Ronin Walji named OMHA Essay Contest Finalist!!, News (Unionville Minor Hockey Association)

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Ronin Walji named OMHA Essay Contest Finalist!!
Submitted By Karie McDougall on Saturday, April 14, 2018
For the 3rd year in a row, a player from the Unionville Minor Hockey Association has received finalist honours in the OMHA's annual Essay Contest, presented by Respect in Sport Group!  This annual contest is designed to engage players in an educational manner while encouraging them to express their thoughts on what life skills they learn from playing hockey. This year's theme was ‘Being Part of a Team Means....'.

Over 200 essays were submitted and the Ontario Minor Hockey Association in partnership with Respect in Sport want to thank everyone for their participation. Based on the quality, creativity and passion demonstrated in their submission, five finalists were selected with one of them emerging as our grand prize winner.

In 2016, Peewee house league player and member of the UMHA Youth Council, Joshua Wong received finalist honours for his essay on "Lessons I learned from Hockey".  In 2017, Novice house league and Unionville Jets player Aidan Alibhai, received finalist honours for his essay on, "My Hockey Coach Teaches Me...".

This year, honours go to Ronin Walji (Initiation house league player and Initiation Rostered Select player) for being one of four finalists in this year's OMHA Essay Contest! 

“The Ontario Minor Hockey Association is proud of all of the Essay Contest participants for their examples of positive life skills and the impact they are making on and off the ice in their hockey communities," said OMHA Executive Director Ian Taylor. "All of the essays submitted showed that the future of hockey is in a great place and that what we are teaching our players is more than just hockey skills."

“Respect in Sport is about providing a positive environment for all, so that hockey players can enjoy the game, and learn from the positive adult role models around them, like parents, coaches, and officials,” said Respect Group's Ontario Director Mark Allen. “Respect Group is very proud to support the OMHA Essay Contest and wants to thank every player who submitted an essay and also congratulate the five Finalists."

Congratulations to this year's winner Reece Northcutt of the Whitby Minor Hockey Association who wrote about the importance of supporting teammates and representing his city. For being named winner, Reece will receive a $1000 worth of CCM Hockey Gear.

Javier Martinez (Centre Wellington), Oscar Brown (Northumberland), Owen Munnings (Dunnville) and Ronin Walji (Unionville) were selected as the four finalists. For their tremendous writing abilities they will receive an OMHA prize pack.

 "Being Part of a Team Means..."
by: Ronin Walji - Unionville

My name is Ronin Walji and I started skating when I was 5 years old. Now I am 6 years old. My mom signed me up for house league hockey and I am on team white. Coach Ray is my coach, and he invited me on the Jets select team because he saw that I love hockey.

I made lots of new friends being on a hockey team. On the team, we learn how to pass, play our positions, and work together. We don't always win, but we are still learning and we always have fun. We even have lots of fun together when we are not playing hockey and doing other stuff.

One day I went public skating at Crosby Arena, and I met some boys who were 11 years old and they were on the Jets like me and we all became friends. The next day, I saw them in the hallway at school and they said hi to me and it felt really good, like I was on their team. I now meet them after school every Tuesday at Crosby Arena and we play "Manhunt" on the ice and whoever is the last one caught wins. They told me that I was a good skater and were teaching me how to skate better and said to be a good hockey player I should practice backwards crossovers. Being on a team means helping others to get better.

Being part of a team means I always have good friends who love to play hockey and like to do the same stuff.


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