gymnastics, football or many of the other great sports played in Alberta, the pandemic has been a challenge. Players and coaches have been taken out of their regular routines, as

choice in a safe manner and how to approach the fact many team sports weren’t allowed.

see a different landscape in 2020-21ALBERTA SPORTS S

ince the original lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020, sports leagues across the province have yet to see a regular schedule fall into place. Whether it be court sports,hockey, baseball, figure skating,

safety procedures have been implemented to help curb the spread of the coronavirus. The biggest challenge has been how to get kids back to their sport of

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Mental health is a big concern in this regard, as kids normally can participate in multiple sports through- out the school year, but the past 12 months have not allowed for that. “The pandemic has been really hard on the kids,” said

Darren Hurt,Coaldale Minor Hockey Association president.“I think our association has been pretty proactive in trying to champion them a bit here in the pandemic by keeping them active.We’ve been working with the Town (of Coaldale) in conveying our concern over the physical and mental health of our kids during the pandemic. Sports are really impor- tant,and we feel all sports are important for kids.

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