Growing up I’ve always been involved in sports. I was lucky enough to try any sport that I wanted to. Some of the sports I got to try are; soccer, basketball, cross-country running, cross-country skiing, rock climbing and whitewater kayaking. Participating in different sports from a young age has taught me a lot and given me a lot of amazing opportunities. Sport has taught me all about teamwork, dedication, hard work, discipline, sacrifice, setting goals, dealing with adversity, the value of practice and how to deal with failure and success. Competing in triathlons and other sports now, I am continuing to learn new things.
In 2005 I was lucky enough to attend an international conference on fair play and sport in Hammamet, Tunisia. While there the young people I was with got to play sports with other kids from around the world. Seeing lids from around the world connecting through sport was pretty amazing. Almost all of them spoke different languages but they were still able communicate and learn from each other through sport. I also saw that it doesn’t matter what country you’re in, sport can help you learn different life skills.
Right To Play is an organization that uses the power of sport to educate and empower children facing adversity. Using sports and games, Right To Play helps children build essential life-skills and better futures, while driving social change in their communities creating a lasting impact. Using games like tag or playing a game of soccer, Right To Play helps promote health, build peace, develop communities, and helps children learn. To learn more about what Right To Play does checkout their website www.righttoplay.com or checkout the video below.
I just started volunteering with a great group of people to help organize the Ottawa version of #RaceForChange. This program encourages individuals who are running during the Ottawa Race Weekend to raise money to support the work of Right To Play. If you’re interested in participating visit righttoplay.com/raceforchange, you can get more information on the program and set up your own personal fundraising page.
Since I am not racing during Ottawa Race Weekend but am racing at Ironman Mon-Tremblant 70.3 and I still want to support Right To Play, I’ve set up my own fundraising page. You can help me support Right To Play by visiting my fundraising page and making a donation. For every $50 raised, a year of sport and play activities for children and youth in some of the world’s most disadvantaged communities is provided. Your support gives children the chance to recapture their childhood and learn life lessons through Right To Play’s games such as Malaria Tag, Team Trust and Infection Protection.