Saturday, September 24, 2016

Kawartha Komets Launch Season # 8

On Saturday, September 24th the Kawartha Komets Special Needs Hockey Program launched our 8th season of Special Hockey International play.

We have four hours of prime ice time on Saturday mornings at the Evinrude Centre.  It was great to meet our new players and families and get re-acquainted with all our returning players and families.

This year the Komets will have four teams and we have named them as follows:

JUNIORS - The SATURNS
INTERMEDIATE # 1 - The GALAXY
INTERMEDIATE # 2 - The METEORS
SENIORS - The PHOENIX

The Kawartha Komets are Peterborough and area's only special needs hockey program that exclusively offers HOCKEY...geared to special needs girls, boys, teens and adults.  HOCKEY is our game and we do it well.

Thanks for your interest in the Komets!












"Making Dreams Come True" since 2009.


Kawartha Komets Participate in Sports EXPO

The Kawartha Komets Special Needs Hockey Program, preparing to enter our 8th season of play, participated the the Peterborough and Sport & Leisure EXPO on Saturday, September 17th.  

This is the 2nd year that the EXPO has been held to acquaint the public with the many sports and leisure opportunities we have here in Peterborough.

"Making Dreams Come True" for special needs individuals since 2009.

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Kawartha Komets Expansion...Looking for New Coaches & On-Ice Volunteers

The Kawartha Komets Special Needs Hockey Program continues to grow and we will have four (4) teams for the upcoming 2016-2017 season...our 8th.

We are looking for some new coaches, on-ice volunteers and others who have a passion to help our players develop both hockey skills and life skills.

For more information or, if you are interested in this exciting opportunity, please e-mail the Kawartha Komets at dwfisher@nexicom.net or call Carol Fisher @ (705) 750-0655 (home) or (705) 868-8825 (cell).  
Thank you for your interest in this very successful hockey program. 


Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Annoucement of Continuing Sponsorship

The Jack McGee Kawartha Komets Special Needs Hockey Program is very pleased to announce that Mary McGee has agreed to sponsor our hockey program for another season...our 8th. 

Mary is sponsoring our successful and growing organization in memory of her late husband, Jack McGee, founder of Jack McGee Chevrolet Cadillac in Peterborough. 

Thank you, Mary, for your ongoing support. 

Our players join us in expressing our thanks!.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Komets Enjoy Annual Summer Picnic/BBQ/Pool Party

The Kawartha Komets enjoyed our Annual Summer Picnic/BBQ/Pool Party at Elim Lodge on Pigeon Lake recently.

A great time was had by all.  Many thanks to board members Lisa Mills and Lorrie Powers for organizing the event and to board member and team trainer Dennis Missios for looking after the cooking.

Seems like everyone had a great time!

Looking forward to Season # 8!
















Monday, July 18, 2016

Unique Skating Aid Unveiled


Last Saturday the Kawartha Komets Special Needs Hockey Program unveiled a unique, new piece of equipment...a Kaye Trainer.
  
The convenor of another special needs hockey program, Dave Chase of the Valencia SNAP Flyers in California commented, “This device is THE safest way to teach someone how to skate!”
 
To see the Kaye Trainer in action check out this video clip from the Capital City Condors in Ottawa:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o805IzFwYfg

 

Saturday, July 16, 2016

A Great Opportunity...For Our Community



Bailey Gibson, Roberto Alomar, Spencer Oakes, Justin Monk & John Clark
As many of you know, Carol and I are helping out with a new venture here in Peterborough.
   
Peterborough Challenger Baseball, our local chapter, was launched by a local man, Bernie Daynes, and the program is being convened by Anita Flynn.  

Several of our Kawartha Komets board members, volunteers and players are involved and we’re enjoying this experience very much. 

Bernie submitted a proposal to the GoEasy Community Project after Canadians were encouraged to submit a project for a chance to win up to $50,000 and transform their community! Here’s what Bernie Daynes and Peterborough Challenger Baseball are proposing to do should we get the most votes.  This information is taken from the GoEasy Community Program web site:

Project Description

Peterborough Challenger Baseball provides a formalized opportunity for special needs children and youth to participate in the game of baseball. Special Needs children and youth of all abilities are assisted and supported by a host of volunteers as they play. The players belong to a league, play on a team, in uniforms and on a real marked baseball diamond. Players with mobility challenges are aided by buddies who help them at bat, running or rolling the bases, and while playing in the field. Parents, family and friends gather on the sidelines cheering and encouraging all of the players. Our project is to create a dedicated baseball diamond for the league, where the facilities are designed and suited for all levels of ability, where the surfaces are soft and safe allowing wheelchairs and walkers to be pushed without difficulty.

