Greater Kingston Softball Association joins Queen’s Junior Gaels program

Queen’s Athletics & Recreation is pleased to announce the first Junior Gaels announcement of 2019 as the Greater Kingston Softball Association joins the Junior Gaels brand and apparel program.

“We are excited about the response and continued expansion of the Junior Gaels program. Our goal is simple, we hope to inspire local Kingston athletes to attend Queen’s, and one day play for the Gaels. We look forward to our current student-athletes being more involved with the Kingston community,” said Jeff Downie, Director, Business Development and Operations.

The partnership will see GKSA Kobras rebrand their name to GKSA Junior Gaels as well as rebranded house league and competitive team uniforms and apparel starting in the summer of 2019. Queen’s Athletics is using a new partnership with T. Litzen and Nike its apparel and equipment supplier to support the Junior Gaels brand.

“We are very excited to be able to offer the youth of Kingston the opportunity to play softball and to identify as the Queen’s Junior Gaels.  The Queen’s Gaels have long been a name associated with outstanding sports teams and are admired by the local Kingston community.  We feel with this new branding and partnership, our young athletes will wear their uniforms with pride, they will honour the ‘Q’ and they will look up to their Gaels idols.  Our softball association has several travelling competitive teams who will now fly the tricolour proudly as they travel throughout Canada and the United States.  We want to take this opportunity to thank the Queen’s Junior Gaels Program for offering this exceptional partnership to our softball community,” said Kyra Funk, President, Greater Kingston Softball Association.

“The Queen’s Fastpitch athletes and coaching staff are very excited to start working with the aspiring softball athletes in the Greater Kingston Softball Association. This relationship with help build excitement and support for both the Junior Gaels program and the Queen’s University program,” said Shawn Trudeau, Head Coach Queen’s Fastpitch. “Thanks to the GKSA executive for having the foresight to enter into this partnership.”

All participants in the Junior Gaels program will receive benefits like:
–    Opportunities to meet and learn from current Gaels athletes
–    Coaching support from current Queen’s coaches
–    Free admission to Gaels sporting events
–    Special Jr Gaels programming at Athletics & Recreation Centre (ARC)
–    Discounts and promotions and much more

The new Junior Gaels brand and uniforms are launching soon. Visit for more details.

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