Welcome to the Brock Niagara Penguins Website

Penguins are ready to start their 10th year in September 2015. 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 (right side) for program dates and events.

2015 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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A Chance to Participate in Research…

REQUEST FOR RESEARCH PARTICIPANTS

 

Individual athletes are being sought from the Brock Niagara Penguins to participate in a research study.

 

The purpose of this research project is to pilot and refine a physical literacy assessment tool, modified from Canadian Sport for Life’s Physical Literacy Assessment for Youth (PLAY), for children and youth with physical disabilities.

 

Participation in this study requires athletes to attend their regular practice session at Brock University where the Primary Student Investigator will conduct two assessments of participants’ physical literacy levels using the revised physical literacy assessment tool. Each assessment will take approximately 30 minutes. The Primary Student Investigator will then interview each individual participant following the assessments, lasting approximately 20-40 minutes.

 

Athletes who are interested in participating in this research study are asked to contact Erica Dugas via email: erica.dugas2@brocku.ca. She will be attending the Swim and Wheelchair Basketball practices this week to address any questions or concerns you might have.

 

*Please note that the study has been granted ethical clearance through the Research Ethics Board at Brock University (14-239 MANDIGO).

 

Raffle Ticket Winners Excited for Montreal vs Toronto Match-Up in January

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Raffle Ticket Winners Carla and Murray 

enjoyed the game on January 23 2016.

Ticket sales for this years raffle are going well. There is lots of time yet to buy your ticket. Draw is on March 19 at the 7th Annual Brock Niagara Wheelchair basketball Tournament.

 

10th Anniversary Treats

The Niagara Penguins teams kicked-off their 10th Anniversary season with some delicious treats!

Our 2015/16 boccia team

Our 2015/16 Boccia Team

 

Boccia

Boccia

 

Our amazing boccia coach- Loretta!

Our amazing boccia coach- Loretta!

 

Basketball

Our 2015/16 Basketball Team

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With sadness…

Screen Shot 2015-07-21 at 1.44.38 PMWith a very heavy heart, the Penguins are very sad to tell you that our fierce and dedicated wheelchair basketball star, Jonathon Morrison, at the young age of 24 years, passed away on Sunday July 19th. Every player, volunteer and supporter will miss  his on and off court play, his humour and drive to push us all to be better athletes and people.  Visitation will be Thursday Jul 23rd from 2-4pm, with the funeral immediately following at the Welland Funeral Home – 827 E Main Street.

‘It is with profound sadness the family of Jonathan “Hot Wheels” Morrison announce his sudden passing on July 19th, 2015 at the Welland Hospital at the age of 24 years. Cherished son of Tracy Morrison and Jason Prevost and stepparent Trevor Crawford. Loving brother of Dallas and stepbrother Drake. He will be deeply missed by his grandparents; Jacques Morrison (Tina Parker) and Dave Praakel, Lucie and Noel Demers, Barry and Sandy Prevost. He will be forever remembered by his Uncle Sean Morrison, Aunt Penny Robins, Aunt Jennifer Prevost and cousin Jessica Robins and many many friends. Jonathan was an avid “gamer” and loved basketball. He will be missed by his fellow teammates from Brock Niagara Penguins.’

Please visit our Flickr pictures for some great pictures of Jonathon, in the album section.

3 Nominations for Niagara Penguins at the 2015 Sport Niagara Awards Breakfast

The Sport Niagara Awards Breakfast will once again look to celebrate Niagara’s sporting community, highlighting the best accomplishments, achievements, and all-around performances from the 2014 calendar year. The Sport Niagara Awards will recognize a collection of individuals, including athletes, coaches, and supporters, who through their impressive sport endeavors, have demonstrated several sought after qualities and attributes that well represent the Niagara Region. Beyond simply excelling on the field of play, award recipients and nominees have also excelled off the field, being true champions of their craft(s), respected leaders for their teammates and competitors, and inspirations to the sporting community at large in the further advancement of their respective sports.

We are proud to announce that the Niagara Penguins have nominees in THREE of the six categories.

Michelle Lepore (Wheelchair Basketball) is nominated for the “Champion of Sport Award”

Dakotah VanVeen (Boccia) is nominated for “Para-Athlete of the Year”

5th Annual Brock Niagara Penguins Wheelchair Basketball Tournament is nominated for the “Sport Event of the Year”

 

Good luck to all the nominees!

FLASH-FLASH-FLASH

The “Penguins ” WON the 6th Annual Brock Niagara Wheelchair Basketball Tournament on March 14 2015.

There were 5 teams who attended the Tournament.

The Falcons, Spinners,Tornados, Vipers & the Penguins.

The Spinners, Vipers & Penguins were tied after the round robin play.

They then beat the Spinners in the semis and beat the Tornados in the finals.

WOW!!!!!  Congratulations Penguins !!!

The winner of the raffle was ticket # 86 held by Carla Difazio. Thanks to all who supported the raffle.

 

Oh yah, if you wondered about the scores…

Penguins lost their 1st game to Spinners . Score was 22-21

They then won every game:

Penguins – Vipers, score was 26-12

Penguins- Tornados, score was 28-10

Penguins- Falcons, score was 28-22

In the semis they played the Spinners and won 29-25

In the finals they played the Tornados and won 24-17.

They scored a total of 156 points. Johnathan V was high scorer with 47 points, followed by Gloria with 43 points ; Loretta with 24 points; Jessie with 16 points ; Jonathan M with 10 points; Wilson with 8 points; Lindsay with 6 points and Trish with 2 points.

Everyone played VERY WELL.

Congratulations team.

House League

The 2015/16 Wheelchair Basketball House League season is under way.

There are 3 Teams.

Purple Monsters captained by Gloria

Purple Reign captained by Lindsay

Unstoppable Wheelers captained by Loretta

Team Games        Points Total Points
  W                 L           T           F            A
 
Purple Reign 2                   6           2          122        112 15.0
Purple Monsters 4                    4         1            120         128 17.5
Unstoppable Wheelers 6                   2         1           138          130 21.5

 

Top scorers

Gloria   62

Loretta  58

Josh T   50

Abby      46

Katharine 36

Paige  26

Wilson 24

Lindsay  16

Trish    16

Natasha 12

Anastasia  6

Josh G 4

 

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 are 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

Para-Athlete of the Year 2013- Loretta Davis

Loretta at Award BreakfastCongratulations to Loretta Davis who won the Para-Athlete of the Year at the 2013 Sport Niagara Awards Breakfast on June 6th, 2013. Loretta’s committment to the team on and off the court and her involvement in the promotion of disabled sport within Niagara, made her win. A celebration for all who know her.