OTTAWA, ON (July 7, 2016) – On the seventh day of the seventh month, Canoe Kayak Canada has launched a new fitness challenge, consisting of seven tests, aimed at developing general fitness and physical literacy among eleven to fifteen year-old paddlers.
“Increasing physical literacy among paddlers in the Learn-to-Train and early Train-to-Train stages of the Long Term Athlete Development model has been identified as a priority for setting athletes up for success in later years,” explains Peter Niedre, Canoe Kayak Canada’s outgoing Director of Coach and Athlete Development. “Combining this with our technical template will help to build a strong foundation for our system.”
The challenge consists of seven tests that can be compared to a set of national standards. Coaches across the country will run the challenge twice a year with training groups at their clubs to measure for improvement.
The seven tests include:
- Leger 20m Multistage Test / “Beep” Test
- Push Ups
- Pull Ups
- Plank Test
- Lateral Bounds
- Shuttle Run
- Standing Long Jump
A coach’s manual with instructions for running the challenge and other resources are available on Canoe Kayak Canada’s website.
About Canoe Kayak Canada
Canoe Kayak Canada is the national governing body for competitive paddling in Canada. Canoe Kayak Canada has been one of Canada’s top performing summer sports having won an impressive count of 24 Olympic medals. Canoe Kayak Canada is a member-based organization which includes an intricate network of clubs as well as provincial, territorial and divisional paddling associations. Elite National Team athletes proudly represent Canada at various competitions around the globe – most notably the Olympic Games, Paralympic Games, Pan American Games, ICF World Cups as well as Junior, Under 23 and Senior World Championships. Follow Canoe Kayak Canada on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.
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Communications and Marketing Officer, Canoe Kayak Canada