ST. JOHN’S, N.L.
NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR
School Sports Newfoundland and Labrador (SSNL) has announced a few changes to go along the start of a new school year.
The organization’s Varsity program has added two new foundation sports – mountain biking and ultimate Frisbee – and the Participation Nation (PN) program has undergone a rebranding.
The Varsity program now has 10 official sports and six foundation sports open to male and female student-athletes in the province.
Foundation sport status is the introductory phase of a sport before it can become part of the Varsity program and establishes interest in the sport on a regional basis.
“It’s always exciting when a new sport achieves foundation sport status, as it means we’re able to provide even more opportunities to our student-athletes,” SSNL Varsity coordinator Sean Connolly said in a release.
“At SSNL, we promote balanced athletic development and encourage all student-athletes to participate in a variety of sports, so any addition to our current sport offerings just furthers our ability to deliver on our goal of diversity in sport.”
Meanwhile, the Participation Nation rebranding includes a redesign of the program’s main logo.
It has been simplified and features a rainbow of coloured stars, each of which represent one of Participation Nation’s inclusive, non-competitive recreational programs – Play 4 Fun, Primary Achievement, Elementary Pin Winners, Unplugged, Outdoor Adventures, High School Spirit, and Sprockids.
The individual sub-programs also have logos and the new branding connects and unifies the overall brand.
“This rebrand has been a long time in the making,” said Trisha Boyer, SSNL’s assistant executive director.
“We’ve always known these individual programs to be part of the greater picture of the active and healthy lifestyles we try to instill through the PN program, but now everyone else can see it too.
“As we continue to spread awareness of this program within schools, we’re confident this rebrand will make our new and current members feel part of the greater PN Picture.”