basketball Tournament was hosted by the Brock Niagara Penguins. It was certainly a long day for the 5 teams from Southern Ontario.. but a huge thanks to all the volunteers, organizers and community supporters that made it happen. Congratulations to the Twin City Spinners who won by 2 points in the final to take this year’s trophy!  What a GREAT game .

The winner of the raffle ticket was Jon Baker ( ticket # 321).

The Penguins did VERY well.

They beat the Cruisers & the Toronados to finished third during regular play.

They lost in the semis to the Spinners in a close game ( coach told me after the game he was starting to get worried) . The Team can be proud of their performance!

Cogeco Clip:   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3RAjseZ_fcc&feature=youtube_gdata_player&app=desktop

Pie in the Face!

Thanks to all the students and faculty in the Department of Kinesiology who through their student council organized a Pie in the Face to your Prof event… if the students donated a certain amount in the “pass around the hat” during their class, they got to throw a pie in their professor’s face. Fun for all and the money raised going directly to the Brock Niagara Penguins program. Thanks to all of you! The attached video clip is Dr. David Gabriel getting pied! Click here: Pie in the Face

Feb 8 2014

On Feb 8, 2014 , the Penguins played at the Cruiser’s Tournament in Brantford.

Coach Jim Davis talked volunteer Jonathan Vaantaja into playing at this Tournament. This made the Penguins very competitive.

They won 2 of 4 games:

 1) Penguins 16 vs Toronados 6

2) Penguins 18 vs Vipers 26

3) Penguins 31 vs Cruisers 22

4) Penguins 30 vs Twin City Spinners 34

Jonathan scored 50% of the points, more importantly though, he took on the top players from the other teams. Thereby giving Lindsay the opportunity to score 6 points; Loretta to score 18 points and Gloria to score 24 points.

The Team was delighted with their performance and happy to have won 2 games for the 1st time at any Tournament .

Are they ready for March 15????

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Neither the Festive Season , illness nor other personal commitments prevent the Penguins from fielding a team and participating at a Tournament.

On Jan 4th , the Penguins played at the Twin City Spinners Tournament in Guelph.

We had 5 athletes who put forth a valient effort. The first game was against the Twin City Spinners. The final score was 22-5, but had it not been for the HOT hand of one of the Spinners ( he scored 12 points) the game outcome might have been different.

The second game was against Variety Village . They saw how good the Penguins were and recruited 3 players from other teams. Final score was 16-8, but their 3 recruits scored 12 of the 16 points.

Yes, the penguins did VERY well. Both the Spinners and VV coaches commented after the game about how well the Penguins played and how krisp their passes were.

Particular mention needs to be given to Gloria who not only played fantastically, but made one basket that brought the whole crowd to their feet. Also Paige , in her first Tournamnet, scored 4 points.

The Team looks forward to the next Tournament on Feb 8th.