LOSSA in the spotlight - again
Here we go again, the Lake Ontario Secondary School Athletic Association is back in the spotlight.
This time, it's for preventing a student hockey player from competing for her school — and just months before she graduates. More about her in a minute.
LOSSA, which many people simply know as the Durham Region and just east of Toronto, was the centre of attention last year when it went after one of its own coaches. Remember the Mike Gordensky saga? Yup, he admitted to using two basketball players to showcase them in a U.S. tournament, try to help them get schooling — and his buddies pulled the carpet out on him. They pointed the finger for breaking rules, resulting in the Pickering coach getting provincial lashes, suspended for a year, put on probation and his school slapped with a penalty. Gosh some of these educators and OFSAA can be harsh.
Well, LOSSA has rules — but they apparently pick and choose how they will administer those rules.
Not too long ago, a private school in York Region was short of female volleyball players and decided to "borrow" two players — from schools in Durham (J. Clarke Richardson in Ajax and Courtice). Let's see, playing for two schools in one year. Seems like a violation. But LOSSA did nothing other than dance around the issue with excuses. I understand there have been several other questionable things happening but, as long as they're out of the media spotlight, things are quiet.
LOSSA is also the organization that likes to talk a good talk about highlighting athletes. Yet, despite frequent attempts to obtain information — even championship results from sports like wrestling, swimming, curling and the list goes on — they don't provide them. Not even a courtesy response. But now that they're hosting a provincial basketball championship in a week or so, and you guessed it, suddenly the expectation for media attention rises. Very interesting.
Well, back to the female hockey player. Kelly Terry attends Sinclair Secondary in Whitby. That's next door to the Durham District School Board administrative offices. She is 17.
Yes, she was a Toronto Star hockey all-star last year. She's accepted a scholarship to the University of Minnesota. Her dad once played in the NHL.
Well, she started the year with Sinclair, but was singled out and ruled ineligible by LOSSA halfway through the season because of her affiliation with the national hockey program. Nice, eh? Play some games for your school and then get the heave-ho. Well, she made the Canadian under-18 team — even though the final roster still hasn't been announced. That happens Friday.
LOSSA, again with its rules, chose to pick on Kelly Terry — and, ultimately, her school, team and friends. Yet, last I looked, other female hockey players in the same boat are still playing for their schools. People are upset. One more thing, there are many high school students at schools across the province who have made various national teams in rugby, volleyball, swimming, etc - and still compete for their schools.
Thought you'd like to meet the LOSSA Executive