How would $50,000 benefit the project

The $50,000.00 prize would be used to help fund the building of an all access baseball diamond, with rubberized base paths, and home plate area. The all access base paths and home plate area would allow participants in the Peterborough Challenger Baseball League the opportunity to safely run, have their wheelchairs operated or pushed, and players using walkers or crutches have the chance to walk on a surface that is supportive and safe to do so. This surface will be unaffected by weather, or landscaping degradation due to drought, rain of frost heaving during the winter.

About the Community

Peterborough is a vibrant and caring community located in the Kawartha Lake region of Ontario. The Challenger Baseball program was welcomed and supported by the community this year without reservation. Our baseball league has created friendships, smiles, tears of joy and memories to last a lifetime for the players, the parents and our proud supporters. Each week during our first season more and more members of the community come out to cheer on our players. The local special needs community has been more than excited to finally see their children playing an organized sport, where fun comes first and competition means the score is measured in smiles.

Peterborough Challenger Baseball was one of the top 10 finalists and now have reached the top 3.  Now it's your turn to get involved!Please click on this link and then vote for the middle project of the three which is entitled… All access baseball for our wonderful players.  Voting is very easy and can be done often. If we should win this contest, the proposed baseball diamond would be used not only for Peterborough Challenger Baseball but for other local groups that would benefit from this type of baseball diamond.


Thank you for your co-operation and support.  Together we can make this happen.  
For the good of the kids,  
David Fisher
Kawartha Komets 
Director of Promotions, Communications and Media Relations

Friday, July 15, 2016

Kawartha Komets Give Back to the Community

The Kawartha Komets Special Needs Hockey Program presented a cheque for $500.00 to Jim Moloney, the Manager and Curator at Riverview Park and Zoo on Thursday, July 14th. 

This donation will go towards the ongoing installation of the wheelchair accessible swings for children with physical disabilities at the zoo. 

Kawartha Komets Intermediate players John Clark (left) and Kaeden Ball presented the cheque to Mr. Moloney.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Historic Evening for Baseball in Peterborough

NOTE:  We post Peterborough Challenger Baseball events on the Kawartha Komets web site as many of our hockey players also signed up for this new league in Peterborough.  They are loving it!


HISTORIC EVENT:

Tonight was an historic evening for baseball in Peterborough. It was the first time that a PBA (Peterborough Baseball Association) team and a special needs baseball team had been on the field together here in Peterborough. 

The Peterborough Senior Rookie Tigers, fresh from winning the Clarington Classic International Tournament on the weekend (they were 5-0), joined the Peterborough Challenger Baseball players at Turner Park, serving as buddies to our players. It was heartwarming and tear jerking at the same time. Watching the young Tigers ballplayers encourage the Challenger players, walking with them to their positions in the field and running the bases with them was an incredible experience. 

Longtime local sports announcer and a great athlete himself, Gary Dalliday, was on hand and loved what he saw. 

This was week # 5 for Peterborough Challenger Baseball, an unforgettable and historic evening for everyone present...and there was a big crowd on hand. 

The Peterborough Senior Rookie Tigers after their tournament win in Clarington
 
The "Meeting of the Minds" before the game.















An incredible experience for both ballplayers!

Come on out next Wednesday to enjoy a great ballgame.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Kawartha Komets Support Autism Ontario Peterborough Yard Sale


Come on out and support the Peterborough Chapter of Autism Ontario at their YARD SALE FUNDRAISER on Sunday, June 26th from 8 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Rain or Shine.


Lots of great items FOR SALE. Looking forward to seeing you there!

Sale takes place in the REMAX parking lot in the Market Plaza (George and Rink Streets) across from Del Crary Park. All proceeds go to Autism Ontario Peterborough.

Please bring any donations to the location at 7:00 a.m. on Sunday morning.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!