Toronto Mayor’ s School Cricket Tournament 2018 launched

BATSMEN: Mayor John Tory (2nd from left) and Mahes Wickramasinghe of Canadian Tire  Corporation (left) with students at Central Tech Stadium

More than 100 young cricketers from schools in the Greater Toronto Area received medals of excellence at the launch last Thursday of  the  Mayor’s School Cricket Tournament  2018.

Fifteen schools also received awards.

The  launch at the Central Tech Stadium marked the eighth anniversary of the tournament which has grown from 10 teams in 2011 to 150 teams in 2017.

 The 2018 tournament will be held at Sunnybrook Park and G. Ross Lord Park  May 15 -31.

Main  sponsor of this year’s event  is the  Canadian Tire Corporation. Participating teams will compete for the Canadian Tire Trophy.

Before the presentation of awards, Mayor John Tory, Mitzie Hunter, Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development and and Mahes Wickramasinghe, Chief Corporate Officer of Canadian Tire Corporation, joined the young cricketers for a demonstration of the sport at the  stadium.

Noting that  cricket is part of the cultural heritage of many Torontonians, Mayor Tory said it

was a pleasure to meet many young cricketers  ” who are building a healthy, active lifestyle as well as leadership skills.”

” From our playgrounds to recreational sports leagues all the way to our high performance athletes, sport is vital to the cultural fabric of our city,” he added.

Helen Berhane, chairman of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants  (CIMA), organizer of the tournament,  thanked Police Services Board  member Kenneth  Jeffers who helped form the partnership between the City of Toronto and CIMA and the City of  Toronto’s Parks and Recreation Department for ” the continued support to grow the sport of cricket in schools.”

The following  are the schools which received awards:

City of Toronto – 2017 School Cricket Awards

Toronto District School Board

Middle School Girls

Champions: Sir Ernest MacMillan Senior Public School

Runner-up: Dr. Marion Hilliard Senior Public School

Spirit of Cricket Award: Cosburn Middle School

Middle School Boys

Champions: Smithfield Middle School

Runner-up: Sir Ernest MacMillan Senior Public School

Spirit of Cricket Award: Cosburn Middle School

High School Girls

Champions: West Humber Collegiate Institute

Runner-up: Emery Collegiate Institute
Spirit of Cricket Award: York Memorial Collegiate Institute

High School Boys

Champions: Marc Garneau Collegiate Institute

Runner-up: George Harvey Collegiate Institute

Spirit of Cricket Award: Woburn Collegiate  Institute

 Toronto Catholic District School Board

Elementary Schools

Champions: St Gabriel Catholic School
Runner-up: St Florence Catholic School
Spirit of Cricket Awards: St Florence Catholic School and Blessed Sacrament

High Schools

Joint Champions: Mary Ward SS and Monsignor Percy Johnson Catholic High School
The Toronto Catholic District School Board High Schools Final was abandoned as a” No Result ” due to heavy rain.