WinSport developed the Girls Only Athlete and Leadership program (GOAL) to combat an alarming statistic regarding girls’ participation in sport. According to the Women’s Sports Foundation, by the age of 14, girls are dropping out of sport at twice the rate of boys.
It’s the primary reason why WinSport created the GOAL program, which celebrates girls staying in sport, cultivates interest in winter sport and develops opportunities for young athletes to pursue their dreams.
The program is for girls aged 10-16 where they can participate in either a five-week or nine-week program. Activities and the overall design of the program is geared towards keeping girls happy, healthy and active through sport and mentorship.
Kenedi Fairgrieve Park recently completed the program and says it had a lasting effect on her.
“It was really fun trying all the different sports to see what interests me,” Park says. “I also really enjoyed making connections with the other girls in the program, several of whom I have a continued friendship with. It was very Inspirational to train with all the different female athletes.”
The GOAL program focuses on introducing the girls to several sports so they can both build confidence and spike interest in new sports. Some of the sports include skiing, snowboarding, hockey, trampoline, biathlon, cross-country skiing, ski jumping, and luge, all of which are supported by weekly dryland training.
Park says the wide range of sports kept her engaged.
“It’s a great opportunity to try many different sports to get a feel of what you would like to do and it pushed me out of my comfort zone and it really made me realize how certain sports can be challenging,” Park explains. “I really enjoyed working out the gym and doing yoga.”
The next program begins on Jan. 11, 2018. For more information, visit: https://www.winsport.ca/lessonsprograms/goalprogram.cfm