When Females “Hit the Wall”

Graham Kelly was recently the 21st person inducted to the Medicine Hat’s Sports Wall of Fame which recognizes community leaders for outstanding success or contributions in sports. As I marveled at this tremendous accomplishment and admired his plaque on the wall, I also made a key observation: out of 21 inductees, only two are female.…

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Discover your true identity

Growing up as a competitive figure skater and track athlete, much of my childhood and teenage years were spent in the classroom, rink or track. I always preferred individual sports over team sports. In an individual sport, you are your own competition. Every time I stepped onto the ice or track was an opportunity to…

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Back to School

As summer ends and slips quickly into fall, our kids start to prepare for back to school. This includes getting back-to-school supplies, getting back into a regular routine, and for many, preparing to get back into sports after a summer’s rest. For girls ages 8-12, this change in season is also an excellent time to…

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Benefits of martial arts for females

This year marks my 20th anniversary in karate. And to say it had a positive influence on my life would be a massive understatement. Karate has 100% shaped the woman I am today and many successes in my life are either directly related to my karate training or indirectly from the life lessons learned along…

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Positive State of mind, more energy

“Positive State of mind,  more energy, school stress release, fun, ho ho ha ha ha.” Melanie. These are words from a teen participant’s point of view. All words that describe an exercise program called Laughter Yoga. I knew from my experience what laughter yoga had done for me. It had helped me when I was down and out battling with depression. I became a Laughter Yoga leader to…

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Summer and Tween Girls

With another school year under their belts, summertime brings an opportunity for tween aged girls to have a little more freedom, and to move and think differently than they do when school is in session. Summer means ample time to engage in unstructured play (activities they create without adult direction, not restrictive of time or…

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Olympic Weightlifting

When you think of the sport of Olympic Weightlifting, you may think of several things. I have been involved in the sport as an athlete and coach for 12 years, and I have heard it all. Probably the most common misinterpretation of the sport is that we are body builders, and people ask, “Do you…

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Positive Mental Health

How Staying Active Contributes to Positive Mental Health Spring is now here and summer is fast approaching. With the longer days it is an excellent time to get outdoors and get active which, in turn, has a positive impact on your mental health and well-being. Mental health is everyone’s ability to think, feel, and act…

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Like a Girl

Many of you might have seen recent videos released by Always that ask adolescent girls and boys what it means to “run like a girl”. The #LikeAGirl campaign is shifting the context it is commonly used to be a more positive way to describe girls’ physical, emotional, and mental well-being. We have all heard the…

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