Archive for February, 2011

2011Feb 23

SPAD Remembers the Golden Games: Vancouver 2010

One last look before the journey home

By: SPAD Blogger Brent Hurley

Just over a year ago on February 12TH, 2010 the 21st Olympic Winter Games began in Vancouver, British Columbia. This highly anticipated two week span would prove to be a culture changing and generation defining landmark in Canadian history. It was the first time the Olympics were returning since Calgary hosted the Winter Games in 1988, and Canada was ready!
While most of us were probably watching the opening day with family and/or friends in living rooms scattered across the nation, a van from Sudbury was tearing across this beautiful land with Vancouver in its sights. In true SPAD fashion, the van filled with Dana Bateman, Nicole Fraser, Reuben Greenspoon, and Shannon O’Reilly pulled out of LU immediately following a second year Accounting midterm and arrived in Van City just in time for the Opening Ceremony. They enjoyed a week of memories in BC, with special thanks going to SPAD alumni David Bedford who was the Canadian Olympic Committee’s (COC) Executive Director of Marketing and Communication for the Games, and also managed to help find a prime hotel for some of his former students.

SPAD Students at Canada House with Dave Bedford SPAd07

Besides the SPAD van, numerous other students made their way out to Vancouver to volunteer their services and expertise at this once in a lifetime event. Imran Gill volunteered for the entire Games at the main press centre and also was lucky enough to attend several hockey games, including a couple Canadian matches. Mike Latty and Vancouver’s own Alex Lea volunteered for a week at the mountain events, while also getting to attend a preliminary round hockey game. Olivia Instance, Michael Przybylowski, Lawren and Sean Carroll rounded out the SPAD students present in BC to take in some of the Olympic magic. Many alumni from across the years also attended the games and provided pictures and stories, so take a look in the SPAD Blog archives from February 2010 to see how SPAD covered the Olympics.
However, that opening day in Vancouver was anything but magical. The sole black mark on the Games came on that first day, when luger Nodar Kumaritashvili from Georgia died in a horrific crash during a training run. As athletes and fans mourned with the Georgians during this nightmare, a bright spot in the day was hopefully to come during the night’s Opening Ceremony. And while it was rich in Canadian history and traditions, the ceremony was highlighted by a malfunction with the Olympic cauldron’s “ice spiers” in BC Place. The very awkward moment seen around the world ended as Wayne Gretzky was transported to Jack Poole Plaza in the rain to light the official Olympic cauldron and cap off the ceremony. In one way or another, the 21ST Olympic Winter Games were officially underway.
While the opening day caused a stir for all the wrong reasons worldwide and even had Canadians wondering if we could recover to save our Games, the events got underway full force on day two. And as those events rolled along and those special Olympic moments began to unfold, the magic of the Games began to flood the nation. Canadians and our athletes seemed determined to overcome those opening day obstacles; refusing to let our Games be defined by problems. A sense of urgency swept across the country as the Games gained momentum and Canadians anticipated that first gold on home soil.

Freestyle skier and Turin Olympics gold medalist Jennifer Heil provided the first opportunity of triumph with a wicked final run in the women’s freestyle event. Sitting in first with only one skier to go, we all watched as American Hannah Kearney stole gold with an even more impressive run. However, the COC literally couldn’t have written a better script for Canada’s first home grown gold. The next night on February 14TH, 2010 who will ever forget watching Frédéric Bilodeau watch his younger brother, Alex, race and flip his way to the first ever gold medal won by a Canadian in Canada. Undoubtedly the most heart warming moment of the Games was seeing Alex rush over to hug his inspiration immediately after winning. Since then, Frédéric who suffers from cerebral palsy has become as big of a star as his golden brother.

2011Feb 17

Marty Landry SPAD’10: IMG – A Great Internship

By SPAD Blogger Cole Julien

I recently had the change to ask Marty Landry, SPAD’10 about his experience during his SPAD internship and here is what Marty had to say.

Marty Landry, SPAD'10

1.) For starters can you just go over what your internship was and with what company and what you had to do.

I was an Events Intern at International Management Group’s (IMG) Canadian office in Toronto. IMG is widely considered one of the most influential global leaders in sports, media, entertainment management and marketing. The four main events I worked on were the TELUS World Skins Game, LG Fashion Week, and the Stars on Ice and Holiday Festival on Ice tours. Although it is hard to sum up my exact duties as activities and tasks changed on a daily basis , as is the nature of events, much of my responsibilities fell to supporting logistics for sponsors and IMG’s needs. This related to distribution of sponsor deliverables in conjunction with work-back schedules, on-site logistics, management and execution of sponsor activations and participation in weekly client service meetings. There was somewhat of a cross-over in my internship duties. In addition to working under the Events Department, I also reported directly to our Vice-President providing support and assistance with business development projects to improve current events and build new properties for IMG. This involved research projects related to trends in the sports industry, current sport properties, information on prospective athletes and clients, as well as helping to prepare sales presentations.

2.) What was your favourite part about your internship?

From an organizational standpoint, my favorite part about interning at IMG was that it provided me with a hybrid work experience in the sports, media and entertainment industry. It allowed me to delve into so many different aspects of business, which was not just limited to the Events Department. I truly believe this helped me moving forward to determine which aspects of the industry that I want to focus my career in. As far as one favorite experience during the internship goes, it was without a doubt spending the month of June in Victoria, BC running the TELUS World Skins game. I gained a true appreciation of the hard work it takes to run a world class event of that magnitude, while thoroughly enjoying the entire experience and soaking up every moment of the opportunity that was presented to me. It was one that I will not forget.

