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PISE – (Victoria, BC – June 29, 2016) A new summer camp at PISE is addressing a fundamental imbalance between boys and girls when it comes to physical activity. Active Girls is an exciting new camp that combines traditional sports with other physical activities, while introducing young women to a workout environment.

According to research, there is a large divergence in skills between boys and girls from as early as Grade 4. Dr. Dean Kriellaars, Professor at the University of Manitoba’s College of Rehabilitation Sciences, found that of all the fundamental skills, girls only outperformed boys at skipping. Coinciding with this divergence is a lack of confidence and enjoyment in physical activity, which leads to lack of participation altogether.

PISE, through its Physical Literacy department, is addressing this situation by teaching fundamental movement skills to girls (and boys) starting as young as 18 months. At the Active Girls camp, by combining a variety of sports and activities such as yoga, Pilates and stationary cycling, female instructors are able to deliver the course in such a way as to provide the foundation for increased motivation, self-confidence and empowerment in a non-intimidating situation.

“Some key recommendations from the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women in Sport and Physical Activity include investing time in developing fundamental skills and physical literacy, facilitating positive role models, introducing variety and providing female-only opportunities, which is what we strive to do at PISE through our many physical literacy programs,” says Chris Wright, PISE Physical Literacy Coordinator.

Active Girls camp is running this week at PISE and runs again August 2- 5, 2016. To register go to:

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Chris Wright                                                               

Physical Literacy Coordinator, PISE