QUEEN’S PARK – This afternoon Norm Miller, MPP for Parry Sound – Muskoka, rose in the house to recognize and congratulate the South Muskoka Cavalcade Bantam Bears on becoming all-Ontario provincial champions. Please find his statement below:
“Mr. Norm Miller: I’m delighted to rise in this House today to recognize and congratulate the South Muskoka Cavalcade Bantam Bears on becoming the all-Ontario provincial champions. With the series tied 2-2, game 5 offered a winner-take-all scenario, and it was wonderful to see the community come out to the Bracebridge Memorial Arena to support the team and enjoy the fun, competitive atmosphere. The Bears played a great game. They outshot their opponents 30 to 12. With goals from Jack Lyndon and Dustin Labelle, the Bears defeated the St. Mary’s Rock 2-0.
While achievements in sport should always be celebrated, sport is about the experience. The goaltender from St. Mary’s Rock played remarkably, and both of the teams should be proud of their efforts. Sport is about more than winning and losing; it’s about an athlete’s development, lessons learned and the lasting memories they share with teammates and friends. In addition to physical activity, participation in sports can help build self-esteem and confidence. It can motivate a young person to excel academically and learn the benefits of goal-setting and preparation.
People in our society are not always able to participate in sports like hockey because the cost is so expensive. We have to be careful to not allow the cost of organized sport to prevent people from participating. Otherwise, they will lose out on all the positive benefits and attributes that sport has to offer.
I would like to thank the Bears’ head coach Dan Blum and all the staff, volunteers and parents who make it possible for young people to pursue their sporting goals. Congratulations to the Bears, our 2017 all-Ontario provincial champions.”