3.) What was the most valuable lesson you learned during your internship?

On a whole, the internship experience is really what you make of it. Don’t be afraid to really put yourself out there because you can become as involved in the organization as you let yourself be. The time will fly by and at the end of it all you want to be sure that you made the most of the opportunity. Many people would do anything for the chance to work for some of these organizations. Meet as many people as possible, build relationships and soak up as much information as you can. You never know who you are going to meet that might help you in your career in the future.

4.) Do you have any advice for students applying for internships?

Apply somewhere that you truly want to work and do something that you think you might enjoy. Look at the experience as an investment, although you may not know exactly what you want to do and think to yourself “it’s only and internship”, some of the experience gained and connections you make will set you up for your future. If nothing else you will gain a better understanding of where you see yourself fitting in the industry. I know personally I came out with a much clearer understanding. Other than that, have fun and enjoy the experience!

Thanks Marty for all the great advice – and SPAD congratulates you on your new position – Account Representative, Baseball Operations, Pointstreak Sport Techonologies  –

2011Feb 9

SPAD celebrates the Super Bowl

By SPAD Blogger Lukas Hayes

The SPAD Superbowl party was in full swing again this year, as the Pittsburgh Steelers battled the Green Bay Packers. With both franchises being so storied, it was apparent that almost every fan had some loyalties to one of the teams. Whether is was the fans who “couldn’t stand” it to see the Steelers win another one, or the bandwagon Cheese-heads who wanted to see Aaron Rodgers finally completely cement himself in the hearts of Packer fans. The Packers came out flying, jumping out to a 21-3 lead before the Steelers seemed to know they were in a Superbowl. Many people groaned, as we had all hoped for a close, exciting game. People who had happened to gamble on the Packers were enjoying the game very much however.

The Steelers managed a late TD to make it 21-10 at the half. At halftime, the Black Eyed Peas performed a show that brought the fans at the packed Cowboys stadium to their feet. The second half saw the Steelers come out with some jump, and second-year SPAD Jamie Howlett was finally glad that he wore his Steelers jersey to the event. Classmates Andrew Berlingieri and Patrick Smoke were sure to take jabs at him when the Packers managed any big plays. The game ended up being close, as the Packers won their 4th title, primarily due to their 21 points off of 3 Steelers turnovers. SPAD 3rd Student Alannah Della Vedova, a diehard Packers fan, could be heard exclaiming, “this is the happiest day of my life” over and over again, while her father, a Steelers fan, was seen hanging his head in disbelief.

As with all events, students did not leave empty handed. Many great prizes were up for grabs through the raffle and Stephen Tihal, Kory Lafreniere, Brent Hurley and Patrick Smoke all walking away with new NFL jerseys. MacKenzie Young won a trip to Quebec City to the Red Bull Crashed Ice event.

The game and event were a complete success and we all wish Dr. Church well in his recovery from witnessing the Steelers defeat.

2011Feb 7

36TH Annual Home Hardware SPAD Tourney: A smashing success!

By SPAD Blogger Brent Hurley

After all the hype and anticipation, as per usual the SPAD tourney never disappoints. Following more than 40 games from Wednesday night to Saturday afternoon, another tournament has come to a close.

In the competitive division, team Skoal Pike successfully defended their title and were the first recipients of the beautiful new SPAD Molson Cup. Skoal Pike went undefeated over the course of the tournament and handily won the championship game 5:1 over Team Extreme.

In the mixed division, Wheel, Snipe, No Dome brought home the championship after beating the Village Idiots 5:3 in the final.  The mixed play (somewhat surprisingly) produced some of the most intense and heated games, while also unfortunately dealing the most injuries – nothing too serious.

The Veterans!

Speaking of intense games, one of the best underlying stories of the tourney came from the rivalry developed between the rookie lead Peterborough Pipe Layers and the veteran laden Cecchetto & Sons. After a 6:1 drubbing by the vets in round robin play highlighted by Ryley Scott’s hat trick, the two teams squared off for a rematch in the quarterfinals. The veterans held a nervous 1:0 lead from five minutes into the game, before the frosh finally solved Imran Gill with just thirty seconds to play in the third period to send this classic to overtime. With the opportunity to cement a legacy amongst SPAD looming, it didn’t take President Chris Ackroyd long to tickle the twine and send Cecchetto & Sons through to the semi-finals. About a minute into the extra frame, the Pres’ came off the bench and took a pass before streaking across the blueline one on three, making a quick fake and snapping the winner home low blocker – final score 2:1. The goal was followed by a beauty one knee fist pump celebration, before being mauled by his teammates as they collapsed the zamboni doors in the excitement (sorry Sudbury Arena staff).

Needless to say, although the games were intense (and at times quite heated), both teams respected each other. And that intensity did not interfere with everyone getting together at Pub for a few drinks or frosh captain Mike Taylor icing Mr. Ackroyd after his winner. What would SPAD tourney be without some rough morning games?

The Frosh!

The other SPAD frosh team, The Royals also made it to the quarterfinals after Brian Kelly scored in the dying seconds of their final round robin game to bring home a tie and push his team into the eighth seed. The Royals tournament was highlighted by the outstanding play of their goaltender Tyler Fisher, who stood on his head for the frosh.

Finally, one more BIG thanks to all the sponsors and SPAD organizers who make this phenomenal weekend possible! On behalf of all the players and coaches: thank-you!

To all the participants: only 358 more days till next year’s tourney, you better toughen up! See you next year! See Flickr Feed for more pictures.