One of Canada’s most recognized sports broadcasters and an advocate for mental health issues will be the guest of honour at the 20th anniversary celebration for the Department of Sport Management at Brock University.Michael Landsberg will be recognized with an Industry Award while Erin Mathany (BSM ’05), Director of Strategic Partnerships for the Canadian Olympic Committee, and Kojo Mensah (BSM ’04), Senior Policy & Issues Co-ordinator in the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, will be honoured with Alumni Awards during the event Thursday, March 2 at Amici’s Banquet Centre in Thorold.Landsberg, Mathany, Mensah and three Department of Sport Management employees are being honoured as part of the first-ever Brock SPMA awards.For the inaugural Industry Awards, the department wanted to recognize someone “who has significantly and positively impacted the Canadian sport community,” which Department of Sport Management Chair Lisa Kikulis said describes exactly what Landsberg has done.“He has made a tremendous contribution to mental health advocacy through his significant roles in the Bell Let’s Talk and #SickNotWeak campaigns,” she said. “As a leading sports journalist in Canada, he has been able to break barriers and heighten communication on an extremely important topic for our students, our faculty and staff, and the sport industry as a whole.”The anniversary dinner will wrap up the Sport Management department’s annual Alumni Day, which includes a series of eight panel discussions at Brock University where alumni will return to the Niagara campus to discuss various industry issues.“Brock’s SPMA program is the best in Canada with Brock alumni in some of the biggest professional, amateur and community sports organizations in Canada, as well as abroad,” said Faculty of Applied Health Sciences Dean Peter Tiidus. “The SPMA program provides students with many practical opportunities and experiential education placements to help them translate what they learn in the classroom to real world application.”Established in 1996, the Bachelor of Sport Management (BSM) program remains the only specialized four-year sport management degree program in Canada. In it’s 20-year history, it has grown to become internationally recognized. In 2015, it was ranked fourth in the world for sport business programs by an industry publication.With more than 1,000 SPMA graduates, Brock University alumni are now working in some of the most high-profile roles in the Canadian sports industry such as:Kyle Dubas (BSM ’07) Assistant General Manager, Toronto Maple LeafsAlyssa Gordon (BSM ’07) Director, Commercial PPV & Content, Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipAndrew Tinnish (RECL ’99, BSM ’01), Assistant General Manager, Toronto Blue JaysDarren Yorke (BSM ’08), Assistant to the General Manager / Video Scout, Carolina HurricanesBrent Rossi (BSM ’01), EVP of Marketing & Brand Strategy, Pegula Sports & EntertainmentStephanie Jones (BSM ’05), Events and Sport Operations Manager, INVICTUS GAMES Toronto 2017Kris Hagerman (BSM ’11), Football Operations Co-ordinator, Edmonton Eskimo Football ClubAlyson Schmidt (BSM ’11), Sponsorship & Event Activation Specialist, MECJordan Bean (BSM ’14), Video Analyst, Toronto Maple LeafsBrooke Arthur (BSM ’07), Venue Ticketing Specialist, Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games CorporationThe SPMA Anniversary events are open to Brock staff, students and faculty. Registration is available here.What: Brock University Department of Sport Management 20th AnniversaryWho: Michael Landsberg, TSN Broadcaster; Erin Mathany, Canadian Olympic CommitteeWhen: Thursday, March 2, 6:30 p.m.Where: Panel Discussions at Brock University; Anniversary dinner at Amici’s Banquet Centre in Thorold
Two children were killed alongside their mother in a horror car smash moments after two separate cars were seen apparently racing nearby.Sanjay and Pawanveer Singh, aged 10 years and 23 months old, were passengers in a BMW car with their mother, when they were caught up in what one witness described as a “massive” multi-vehicle smash.Three cars, also including a Bentley and an Audi S3, were involved in the collision on the Birmingham New Road at the junction with Lawnswood Avenue in Wolverhampton at 8.45pm on Thursday, West Midlands Police said.The driver of the Bentley car, a 31-year-old man, has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. He has been released pending further investigation. The Audi driver has not been traced.A picture of Sanjay happily holding his younger brother in front of a Christmas tree was released by police alongside a tribute from their family. They said: “Our family are grieving over the tragic deaths of our two beautiful children, as well as dealing with the shock of the horrific crash. “We appeal to the general public to come forward as witnesses in order help police find the perpetrator who fled from the scene and to bring him or her to justice. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. “It was too much. The mother was just in shock.”Eyewitness Dudley Hartley said police quickly cleared the area and moved onlookers away – after immediately realising the severity of the children’s injuries.Mr Hartley, who went outside to see if he could help at the scene, said: “It was absolutely shocking. To see something of this nature and then to discover there were two fatalities, both children, is shocking.”Accident investigators were on the scene overnight, where the blue Audi could be seen with a crumpled front end. “At this time we would appreciate some privacy and space to grieve over our precious loss. “Your co-operation in this would be very much appreciated.”Witnesses claim the driver appeared distressed after being accused of racing with the Audi, which struck the family car at traffic lights on a dual carriageway.Police are attempting to find the Audi driver, who left on foot.Passersby rushed to the scene in an attempt to help the victims and comfort and treat their mother.A spokesman for West Midlands Ambulance Service said: “Unfortunately, it soon became apparent that nothing could be done to save the two young boys who had been badly hurt and they were confirmed dead at the scene.”The mother was taken to hospital seriously injured.A taxi driver told reporters two cars had passed him at a “very, very fast” speed about a mile away from the accident scene.Describing how two cars had passed him at speed, Tanveer Hussain added: “I was further up the road, by McDonald’s, and two cars overtook me. If I am doing 35 to 40, they were doing much more.”Explaining what happened after he heard a bang and then saw the crash site, Mr Hussain added: “I got out of my car and other lads tended to the children. What I saw was terrible.