Sports Calgary Awards handed over to karate clubs, charities

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Sports Calgary recognized two organizations for their positive impact on their local sports communities by presenting prestigious awards at the 2022 Celebration of Sport Gala.

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South Calgary Wado Kai Karate Club won the Perry Cavanagh Award for sporting leadership and Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities won the Ron Southern Business and Sport Award honoring companies that support sport in Stampede City.

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“We have all faced challenges during the pandemic, but our commitment to ensuring the health and wellness of the Southern Calgary Wadokai Karate Club and Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charity community remains unwavering, and we We will continue to help rebuild stronger.” Catriona Le May Doan, Chief Executive Officer of Sport Calgary said: “It is the work of organizations such as these that plays an important role in supporting the mission of Sport Calgary to ensure that sport and play in the city are inclusive and welcoming for all physical and cognitive abilities. It’s about reducing economic barriers and increasing participation in our efforts, while ensuring that we’re the place to be, once again making Calgary one of Canada’s healthiest and most active communities.”

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The Perry Cavanagh Sports Leadership Award recognizes the outstanding contribution of a sports club or organization that has made a significant contribution to the advancement of sports in Calgary.

Founded in 1994, the South Calgary Wadokai Karate Club has trained over 3,000 young people, teenagers and adults in South Calgary. Boasting his 25 active black belts who are also dedicated volunteers, the club hosts his two tournaments a year, and in 2023 will host the 25th tournament, which will feature players and officials from across Canada. We will hold rejuvenating clinics and tournaments.

With passionate and respectful people at the heart of the club, its members are ambassadors of the Calgary community and regularly host Stampede breakfasts, demonstrations at shopping malls, the Calgary Zoo, private business luncheons, Calgary I participate in events such as the Flames Foundation.

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It’s also a club that prides itself on being a safe and inclusive place for all, regardless of ability or background. The inclusion of disabled people in the club has created a role model, movie star and international medalist named Natalie Olson, a club member with Down syndrome.

Olson started the club when he was eight years old. Now 34, she is a two-time Pan-American champion in karate and she is a four-time World Championship medalist. Last year, Olsson and her coach, Heather Fidyk, a 7th degree black belt, her mother and grandmother, were featured in an award-winning documentary. teacher, was taken in Calgary. Olson has grown to be a role model in the community and has played an important role in creating a safe and welcoming environment for other Calgarians with disabilities.

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Southern Calgary Wadokai Karate Club joins a long list of past winners that include the Calgary Booster Club. Canadian Sports Institute Calgary. Kid Sports Association of Calgary. Calgary High School Athletic Association; Women’s Hockey Calgary; Greater Calgary and Area Football Association. Special Olympics Skargary; Winsports Canada; Calgary Track Council; Dino Women’s Volleyball Club and YMCA.

The Ron Southern Business and Sport Award recognizes companies that provide innovative support for sports in Calgary.

Founded in 2005, Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities enriches the lives of children in need through sports and physical activity, while encouraging families to engage in sports and physical activity to provide inclusive play for children of all abilities. Helping break down financial and accessibility barriers to recreation.

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Jumpstart creates connectivity to Calgary’s sports, physical activity and recreational ecosystem, enhancing and creating pathways including meaningful and adapted disability for evidence-based best practices and research-backed participation Did. Since its launch in 2020, more than 350 children and young people have participated in 16 programs designed for children and young people with disabilities. Over 75 families experiencing disability are connected to the program through personalized program navigation services, and over 500 sports and recreation leaders participate in monthly research and community his engagement seminar series, We support translation of evidence-based knowledge.

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Jumpstart joins a list of past winners including ARC Resources. Cardell Homes; Encana; Tim Hortons; Intact Insurance ING; TimberTown Building Center Ltd.; Shane Holmes; Talisman Energy Inc. and Canadian Tire Corporation (Forzani Group Limited).

The awards were handed out at the resumption of Sports Calgary’s Celebration of Sport Gala after a two-year hiatus during the pandemic. All proceeds from the event will go to support the city’s amateur sports and programs that encourage sports participation.

Sport Calgary is a volunteer non-profit organization representing more than 300 organizations in Calgary as civic partners. As advocates for sports, we strive to help, support and influence the growth of sports in Calgary.

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Sports Calgary Awards handed over to karate clubs, charities

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