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Hockey isn’t the only game in town, students find at special event

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Glenn Ogilvie

About 200 students from Cathcart Public School were joined by others from the neighbourhood to test-drive some non-traditional activities during a special event at the school.

Irish dancing, Taekwondo, archery, lacrosse, track and field, cheerleading and boxing were among those demonstrated June 2 at the Physically Literate Active Youth, or PLAY, session.

Bobbi Jo Dalziel, of We Are Fitness, gets a group of students and adults in the mood with a series of warm-up exercises. Glenn Ogilvie
Bobbi Jo Dalziel, of We Are Fitness, gets a group of students and adults in the mood with a series of warm-up exercises.
Glenn Ogilvie

Running from station to station, the students also had a blast trying out four-person tug-of-war, inflatable obstacle-course races and games of giant Twister and Frisbee.

“If kids learn to try new things and activities, they learn to be competent and have the confidence to keep try new things later in life,” said parent Sue Tomback.

“In the end, children who keep active will be healthier and have a better quality of life.”

By design, none of the activities were mainstream sports such as hockey, baseball and soccer.

PLAY was the brainchild of Tomback and the Cathcart Public School Parent Council, and was made possible from grants from Parents Reaching Out and Participation 150 Playlist.

Jane Harding is lifted high above the crowd by members of Bluewater Cheer Athletics. Glenn Ogilvie
Jane Harding is lifted high above the crowd by members of Bluewater Cheer Athletics.
Glenn Ogilvie

 

 

 

 

Mya Gurette, 10, a Grade 5 student at Cathcart Boulevard, celebrates a successful throw at a Jimmy Twohander Lacrosse display.  Glenn Ogivlie
Mya Gurette, 10, a Grade 5 student at Cathcart Boulevard, celebrates a successful throw at a Jimmy Twohander Lacrosse display.
Glenn Ogivlie
Anna Morrison of Bluewater Cheer Athletic runs through an obstacle-exercise course. Glenn Ogilvie
Anna Morrison of Bluewater Cheer Athletic runs through an obstacle-exercise course.
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Mary McEachern, 11, a Grade 6 Cathcart Boulevard student strains to reach a ball during a four-way tug-of-war game. Glenn Ogilvie
Mary McEachern, 11, a Grade 6 Cathcart Boulevard student strains to reach a ball during a four-way tug-of-war game.
Glenn Ogilvie

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