Thursday, November 28, 2013

City Recreation programs for every ability, every age

The City of Calgary recognizes the unique and wonderful differences of citizens and offers programs for all ability levels. For 29-year-old Barb Bateman, it was her first time playing water polo at Village Square Leisure Centre.

“It was a lot of fun. We worked as a team getting the ball into the net,” says Bateman, who enrolled in the winter water polo adapted program. Adapted programs provide adults with disabilities the opportunity to improve their health, lifestyle and physical fitness and at the same time, provide an opportunity to meet new friends and expand their social networks.

“Recreational opportunities like water polo get you out and moving around instead of sitting on your butt,” adds Bateman. “I will definitely come back next week.”

If you are looking for programming to meet specific abilities, Recreation offers four to six adapted programs per season for youth and adults. Registered programs include water polo, boxercize, drumming, line dancing, scrapbooking, and more. There is no cost for support workers to join in the fun.

“Try it out and see for yourself how fun it is,” shouts out Bateman!

City Recreation also offers adapted fitness programs that incorporate individualized exercises in a group setting. Each program includes elements of strength training, cardiovascular fitness, flexibility, balance, and coordination.

“This class is having so much fun that they are not even focusing on the fact that it is fitness,” says Recreation Specialist, Linda Tanigami.

An active lifestyle helps individuals reach their full potential, connect socially and enjoy the benefits of a healthy body and mind. “Many of our water polo participants know each other but they live in various parts of the city. They don’t often have the chance to get together and be with their friends,” adds Tanigami. “But they know every Monday, they will get together to play water polo.”

“New friends are made quickly when you are active together so it is a blend of new and old friends playing a great game.”

We believe that all Calgarians have the right to live an active, creative and healthy lifestyle. Making recreation a part of everyday life, provides opportunities to increase self-confidence, develop skills and have fun. Thus, we are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all our customers. Recreation’s more than 3,000 registered programs and 6,500 drop-in opportunities are 100 per cent inclusive. This means every individual, no matter what their ability level is, is granted the opportunity to attend any program we offer.

Registration has already started and classes fill quickly.

Whatever your interests are, there’s a program for you. Watch a CTV Morning Live segment from November 27 on one of our programs for people with disabilities – a creative drumming class.

Register online at or by calling 403-268-3800. There’s more than you think with The City of Calgary Recreation.

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