Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada

CELEBRATING 50 YEARS SHAPING ACTIVE STUDENTS

Timeline

Take a step back in time and journey with us from our humble beginnings, as Newfoundland Labrador High School Athletics Federation (NLHSAF) evolved into School Sports Newfoundland and Labrador (SSNL).

1969 To 1970

The Newfoundland Labrador High School Athletic Federation (NLHSAF) is formed under the direction of the Department of Provincial Affairs and the Physical Fitness Division, led by Director Graham Snow

Brother G. I. Moore from Stephenville was elected the first President of NLHSAF

Ice Hockey & Badminton became the first official sports to host Provincial Championship Tournaments

1970 To 1980

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In 1970, 14 local zones were established to organize high school sports within schools across the province

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In 1970, Provincial High School Champions were declared in Ice Hockey, Basketball, Volleyball, Soccer, Cross Country Running, Badminton, Table Tennis and Wrestling

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In 1972, girls were competing in 2 sports – Volleyball and Basketball

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By 1973, there were 15 Provincial Championship Tournaments, nearly doubling the number of Provincials that took place just 3 years earlier

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In 1974, Girls’ participation increased to 7 sports with the addition of Softball, Track & Field, Cross Country Running, Table Tennis and Badminton

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In 1975, a full-time Executive Secretary – Walter Crotty - was hired to run the organization

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In 1977 Girls’ Soccer was added as a Provincial Championship

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By the end of the 1970s, 20 Regional Zones had been established and participation increased from 2,737 participants in 1970-71 to 13,313 in 1979-80

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In 1975-76 Grant Collegiate in Springdale, begin an impressive winning streak of 12 consecutive Provincial Table Tennis Championships

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1980 To 1990

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In 1984, Nancy Barnes (Queen Elizabeth Regional High, Foxtrap) & Michael White (Xavier High, Deer Lake) became the first two students to receive the Brother G. I. Moore, Male and Female Student Athlete of the Year awards.

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In 1989, Karen Richard became the organization’s 3rd Executive Director. Karen still holds the position today.

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In 1985, Glen Stanford became Executive Director of NLHSAF

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In 1984 NLHSAF hosted one of its first mega-tournaments - SuperVolley ’84 - featuring 60 high school volleyball teams

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In Pursuit of Excellence, a Coaches and Physical Educators Symposium was held in Gander in 1986

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In 1982-83, Junior divisions were added to the sport of Cross-Country Running

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In 1989-90, Slo-Pitch Softball was introduced, which replaced fast-pitch within a couple of years

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In 1982, the first Provincial Conference of High School Athletic Directors took place

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In 1980, the sport of Cheerleading was added as an Official Sport.

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In 1988-89, Cross Country Skiing was added to the calendar with 4 divisions (male and female, junior and senior)

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1990 To 2000

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In 1992-1993, a new division was added to Girls Soccer.

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In the 1998-1999 school year, the NLHSAF was hit with a decline in membership - moving from 190 member schools down to 130 - with the end of the denominational school system in NL

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In 1998-1999, The Eagle River Zone, encompassing 7 new member schools on the south coast of Labrador, was added to NLHSAF.

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In 1993, NLHSAF hosted SuperVolley ’93, encompassing all provincial high school volleyball championships. The event took place in Grand Falls-Windsor in December

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In 1994, Newfoundland Labrador High School Athletic Federation celebrated its 25th Anniversary

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Amidst its 25th Anniversary celebrations, some NLHSAF tournaments were cancelled as a result of the 1994 Newfoundland and Labrador teachers strike. Photo credit: November 2010 issue of The Bulletin

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Hoopla ‘94 took place in St. John’s in March and included all high school basketball Provincial Championships for both genders, taking place that year

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Templeton Collegiate in Gillams, now Templeton Academy, dominated the Provincial Boys Wrestling scene, winning 7 Provincial Titles

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2000 To 2010

The number of participants in the Participation Nation program tripled in just 2 years, rising from 7,264 participants in PNs inaugural year to 23,685 ins 2006-2007.

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In the 2003-2004 school year, the first Girls High School Provincial Championship for Ice Hockey was held

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In 2003-2004, a Fair Play division was added for Volleyball.

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In 2004 after much anticipation, the Participation Nation Program was launched

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Girls Wrestling was introduced in the 2004-2005 school year, with Carbonear Collegiate and Roncelli High dominating

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Between 2000-2009, Roncalli High in Avondale are crowned Girls Slo-Pitch Provincial Champions 6 times

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The Upper Lake Melville area hosted the Labrador High School Championships in 2002

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In 2003, Newfoundland Labrador High School Athletic Federation changed its name to School Sports NL (SSNL)

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2010 To 2020

In 2007-2008, There was a 2A 7-A-Side Soccer option added to compliment the Soccer program

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In 2015, Participation Nation encouraged schools to ‘Dart Outdoors’ for the first time ever, during Education Week. #DartOutdoors is now an annual event.

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In 2018, the Participation Nation program receives a fresh new look and feel, complete with an overall PN logo and 6 individual logos that represent the various core and complementary programs offered.

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Varsity Volleyball and Varsity Basketball expand to include 4 classifications in both male and female divisions.

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In 2017, the Varsity Program was formed and officially branded.

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In the 2015-2016 school year, SSNL introduced Indoor Soccer.

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Between 2010 & 2017, 5 new Participation Nation Programs were introduced. These Programs – PN Unplugged (2010), Play 4 Fun (2012), High School Spirit (2015), Sprockids (2016), and Outdoor Adventures (2017) - were introduced to complement the existing Core Programs offered through PN

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Stephenville High School dominates Boys & Girls Track & Field

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Calendar

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Best. Coach. Ever.

When you look back fondly on your days participating in school sports, we want you to think of that one coach/facilitator who made a difference. The one who inspired you, when others didn’t. The one who challenged you, when others wouldn’t. And most importantly, the one who believed in you, when you didn’t believe in yourself. We want to honour these coaches. We want to put them in the spotlight they deserve. We want you to tell us about the… Best. Coach. Ever.

Videos

Best Coach Ever: Carol Blunden
By: Courtney Russell of Heritage Collegiate

Stories

I went to St. Pauls in Gander back in the days when it was a high school. I played a number of sports in junior high and high school, but my favorite, by far, was wrestling. A lot of that had to do with the nature of the sport, and my teammates and friends that were also involved, but my coach also played a huge role in why I enjoyed wrestling so much, why I have such … Read More

Best Coach Ever: Gary Janks
Bob Richard of St. Paul’s intermediate

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2019-2020 PN Unplugged After School Program Application Available

The PN Unplugged After School Program is now accepting applications for the 2019-2020 school year.

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Contests & Promotions:

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