New athletic society nearing establishment

Work is nearing completion to form a new athletic society for the Sylvan Lake area.

Work is nearing completion to form a new athletic society for the Sylvan Lake area.

Five directors are needed to register as a society, and four of the positions have already been filled, according to Duane McBain, who’s spearheading the process.

He hopes the process can be wrapped up soon, so area residents of all ages can have easier access to athletic development.

“I’ve got most of the stuff written, it’s just finding volunteers and people to help with the workload,” he said. “I would really like to get our application in this spring, and get it done this summer.”

The society, which has yet to be officially named, is described by McBain as a multisport program that will focus on enhancing athletes’ speed, conditioning and agility. Its existence, he said, would also help to establish a track and field organization in the area.

“There are not as many kids that are participating in track and field, and it’s a shame. It’s the foundation of all sport,” said McBain, adding that having the society would it to be recognized by Athletics Alberta.

“The whole focus of the athletic society is to drive the importance of fit for life, and this is a lifelong activity you want to engage in.”

McBain previously competed at a high level of track and field, and now coaches lacrosse. By talking to parents of his players as well as other people in the community, he was given an insight into the need for an athletic society in town.

“People have seen the need for it and commented that it would be nice to have something that kind of filled the gaps between one sport to another, and something that was a little more continuous throughout the year.

“Down the road, I could foresee more tournaments taking place here, and I can see a track and field event taking place here. Good summer programs for athletic development are another thing to offer.”

According to McBain, an athletic society at H. J. Cody School in Sylvan Lake is currently the only one in the area, and he would like to see one that is open to people of all ages. The new society, he assured, would not conflict with the one at H. J. Cody School.

“The vision that I have is really to put more focus on athletics in Sylvan Lake. It’s definitely an initiative that I feel is necessary.”

Although not confirmed, McBain said the society could encompass the area surrounding Sylvan Lake, including Eckville, Benalto and Bentley.

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