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June 19th was the anniversary of my arrival in Edmonton in 2006. Since then I have worked with Biathlon Alberta and directly with Edmonton Nordic Ski Club to raise the profile of Biathlon in the Northern Region and in Edmonton in particular.
Thank you all for the opportunity, and thank you for all the wonderful personal memories that go with that. I will remember you all fondly as I fade to black [maybe sepia?].
The Biggest Risk Is Keeping Them Indoors:
This is the title of the 2015 ParticipAction report on children and physical activity. This probably doesn’t come as much of a surprise to ENSC parents, but you need to tell all your friends and neighbours to read the report and watch this video.
Haig Glacier ski camp with Canada’s Olympic skiers
These days, you hear a lot of discussion about kids specializing in one sport or one physical activity too early. Lots of problems come out of this: burnout, overuse injuries, mental and emotional fatigue, dropout from activity, and more. And there’s no question — we know that specializing too early is a bad idea — plenty of doctors and sport experts will tell you this. But what does “specializing” actually mean?
A few parents have posed this question to Active for Life, so it’s worth clarifying some of the nuances around this tricky topic.
In a nutshell, specialization means doing one activity to the total exclusion of all other activities.
And in the context that most people use the word around kids’ sports, it’s generally assumed that we mean from a very young age — perhaps as young as 5, 6, or 7 years old.