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Physical Literacy Town Hall on November 7

October 31, 2013 -

On November 7 at 7p.m., a city-wide Physical Literacy Town Hall will be hosted in Davies Hall at St. Lawrence College. 

"This event is about bringing together community partners and organizations who understand the importance of physical literacy and how it can prepare children to succeed and live healthy lives," says Project Leader, Denita Arthurs. "Together we can create a sustainable approach to quality sport and physical activity programming in Kingston."."

The event will offer short and engaging talks, videos and activities on the topic of Physical Literacy and Canadian Sport for Life (TEDtalk-style).  Local Physical Literacy champions will speak on these health, sport, recreation, education and adapted activity topics:

·         Dr. Vicki Keith: "The advantages of swimming as an important tool to develop physical literacy for people with physical challenges"

·         Ashley Johnson: "How to create a quality program in recreation using physical literacy"

·         Rick Tomalty: "The implications of fundamental movement skills as they translate into a coach's development plan and the pursuit of mastery in specific sports"

·         Dr. Ian Janssen: "The amount, intensity, and type of physical activity and sedentary behaviour needed for good health in children and youth"

·         Jennifer Ashbury: "How teachers can implement the Canadian Sport for Life framework through fundamental movement skills, developmentally appropriate activities and transferable skills"

The Town Hall is sponsored by Canadian Sport for Life (CS4L) Kingston.  Inspired by best-practices from all over Canada, CS4L Kingston is increasing opportunities for participation in sport and recreation, implementing physical literacy in sport and recreational activity as a foundation for lifelong participation, and strengthening the community sport and recreation sector by building capacity.  This project was made possible through a two-year grant from the Ontario Sport and Recreation Communities Fund and partnerships with 16 local organizations.   

The City and 15 community-partner organizations have received $83,969 in grant money from the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport. The Canadian Sport for Life Kingston project aims to involve 6,000 participants in more than 20,000 new participation opportunities and to strengthen the capacity of local Health, Education, Recreation and Sport sectors so that all Kingston residents can become and stay physically active.  .

Plan to get there by bus: www.CityofKingston.ca/tripplanner

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Media contact: For more information contact Cindie Ashton, Communications Officer 613-546-4291, ext. 3116 (cell 613-329-3462). Or call the City of Kingston's media hotline at 613-546-4291, ext. 2300.

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