National Sports and Physical Activity Day celebrated in Saguenay

In the morning, a Zumba class and dinner were scheduled, while from 12:30 p.m., a 5-kilometer walk was organized. Members were not required to complete the entire 5 kilometer. “Each person registering has given themselves a goal so everyone is going to do the number of kilometers they can do or that they had set as a goal,” raises the director of the ARLPH, Manon Blackburn. People in wheelchairs were also welcome at the event. The movements were also adapted so that everyone could participate in the Zumba activity in the morning. In total, 136 people registered.

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Participants at the starting line ready for the 5 kilometer course. (Tom Core/The Daily)

Breaking isolation through sports

The director of the ARLPH especially wanted that thanks to the event, people in wheelchairs could go out and socialize, since in winter, they have less chance. “No matter how far they go, we want to encourage them to go outside. The walking club and our activity today breaks the isolation and allows many people to meet again to socialize,” she says. The organization would like to be able to organize an event like this in both Saguenay and Lac-Saint-Jean next year.

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Two participants during their journey. (Tom Core/The Daily)

Good for mental health

Manon Blackburn wants each participant to surpass themselves and achieve their goals. She believes that despite their handicap, they can surpass themselves. “We want to show people that even if they have a disability, they can still move. It’s good for their physical and mental health,” she says. A walking club has already emerged thanks to the ARLPH. The fifty members registered with the club will walk once every two weeks at the sports pavilion of the University of Quebec in Chicoutimi (UQAC).

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