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Program, funding help Twin Lakes students try new sports

Try Day program, sponsored by OFSAA, allowed students to try Spikeball and KanJam

Once again Twin Lakes Secondary School physical education classes participated in a yearly Ontario Federation of School Athletic Association (OFSAA) initiative called Try Day.

This is an initiative to provide funding to run an activity that is difficult to do without charging students extensive fees and/or finding additional funding.

Try Day also allows us to purchase equipment and/or resources and to introduce students to the opportunities that are in the community to stay active.

Past activities at Twin Lakes have been: disc golf, rock climbing, buying fitness and Crossfit training equipment, floorball, broomball, bubble soccer and "Higher Learning," a high ropes initiative.

This year, the Twin Lakes Physical Education Department decided on the two beach and backyard games Spikeball and KanJam.

Spikeball is a partner volleyball type game, with a net you spike off of, while KanJam is a Frisbee game where you get points for accuracy.

Both games are played two-on-two.

With the cooler weather, the event was held indoors in the triple gymnasium with Grade 10 volunteer leaders helping Grade 9 students to learn the rules and practice before playing each sport.

The grade 10 students helped set up all of the equipment and practiced the day before, so that they could assist effectively on the day of the event. Other physical education classes participated throughout the day, learning the two games, and having fun.

The equipment purchased for both games was  made possible by the Try Day OFSAA Program. We would not have been able to buy two class sets of this equipment without it.