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Girls get the inside track on local sports opportunities

Wolfeboro Parks and Recreation sponsors 12th annual Girls and Women in Sports Day

by Joshua Spaulding
Sports Editor - Granite State News, Carroll County Independent, Meredith News, Gilford Steamer, Winnisquam Echo, Plymouth Record-Enterprise and Baysider

ERIN MEYER demonstrates a touch on Carol Simpson of the Wolfeboro Fencing Club at Girls and Women in Sports Day on Saturday. Joshua Spaulding. (click for larger version)
February 04, 2013
WOLFEBORO — For the 12th year in a row, the Wolfeboro Department of Parks and Recreation took part in the national Girls and Women in Sports Day, this year welcoming girls to Kingswood Regional High School on Saturday, Feb. 2, for a morning of learning about different sports.

The Parks and Recreation Department teamed up with women and organizations from the community to present different sports to girls from the Wolfeboro area.

This year's event featured speakers for six different sports after the day began with a series of games run by Judy Drew of the Wolfeboro Department of Parks and Recreation.

For the second year in a row, the Wolfeboro Fencing Club presented at the event, with Carol Simpson and Denise Thayer representing the club.

Thayer and her husband, Richard, started the Wolfeboro Fencing Club in March of 2012 and organized the first Wolfeboro Fencing Club Foil Tournament, which was sanctioned by the United States Fencing Association and was held at Brewster Academy in November.

The Wolfeboro Fencing Club will be hosting a beginner's class on Friday, March 8, at 4 p.m. at its new home in the Carpenter School gym. The new session is eight weeks long and those interested can call 569-3959 or e-mail rtbear@metrocast.net.

Michelle Gill was back for another presentation on Zumba, which she teaches at 31 Fitness in Wolfeboro.

Gill offers a variety of fitness classes, including Zumbatomic, which is geared toward children ages four to 12. The classes are high-energy fitness parties that offer real results. Zumba features specially choreographed routines and all sorts of music, helping to increase focus and self-confidence while boosting metabolism and improving coordination.

In addition to the kids' classes, Gill and her staff offer adult classes as well. Visit www.michellegill.zumba.com, call 630-1356 or e-mail 31fitnessnh@gmail.com.

The Hot Peppers Jump Rope Club of Carpenter School and Crescent Lake School has been a regular presenter at the Wolfeboro Girls and Women in Sports Day for many years. The group, coached by longtime physical education teacher Deb Skelley, teaches individual, pair and group rope skipping in a cooperative setting.

Fifth and sixth grade students provide the leadership to more than 100 students in grades kindergarten through six at practices over the past 21 years. Captains from the club were on hand to help teach youngsters some basic skills and some advanced ones as well.

The Seacoast United Mountaineers presented soccer to the group, setting up drills and indoor games for the kids to learn footwork and other basic soccer skills.

The Mountaineers began in 2011 with the hope of providing more opportunities for soccer players of all ages and to develop a love of the game. Since starting with five teams the first year, the overall enrollment has continued to grow and SUM teams have won tournaments and Granite State Youth Soccer League division titles, as well as a 3v3 division title at the world championships in Florida. The league offers fall and spring league teams, camps, clinics and an adult league as well.

Maggie Moody Stier is the new ice skating instructor at the Pop Whalen Arena and was on hand to teach the kids a bit about her sport of choice.

She started taking lessons at 10 years old and the sport became a passion for her. She progressed through the testing levels of the US Figure Skating Association and competed in singles and ice dancing, in which she and her partner won the New England and Eastern United States Championships in 1969. After a few breaks from skating, she returned to coaching in 1995 at the Skating Club at Dartmouth in Hanover.

The final presenter of the day was Abenaki Lacrosse, with board of director members Sarah Williams and Carissa Dube on hand.

Both ladies grew up in Wolfeboro and went on to play lacrosse in college. Williams played at Lasell College in Newton, Mass. and Dube placed at Skidmore College in Saratoga, N.Y. Both ladies have moved back to the Wolfeboro area, where Williams is also coaching youth soccer and working at Wolfeboro Bay Real Estate and Dube is working as a teacher in the Governor Wentworth Regional School District.

Abenaki Lacorsse Is always looking for girls of all abilities to give the sport a try. E-mail abenakilacrosse@gmail.com with questions.

Joshua Spaulding can be reached at sportsgsn@salmonpress.com or 569-3126

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