Archive for the ‘2009 PEI Canada Games’ Category

Use your imagination

Monday, August 17th, 2009

The Great Muhammad Ali once said, “The man without imagination has no wings, he cannot fly”. For many people, imagination was left in their Grade 3 classroom along with their pet rock and imaginary friend. But what one may not realize is how thoughts (and imagination) can affect actions of the body.

Let’s face it: The difference in speed, agility, strength and stamina between top athletes is minimal. What separates the good from the great is the strength of their minds. What gives an athlete a competitive edge is the use of their psyche, and skills such as mental imagery. Many of the world’s best athletes are reporting using mental imagery to improve their performance and enable them to tap in to their potential. It has been proven that the implementation of mental imagery into training and competition increases performance. In fact, research has shown that imagining a muscle movement in the mind stimulates electrical activity in the muscle without actually moving it. Therefore, when an athlete imagines an aspect of their performance (skills, strategies, etc), they are making gains both mentally and physically, without actually physically exerting themselves!

Mental imagery is like dreaming, except with structure. It is imagining yourself performing exactly the way you want to. It is mentally correcting your weaknesses and using your mind to perfect and control various aspects of your performance. It can be used to arouse or relax the body and mind prior to or during your performance. So USE YOUR MIND. Take control over your performance through the use and power of mental imagery.

Team Sask Gets Buff!

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

The 2009 Team Sask clothing has arrived and team managers and mission staff have already begun picking up the goods. There is a special item included in this years uniform. It’s called a buff. Check out the video below to see how to wear it.


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How was your day at the Games

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

Let us know how your 2009 Canada Games preparations are going!

Self Evaluation and Goal Setting

Monday, April 27th, 2009

It’s important to know how you are fueling your body for training and competition. Check out the attached worksheet and try to identify some strengths and weaknesses for each area of performance nutrition.

Nutritional Goal Setting

Introducing Heather Hynes

Monday, April 27th, 2009

heatheredited1I am a Registered Dietitian and Sports Nutrition consultant with the Sport Medicine and Science Council of Saskatchewan. I completed my undergraduate degree in the College of Pharmacy and Nutrition at the University of Saskatchewan in 2002. I started working with the Sport Medicine and Science Council in May 2002. I have worked with numerous provincial teams, as well as athletes at the national and international level. I have been a member of three Canada Games teams, as an athlete, a manager and mission staff for Saskatchewan.

With the Sport Medicine and Science Council of Saskatchewan I conduct the Dairy Farmers of Saskatchewan sports nutrition high school education program. I conduct the nutrition education sessions for the Brainsport running and walking clinics. I also work with the general population doing presentations on healthy weight loss and proper eating for endurance and strength training.

I am currently working on my masters degree in the College of Kinesiology at the University of Saskatchewan in the area of sports nutrition and exercise metabolism.

Contact info:
Heather Hynes, RD
heather.hynes@sasktel.net

1-306-975-0849

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Self-Awareness

Monday, April 27th, 2009

As a competitive athlete, it is important to be able to reflect on your personal abilities. In order to improve your performance, you must be aware of exactly what aspects of your performance that need improvement. What are your strengths and what are your weaknesses? As you grow in self awareness, you will better understand why you feel, what you feel, and why you behave as you behave. That understanding then gives you the opportunity and freedom to change those things you’d like to change about yourself in order to achieve your potential in sport.

Use the attached worksheet to identify 3-5 weaknesses in each area of your development as an athlete. Be honest with yourself!

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Introducing Brie Jedlic

Monday, April 27th, 2009

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Brie Jedlic is a Mental Trainer working with the Sports Medicine and Science Council of Saskatchewan. She will be submitting posts designed to help Team Sask athletes prepare for the 2009 PEI Canada Games. Brie will also be attending the Canada Games this summer on the Team Sask Mission Staff as a Mental Trainer.

A little background:

Brie graduated from the University of Western Ontario where she obtained her Master of Arts degree in Kinesiology – Sport Psychology. Upon the completion of her academics, she taught for three years as an adjunct professor in the department of Movement Science at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. At GVSU she was also the Head Coach for the Women’s Rowing program and a mental training consultant to various individual and team sports. Her sport background is very diverse. She has been involved in gymnastics, swimming, and diving at the provincial level as well as rowing at the national and international level. She was a five-time member of the Canadian Women’s National Rowing Team where she won a silver medal at the 1997 World Championships.

Contact Info:
Brie Ellard-Jedlic, Mental Trainer
1-306-530-5304
bjedlic@sasktel.net

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Tri-sport Competition

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009

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Triathlon will be initiated as a brand new sport on the Canada Summer Games Calendar.
The Triathlon competition is set to begin in Week One and will be located on the Summerside waterfront.

Male and female athletes will compete in two separate events: the Individual Sprint Triathlon (750m swim, 20km bike, 5km run) and the Team Triathlon (300m swim, 7km bike, 2km Run). There is sure to be some exhausting and exciting battles fought at this event. The Competitions will be run under Triathlon Canada Competition Rules. For more info check out, http://www.triathloncanada.com/.

Salty Challenges

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009

open water swimmers

The Open water swimming competition will be held in the Southwest River which is fed by the ocean and therefore affected by the tides. Since PEI doesn’t have any fresh water lakes or rivers the PEI host committee did a ton of research to find the best location for this competition. The Southwest River was chosen for the race site because it is the body of water that is the least affected by the tides in the entire province. Even though Team Sask athletes will be competing in uncharted waters we are confident they that will still light it up out there.