Paddling skills – coming to a Phys. Ed class near you

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Paddling skills – coming to a Phys. Ed class near you!

OTTAWA, ON – CanoeKayak Canada, has partnered with Physical & Health
Education Canada to develop a paddling skills program to be taught in
schools across the country. Students in grades 4, 5 and 6 will soon be
able to learn the fundamental movement skills of paddling in a dry land
environment in their school gymnasiums. Support from Sport Canada will help to develop a new curriculum module
based on material from CKC’s CanoeKids and Alberta Whitewater’s Paddle
Passport. Physical & Health Education Canada will work with CKC to adapt
the material to curriculum outcomes and distribute the program
nationally. “This partnership opens up a whole new way for thousands of kids to be
introduced to the great Canadian heritage sport of paddling,” said John
Edwards, Domestic Development Director of CanoeKayak Canada. “Learning fundamental paddling skills is a starting point that could
lead a new wave of students to paddling clubs and into a variety of
canoes and kayaks. For many it will be a new form of physical activity
they can enjoy on the water while developing individual and team boat
skills. Others might even be inspired to take up the sport
competitively.”

Physical & Health Education Canada is the leading professional
organization for physical and health educators and provides resources to
schools to help them establish quality physical and health education
programs. Chris Jones, CEO and Executive Director of Physical & Health
Education Canada says the partnership will encourage physical activity
among youth and teach them skills they can enjoy over a lifetime of
healthy living. “We are pleased to be working with CanoeKayak Canada on this project,”
said Jones. “Teaching physical literacy is a core part of physical
education. At this same time, it’s valuable to connect the fundamental
movement skills that students are learning to activities and sports that
they might not otherwise have considered. Taken together, this gives
students the skills and motivation to be active throughout their lives.”

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