April 06, 2023

Town of Aurora launches IIHF Scholarships to Advance Youth in Sport

The Town of Aurora has launched a new IIHF Scholarship in support of the Recreation and Healthy Active Living Leadership Course for girls and gender diverse youth in Aurora. Twenty-five scholarships for this course will be given out over the next five years starting in the Winter 2024 session. This announcement is a legacy item in support of the Town hosting the IIHF Women’s World Championship Pre-Tournament Game on April 2, 2023

“I am excited to see the future impact of these scholarships on girls and gender diverse youth in sport and the great achievements they can accomplish. This opportunity gives youth in our community a chance to breakdown gender barriers in sport. The knowledge learned in this course helps participants learn the fundamentals of leadership, coaching and communication skills,” said Mayor Tom Mrakas. “Thank you to our generous scholarship sponsors for their dedication and commitment to making access to sport fair for everyone.” 

Through the Sport Plan, the Town of Aurora is committed to supporting more female and gender diverse leadership roles in sport. This university/college preparation course is a unique, blended-learning opportunity that involves 110 hours of combined in-person, online and community mentorship experiences. Successful completion of this course provides students with a Grade 12 credit towards their high school diploma and certifications for youth leadership positions in recreation and sport, including HIGH FIVE Sport, Emergency First Aid, National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP), Fundamental Movement Skills, and Leaders in Play. Thank you to our generous sponsors of these scholarships: the Central York Girls Hockey Association, Ontario Women's Hockey Association, Key Advantage Team, Jennifer Di Paolo Real Estate and Crossfit Aurora Central. 

For more information on the Recreation and Healthy Active Living Leadership Course, please visit and click on Courses & Workshops. 

If you are interested in the opportunity to provide a scholarship to the Recreation and Healthy Active Living Leadership Course, please email Louise Dyer, Sponsorship Coordinator, at 


Media contact: Corporate Communications | 365-500-5088 | 


(Source: Town of Aurora, March 29, 2023)


Be the first to write a comment!

Connecting you to active women, local groups, events, businesses and more.

Choose your location


Don't use my location, default to Toronto, ON.