In­spir­ing your kids to rep­re­sent Canada in one of th­ese five new Olympic sports

Help­ing your kids com­pete like Olympians

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The 2020 Sum­mer Olympics in Tokyo are bring­ing a quin­tet of new or re­vis­ited sports to the com­pe­ti­tion, so why not get your kids par­tic­i­pat­ing in th­ese fun and ex­cit­ing sports? Maybe your child could rep­re­sent Canada in a fu­ture Games!

DO THE DOJO

Karate is wildly pop­u­lar, with schools and classes across the city. Start your bud­ding karate mas­ter in a white belt class, and he can chop and kick his way through the rank­ings. The City of Toronto of­fers be­gin­ner, in­ter­me­di­ate and ad­vanced karate classes year round, or look at pro­grams at places like Dan­forth Karate Academy or Ki Karate School.

Get­ting your child in­ter­ested in mar­tial arts like karate can pro­vide a pos­i­tive out­let for phys­i­cal ex­pres­sion, as well as build­ing a fo­cused and dis­ci­plined per­son­al­ity.

FREE WHEEL­ING

Once your kid has cho­sen a skate­board and cus­tom­ized it, you can take her out to one of Toronto’s 14 pub­lic out­door skate parks. There are also sea­sonal in­door skat­ing spots at Jim­mie Simp­son Recre­ation Cen­tre and Malvern Recre­ation Cen­tre, as well as pri­vately owned in­door skate parks around town.

You can also check out pub­lic and pri­vate skate­board­ing camps like C.J.’s in Eto­bi­coke or Evolve’s Toronto Skate­board Camp.

ROCK IT OUT

If your lit­tle one is al­ways climb­ing the fur­ni­ture, then sport climb­ing might be just the thing. It dif­fers from tra­di­tional rock climb­ing in that per­ma­nent an­chors are fixed to the rock for pro­tec­tion. So it’s eas­ier and less tech­ni­cal than tra­di­tional climb­ing.

Your kid can lit­er­ally climb the walls at True North Climb­ing at Downsview Park or Boul­derz and Base­camp in the west end. Many lo­ca­tions of­fer op­tions for all ages and skill lev­els in­clud­ing day camps and birth­day par­ties.

HANG TEN

Yeah, dude, surf­ing in Toronto is pos­si­ble, al­though not ideal due to in­con­sis­tent waves and the ab­sence of buoy­ant salt wa­ter. But there are op­tions. Toronto Is­land SUP of­fers surf­ing and stand up pad­dle­board­ing lessons for chil­dren. Surf On­tario also pro­vides surf­ing and SUP camps on de­mand dur­ing the sum­mer, and Toronto Wind­surf­ing Club has a youth camp for kids.

SWING TIME

All your kid needs is a bat, a base­ball and a glove to get started. Toronto has over 200 base­ball di­a­monds, so you won’t be able to hold back the feels when you play catch with your kid for the first time. Then, sign her up for a lo­cal T-ball, soft­ball or base­ball league. Plus,you can al­ways go to a Blue Jays game and watch how the pro­fes­sion­als do it.

Up and com­ing climber In­di­ana Chap­man train­ing at True North

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