The Active Interns: An Ode to Summer

 
This is me!

This is me!

 

Ah yes summer, the time of the year we all look forward to.

These are the days of long lunch breaks, enjoying time outside with friends and late sunsets. In the movie “500 Days of Summer”, the lead character, Tom is dumped and must take a step back and rediscover his passions. My challenge this summer is similar to Tom’s. Tom faces this newfound separation and is determined to fall back in love with his passions in life. This summer, I will be writing stories about Calgary’s sport organizations and the impact they have within communities. Through these stories, I hope you might discover a new passion too, just like Tom.

first a little about me

I grew up in a sporty family with active parents and a tap-dancing younger sister. Like many other parents, mine tossed me into every sport in the book at a young age. After short trials with hockey and basketball, I stuck with soccer. Whether that was because I loved the sport or just enjoyed visiting Tim Hortons to pick out my favourite timbits with my dad, soccer would be my sport until I picked up volleyball in high school. 

 
My first soccer photo

My first soccer photo

 

After my school and club volleyball playing career finished, I began coaching and have seen the impact sport has on influencing kids lives. This impact could be something as little as someone young making a first friend at a learn-to-skate camp, or as large as a future golf pro draining his or her first putt. These experiences are essential in teaching and exposing kids to basic values that can make a world of difference in the long run.

 
Me playing Volleyball in High school

Me playing Volleyball in High school

Me Coaching with Foothills Volleyball Club

Me Coaching with Foothills Volleyball Club

 

The Goal of the blog

I aim to show Calgarians the openness of the 200+ sport organization members, both fun and competitive, that can be found in our city and encourage those to try new sports.

Our city is a rich sport and cultural mosaic; many Calgarians are involved in sports that others may not know about. The goal is to share not only my experience, but highlight what these sport organizations can offer you as well. I will be exploring what these sports mean to those who play them and why you should try them out!

Here’s a list of the fun sports I am going to try. Have I missed any?

The List 

Email me at Communications at SportCalgary dot ca or find me on social media @MattAchtymichuk to throw suggestions my way! Also, I will be doing social media coverage of these sports so make sure you follow Sport Calgary on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook to keep up to date with my endeavours.

Thanks for reading and I can’t wait to get started!