Sport and Recreation Programs Fulfill Unique Needs

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Shuttling children to and from sport practices can be a full-time job, as Burnaby mother Bev Nagel knows only too well. But after ten years of watching, managing and even coaching her three children’s ringette practices, Bev decided it was her turn to play.That’s when she started Power to Play: Stop Watching, Start Moving, a learn-toplay ringette program for women.

“I think there are a lot of women out there who want to get more active, but there aren’t a lot of opportunities for them.And something that is fun, and for all women, is even more appealing,” Bev explained.

Bev approached the Burnaby-New Westminster Ringette Association with her idea and received a grant from the association thanks to 2010 Legacies Now’s B.C. Sport Participation Program, which is funded equally by the Province of British Columbia and the Government of Canada.

“The grant was really what kickstarted everything,” Bev explained. “Because of the grant and support from Burnaby-New West Ringette, we’ve been able to keep the cost down to make the program accessible for more women.”

The program is open to women over the age of 30 and involves two coaches who lead the players through basic skating and ringette drills every Saturday morning.The goal is to introduce women to the sport in a positive and friendly environment.

In one year alone, 42,000 people across B.C. participated in activities funded by the B.C. Sport Participation Program.These activities ranged from adaptive alpine skiing and snowboarding for people with a disability to a variety of school programs introducing youth to badminton, golf, hockey, soccer, tennis and wrestling.

Bev also hopes to eventually develop a masters-level team that can play games against neighbouring teams.The B.C. Sport Participation Program is only one way 2010 Legacies Now is helping youth and adults participate in community sport throughout the province.

The BC Sport Participation Program aims to increase sport participation in community and school-based sports, while also increasing participation by seniors and people with disabilities. The program helps provincial and multi-sport organizations extend their community reach and improve the quality of sport delivery. The program is funded by the Province of British Columbia and Sport Canada, and administered by 2010 Legacies Now.