Michael Janyk using latest off-season training session to raise funds for KidSportTM

08 July 2010 12:38

CALGARY, AB - In the spirit of the Calgary Stampede, Michael Janyk (Whistler, BC) is auctioning off the opportunity to be his dance partner to raise funds for KidSportTM during his two-step dance class lesson next Wednesday July 14th at the DancEnergy Premier Centre of Dance.

As the Calgary Stampede unfolds in one day, seven athletes of the CAST men's team will be taking a two-step dance class as part of a their last dryland camp before going on-snow in New Zealand end of July.

The athletes had the opportunity to bring their wives and girlfriends to attend the class with them, but Janyk, slalom bronze medalist at the 2009 FIS Alpine World Championships, decided that it would be a great opportunity for him to raise funds for an organization that clearly means a lot to him.

"Growing up skiing and being as active as my family and I were I know how important sport is for kids. Obviously, being active is a healthy way of living but it also gives kids a structure and a discipline that you can't get anywhere else. I truly believe that what KidSportTM is doing is very important and I wanted to support their efforts," said Janyk.

"I know how expensive practicing a sport can be, especially once we get to a high performance level. That is one if the reason why Manny and I decided to create the Cowboys Camp three years ago. We are trying to give every kid the same opportunity, and KidSportTM believes in the same thing," added Janyk.

This five-day training camp put together for the western based athletes will include three-hour gym sessions every morning as well as hockey sessions every afternoon at the Norma Bush arena in the Hockey Canada building in order to practice the skills they have acquired during their week long hockey camp a few weeks ago.

KidSportTM provides support to children in order to remove financial barriers that prevent them from playing organized sport. Since it was established in 1993, KidSport has enabled over 250,000 Canadian children to participate in amateur sport and learn valuable life lessons and skills.

Numerous Olympians have come onboard as athlete ambassadors with Team KidSportTM to help ensure the next generation of Canadian athletes has the same opportunities as they had to discover the power of sport. Janyk's Team KidSport teammates include former Alpine skier Emily Brydon, Calgary Flames forward Jarome Iginla and speed skater Denny Morrison.