Sports organizations in B.C. are trying to keep the legacy of Vancouver’s 2010 Winter Olympic Games alive by investing more in its young athletes.
“We start working with kids as young as three teaching physical literacy and we work with athletes right through to Olympians,” said Andrew Clark, manager of fitness and high-performance training at the Richmond Olympic Oval.
With the exception of Norway, Canada has so far won more medals at this year’s Games in Sochi, Russia, than any other country. Most Canadian Olympians owning the podium are from Quebec, which has been investing in high-performance sports since the 1976 Games in Montreal.
Now B.C. is playing catch up.
Four years ago, just before the 2010 Games began, the IGNITE Athlete Development program was introduced across the province to help athletes 14 to 17 years of age develop their fitness, skills and performance.
Experts say programs like IGNITE enable elite athletes achieve their full potential.
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