Kids seemed to be having a great time during the Jumpstart Games.

PORT HAWKESBURY: It was the first time Canadian Tire’s Jumpstart Games visited Port Hawkesbury but local business owner Kim Melanson, who runs the town’s Canadian Tire, said she and her team were very pleased to see approximately 180 kids take part in the event.

“It’s been a lot of fun, and the kids are really enjoying it,” she said, speaking to The Reporter during the events. The Jumpstart Games took place Tuesday, June 4, at the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre.

“We’re introducing kids to sports, and Jumpstart’s goal is to remove any financial and accessible barrier so that all kids can play. We’re happy that Canadian Tire Jumpstart is willing to partner with any Canadian Tire store that’s willing to have a Jumpstart Day.”

Photos by Grant McDaniel — The Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre was one busy spot early last week as Canadian Tire supported a day of sports events for kids.

As mentioned, a vast number of kids took part in the games. There were also a healthy number of volunteers on the scene as well. Also making an appearance at the games was Paralympic bronze medallist Nicolas-Guy Turbide, who talked to youth about the importance of applying themselves in sports and life. Turbide was last year’s Canadian National Para Swimmer of the Year.

The kids worked through six activity stations including dance, soccer, parachute, kin ball, obstacle courses, and circle games. Lunch was provided by A-1 Pizza.

Keeping the ball in the air proved to be a heck of a chore.

Jumpstart hosts a series of Jumpstart Games annually, providing a fun day of play for local kids to get active and learn new skills. Since 2005, Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities disbursed more than $6 million to help thousands of kids in Nova Scotia participate in sport, recreation and play.

Canadian families can call 1-844-YES-PLAY, or visit jumpstart.canadiantire.ca to apply for Jumpstart funding.

Drew MacQuarrie, a mainstay with Strait Area Soccer, was looking for new recruits at the Jumpstart Games.

The event was an opportunity for Melanson to interact with the community, as she’s relatively new to the business sector. She purchased the store last March, which allowed her and her family to return to Cape Breton. She’s originally from New Waterford.

“Jumpstart Games is a wonderful way to get involved in the community,” she said.

Emily Maroun, who freelances for The Reporter and also hits the airwaves at 101.5 The Hawk, was helping to lead some exercise last Monday as a part of Canadian Tire’s Jumpstart Games.