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CBHA President Resignation29.11.2011 l Mike Schweighardt
CBHA President Resignation
On behalf of the Canadian Ball Hockey Association, the Board of Directors have received and accepted the resignation of Mr. Domenic Di Gironimo, CBHA President, effective November 21, 2011.
The CBHA Board of Directors and all member provinces want to thank Mr. Di Gironimo for his many years of service to the organization. The incredible contribution he has made to advancing ball hockey at local, regional, national and international levels has allowed ball hockey to grow and thrive as one of Canada`s most popular sports. We thank Mr. Di Gironimo for all he has done to make that happen and wish him every success in his future endeavours.
CBHA Board of Directors
CBHA Board of Directors Additions29.11.2011 l Mike Schweighardt
At the recent Canadian Ball Hockey Association Annual General Meeting the member provinces have recognized the need to expand the Board of Directors. As such three new positions have been created along with a shuffle of one of the current directors to one of the new positions.
The Vice President’s of Men’s, Women’s and Minor’s will chair each of the associated councils and will represent each of our divisions of play at the Board Level to assist in shaping the future of our sport. Please join us in welcoming our new and shuffled board members:
Vice President Eastern Canada – Sara Hayward (NB)
Vice President Men’s – Connie Liosis (AB)
Vice President Women’s – Shelley Callaghan (ON)
Vice President Minor’s – Steve Rumsey (ON)
We wish you all the best in your positions and thank you for your dedication to ball hockey!
November 8th, 2010 marked a day in Canadian Ball Hockey history that those involved will soon not forget. On this day Masters Team Canada ventured on a journey to represent the Canadian Ball Hockey Association at the inaugural Masters World Cup in Bratislava, Slovakia.
When the reigns of this team were handed over to CBHA Hall of Famer George Gortsos and General Manager Mike Schweighardt, the pair decided that the team would best be built with a particular mandate in mind. The first of which was that the team will not be built to win at all cost. Secondly the team will be ambassadorial and represent the great history of our association and country with the pride and honour it has built. The last piece of the puzzle was to celebrate the sport of ball hockey with our friends from around the world.
As such the team was comprised with six provinces represented and formed with Team Canada alumni, national championship all-stars and recreational players who have not played at a high level but who have done great things by taking the sport of ball hockey around the world. Next was to bring a professional but ambassadorial staff into the mix. Team Canada’s inaugural coach Dan Ranalli was the right person for the job as Head Coach, as was Associate Coach Domenic Di Gironimo who would round out the crew to run the bench. Next a crackerjack medical and training team led by none other than Dr. Jason Su, Marta Dos Santos, Matt Halverson and last but certainly not least Harvey “Superman” Boutiler finalized the team. Most of which have multiple World Championships with various Team Canada squads.
The players and staff absorbed an instant chemistry from first the first greeting to the last farewell of the journey. As old friendships were rekindled, new friendships bloomed and it was an amazing sight to see the team extended these friendships to the other participating nations as well as the most hospitable host committee form Slovakia, which made for a most memorable event.
Although the team came home with a Silver Medal for their second place finish in the event, they also came home with much more than that. The friendships formed, camaraderie experienced and ball hockey memories that are engraved in their minds will be celebrated for the rest of their lives.
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