The region’s high-performance athletes can get that extra spark they need with PacificSport’s Ignite program.
The program helps youths ages 12-17 complement their sports practices with high-performance training in areas such as strength and conditioning, balance and mobility, health and nutrition and mental focus.
Nanaimo’s Lucas DeVries, a 14-year-old rugby player, has been part of the program for a year, training with Ignite coaches three times a week in addition to his rugby practices, school and personal life.
It paid off as he made the B.C. Summer Games last month and travelled to Ontario this month with Team B.C.’s U14 side.
“Ignite will help me in my sport because it doesn’t just teach you sport specifics, but helps your overall athletic ability,” DeVries said in a press release. “It will make you stronger, faster, fitter and more flexible, everything you need to become a high-performance athlete.”
Ignite will be accepting registration for its fall/winter sessions until Oct. 1. Some youths will qualify for scholarships for reduced registration fees.
For more info, please visit www.pacificsportvi.com or call Ashley Guzak, athlete and coach coordinator, at 250-740-6572.