Brock announces recipients of the Canada Games 2021 Research Grant

Brock University recently announced the 11 recipients of the Canada Games 2021 Research Grant.

Earlier in the academic year, Vice President Tim Kenyon, along with President Gervan Fearon, assured the community that Brock would use the time hosting the Canada Summer Games to benefit the academic resources on campus. Brock University, as a key partner of the Canada Games, has provided its academic community with an opportunity to explore the social, cultural and economic impacts of hosting such an event.  Vice-President, Tim Kenyon released the names of 11 selected individuals who will receive $7,000 to move forward with their research proposals for the Canada Games.

It was evident from the volume of applications that every department and faculty wanted to contribute to or learn from the athletic event set to take place next year.

Dr. Poling Bork, a Senior Laboratory Instructor, received the grant to develop an app to assist all the participating athletes through the numerous logistics of the event from August 6 to 21.

Dr. Bork assisted a student in developing an app to improve the quality of life of the population with disabilities and she has been known for developing target specific apps to enhance operative efficiency in several areas. The app will assist athletes staying on campus with interactive maps, navigate coaches, support staff with event timings and much more.

“Note that Canada Games athletes can be as young as 12, so tons of consideration has been placed before moving forward with the inclusion of this social networking component. Also, Canada Games Host Society has advised me that this app must be bilingual (hence the translation cost, especially with the Term of Use Agreement, can’t be translated by just anyone),” said Bork.

She further explained that the funding her team has received should be sufficient to complete the project unless there is a change in the translation cost.

The recipients are:

Dr. Poling Bork, Faculty of Mathematics and Science, “Canada Games Athlete Village software application (AV app).”

Nicole Chimera, Faculty of Applied Health Sciences, “Injuries and Illnesses across 10 years of Canada Games Competitions: 2009-2019.”

Michele Kathryn Donnelly, Faculty of Applied Health Sciences, “Gender Equality at the Canada Games: A Historical Perspective.”

Karen Fricker, Faculty of Humanities, “Circus on the Canal: Exploring the connections between water sports and circus performance.”

Amy Friend, Faculty of Humanities, “Movements Across the Waterways.”

Michael Holmes, Faculty of Applied Health Sciences, “Development of an objective video-based athlete assessment tool for performance optimization and injury prevention.”

Nicole Luke, Faculty of Social Sciences, “Understanding the Impact of Participation in the Canada Games on Individual Ontario Athletes.”

William Marshall, Faculty of Mathematics and Science, “Using Data Science to Predict Golfer Performance.”

Catherine Parayre, Faculty of Humanities, “Brock Project Lacrosse (Small Walker Press).”

Brian Roy, Faculty of Applied Health Sciences, “Sport Injuries during the Canada Games: Informing a standardized prospective injury surveillance system.”

Jonathan Younker, Library, “Canada Games Research Collection/Support & Digital Storytelling Initiative.”

The Canada Games is expected to bring thousands of athletes from across the country to Niagara from Aug. 6 to Aug. 21, 2021 to compete in 18 sports. Individuals who desire to find out more about Brock’s involvement with the games are encouraged to visit brocku.ca/canada-games.

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