U de M volleyball team speaks to Go Club
A little bit of inspiration
AMHERST - Members of the Go Club at Spring Street got some inspiration on Wednesday from a group of elite athletes.
Members of the University of Moncton's womens volleyball squad visited the school to talk to club members about staying in school and being physically active.
"The message to them was to stay in school and to find sports cool," coach Monette Boudreau-Carroll said. "You can do a whole bunch of stuff and it's going to help you in life with opportunities you can't get anywhere else."
Members of the volleyball teams talked to the girls about the benefits of sports and proper nutrition. They talked about how they have travelled across the country playing volleyball and how the friends they've made playing sports will be friends for life.
Boudreau-Carroll said the students were encouraged to be physically active because once they get into a routine, no matter the activity, it's something they'll through throughout their life.
"It's an important message for them to understand that there's a place for them in sports," she said.
The coach said young girls are now looking up to women as their sports heroes, not only with the growth of womens hockey but in other sports that were at one time considered a man's domain.
"Twenty years ago it was figure skating or tennis, something that was acceptable as a womens sport. Now it's every sport and it doesn't matter because sports are cool," she said. "As long as their enjoying it and doing it for the right reasons it's a great place to be."
School phys ed teacher Daren White was thrilled with the visit saying the volleyball players are role models for club members.
"They are reaffirming what we've been telling the girls through the program," he said.
Since establishing the Go Club, or Girls Only Club, at Spring Street, White has seen it grow by leaps and bounds. Diane Chitty now runs the program and is helped by female students from both E.B. Chandler and Amherst Regional High School.
The eight-week program includes athletics, arts and other programs.
"We're trying to promote staying in school, being nice to other people and being helpful," White said, adding the program grew to the point he had to add two additional groups after Christmas.