A dozen Island athletes and people working in the sports field will share their experiences with younger athletes Thursday during a panel discussion.
The second annual Made in P.E.I. event, hosted by Sport P.E.I., will take place from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at The Royalty Centre in Charlottetown.
A variety of topics will be discussed, including balancing school with sports, being a role model, leadership, rest and recovery, mental preparation and healthy eating practises.
The presenters include Ava Boutilier, Kameron Kielly and Ryan MacKinnon (hockey), Bailey Smith (athletics), Cole MacLaren (baseball), Lauren Lenentine (curling), Kristen Arsenault (archery), Colin Moore (physiotherapist), Meagan Ferguson (mental training), Nancy Fong (registered dietician), Kristin Noonan (coaching services) and Kevin Elliot (athletic therapist).
Sport P.E.I. summer student Hunter Bradley, who has been leading the preparations for the event, said the presenters were all quick to jump on board. He said it shows they want to give back to the community and share their experience with the next generation.
“It’s an opportunity to hear how people made it,” added Sport P.E.I. sport co-ordinator Lynn Boudreau. “How does Lauren Lenentine win a gold medal for Canada at the worlds?”
It also has another benefit.
“We’re doing this for the participants, but this is also something that we like to do as Sport P.E.I., (to) hopefully build those younger athletes as leaders and mentors in our communities,” Boudreau said, noting it allows them to build their confidence and communication skills.
All presentations will be done following the guidelines from the Chief Public Health Office. Participants will be spaced out a minimum of six feet and are asked to bring a mask. There is a maximum of 45 people allowed at the event.
The cost is $10 will all proceeds going to KidSport P.E.I., a not-for-profit organization that donates money to families to remove the financial barrier that places their children against the opportunity to play sports.