Olympian Jennifer Heil Inspired Students at Hawthorne Elementary to Get Active

Tuesday, 14th February 2017

This morning, at Hawthorne Elementary School in Delta BC, 470 children welcomed two-time Olympic medalist, five-time overall World Champion and Canada Games alumna Jennifer Heil to their school assembly for the national kick-off of the Canada Games Activity Challenge: a Canada 150 signature project.

The students join the almost 200,000 students from elementary schools across Canada who have signed up with their teachers to participate in the Activity Challenge, committing to participate in daily physical activities at school and at home based on fundamental movement skills—the building blocks that sport and physical activity for life. Hawthorne Elementary School is only one of two schools in Canada who beat out thousands nation-wide for the opportunity to host Heil and Bo Hedges, (Paralympic wheelchair basketball champion) when teacher, Heather Mack signed up for the first module of the Activity Challenge.

“We are really excited to have Jennifer at our school today,” says Mack. “We can’t think of a more inspiring person to kick off the program at our school, and motivate the students to set goals and achieve their best.”

The Canada Games Activity Challenge is a fun, free and interactive program designed to help children ages 5 – 12 build daily, active habits. The Activity Challenge is aimed at inspiring the 90% of youth that are not currently meeting the recommended daily amount of physical activity, and will empower elementary teachers with a database of age-appropriate and skill-specific activities, linked to Canada’s Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD) model. Participants in the Activity Challenge will stick to a daily activity program, based on the principles of physical literacy.  The program is inclusive and adaptive, and there are rewards for kids along the way!

“It’s an honour to be an Ambassador for this program,” says Heil. “Sport and physical activity have played an integral role in my life and now my childrens’ lives, so I’m excited to be a part of a program that is addressing some of the inactivity challenges that kids are currently facing. I can’t wait to meet the students at Hawthorne Elementary School, and see kids across Canada get more involved.”

The Canada Games Activity Challenge runs in Canadian elementary schools until the end of June 2017. There are three modules of 30 days each, with prizes and incentives throughout, including one grand prize of a trip for a student and guardian from each province and territory to attend the Closing Ceremony at the Canada Summer Games in Winnipeg this August. The program was designed to celebrate the Canada Games 50th anniversary for Canada’s 150 year of Confederation, and registration is still available for modules 2 and 3.

Get inspired to get active, and sign up your class today: www.canadagames.ca/activitychallenge 

For more information about the Canada Games Activity Challenge, please contact:   CGACinfo@canadagames2.ca