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Introducing Waskasoo

Meet the 2019 Canada Winter Games Mascot

Today marks 500 days until the 2019 Canada Winter Games in our city, a key event in the development of young athletes across the country.

Tonight our city came together in the cold for a community event and mascot party. We indulged in free BBQ, played games, bounced in the bouncy castles and high-fived all of the community mascots (who knew Red Deer had so many!). The highlight of the night was the unveiling of the new 2019 Winter Games mascot.


The story of how this new mascot came to life is actually really cool. Kids between the ages of 5-12 across Alberta were enlisted to help find the right mascot. Choosing between four animals commonly found across Central Alberta, a moose, a snowshoe hare, an owl and a deer, they were to submit a drawing, a name, and the mascot’s story. Over 300 youngsters submit their entries. Yesterday, 12-year-old Mackenzie Van Damme from Lacombe found she had the winning entry and her mascot idea had become a reality. Just think about how cool it would be to have a picture you’ve drawn become the face of something so big. I get tears just thinking about it, but I’m kind of a softie like that.

Mackenzie designed a little deer named Waskasoo, a young deer that grew up just outside of Red Deer, but now calls the Gaetz Lake Sanctuary home. Waskasoo’s antlers form a ‘W’ and he has 13 spots representing the 13 provinces and territories across Canada. Deer usually lose their spots as they get older, but Waskasoo’s have remained as a gift from Mother Nature for his kindness towards others. Waskasoo is enthusiastic, encouraging and curious. His name comes from the Cree name “Waskasoo Seepee” which means “Elk River”, the original name for the river running through the community. The settlers had mistaken elk for the European red deer in the area, and the river was then changed to the Red Deer River.

And so little Waskasoo came to life.

It was basically love at first glimpse.

Liam was pretty excited to be one of the first to get to meet Waskasoo, although he was a bit timid compared to the other mascots we’d interacted with earlier in the evening. I’m sure I’ll be hearing about how he wants to go back to give Waskasoo a hug and a high five for a while now. Luckily, Waskasoo will be sharing the magic of the Winter Games over the next few months at various community events. And yes, he could be available for your event and can be booked at canadagames.ca/2019.

We’ll definitely be checking out the next Canada Games event when we celebrate one year out! Hopefully, Liam will get his fill of Waskasoo hugs there.

 


 

Where to Workout in Red Deer

Where to Workout in Red Deer: Motion Fitness

Where to Workout in Red Deer: Motion Fitness

Can you believe it’s been a whole year since Jessica and I set out to review all the fitness facilities in Red Deer?! It seems like just yesterday that we started and we’ve still got a lot of places left to visit. Last week our journey took us to Motion Fitness, one of Red Deer’s newest gyms and home to one of the coolest features we’ve seen yet on this journey. You’ll have to keep reading to find out what it is…

Where to Workout in Red Deer: Motion Fitness


About Motion Fitness

Motion Fitness is a huge, new gym in our city, offering plenty of space and equipment to get your sweat on. They are a 24 hour, fully staffed facility with nearly everything you can think of spread out across two stories. On the lower level, you’ll find plenty of cubbies to stash your stuff, a free weight area, squat racks, weight machines, a stretching area, a 30-minute circuit and 12-minute abs area as well as the spa. The spa features a stand-up and lay down tanning bed, red light therapy and three hydro-massage chairs for your post-workout bliss.

Upstairs you’ll find huge, spacious change rooms, tons of cardio equipment as well as what we think is the best thing ever, the cardio cinema. The cardio cinema features a huge projection screen with access to Netflix, low lights and rows of cardio equipment for you to catch up on your favourite shows while rocking your cardio workout. This would be perfect for those winter long runs when it’s too cold and icy to run outside. Upstairs also features a private, personal training room with a turf floor that we were dying to use.

The front desk also serves as a smoothie bar, with various smoothie options to choose from to refuel. We also spotted a phone charging station which is genius. All of the staff we encountered on our visit were incredibly friendly and went out of their way to make us feel welcome in their space.

Where to Workout in Red Deer: Motion Fitness

Cost

All members receive full access to the Motion Fitness Facility, daily use of lockers, access to tanning machines, Hydro-massage chairs, Red Light Therapy, the Cardio Cinema and more. Memberships start as low as $4.99 biweekly. No, that is not a typo.

