The age group invited to explore new sports as part of Pembina Pipeline Try-It Day has expanded to include anyone aged six to 17 years old. Previously, the age limit was 12 years old.

The bi-annual event put on by the Grande Prairie Regional Sport Connection will also be holding events in Beaverlodge for the first time. Executive Director Karna Germsheid says it allows parents to think outside the box when it comes to activities to enroll their child in.

“We’re trying to open up their minds and create some options for those kids who tried out for a club and didn’t make it, or those kids who are late to come to sports. We want to increase that age group significantly if possible.”

With events ranging from cheerleading, fencing, and parkour to judo, scuba diving and ringette, Germsheid says the choices in both Beaverlodge and Grande Prairie are nearly limitless. She adds that without the financial backing from Pembina, the free event would be an impossible task to put on.

“Honestly, if our sponsors didn’t engage with these types of events we could not host it because there are significant costs. Everything costs a bit of money to play, but we wanted to create something that is a low barrier and open and inclusive for everyone.”

Registration for the event will open on December 16th, with Try-It-Day scheduled to take over a number of facilities in the region on January 18, 2020.