Boot camp, country heat dance lessons, ball hockey and yoga were a few of the activities that 12 girls between the ages 13-17 participated in during a fast paced atmosphere at the fifth annual Go Girl event at the Bow Island Multiplex on July 18.
The annual day of activities was planned by the Town of Bow Island and 40 Mile Regional FCSS summer students.
“It mainly focuses on giving them different activities that they may not have been exposed to before,” said Miya Nishi,Town of Bow Island representative.
The limited availability to beach body coaches and not having as many athletic services, and with the obesity rates, girls are becoming less active, she added.
“It’s nice to have a safe space for young girls,” said Nishi.
“Where they’re not intimidated and allowed to make those female friendships and have fun and stay active at the same time.”
Most of the girls already knew each other through soccer or other sports and go to school together.
“Having both of the Bow Island and Foremost girls come together for an event, you can make more friendships through that,” said Karli Gatz, summer student with the 40 Mile Regional FCSS.
“There (are) a lot of events in this area but it’s mostly exposing the girls to them. Letting them know what’s here, teaching them about it, having them try it If they know more about them,they’ll more likely participate. We did have a couple girls ask when is this available, where it’s available, how can I access it. It’s been encouraging to hear that as well.”