Get up and Go Girl!

Pipestone Flyer

            Sixty-five girls from ages 7 to 17 attended the annual Get Up and Go Girl one-day workshop held at the Arctic Spas Recreation Complex in Thorsby on April 12. The program seeks to inspire healthy living, positive body image, and self-esteem.  The attendees came from New Sarepta, Breton, Wetaskiwin County, Pigeon Lake, Falun, Warburg and Thorsby and were treated to an introduction to a few unique sports, healthy snacks and lunch, and a grab bag of goodies. 

            There were some changes this year as well.  Thorsby Parks and Recreation Director, Kelley Probe explains, “We changed the format this year. We scaled the numbers back (from 100 attendees last year) so the kids could pick their own sports. We had three sports sessions and they were grouped by age and geared to that specific age group—an in-house session of Team Building with Kristen Eliasson featured puzzles, skipping and other activities. Competitive skip dancing was directed by Connectivity Dance of Leduc.”  Alberta Lacrosse taught the girls the finer points of the game.

The day wrapped up with a special surprise—a disco dance and a photo booth. “It was a huge success.” 

 

“Friendship Fires”

            This year’s keynote, “Friendship Fires”, was presented by Dana Kerford, a teacher and the founder of GirlPower (www.urstrong.com). GirlPower is a friendship program that inspires “Tween” girls to feel empowered, develop a strong sense of self, and love themselves while learning to manage their friendships. She spoke about  basic friendship facts, creative ways to stand up for yourselves when girls are mean. “The general consensus was that she made the event,” said Probe.  “She has a natural ability to connect with the girls.”  

 

Girls just wanna have fun 

                Half way through the day, three delightful 8-year-old Thorsby girls—Jolie, Hannah and Amelia—talked about their Go Girl experience so far. 

                Getting more active and enjoying friends is a good reason for attending Go Girl workshops. When asked why they chose to attend Go Girl, Jolie said she came last year with her sister and couldn’t wait to come back.  Hannah came because Amelia asked her, and Amelia came because she was spending too much time in the house and wanted to get outside.  The positive influence of family and friends and acting on the need to get active will inspire good choices. “Go Girl is awesome!” said Jolie with a huge smile.

                The girls enjoyed trying new sports—lacrosse and skipping (during the team building event) were their favorites.  

                What would they say to encourage others to attend next year?

                “It’s fun,” said Hannah. “You get to be active, eat breakfast and lunch. And you get stuff and prizes!”  

                Jolie gives a heartfelt reply, “You would be surprised if you think it’s just about sports.  If you don’t come, you’re never gonna live right.” If that isn’t a winning endorsement, I don’t know what is!  Thumbs up for sponsors and organizers Leduc County Parks and Rec and Thorsby Parks and Recreation, and for the Girls in Motion Provincial grant to make this great event possible.

Just Posted

WATCH: Historic night in Red Deer as 2019 Canada Winter Games kicks off

Star-studded Opening Ceremony features athletes from across Canada

Athletes’ medals unveiled at the official kick-off of 2019 Canada Winter Games

Medals depict Central Alberta landscape and pay tribute to First Nations

Alix resident captures beams of light near Lacombe

Lacombe, Blackfalds, Red Deer photos have since gone viral around the world

WATCH: Canada Winter Games are finally here

Final leg of torch relay kicked off at Fort Normandeau

Cullen, Dormaars win gold for Wetaskiwin Wrestling

Rookie wrestlers step up for Wetaskiwin team

Fashion Fridays: Up your beauty game

Kim XO, helps to keep you looking good on Fashion Fridays on the Black Press Media Network

LOCATED: Innisfail RCMP looking for missing woman

Amanda Kucher was last seen at the Innisfail 7-Eleven on Feb. 15

Red Deer RCMP arrest man after vehicle theft from dealership

Police were able to disable the SUV with assistance from the built-in vehicle assistance system

Red Deer College transforms into Athletes’ Village

Red Deer College’s campus will be home for the athletes during the 2019 Canada Winter Games

Alberta minor hockey team, slammed for Indigenous dance video, forfeits season

Parents say season was too dangerous to finish because the team has been threatened

Trump officially declares national emergency to build border wall

President plans to siphon billions from federal military construction and counterdrug efforts

Alix resident captures beams of light near Lacombe

Lacombe, Blackfalds, Red Deer photos have since gone viral around the world

Father to be charged with first-degree murder in Amber Alert case

11-year-old Riya Rajkumar was found dead in her father’s home in Brampton, Ontario

Red Deer man loses car after being caught twice driving with suspended licence

The Ponoka Integrated Traffic Unit ticketed the man in December and on Valentine’s Day

Most Read