The Fillactive FitSpirit celebration brought together teenage girls aged 12 to 17 from 24 schools in Bas-Saint-Laurent.
The FitSpirit FitSpirit celebration brought together teenage girls aged 12 to 17 from 24 schools in Bas-Saint-Laurent. The young girls were able to learn, among other things, rock climbing, skateboarding, Frisbee, volleyball and dance in an environment free of competition, pressure and judgment.
FitSpirit wants to ignite lasting passions for physical activity in young women. That day, we want it to be a spark plug for the rest of their lives. Today, we try to ignite small sparks, testifies the senior marketing and communication advisor at Fitactive, Marion Hamel.
In a mixed context, girls tend to take less space on sports fields, says Ms. Hamel.
“In a 100% female context, they are more comfortable playing sports, more comfortable sweating together and having fun passing each other, receiving the ball. There are really barriers that fall when you find yourself between girls.
— Marion Hamel, Senior Marketing and Communications Advisor at FitSpirit
Participants appreciate the festive and encouraging atmosphere of the event. It's good because we are less afraid of the judgment of others. We are more comfortable moving between us, says a participant. We exert ourselves and we have funbetween friends, adds a teenager met on the spot. We want to prove that we are able to be as fit as the boys, adds another.
The rain did not deter the participants.
The COSMOSS Bas-Saint-Laurent organization, which brings together organizations promoting healthy lifestyles among people under 30, was one of the event's partners.
COSMOSS reports that one in two girls drop out of sports at puberty.
Development Officer Ariane Lebel was there as a volunteer. Today, we laugh, we go, we really try to have fun. We are in the pleasure, the quality of the experience, she shares.
The organization reports that one in two girls gives up sport at puberty. That's why the FitSpirit festive event is a necessary gathering, argues Ms. Lebel.
The event is the largest athletic gathering for teenage girls in the region.
< p class="e-p">With information from Lysbertte Cerné