Milk Fair en­cour­ages ac­tiv­ity.

Milk Fair aims to in­crease ac­tiv­ity lev­els in stu­dents

Annapolis Valley Register - - COVER STORY - BY LAURA CHURCHILL DUKE KINGSCOUNTYNEWS.CA

“We all know that ac­tiv­ity lev­els amongst youth are de­creas­ing,” says Ja­nine Macin­tyre, sport projects co-or­di­na­tor for Sport Nova Sco­tia.

The hope is to re­verse that trend with the bian­nual Milk Fair.

Ac­cord­ing to their web­site, the Milk Sport Fair, named for the event ti­tle spon­sors, the Dairy Farm­ers of Canada, is a fully-in­ter­ac­tive sport­ing event for stu­dents to get ac­tive and learn about the many sport op­tions avail­able in Nova Sco­tia.

Since 2002, more than 66,000 stu­dents from across the prov­ince have par­tic­i­pated in the Milk Sport Fair pro­gram. Each year, the Milk Fair trav­els around the prov­ince.

This spring’s event was held at Aca­dia Univer­sity with a va­ri­ety of hands-on booths set up in both the gym­na­sium and the arena. Stu­dents were en­cour­aged to flow freely through the var­i­ous booths at their own pace, try­ing new sport­ing ac­tiv­i­ties. For each ac­tiv­ity they tried, stu­dents were given a stamp on their pass­port, en­abling them to win prizes.

“Stu­dents are ex­posed to new sport and leisure ac­tiv­i­ties with the hope they find some­thing that will mo­ti­vate them to stay or be­come more ac­tive,” says Wolfville school prin­ci­pal, Steve Keddy, whose stu­dents par­tic­i­pated in this year’s fair.

He says the stu­dents thor­oughly en­joyed the ex­pe­ri­ence and learned a tremen­dous amount about a va­ri­ety of sports as well as hav­ing healthy, ac­tive life­styles. Keddy says school trips like these are im­por­tant

for the stu­dents, as they align with cur­ricu­lum out­comes.

Keddy also noted the school had par­tic­i­pated in the Milk Fair in the past and that this one was the best.

Rox­eanne Sea­man, pro­fes­sor of Ki­ne­si­ol­ogy at Aca­dia, was at the Milk Fair with her Grade 3 son Ja­cob. Through her role as board

mem­ber for Sport Nova Sco­tia, Sea­man was in­volved with the first fair 16 years ear­lier. At that time, she and some of her stu­dents had a booth for paras­port, pre­sent­ing a slide show of some of the sports that were of­fered at the time.

Sea­man says she loves the new for­mat of the fair.

“It was ex­cit­ing to see that the booths are all in­ter­ac­tive so that the stu­dents can try many sports that are avail­able in our prov­ince,” she says.

Chase Ni­chols, a Grade 3 stu­dent from KCA, agreed say­ing he learned about all the dif­fer­ent sports and ac­tiv­i­ties they might like. His favourite was the tackle foot­ball booth in the gym where stu­dents com­pleted an ob­sta­cle course, with the fi­nal step be­ing to jump on a gi­ant foot­ball tackle dummy.

Grade 4 KCA stu­dents Evan Rogers loved the judo prac­tice, Thomas Duke en­joyed try­ing archery, lacrosse and dry-land snowboarding, while Luke Forse and his friends played flag tag for more than an hour at the rugby sta­tion.

“We hope that kids will try some­thing new or even learn about a sport that they didn’t know was avail­able in their com­mu­nity,” says Macin­tyre.

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Grade 4 stu­dents from KCA met two for­mer Olympians at the Milk Fair – Luke Deme­tre, left, who com­peted in 2014 at the Sochi Olympics in bob­sled, and John Macleod, who com­peted in wa­ter­polo in the 1976 Mon­treal Olympics.

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Isla Churchill tries dry-land snowboarding at the booth set up by Ski Mar­tock to in­tro­duce stu­dents to the sport.

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Aaron Pul­sifer prac­tices his putting skills at the Milk Fair held at Aca­dia.

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Cole Burke stopped at a booth to learn what the cadet pro­gram had to of­fer. Here, he is prac­tic­ing his aim with an air ri­fle.

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