I've had a busy couple of days. On Friday I went to the provincial physical education conference. There was a great guest speaker. He talked about authentic learning and assessment in physical education. After he spoke we broke off into sessions.
My first session was a dance one. I learned to do the Thriller dance. I have always planned to sit and watch the video and break it down so I could teach it to my students. But another teacher beat me to it and was generous enough to share his efforts with the rest of us. There were about 50 of us in a gymnasium making like Michael Jackson. It was pretty funny. It gave me a whole new appreciation of that man's dancing abilities. We also learned the Kung Fu Panda dance. That was much easier. The really great part was that he provided us with written sheets and other resources for both dances.
Next I went to a session about Dragon Boat racing. There is a Dragon Boat festival in Winnipeg every year in June. I have wanted to enter a group of students in the middle years race for a long time. It is a great team building experience. If you don't work together, you can't move those boats.
The last session I went to was also a dance session. We learned or (in the case of us older teachers) relearned some oldies but goodies and some oldies revamped. It was fun.
The best part of the whole day was that I danced for 2 solid hours!
I had to rush home from the conference to get ready for our ringette game and the dreaded TV interview. It was a pretty fun night.
Leah Hextall the sportcaster from CTV Winnipeg interviewed my mother first. Then she interviewed me. It hasn't aired yet so I have no idea what kind of fool I made of myself. If nothing else I'm pretty sure my hair wasn't messy!
After she interviewed us she came in the dressing room for a while. She joined us in a pre-game shooter and had a beer too! Those of you who are unfamiliar with recreational ice sports in Canada must understand that beverages are an integral part of the whole dressing room experience.
Once we were dressed, the representative from Ringette Canada came in to say hello. The cameraman came in too and took and seemingly endless amount of footage. There is going to be a lot on the cutting room floor for sure. They can't possibly put all of that into a 2 minute segment of the sports news.
And then..... We went out on the ice and the gentleman from Ringette Canada presented my mother with the President's Award. (In case you missed my previous blog - she is 83 years old and still plays ringette)
And then.... we actually played our first game of the season. The camera man was in the stands. He was at the boards. He came on our bench. It was like the Superbowl. Well.... except for the fact that there were no fans, no beer commercials and no obnoxious announcers! Oh yeah, and the fact that the athletes involved were not at the peak of their athletic careers. In fact last night was the first time we had been on the ice in 6 months! We were a little slow I think. We did request that they speed up the tape a little when they aired it but I'm not sure a beer and a shooter was enough of a bribe to make that happen. In the end we sort of got our rhythm and managed to score some goals. In the end we won 4-2.
Today, my team Black Ice played 2 more games and we split them. The first was against a much younger (and faster) team. They beat us 8-3. We were losing 2-1 at the half. Do you think maybe we ran out of steam? Afterwards we figured out our team’s average age. It's 52. The other teams oldest player is only 46 and all the rest are in their 30's! So now we don't feel quite so bad. We won our second game 5-3.
An hour later my friend Laurie, my mother and I played a 4th game for a team that was really short of players. We played an entire game with only 8 skaters. I was feeling a little stiff but it wasn't too bad. I hope I can still manage to play 4 games in 2 days when I am 83.
This tournament is a really fun way to start the season. After we play we all hang out and catch up on everyone’s lives, drink and eat munchies. The host team does a great luncheon with 6 or more different kinds of soups, 4 or 5 types of sandwich fillings and dainties. Soooo much temptation! They also have a great little silent auction.
Between the exercise and the recreational eating I think I may have broken even. But I justify it all by decreeing that the opening of the season is a special occasion and eating restrictions can be relaxed. I so totally hope I'm not headed for a giant weight loss relapse! At the very least I scored some bigger than usual fitness minutes for the challenge!
I really enjoyed the last 2 days. It was great to be back on the ice. And it was really great to hang out with my team again. I'm looking forward to another great season.
Black Ice 2010 My mother is on the far right in the front row. I think we look pretty good for a bunch of old ladies!
Do you play a team sport in a recreational league? If so, what encourage you to participate?