August 27, 2016
It was another exciting day at camp! This morning Early Bird was slightly modified as a thick fog had enveloped camp. One camper said that it “looked like (she) was still dreaming”. The swimmers swam in the pools while the runners and mountain bikers were ok to hit the trails!
This weekend we welcomed guest instructor Aisling Lynch, a first degree black belt in a blended style of martial arts called “Don Jitsu Ryu”. Aisling assisted Sensei Rosie (who is a fourth degree black belt) in teaching outstanding self defense classes and demonstrating their advanced sparring techniques.
The Tennis Tournament wrapped up for the 10& Unders with Bailey O. taking the title! The younger campers donned their masks and took up their “foils” for fencing while other campers learned a new sport from our British counselors, netball!
The afternoon was filled with a variety of activities: road biking in preparation for the Parry Sound Triathlon, self defense for the youngest cabin then diving or volleyball for the others.
The evening was rounded out with a celebrity guest speaker, Megan Neyer, from Atlanta Georgia. Google Megan and you’ll quickly learn that she is a highly accomplished diver with myriad gold medals from US Nationals, is a World Champion, an Olympian and inductee to the International Swimming Hall of Fame. Megan is not only a professional sports psychologist but a motivational speaker/team builder for both athletes and corporations. Megan spoke to camp about managing pre-race nerves, our different types of energy and concrete tips for developing and maintaining a positive mindset.
Camp Ak-O-Mak would like to thank Megan Neyer for taking the time from a busy professional schedule to encourage us with her words and advice…so timely on the eve of the Parry Sound Tri!