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Stay at home mom recognized for contribution to sports

Presenting the award to Karen Colbourne is Robert Leamon from the NLESD Physical Education program.
Presenting the award to Karen Colbourne is Robert Leamon from the NLESD Physical Education program.

Providing opportunities for youth to be involved in physical activity, Karen Colbourne is helping to make a difference.

For her efforts she received a Regional Recognition Award (Western) for her volunteer contributions to local sports at the School Sports Newfoundland and Labrador (SSNL) Awards held in St. John’s on June 2.

“I coached girl’s soccer,” said Colbourne. “I did boy’s volleyball. I do a program now for kindergarten to Grade 3 called Play For Fun.”

Colbourne’s efforts in the Codroy Valley mean parents don’t have to make the commute to Port aux Basques to find sports programs for their young children to participate in.

Currently, Colbourne runs the program on Monday evenings for 25 kids and their parents.

Belanger Memorial donates milk to the program for the children, and Colbourne says there are always plenty of healthy snacks.

“They have an hour of fun,” said Colbourne, who also volunteers at the breakfast program and the recreation association. “I kind of do a little bit of everything.”

Rob Parsons, who initially recruited her for the Play for Fun program, was the one who nominated Colbourne for the award. She didn’t know about the nomination and was shocked to learn about her award win.

“I didn’t know anything until he came in and handed me the paper saying that I was the winner for the Western Region,” laughed Colbourne, who admits it’s nice to be appreciated.

When she’s not volunteering, Colbourne is kept busy by her four boys, ages five through 12, who she shuttles around to different sports practices. Sports are kind of a family legacy for Colbourne. Her own father was a soccer coach for over a dozen years, and now she has become one too.

“I enjoy it,” said Colbourne. “I’m lucky that I can do it really.”    

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