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Stars Just Added to #OCC19!

Hot off the press is the addition of Jerry Howarth and Dr. Amanda Visek, the two latest all-star speakers to join the 2019 Ontario Coaches Conferences April 5-7, in Markham. They join a full contingent of 20 of North America’s and the world’s best scientists, coaches and practitioners leading 40+ hours of practical takeaways at Ontario’s premier sport leadership event.

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For 36 years, Jerry Howarth was the radio broadcaster for the Toronto Blue Jays. In 1982, Jerry joined Tom Cheek and for the next 23 years, “Tom and Jerry” were the voices of the franchise. Jerry called over 7,500 games in his professional career which included Toronto’s back-to-back World Series Championships in 1992 and 1993.

Jerry also coached basketball for 25 years including the last twenty at the high school level moving from the Boys Bantam coach at Etobicoke Collegiate to their Junior coach and finally the Senior Boys coach playing for two Etobicoke City Championships along the way. Jerry brings special access to both his coaching style and to the Blue Jays clubhouse, discussing how the Blue Jays championships were won through excellent coaching under manager Cito Gaston as well as solid player development under the guidance of General Manager Pat Gillick.


Amanda Visek

Amanda J. Visek, PhD, CMPC is an Associate Professor in the Department of Exercise & Nutrition Sciences in the Milken Institute School of Public Health at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., USA. Her scientific research has focused on the application of pediatric sport psychology to issues of public health, namely improving child and adolescent health outcomes by establishing sport participation as a public health practice through safe, positive physical activity and human movement experiences that are fun. Her federally funded, applied research includes the FUN MAPS, the latest sport science advancement capturing attention from local grassroots communities to national and international sport organizations.

The FUN MAPS are the scientific blueprints for the fun integration theory, the first-ever fully conceptual framework for optimizing youth’s positive sport experiences, both in their childhood and through their adolescence. Her work has been featured nationally in USA Today, the Washington Post, the Huffington Post, ESPNW, the N.Y Times for Kids, U.S. News & World Report, National Public Radio, CBS Radio, ABC News, NBC News, NBC Sports, FOX News and many others, while also being featured globally. She has authored over 28 peer-reviewed papers, 7 book chapters, and given more than 142 refereed and invited talks around the world.

For more information and a full list of speakers and sessions visit If you are a local Markham/York Region resident ask how you can save even more!

Described as the “best conference I have ever attended,” coaches are able to participate in this professional development opportunity at a subsidized rate.  As the place to be for all things sport for twelve years running, the 2019 conference is themed around  ‘Winning Every Play’  and guiding sport leaders to learn and understand how you can win every moment, interaction and play to ensure positive long term athlete success.

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