Unique athletic program looking to benefit student athletes

As part of the program, students will attend their local secondary school in the morning and will be taken to the sport school afternoon sessions, which will be held in Fort St. John at the Pomeroy Sport Centre’s Energetic Learning Campus.

While there, half of the day’s programs will consist of classroom lessons, while the other half will focus on strength and conditioning training.

Student athletes taking part in the program will benefit in a variety of ways, including sport science education, customized training sessions, access to training facilities, onsite teacher support and interactions with athletes from various other sports with the same goals of excellence.

The program’s intention is to have student athletes finish their studies and dry-land training during the day, so they are able to focus specifically on their athletic training in the evening.   

Fort St. John will be the fourth city in B.C. to adopt this unique program, which was first introduced to the province through a school in Victoria three years ago. In 2011, Kelowna began offering the program, followed by Prince George last year.  

Registration fees for the school year’s program will cost $1,250 and Jennifer Gibson, Sport Development Coordinator for PacificSport Northern B.C. says the Fort St. John program is hoping to attract 20 student athletes.

An open house is being hosted to provide parents, interested student athletes and coaches more insight into the program, and will be held Tuesday, February 26 at the Pomeroy Sport Centres Energetic Learning Campuses, starting at 6:30 p.m.

More information and registration forms can be obtained through PacificSport Northern B.C.’s official website.  

Student-athletes who commit at least 400 sport specific hours to their sport are invited to apply, prior to the deadline at 4 p.m. on April 5, 2013.