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

file photo
UPDATE: Leduc RCMP, Millet Fire Department and more on scene at serious multi-vehicle collision

Traffic is expected to be diverted for several hours and alternative travel routes are recommended.

File photo
Leduc RCMP request assistance to identify armed robbery suspect

Leduc RCMP are searching for suspect involved in an armed robbery at the Leduc Giant Tiger.

Alberta is now below 3,000 active cases of COVID-19, as the province reported 2,639 Wednesday. (NIAID-RML via AP)
Red Deer below 100 active COVID-19 cases for first time since March

69.7 per cent of Albertans 12 and over have at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine

Premier Jason Kenney says the provincial government is doing everything it can to encourage Albertans to get vaccinated. (Photo by Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta)
Travel prizes added to Alberta’s vaccine lottery

More than 40 travel rewards available for those who are fully vaccinated

People line up to get their COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination centre, Thursday, June 10, 2021 in Montreal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Vaccines, low COVID case counts increase Father’s Day hope, but risk is still there

Expert says people will have to do their own risk calculus before popping in on Papa

The Calgary skyline is seen on Friday, Sept. 15, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
2 deaths from COVID-19 Delta variant in Alberta, 1 patient was fully immunized

Kerry Williamson with Alberta Health Services says the patients likely acquired the virus in the hospital

A vial containing the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine is shown at a vaccination site in Marcq en Baroeul, outside Lille, northern France, Saturday, March 20, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Michel Spingler
mRNA vaccines ‘preferred’ for all Canadians, including as 2nd dose after AstraZeneca: NACI

New recommendations prioritizes Pfizer, Moderna in almost all cases

House Majority Whip James Clyburn, D-S.C., center left, reaches over to Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., joined by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., center, and members of the Congressional Black Caucus as they celebrate the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act that creates a new federal holiday to commemorate June 19, 1865, when Union soldiers brought the news of freedom to enslaved Black people after the Civil War, at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, June 17, 2021. It’s the first new federal holiday since Martin Luther King Jr. Day was created in 1983. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Biden to sign bill making Juneteenth a federal holiday

New American stat marks the nation’s end of slavery

A screenshot of the First Peoples Cultural Councils First Peoples’ Map. (First Peoples Cultural Council)
Online resource blends B.C.-Alberta’s Indigenous languages, art and culture

Advisor says initiative supports the urgent need to preserve Indigenous languages

A plane is silhouetted as it takes off from Vancouver International Airport in Richmond, B.C., May 13, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Report calls for airlines to refund passengers for flights halted due to COVID-19

Conclusion: federal help should be on the condition airlines immediately refund Canadian travellers

Green party Leader Annamie Paul speaks during a news conference on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Tuesday, June 15, 2021. Paul has survived another day of party strife after a planned ouster shifted course, leaving her with a tenuous grip on power ahead of a likely federal election this year. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
Green Leader Annamie Paul blasts ‘racist,’ ‘sexist’ party execs who sought ouster

Fallout has continued, with two of the federal council’s members resigning

Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and U.S President Joe Biden shake hands during their meeting at the ‘Villa la Grange’ in Geneva, Switzerland in Geneva, Switzerland, Wednesday, June 16, 2021. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, Pool)
Biden says meeting with Putin not a ‘kumbaya moment’

But U.S. president asserted Russian leader is interested in improved relations, averting a Cold War

Most Read