Russ Henderson has brought his incredible on and off field work ethic to the offices of Touch Football Ontario. Known as one of the architects behind the dynasty-labeled Toronto Landell Lightning (3 time National Men’s Champions). Russ now shares his recipe for success as President of TFONT and the Director of Men’s Football.
Aside from his TFONT duties, Russ is the President of the Toronto Touch Football League. Russ is also the general manager and head coach of the men’s and women’s Team Canada. On top of everything Russ does for Touch Football in Ontario, he finds the time to negotiate multimillion dollar deals as a land developer.
Joanne Pinkney over her many years of service, has been one of the most influential voices for women in touch football. With her no nonsense approach, and strong work ethic, Joanne can be highly credited for bringing women’s football, touch or flag, to the competitive levels appreciated today.
In 2007, Joanne became the Director of women’s football for TFO. This was a very natural progression, as Joanne’s dedication to our sport is second to none. Women particpants across this province are in the very best of hands with Joanne at the helm.
After toiling with competitive squads in her many years as a player, Joanne finally tasted elite women’s gold in 2004 when her Ottawa Roadrunner squad won their first Canadian Elite Championship.
Don Gerry has been a member of Touch Football Ontario for over 25 years, where he has played quarterback a number of teams. Don was the Tournament Chair of the Burlington Early Bird Tournaments for 20 years and also is the past Men’s “AA” President of the Golden Horseshoe Touch Football Association. In addition to his work as Registration Director Don is on both the Discipline and Men’s Committees.
Steve Morrell dedicates many hours to Touch Football in Ontario. Not only does Steve run the final stop on the Trillium Tour with his Toronto Rockets team (Unionville Invitational) he coaches two women’s teams and has won two Canadian championships with the Rockets and X-Men in 2005. He also works very hard at perfecting the draws that the women and men compete in.
Steve, with his friendly approachable nature, can always be found strategizing with his teams, as well as working behind the scenes during tournaments, making our Tour ever the more prominent.
David Thompson has been involved with Touch Football for many years.
Off the field, Dave began by running a team, then running a league, then becoming part of the Mens’ committee. Eventually, he became the Chair of the Mens’ committee and held that post until he stepped back to his current position. He prefers that decisions be made by consensus, with compromise where necessary.
On the field, Dave started play at the provincial and national level with Guelph Lane Stationary before moving to join the Spartans when the team was first established. The team was successful winning numerous provincial and national titles, and made the national elite final game 12 times in a 15 year period. On the international front, Dave represented Canada at flag and touch events in the United States, Australia and Europe, and was a coach of the national flag team (2002). Along the way, Dave received recognition, including: two-time Ontario player of the year; two-time All-American [US flag championships] and World All-Star [Australia]. To this day, Dave does still play, although perhaps at a diminished rate of speed.