Last spring’s Fast and Female event was successful in encouraging girls to participate in sport.

Last spring’s Fast and Female event was successful in encouraging girls to participate in sport.

Girls Sport for Life event aims to keep girls involved in athletics

As teenagers, many girls begin to drop out of competitive sports. The Girls Sport for Life at the Golden Arena event hopes to change that.

As teenagers, many girls begin to drop out of competitive sports for a multitude of reasons. Next weekend’s Girls Sport for Life event at the Golden Arena hopes to change that and inspire girls to continue to participate in a variety of athletic endeavours.

The event, which builds on the momentum from Fast and Female last year, will feature sports such as floorball, softball and yoga and aims to give girls from age 9-18 a chance to learn new sports in a positive environment.

“It’s a good opportunity for girls to be able to participate with other girls,” said Kisa Glasier, one of the event’s organizers.

“It’s really just to promote them to be confident with themselves and their abilities.”

Programs like this give girls a chance to try new sports without the pressure of having boys around, Glasier added.

A presentation on the three I’s (Inspire, Infinite, Imagination) will feature in the afternoon, as well as another presentation from Ali Nullmeyer and Amelia Smart, both members of Alpine Canada’s development team.

In 2015, Fast and Female featured workshops with various Olympic athletes and was a tremendous success. While the organization couldn’t fit Golden into its 2016 plans, it was determined that a similar event could be just as successful this year.

“(Fast and Female) was very successful and the girls had a lot of fun,” Glasier said.

Girls Sport for Life will take place on May 14, with an 18+ program to follow on May 15. For full registration information, log on to goldensportforlife.com.