Varying options for competitive sport continues to grow
The Adapted Sports Society is partnering with Motor Activities with X (MAX), a program run by the Department of Human Kinetics, in order to offer accessible, inclusive and sustainable physical activity for people with and without disabilities. MAX has run a regular sledge hockey program for the past decade. The X-Sledge program allows players with and without physical disabilities the opportunity to play hockey on a weekly basis (Wednesdays 2pm Main Ice KMC). Many Human Kinetics students have been given the opportunity to work closely with individuals with various disabilities in this environment that also features specially trained staff, adapted equipment and individualized programming.
Thanks to funding from the Goodlife Kids Foundation the X-Sledge program has grown greatly in the past year with the addition of new sleds and increased participation by individuals with and without disabilities. X-Sledge’s team captain, Danielle Pellerine, explains that “we have a lot of fun” and that she “loves to show people how to play”. She explains that the team often breaks into two sub teams and faces off against each other. Practices incorporate people of all ages and all abilities in an inclusive community sport that brings with it a lot of fun, but is also competitive.
Moving forward the aim is to one day facilitate an intramural league for X-Sledge that incorporates students from across campus and also members of the community who are looking for exercise through participation in a competitive team sport. For those interested in trying out a sled, the Adapted Sport Society is hosting a Holiday Sled and skating night on Dec. 4th at 4:30- 6 PM @ the Antigonish Arena. We encourage all those interested to come try it out. If you have any questions please contact the firstname.lastname@example.org (Adapted Sport Society) to find out more information!!
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