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.
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.