Tamara Shade and Jalisa Massiah
Humber College fitness and health promotion students hosted the seventh annual Humber Fitness Olympics at North Campus this week.
Fitness and health instructor Debra Basch said the event on Tuesday aimed to give students in the special event-planning course experience organizing, running and marketing fitness related events.
“This is something that they will do in the field once they have their diploma,” Basch said.
“We give the students an actual opportunity to experience the practical application they learn in the class room,” said Basch.
Student Alyssa Carey said her sponsorship group found benefactors in the fitness industry, such as GoodLife Fitness, Power Bar and Extreme Couture.
She said that, throughout the day, they aimed to have 200-300 students joining the fitness games. And in all of them the theme of the day could be summed up in one word: obstacles.
The event involved planning all semester long.
Students “stared at me on the very first day and went, ‘We’re going to do what? I don’t think we can do that,’” Basch said.
She said on Tuesday her students were acting with pride and feeling very in control and confident.
The event is tied in with the United Way. Humber students who decide to register are asked to make a small donation of a dollar or two.
Later in the week the sixth annual United Way Spinathon will get to pedaling Friday at 3 p.m.
“We have people who just want to come out and have fun [and] we have fantastic prizes,” Basch said.
Humber gear was awarded to first place athletes and raffle winners. A couple of the larger prizes included a signed copy of a Raptors basketball and tickets to a game.