Local kids given chance to find their sport

Students at local elementary schools have been given an opportunity to find out what Olympic sport they’re best suited for as they participate in the SportFit program.

Timed — Local elementary kids have been putting themselves to the test to see what sport they should take part in during the Olympics.

Students at local elementary schools have been given an opportunity to find out what Olympic sport they’re best suited for as they participate in the SportFit program.

The program takes students through eight easy and fun physical activity stations to measure their performance in tests of balance, strength and speed.

Kim Palfenier of the Nelson Sports Council has travelled to six elementary schools in Nelson to administer the tests.

“The kids really enjoy it,” she said.

“They work in groups to measure each other and cheer their school mates on. It’s just a blast.”

The results of the test are entered into a computer program where the students also answer a short questionnaire and are then told what three summer and winter sports they would most likely excel in.

The test will be administered twice per year, in the spring and fall, so students can track their results over the years and see how they change.

“They measure their results against themselves over time, rather than against other students,” said Palfenier.

“It lets them see their own strength and pick activities that match those.”

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