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The Canada Games Council presented the first-ever Pat Lechelt True Sport Awards to two athletes who exemplified the True Sport Principles on and off the field of play during the Niagara 2022 Canada Summer Games.

According to Canada Games, Pat Lechelt was a mainstay with Alberta’s Mission Team at every Canada Games from 1989 to 2019. She served primarily as Chef de Mission or Assistant Chef de Mission. The award was presented in commemoration of Pat, who was a champion within the Canada Games Movement.

Meet the Pat Lechelt True Sport Award winners: 

Declan Walsh, Team N.L. tennis player. Photo: Karri Dawson

Arcel Siosan, Team Yukon volleyball player. Photo: Tim McKenna 

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New Videos! Elite Canadian Athletes Talk True Sport

Have you ever wondered what elite athletes think about clean sport or how their personal values play into their sport experiences? In these new athlete testimonial videos, elite Canadian athletes discuss doping, values-based sport, and their perspectives on the True Sport Principles.

Head over to YouTube to watch the whole series

The True Sport Experience is a Back-to-School Staple

Whether you’re a teacher, coach or recreational leader, The True Sport Experience should be in your back-to-school plans! Kids aged 6 to 9 will love learning about the True Sport Principles through activities that can be applied in and out of the classroom, and in the community.

This resource provides detailed objectives and instructions for 35 activities that offer a balanced and intentional approach to physical activity by focusing on the development of both ethical and physical literacy.

The True Sport Experience is endorsed by PHE Canada, and the activities align with current Canadian physical education curriculum

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Nova Scotia True Sport Athlete Ambassador: Mikayla Boucher

AGE: 20
SPORT: Athletics

“I feel both honoured and excited to play a role in the beginning of the ambassador program and am proud to embody the True Sport Principles both on and off the field of play!

The True Sport principle that means the most to me is Give Back – it’s a huge part of my life outside of sport and I think it’s a crucial aspect of sport that few people acknowledge. Sport would not be possible if people did not give back. Volunteers, coaches, and officials are the backbone of sporting events, and their devotion truly makes a difference in the lives of young athletes. I started volunteering because I had a desire to give back to the athletics community that had given me so much. Coaching gave me the confidence and motivation to expand my ambitions outside of sport, and I have since become heavily involved in volunteerism and activism in my larger community!”

Learn more about Mikayla and the Nova Scotia True Sport Athlete Ambassador Program