Ontario Football Alliance recognizes Grenadiers as Association of the Year

Updated Tuesday April 25, 2017 by Cindie Ashton.

Kingston, ON April 24 – The Ontario Football Alliance (OFA) has issued its first ever Association of the Year Award to the Limestone District Grenadiers Football Club.

“The Grenadiers association is at the forefront of the football community and its efforts in developing not only the program, but football as a whole, should serve as a model for other associations,” said Tina Turner, executive director of the OFA. “The number of Grenadier players graduating to Ontario University Athletics (OUA) is a testament to that success. Congratulations.”

The awards banquet was held Saturday night in Guelph, ON where the Grenadiers were selected as Association of the Year over 83 other associations within the OFA.

“We are very humbled to accept this award,” said Alexandra Reyes-Walsh, executive director of the Grenadiers. “The association has gone through many changes over the past two years to get our house in order. This award really confirms for us that we are aligned with OFA’s vision and heading down the right path.”

There are 16 senior varsity players committed to play university football so far:

- Defensive back, Damon Fair, returning from the University of Windsor

- Defensive back Taylor Stalkie, Wilfred Laurier Golden Hawks

- Defensive back Devon Parris, St. Francis Xavier X-Men

- Centre Spencer Goodfellow, Toronto Varsity Blues

- Defensive tackle Cody White, Ottawa Gee Gees

- Wide receiver Nik Daniele-Reyes, Ottawa Gee Gees

- Running back Josh Armstrong, Toronto Varsity Blues

- Quarter back Brendan Steele, Queen’s University

- Centre / guard Brayden White, Holland College Hurricanes 

- Defensive end Chad Stymest, Ottawa Gee Gees

- Wide receiver Brandon Robbins, Wilfred Laurier Golden Hawks

- Wide receiver Jacob Magee, Queen's University

- Offensive line Zach Pelehos, Ottawa Gee Gees

- Wide receiver Mitch Dowd, Queen's University

- Running back Sam Mace, Ottawa Gee Gees

- Corner Cam Clark, returning from the University Windsor

With the junior and senior varsity teams selected, the Grenadiers are ready for the season to kick off at Kiwanis Field in Niagara vs the Spears on May 13 before returning for the home opener at Richardson Stadium on May 27. Find the full schedule at GMen.ca

“There are still a few spots to fill at the bantam level for players born in 2003 and 2004 who would like to develop their game at the next level with a Provincially recognized and OFA sanctioned association,” added Reyes-Walsh.

Mark McGee returns as head coach of the senior varsity team, Dale Sands leads the junior team and Peter Brannen will introduce the GMen systems to bantam players. Billy Peach, a 2014 Grey Cup champion who grew up in Kingston, and a number of senior university football players will also be assisting the coaches on the sidelines.

To show the community you support your Grenadiers or to invite the Grenadiers to appear at your community event, contact marketing@GMen.ca.

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About the Grenadiers:

The Limestone District Grenadiers Football Club offers AAA summer football at the bantam, junior and senior varsity level. Athletes (aged 12-19) travel to Kingston from Trenton to Brockville to play for the Grenadiers. Teams travel and host teams within the Ontario Provincial Football League (OPFL). In addition to learning, playing and enjoying football, emphasis is placed on player safety, sportsmanship, self-discipline, teamwork, academic achievement and community involvement. The Grenadiers are a not-for-profit association overseen by a volunteer board of directors. Volunteer coaches lead these teams, and a dedicated group of parent volunteers’ assist with game-day operations. Many graduating Grenadiers move on to play university football.

For more information contact:

Cindie Ashton, marketing director, marketing@gmen.ca, 613-384-9349