Kamloops, British Columbia, will host the 1993 Canada Games Aug 8 through 21, 1993. Over 4,000 athletes will participate in the 18 sports that are featured in the games. Kamloops spent $20 million to get ready for the games. Handicapped athletes will also compete.
The City of Kamloops is marking its centennial in 1993, and every province and territory in the land will share in the celebration, at the 14th Canada Games, August 8 through 21.
And as the Canada Games torch is lit in British Columbia for the first time since the 1973 Summer Games in New Westminster and Burnaby, there will be more to celebrate than just the birthday. These will be uniquely progressive Games.
Some 4,000 athletes, 400 officials and 500 coaches will take part in 18 sports. And for the first time, athletes with a disability will be integrated into the program as part of the main event. Full medal status will be provided for blind athletes who will compete in swimming and track and field and for wheelchair athletes who will compete in track and field.
Have you been spending more time in physical education class lately? If so, you’re not alone.
Across the country, many states are increasing physical education (PE) requirements in response to some unhealthy statistics. The number of overweight adolescents has tripled in the past 20 years, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For the first time in U.S. history, members of the current generation (that means you!) could have shorter life spans than their parents will.
That’s scary stuff. Maybe even scarier are the results of a study from Cornell University, which revealed that increasing time spent in physical education doesn’t necessarily produce a healthier, more fit student body.
The fact is, traditional PE activities (think team sports such as kickball and floor hockey) don’t always amount to a real workout and often aren’t activities that motivate kids to continue on their own.
In 1894, a French aristocrat and teacher by the name of Baron de Coubertin founded the International Olymlic Committee (IOC). De Coubertin believed that athletics were an important part of a person’s education, and he dreamed of an international contest in which athletes from around the world could compete together. With that in mind, the committee proposed to re-create the Olympic Games of ancient Greece. The IOC decided to hold the first modern Olympics in 1896–just two years later–on in Athens, Greece. Two hundred and forty-one athletes from 14 nations participated in nine different sports, including cycling, fencing, and wrestling.
With three exceptions, the Olympics have been held every four years since. No games were held in 1916, 1940, or 1944 due to the World Wars. The first Winter Olympic Games were in 1924 and likewise have been held every four years, again with a break for World War II, until 1992. In 1986, the IOC voted to alternate the Summer and Winter Games every two years, rather than in the same year. Thus the Winter Olympics were staged again in 1994 and have been played every four years since.
Your clients don’t have to head to the south of France or Portugal to enjoy a sporty break. We find out how operators are offering holidaymakers a wide range of sporting experiences here at home
With the 2012 Olympics just round the corner and rugby union, rugby league and possibly football World Cups also heading to these shores, the UK is set to go sports-mad over the next decade.
And domestic operators are lining up to make the most of this potential burst of activity by offering customers an array of opportunities to improve their skills while on holiday.
Hoseasons is set to announce details of its specialist sports programme this autumn, and has revealed that it is due to work with the governing bodies of six different sports to offer training breaks at its holiday parks.
Horseshoe How-to Pitch Perfect
Can’t hit the broadside of a two-cargarage with a horseshoe? Take a master class from Walter Ray Williams Jr., the Michael Jordan of bowling and horseshoes, as he’s often called. Williams, a four-time Professional bowlers association Player of the Year and six-time world horseshoe, offers these pointers:
- THE PITS: Preferably clay. Soft clay cushions and grabs the shoe (unlike sand, dirt, or grass) when it falls to the earth, making it more likely to hold the thing onto the stake.
- THE GRIP: Most people — picnic players, Williams calls them — have been taught to hold the curved back end (picture a capital letter U) and flip-flop the shoe toward the stake. You’ll get better results with a rotation like a slow-turning Frisbee’s, be it clockwise or counterclockwise. The shoe should rotate one-and-one-quarter or one-and-three-quarters turns before it hits the stake. For a right-hander throwing one and a quarter: Hold the shoe with your thumb on top and the tips of your fingers below. The open end of the shoe should be to the left.
- THE PITCH: As you swing back your arm, rotate your hand until the shoe is vertical, with the open U facing backward as it passes your hip — this is a 90 degree counterclockwise turn. At the same time, step forward two to four feet with your left foot. As you swing and the shoe passes your leg, rotate your hand back to the position it was in before. That’s where the rotation comes from, not the wrist. And put some mustard on it you’re throwing the thing almost forty feet. Don’t worry — all this sounds more complicated than it actually is.
- THE FOLLOW-THROUGH: Reach for the sky, and, for Pete’s sake, be a little bit graceful. You don’t want to look like Roger Clemens out there. THE RESULT: Ninety percent ringers, world championships, a bevy of horseshoe groupies.
Which is why, perhaps, a sport in which more players wear barbecue sauce than white has become increasingly popular. In fact, it doesn’t get more populist than horseshoes; look at how country-clubber George Bush the Elder burnished his common-man image by pitching. Horseshoes doesn’t get more minimalist in terms of equipment, either:two pairs of two-pound ten-ounce horseshoes and two pieces of pipe with thirty to forty feet of green space between them.
You can grab a set at the same place you get two-stroke motor oil and baby wipes, pick up some catfish nuggets on the way home, and in no time have an appreciation for what a Zen-like experience horseshoe pitching really is.
But to get good at it? Thousands of hours of solitary practice. It looks so simple: Throw the shoe so it rings on the stake. But achieving that goal can require much sacrifice, young Grasshopper, because if you want to pitch shoes with the big boys, the world-champ-grade boys, you’ll need to throw 80 to go percent ringers — roughly three times better than your average big-league baseball slugger. Men have been known to erect lights in their yards for the sole purpose of practice-pitching into the night, because this is a game you can’t win without ringers. (Ringers are worth three points; shoes within six inches of the stake or that lean against it are good for only one. The first player to get to forty wins.) The quest can rob you of sleep, make you old before your time. It’s best not to endeavor to get that good at it.
For some, horseshoe pitching — even in its elitist circles — has too much of a shuffle-board-of-the-backwoods vibe going. Fortunately, there’s one more game: badminton. Unfortunately, you’re probably going to actually break a sweat if you play even moderately well. A possible offsetting benefit? You get to say shuttlecock a whole lot.