Mount Currie seeking athletic footwear 

Cat Smiley, Band collaborate on fitness program

By Andrew Mitchell

The Mount Currie First Nation is on a health kick, and is looking for some new kickers to help out.

To gear up band members to participate in the new fitness program, which will be run by Whistler trainer Cat Smiley, Mount Currie is holding an athletic shoe drive. New and used shoes in good condition are welcome.

The program is mainly aimed at improving the health and fitness of young women and their parents, and will include segments on nutrition, motivation, personalized coaching and self-improvement opportunities. That program got underway on Oct. 25.

Smiley, who runs the Boot Camp fitness program, will also talk to students at Xit’olacw Community School about setting goals and self-motivation.

“Cat’s visit to the school will facilitate the Recreation Department’s vision that encourages young people in the area to increase their motivation to exercise and promote healthy living,” said Daniel Cindric, recreation director for Mount Currie.

All of the athletic shoes collected will be sold to program participants for $5 with the proceeds going towards the Boot Camp recruit that makes the most improvement over four weeks. The Boot Camp testing program is 85 per cent fitness (Navy standard), 10 per cent body composition and five per cent attendance.

Cindric and Smiley are looking for establishments in the corridor that are willing to collect shoe donations. If you can host a drop box, contact Daniel Cindric at 604-935-4840, 604-894-6131 or daniel_cindric@lilwatnation.com .

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