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Girls get a glimpse at many sports options


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

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SAMANTHA WOOD (facing) and Denise Thayer demonstrate fencing at Girls and Women in Sports Day Saturday. Joshua Spaulding. (click for larger version)
February 06, 2012
WOLFEBORO — Local girls descended on the new Kingswood gym on Saturday, Feb. 4, for the annual celebration of Wolfeboro Girls and Women in Sports Day.

Girls who registered had a chance to learn about a number of different sports and activities from local women.

The morning started with icebreaker activities with the kids and the presenters all taking part, led by gym teacher Deb Skelley.

The girls were then split into groups by age and rotated through a series of stations, each highlighting a sport or activity. The girls got about 20 minutes at each sport and had the chance to learn and participate in each.

This marked the 11th year that the celebration has been held in Wolfeboro and the event is run by the Wolfeboro Department of Parks and Recreation.

Many local women volunteered their time and service to teach the youngsters sports.

Brianna Neely and Jen Simpson teamed up to teach basketball. The two began playing basketball together in New Durham and are currently involved with local high school teams. Neely attends Brewster Academy and is hoping to complete a postgraduate year to increase her chances of playing college basketball. Simpson is a sophomore at Kingswood and is part of both the JV and varsity teams.

The two have played on the same AAU team and competed all over New England and were hoping to show their love of basketball and what it has done for their lives.

Kingswood volleyball players Casey Sargent, Autumn Wilber, Allison Campbell and Emily Rumery were on hand to teach their sport. With the help of coach Mike Christy, the girls set up the new volleyball system and the girls then demonstrated many different skills needed to play volleyball.

Heather Kinmond Cubeddu played field hockey for Kingswood in the 1980s and at Springfield College after that. She has also been a coach in the Wolfeboro Parks and Recreation's third and fourth grade team and will be coaching the fifth and sixth grade team this year. She showed the girls some of the basic skills involved in playing field hockey.

Skelley brought her Hot Peppers Jump Rope Club students from Carpenter and Crescent Lake Schools to discuss individual, pair and group rope skipping skills. Fifth and sixth graders provide the leadership to more than 100 kids in the club, which is now in its 20th year. The team captains led the girls in numerous skills at different levels.

Christine Livie of Expressions Dance Academy of Wolfeboro got girls moving with some dance moves. The academy offers classes in ballet, tap, jazz, pointe, modern, hip-hop, lyrical, musical theater, creative movement, music video dance and cheer and instructors came with music and some dance steps to keep the girls in attendance moving throughout the day.

Also keeping the girls moving was Michelle Gill, a Zumba teacher. Gill fell in love with Zumba as someone who had a love of dance but never had the desire or talent to dance professionally. Zumba, a very active workout, involves a love of music and the ability to let loose.

One of the most unique sports on display on Saturday was fencing, from local residents Denise and Richard Thayer and student Samantha Wood. The Thayers have been fencing for about thee years and have competed in numerous tournaments. They are members of the Seacoast Fencing Club and the Barn Door Fencer Club and are hoping to soon set up a satellite fencing club in Wolfeboro. Wood has been fencing for just more than a year and she placed third in her division in her very first tournament last month.

Representatives of Back Bay Youth Hockey were also on hand with a goal and some sticks to teach the sport of hockey. Back Bay offers a fun-filled safe and structured environment for girls (and boys) from ages three to 18. Back Bay is open to players of all abilities wanting to develop a passion for the game of hockey. The organization provides a solid foundation for development of the overall athlete through skill progression and fun.

The girls who attended also enjoyed some healthy snacks. The event was supervised by Christine Collins, Assistant Director of the Wolfeboro Department of Parks and Recreation.

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

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