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Sport Nova Scotia Expands Pilot Program to Halifax Region

Sport Nova Scotia's new Community Sport Development Coordinators. From left, Dean Morley (Cape Breton Region), Stephanie Spencer (Highland Region), Nicole Larade (South Shore Region), Andrew Ling (Halifax Region).

HALIFAX, NS (Friday, November 4, 2011)  – Identifying and strengthening sustainable sport opportunities in the Halifax region is the mission of a recently expanded community sport development program from Sport Nova Scotia in partnership with the Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness.

“Increased engagement in sport, particularly among young people, has so many benefits at the individual and community levels,” says Jamie Ferguson, CEO of Sport Nova Scotia. “Studies have shown that participation in organized sport contributes to crime prevention, poverty reduction, academic achievement, and building capacity in communities. We see this program as a great opportunity to get more Nova Scotians participating and reaping all of those benefits.”

Originally launched in the Annapolis Valley in August 2010, the program’s recent expansion now includes coordinators in each of Cape Breton, South Shore, Central, and Highland regions.

This has created a new opportunity for Andrew Ling who was hired as the Community Sport Development Coordinator. Working from his base in the Health and Wellness office in Halifax, Andrew is partnering with community sport organizations, schools and community groups throughout the municipality.

Carol Davis-Jamieson is the Central Regional Representative with the Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness.  “We are pleased to partner with Sport Nova Scotia on this initiative and excited to have Andrew working out of our regional office and connecting with the many community based sport organizations throughout HRM.”

Andrew is a competitive athlete and a mental performance consultant with a Masters of Kinesiology, with a specialization in Sport Psychology from the University of Calgary.  He has worked as a Mental Conditioning Coach at IMG Academies in Bradenton, Florida, and recently returned back to Halifax after spending approximately two years as the Director of Mental Conditioning at the Evert Tennis Academy.  He is currently a volunteer basketball coach for a Canadian Martyrs basketball team.

“I’m looking forward to the opportunity to work with HRM recreation staff, community sport organizations and provincial sport organizations to find ways to enhance existing programs and grow new opportunities for sport in the region,” he says.

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For more information, please contact:
Carolyn Townsend
Director, Public Relations & Communications
Sport Nova Scotia
5516 Spring Garden Rd, 4th floor
Halifax, NS B3J 1G6
Tel: (902) 425-5450 ext 321
Cell: (902) 830-7227
e-mail: ctownsend@sportnovascotia.ca

5516 Spring Garden Rd., 4th Floor, Halifax, NS B3J 1G6