$4.99 biweekly + $50 join fee

  • No contract
  • Unlimited club access
  • One free training session

$9.99 biweekly + $50 join fee

  • No contract
  • Unlimited club access
  • One free training session
  • Unlimited tanning
  • Unlimited use of massage chairs
  • Unlimited use of Red Light Therapy
  • Bring a friend for free

$19.99 biweekly + $50 join fee

  • No contract
  • Unlimited club access
  • One free training session
  • Unlimited tanning
  • Unlimited use of massage chairs
  • Unlimited use of Red Light Therapy
  • Bring a friend for free
  • Family membership (up to 3 people)

Where to Workout in Red Deer: Motion Fitness

What I Loved Most

While we didn’t use the cardio cinema, I think this is one of the coolest things I’ve seen in a gym. Like Jessica said, we could invite like 12 of our friends and have a cardio movie night here! For a basic gym, Motion Fitness has everything you could ever need in a bright, clean space for a very affordable price tag.

Where to Workout in Red Deer: Motion Fitness

For More Motion Fitness

motionfitnessreddeer.ca

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What I’m Loving

Hey! How’s the start of fall been treating everyone? We were hit with some miserable weather last week but we desperately needed the moisture and now we’re back to warmer temperatures and sunshine so I really can’t complain much. Can you believe September is almost over? I thought I’d pop in with some more things I’m loving. I know you guys dig these posts so even though I haven’t been blogging as much, I make a point of keeping this series in the rotation.

  • This little blog turned 9! Last week was my blog birthday, can you believe it? I should probably do something big next year to celebrate.
  • My birthday is coming up on Friday. I used to be so excited and make big plans to celebrate, but these days my birthday kind of sneaks up on me. I already shared a few things on my wishlist, but I’d give it all up to be able to buy this house.
  • Did anyone watch America’s Got Talent this season? Holy smokes you guys. This was my first year watching a full season of AGT and I kid you not, I cried at every single episode. I watched the final performances and then the results back to back and think I sobbed for three hours straight. It’s just amazing the level of talent some people possess and especially at such young ages. Incredible. What was your favourite act? It’s hard for me to pick because there were so many great ones, but I think Darci Lynne stole my heart from her very first performance. Seriously, I can’t watch her audition without tears.
  • What Social Media and the Selfie Generation Did to My Daughter
  • It’s fall, which means pumpkin everything season. I’ve definitely been indulging. From pumpkin yogurt, to pumpkin cereal and coffee, you name it, I’ve probably had it. Ange manage to snag a few things from the States for me on a recent trip which I’m looking forward to, although we still haven’t managed to find the Cookies and Screeem M&MS. Do I have any American friends that want to send me a pack?! I think my favourite thing was the artisan loaf of spiced pumpkin and chocolate chip my day home lady baked me. It’s to die for!
    Fall food is the best. Glow Juicery has been killing it with the fall food as well. I’ve been indulging in weekly seasonal ‘cheesecakes’ that are absolutely amazing. Also, fall salads and soups too. #addict. I need to get a move on making soups and stews and apple things at home. What are your favourite fall recipes? 
  • Pound! I’ve been working hard to learn my first Pound set list and hope to have my first class in the books in October! I have no current plans for a weekly class, but will be working on snagging as many classes as I can. There are some plans in the works for a team teach in a super badass venue here in town with another Pound Pro friend that you should all come to, ok? I’ll share more details when they’re available. Also, how awesome is the new anti-uniform line that just dropped in the Pound shop? I want both of these pieces!
  • Tom Hanks to Star in Remake of Swedish Comedy ‘A Man Called Ove’ I absolutely loved this book and was so excited to see that the film version was on Netflix until I realized it was Swedish and subtitled. I think Tom Hanks will make a great Ove.
  • Local friends, what are you doing next Tuesday? You should come to the Canada Winter Games 500 Days Out event. I’m so excited for it, especially after learning the story of the new Winter Games mascot. A contest was held for children to draw what they think the mascot should look like. The winner has no idea her idea was chosen and I so can’t wait to see the reaction when the mascot she drew is revealed. There’s going to be lots of fun and games and free BBQ, so come join Liam and I.

Alright, let’s hear it from you. What are you loving lately?