The Ontario Volleyball Association (OVA) is pleased to announce that the City of Waterloo will host the 2019 Ontario Volleyball Championships at RIM Park. This will mark the 12th consecutive year that the Championships have been held at RIM Park.
The Championships are the marquee event for the OVA, bringing together youth teams from all over the province to crown provincial champions from 11U to 18U divisions for boys and girls.
City of Waterloo Mayor Dave Jaworsky said,
"The City of Waterloo is thrilled to once again be the chosen host location for the 2019 Ontario Volleyball Championships. Our community embraces amateur sport and these championships are a marquee event for the volleyball community. 2019 marks the 12th consecutive year we have hosted this tournament, and we look forward to welcoming all athletes, coaches and spectators to our city in April 2019."
Jo-Anne Ljubicic, Executive Director of the Ontario Volleyball Association, echoed Mayor Jaworsky's sentiments:
"We are very excited to continue working with the City of Waterloo and RIM Park in hosting our Ontario Championships. We have been fortunate to grow this partnership over the years and together we have established the Championships as one of the premiere youth amateur sports events in Canada.”
In 2017, upwards of 45,000 athletes, coaches, parents and spectators attended the Championships over four weekends in April. It is estimated that over $7 million in economic impact was generated for the Kitchener-Waterloo Region and over $10 million for the province as a whole. The event has grown from 153 teams in its inaugural year to 775 teams in 2017, with that number expected to easily exceed 800 for 2019.
In addition to the City of Waterloo and RIM Park, the OVA appreciates the support of partners like Regional Sport Tourism Office, Waterloo Region Tourism Marketing Corporation, HTG Sports, CanuckStuff, Mikasa, Mettle Sports Training, and Nothers in delivering the Ontario Championships, and would welcome additional support from any interested sponsors.