Kendo, taekwondo, ball hockey, soccer, basketball and dry-land curling were just some of the sports that residents discovered at Markham Sports Day. But the star attraction for many was meeting five-time Olympian Charmaine Crooks.
The Olympic silver medalist was the first Canadian woman to run 800 metres in under two minutes and was on hand for photos, autographs and to share some inspiration. “Building confidence, leadership and teamwork are some of the benefits a child will experience through sports,” says Crooks.
“These core skills not only help a child succeed in sports, but can also help shape their ethics, which they take forward throughout their lives. It has to start early in life and community sports play a key role. Markham Sports Day is the perfect opportunity to get kids out and active to try a sport.”
The annual event, held at the Markham Pan Am Centre on Sept. 15, is designed to build community and celebrate the power of sport while promoting healthy, active living. “Markham is home to many great and accomplished athletes, and we take our sports seriously,” says Mayor Frank Scarpitti.
The Pan Am Centre has hosted numerous international and national championships. People attending Markham Sports Day were also invited to try out sledge and volt hockey chairs and to cheer on their favourite performer in a breaking dance battle hosted by Universal Breaking League.
Photos of Olympic silver medallist Charmaine Crooks and residents trying their hand at various activities courtesy of the City of Markham.