Miss Teen Canada World has really helped me focus on the positive aspects of my life. Sports is one of them.
I’ve learned being involved in community sports not only increases individual teen confidence but also creates and supports a sense of unity and identity. Playing on teams teaches kids tolerance and respect for others. Community sports develop future leaders, volunteers, partnerships and keeps girls in school.
Twenty million kids register each year for youth hockey, football, baseball, soccer, and other competitive sports. The National Alliance for Sports reports that 70 percent of these kids quit playing these league sports by age 13 and never played them again. The reason 70% of these kids quit was because sports was no longer about “having fun” and turned into being all about winning. As Miss Teen Coquitlam World I encourage kids and teen’s sports should be about having a good time and enjoying yourself. My hope is that kids would then decide to stay in sports. Sport is a great way of channelling their free time and helping them to feel bonded to their peers.
Last month I was volunteering in Port Coquitlam at the Popeye’s Creek Classic Triathlon and Duathlon. I couldn’t believe the endurance of some of the younger children. One of the young boys was running with only ONE SHOE , one had fallen apart and he kept running with the other shoe in his hand.
Girls and Sports
Girls who play sports do better in school than those who don’t. Exercise improves learning, memory, and concentration, which can give active girls an advantage in the classroom. In addition to being fit and maintaining a healthy weight, girls who play sports are also less likely to smoke. And later in life, girls who exercise are less likely to get breast cancer or osteoporosis.
Girls who play sports feel better about themselves. Why? It builds confidence when you know you can practice, improve, and achieve your goals. Sports are also a feel-good activity because they help girls get in shape, maintain a healthy weight, and make new friends. Exercise cuts the pressure. Playing sports can lessen stress and help you feel a little happier. How? The brain chemicals released during exercise improve a person’s mood. Friends are another mood-lifter. And being on a team creates tight bonds between friends. It’s good to know your teammates will support you both on and off the field. North Coqutilam United Soccer Club created an awesome team – RAGE – we had a lot of fun this year.
The problem of child obesity is on the rise. Approximately 26% of Canadian children ages 2-17 years old are currently overweight or obese. One way to prevent kids from becoming obese, which is a major health risk, is to encourage them to participate in sports. A reasonable amount of exercise, combined with a sensible, healthy diet, should prevent children from becoming obese. Sporting participation for children also promotes the healthy growth of muscles and bones, aids sleep and improves cardiovascular fitness. Combined, these benefits make it more likely for physically active children to grow into healthy adults.
KidSport TriCities is a charity I completely support in all their efforts to keep all kids playing the sports they love no matter what financial challenges their families may face. I have been raising money and collecting used sports equipment at my school for this charity as well.I most recently represented them in the Port Coquitlam Rotary Club May Day Parade. I had a soccer teammate and basketball teammate on either side of me. Kendra and Beth are awesome girls.