Straight from the street, stories about Canada's favourite pastime — street hockey and sports in general, brought to you with the launch of Play On! Canada's first-ever podcast. Hosted by Vince Capano and Branden Scott, join them as they sit down (virtually) each week with former Play On! participants, hockey greats, media personalities and more.
The inaugural podcast episode features the founder of Play On! Canada and mass participation event pioneer, Scott Hill. Learn how the COVID-19 pandemic led to the resuscitation of Canada's largest sports festival!
Fresh off the PWHPA Secret® Dream Gap Tour Canadian showcase, the second episode of the podcast features Jamie Lee Rattray. Hear from a professional female hockey player and national team member, whose representing Canada at the IIHF World Women's Championship in August.
Listen today on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, iHeartRadio, YouTube, and wherever else you get your podcasts.
Tell us about yourself and where you are from!
My name’s Darryn Renaud and I joined the Play On! Team in March of 2020 while taking a bit of a sabbatical with my girlfriend and dog in a city named Armenia, in Colombia’s Coffee Region. I grew up in Amherstburg, Ontario and was lucky enough to play in Play On! Events in London, Toronto and even the national final in Niagara Falls. It was one of my favourite sport experiences as an adult. Our “home” event was in London, Ontario and it was always something we looked forward to – a weekend away with friends, hotel room, a couple beverages and some fierce competition. While we never won the thing, we were always competitive, enough to get an invite to the finals in Niagara Falls. Getting the chance to see the streets closed-off in one of the most touristic areas in Ontario was surreal. It was a quick exit for our team, but an experience that stuck with me throughout the years.
In my professional life I have over 10 years of experience in the agency and events world in Sport, Events and Account Management with some of Canada’s biggest and most innovative companies. I was taking some time away from work, but wanted to keep my skills sharp, so I was looking for ways to volunteer my time.
When I learned Scott was ramping up to bring Play On! Back, I knew it would be a perfect fit. When I joined the team, it was in the early stages and there was a lot of optimism that the pandemic would be over in quickly and we’d be hitting the pavement in no time. With that optimism we wasted no time and started planning immediately. It was amazing to see the effort and dedication the team had early on. The scrappiness of the team really allowed everyone including myself to utilize their experience and expertise to develop processes, presentation deck, proposals, etc. As everyone knows things changed and our timelines got pushed back a little bit, but with a new plan steadily coming together and interest and excitement building across the country, I know when we come back, its going to be something the entire country can be proud of.
How long have you volunteered with Play On! and why did you decide to join the volunteer team?
I’ve been volunteering for just over a year now on the executive planning committee. When I heard Scott was thinking about bringing the tournament back, I knew I wanted to jump on board and lend my support and experience any way I could. As a part of the Sponsorships team, I look forward to supporting Play On! by finding the right partners that align with what we stand for and want to help us Build Canada, one game at a time. I had actually got involved with Play On! while in Colombia. I was looking for remote volunteer work and wanted to do something that would give back to the community.
What is your favourite memory of Play On!?
Competition! As an adult playing sports is fun, but unless you are playing professionally it’s really hard to find a league or tournament that has a strong level of competition and also an opportunity to have a blast with your buddies. It’s such a unique experience and I remember looking forward to it each and every year we played.
What do you think is the biggest benefit that Play On! brings to communities?
Play On! brings each and every community a festival of sport where people can have fun, compete and showcase the skills they’ve been building every day on neighbourhood streets across the country. It’s hard to nail one benefit, but if I had to choose it would be the chance to showcase their own unique talent.
Play On! Canada is proud to celebrate National Indigenous History Month. We are committed to amplifying Indigenous voices, taking meaningful action, and fostering a strong relationship with First Nations, Inuit & Métis communities.Aboriginal Sport Circle Website
Play On! Canada is actively looking for individuals, who embody experience and potential, across a multitude of areas to join the team. If you are interested, hit the button below to learn more.