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Community Invited to Free Holiday Party at WAG

Winnipeg, Manitoba, December 6, 2017: The hot chocolate is warming up, cookies are in the oven, and festive crafts are ready to go! The Winnipeg Art Gallery invites you to attend a free Holiday Party, Sunday, December 10. Gather your family and friends together for this annual fun-filled afternoon that is sure to get you in the holiday spirit. Continue reading Community Invited to Free Holiday Party at WAG

Walking Soccer: Keeping Competitive Sport Alive

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One of the frustrating aspects of growing up is being unable to compete in sport the same way you could when you were younger. As you hit fifty years old the warning from the doctor is to ease off (if they haven’t already told you), yet the drive for competition and sport is still there. In this article we look at how a popular sport has been adapted for older generations and why it is just as competitive.

Soccer is not a particularly popular sport in Canada but in the United States, and especially in Europe, it is played very regularly. Like most sports, it is a young person’s game with many athletes retiring around the age of thirty to thirty-five if their lucky. However as the United States Adult Soccer Association puts it “a player’s passion for soccer only increases with age”. In the States, US Adult Soccer puts on a four-day event aimed at getting players back into the game. The event has many different types of levels depending on age from over 30 matches, to over 70 matches. One popular game that is part of the programme is walking soccer, a version of the sport without any running.

Photo: Pixabay.com
Photo: Pixabay.com

This unique take on the sport was developed in the Untied Kingdom in Chesterfield in 2011. It is very similar to the rules of soccer with a few key differences: no running, any infringement is an automatic free kick, and no slide tackling. The number of players is usually the same as five a side soccer match and in some games there are also no goalkeepers. Compared to regular soccer where, top journalist Stephen Tudor who writes features on the sport as well as contributing to regular articles to Betfair’s Champions League section of their site states that players nowadays, need to be like “marathon runners, sprinters, and heptathletes rolled into one.” Walking soccer is a much gentler version of the game but no less competitive.

The Guardian interviewed Paul Murtagh who was injured at 21 and he states that walking quickly is still physically challenging and that many people are surprised at how competitive it is.

The sport has been hugely beneficial for those looking to compete in sport despite having physical ailments. The Telegraph reports that the sport became popular in the UK after a Barclays Bank advert. The advert focuses on a Sunday league soccer player Steve Rich who had to give up playing soccer at the age of 26 after a car crash. He was able to start playing again due the low impact nature of the sport. It is a great way for a player with injures or more senior players with older joints to stay fit. When asked about the benefits for over fifties playing the sport, The Society of Sports Therapists said: we have seen an improvement in the cardiovascular fitness, joint mobility, co-ordination and proprioception”.

There is no word as to whether the sport will catch on in Canada but what is does show is that sports can be adapted for any generation to play and enjoy. Senior Health Memos state that the ideal sports for seniors are golf, bowling, and tennis, and while all these sports are valid, maybe one day we could see popular sports like ice hockey adapted and added to that list.

Press Release: Provincec commits $3.9 Million to redevelopment of St. James Civic Centre, new 55-plus seniors’ centre

The Manitoba government is committing $3.9 million to the redevelopment and expansion of the St. James Civic Centre, including a new 55-plus seniors’ centre, Municipal Government Minister Drew Caldwell announced today.

“Our government is committed to making smart, strategic investments that will benefit Manitobans now and into the future,” said Minister Caldwell. “With this commitment, we are prepared to move forward on redeveloping the St. James Civic Centre for generations to come.”

The proposed expansion includes new and improved multi-purpose rooms, a new auditorium, space for fitness programs and special events, a new weight room, a carpentry shop and a drop-in computer room.

“The St. James Civic Centre is the heart of our community and our government is committed to moving ahead on redeveloping it for the future,” said Healthy Living Minister Deanne Crothers.  “We appreciate the work of community leaders on this critical project that will benefit the residents of St. James, young and old alike.”

Minister Crothers noted the province has a strong working relationship with the City of Winnipeg to develop recreation and community centres across Winnipeg.  She added the city has identified this project as a priority in its 2015 Capital budget and the province will provide matching funding.

News releases from news.gov.mb.ca

CLASSICS, CAROLS AND COOKIES with the Winnipeg Pops Orchestra

Under the baton of Guest Conductor Mary Ann Taylor, the Winnipeg Pops Orchestra will present an evening of Christmas carols, light classical and ‘popular’ music on Sunday, December 6th at 7 p.m. at Holy Redeemer Parish, 264 Donwood Drive in North Kildonan. A reception to follow. Tickets $10., children under 12 years of age $5., are available at Holy Redeemer Parish and Stephanchew Church Goods. For further information, call 204-669-0501. Continue reading CLASSICS, CAROLS AND COOKIES with the Winnipeg Pops Orchestra

Annual Remembrance Day Ceremony at Mount Pleasant Cemetery

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Members of the public and media are invited to attend a Remembrance Day Ceremony at Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Toronto on November 11 at 10 a.m. to honour and remember those who have given their lives in all branches of the military while in the service of their country in times of war, conflict and peace.

The ceremony is hosted by the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) at the steps of the Mount Pleasant Cemetery Mausoleum* near the monument dedicated to the most decorated war hero in the history of Canada, the British Empire and the Commonwealth of Nations, Lieutenant-Colonel/Wing Commander William Barker, V.C., D.S.O., M.C.

As part of the ceremony of remembrance, members of the Royal Canadian Air Force from 16 Wing Borden will parade and lay poppy wreaths.

The full service will include:
· Colour Party and parade contingent takes up position at Mount Pleasant Cemetery Mausoleum
· O’ Canada
· Parade will remove Headdress and Stand Easy
· Religious ceremony
· Replace headdress.
· Last post
· Two minutes silence
· Reveille
· Lament
· Wreath laying
· God Save the Queen
· Closing prayer
· Colour Party resumes their position at the front of the parade.
· March off of the Colours
· All dismissed

Canada has a strong and proud military heritage. On the 11th day of the 11th month at the 11th hour, we stop and maintain silence for two minutes to think about our veterans, and those who never lived to be recognized as veterans.

We will remember them.
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*Enter through the Yonge Street entrance of the Cemetery on the east side of Yonge Street Just North of St. Clair Avenue. Turn left inside the gates and follow the yellow line on the road to the Mausoleum. Google map:
Mount Pleasant Cemetery
Mount Pleasant Group of Cemeteries is a not-for-profit organization established in 1826. MPGC maintains 10 cemeteries, four crematoria, and 14 mausoleums across the Greater Toronto Area. For more information: http://www.mountpleasantgroup.com