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Try-It Day encouraging children to try new sports

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Ever thought about getting your child into a sport like fencing or parkour? Stringam Try-It Day may convince you to look into it. The annual event allows Grande Prairie children ages six to 12 to try at least two of 25 sports for free.

Grande Prairie Regional Sport Connection Executive Director Karna Germsheid says the event allows parents to think outside the box when it comes to activities to enroll their child in.

“[Normally] you think of the top five mainstream sports and it’s really hard to go beyond that especially if that’s only been your experience or you don’t identify as a sports individual. It helps parents see what else is out there, what else is available and it helps those sports organizations in turn increase membership.”

Every year Germsheid says more than 500 kids participate. This year’s sports will include cheerleading, fencing, parkour, tennis, water polo and target shooting.

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Germsheid says even if a child has tried a sport before but didn’t like the organization it was run by, the day showcases many other groups the child may respond to better.

“Even if a parent knows a kid is interested in a sport and it’s a sport they’ve tried before, there are different organizations out there. Sometimes it’s a great idea to give the kid an opportunity with new organizations, new coaches, new volunteers, and new kids and see how the kid feels about it.”

Germsheid strongly recommends registering beforehand as they tend to fill up fast. Registration opens online on May 14th at 7:30 a.m. and will close the day before the event is held on June 8th.

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