National Jersey Day in Leduc

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National Jersey Day was created to bring awareness to sports in Canada. It is an agreed ‘statement of facts’ that sports build up a sense of community and dreams of success and fame in youth and are a fun and healthy activity for families to share, and individuals to engage in for optimal fitness. All over the region, business teams and individuals enjoyed an opportunity to wear a jersey of their favorite team.

Janet Guthrie, new Sports Tourism Coordinator at the LRC since August, emphasized the power of sports in Canada, and among our Capital Region’s residents. Regarding National Sport Day, she enthusiastically described the addition of unique sport features to the regular schedule of the LRC: the climbing wall challenge over the pool, underwater hockey, a floor hockey challenge for families, a free nutrition session with a renowned nutritionist and the demonstration of the LRC’s new TRX, a state-of-the-art, extreme fitness workout piece of equipment.

The extreme cold snap was expected to bring in ‘healthy’ crowds of visitors on that day. She added that beside a large number of LRC staff members, she saw many jerseys at the Civic Centre as well.

On a visit to The One 93.1 FM Radio Station, Stephan ‘The Newsman’ Sutcliffe, popular and spunky radio host and program director Jenn Dalen and yours truly, clad in our favorite jerseys were happy to grab MP James Rajotte for a photo, who had stopped by to record a Christmas greeting. Jenn was happy to contribute that “sports are great all around and these two events promote an active lifestyle.” The Edmonton-Leduc MP added that, “National Jersey Day and Sports Day are wonderful initiatives to recognize sports across our country and confirm that participation, as an athlete or as a spectator, is great. I would say, the best team to cheer for is…Canada!”

Later in the day we caught up with Mayor Greg Krischke and were fortunate to see him ‘sporting” the jersey of his favorite team: the City of Leduc! Mayor Krischke, the most vocal champion of our city, shared that “In our sports-loving country and especially in our region, these initiatives to promote sports are well-received.”

Joining the effort, The Leduc Regional Chamber of Commerce Team was proud to also promote sports by wearing their favorite jerseys. Jill Lange, Lorie Anne Samoisette, Executive Director Jennifer Garries and Jessica Roth posed for a picture. Ms. Garries was happy to contribute that, “the Chamber’s vision is to be a proactive voice and leader of our region. Our regional businesses are amazing supporters. National Jersey Day, National Sports Day and the City’ initiative to support Jump Start are good reminders of how great sports are for everyone.”

Pictured: Bernadette Lee, Jackie Kenlah and son Alex, fitness trainers Lucas Kailinak and Jocelyn Baraboneff, Janet Guthrie (new Sports Tourism Coordinator since August), Linda Glaicar, Jessica Farmer and Lee Ann Weller, the LRC’s Recreation Services Manager all pose for National Jersey Day at Leduc’s Recreation Centre. Photo by Dominique Vrolyk

See more Jersey Day photos in this week’s paper.