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Sunday, June 3, 2012

Newfoundland takes part in SPORTFEST!

Team Newfoundland and Lab. took part in a provincial sportfest which, along with many other sports, show cased some para sports - one of which was wheelchair curling. 

A few photos thanks to Skip Joanne MacDonald recent Team Canada squad member.  

ST. JOHN’S – Sportfest is back! Sport Newfoundland and Labrador’s three-day, interactive festival runs from May 10 to 12, and features provincial sport organizations showcasing sports that are currently available throughout Newfoundland and Labrador. Approximately 5,000 children from 29 schools across the Avalon Peninsula will have the opportunity to try both team and individual sports over the next few days.

“Sportfest has grown a lot from last year, with an increase in registered provincial sport organizations and participating children,” said Doug Fowler, President of Sport Newfoundland and Labrador. “We had to move the event to the Techniplex, which is a larger venue, in order to accommodate the volume of kids and participating provincial sport organizations.”

The interactive event offers seven different sport zones featuring a variety of activities and information from provincial sports organizations. This year will also mark the addition of Parasport, the first time it has been a part of Sportfest. Parasports are sports that have been adapted for persons with disabilities, but participation is open to athletes of all ability levels.

“Sportfest gives our youth the chance to learn about the benefit of sport, physical activity and healthy living,” said Fowler. “With childhood obesity on the rise in our province, organized sports are a great way to get kids active, and at Sportfest, they can learn about sports that interest them, or discover a sport they may not have thought to try before.”

Schools have registered to participate in Sportsfest on May 10 and 11. The event is open to the general public on Saturday, May 12, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with $3 admission for adults. There will be interactive demos, special guests and even prizes.

Sport Newfoundland and Labrador represents over 55 provincial sport organizations in Newfoundland and Labrador by providing programs and services in the promotion of sport and physical activity. Visit www.sportnl.ca for information on programs offered by Sport Newfoundland and Labrador and www.sportfestnl.ca for information about Sportfest.


google1 said...

thanks for continuing this blog after the original one was ended - I was dismayed when the first one finished, as it was my only real port of call for info on wheelchair curling, good to see someone pick up the torch and carry on blogging!

Wheel Chair Ramp Dude said...

That is the coolest thing ever!

Wheelchairs and Curling! =)

I always have wanted to try curling in general, because I think it would be supper fun, but doing it in a wheel chair... now that puts a twist on the sport! =)

I don't know of any curling clubs in my area though.

Steve Taylor said...

Awesome. I hope that this event achieves the success it deserves!