Established in Waterdown Ontario Canada in response to a lack of variety, quality, and affordable sports and sporting activities for toddlers and preschool-aged children, Sport Kidz was born.
At the time of development Katie had a 5 year old son and a 2 year old daughter. When her son had been a toddler he struggled physically due to an aliment at birth. He walked late and struggled with simple tasks such as running and jumping. When her son was 2 years old and Katie and her husband looked for an sporting activity to introduce him to, it became apparent that there was a real lack of variety in sporting options for young children. Soccer-specific programs, dance, gymnastics and swimming were the extent of offerings Katie could find in her area for children under the age of 4. From a parental standpoint, this bothered Katie. In the case of her own son, she knew he would not be the fastest runner or have the coordination to run and kick a ball in a soccer-focused program. Maybe his strengths physically lie in an area that couldn't be discovered in a single sport activity. He may not be able to run or kick well, but what if he could excel at batting, or tossing a basketball, or hitting off of a baseball tee? Should children not be afforded the opportunity to play a whole array of different sports and find ones that they truly love, and perhaps excel at? From her background Katie also knew that limiting children to one sport tended to cause repetitive injuries and poor muscle development overall. She knew multi-sport programs were the answer.
With her own background in youth coaching, youth fitness training, as well as a nutritionist and food psychology coach Katie sought to develop a program that was based around fun and variety for children. An introduction to sport and games in a high-energy and constantly changing class where young children would have the opportunity to try many different sports and related skill sets throughout the program session. A place where the focus on athletic prowess would come secondary to the joy of play. The building of athletes is not relevant as a toddler or preschooler – it is about learning, growth, development and most importantly - fun. Children are sponges and will inherently learn best when they don't think they are learning at all.
Sport Kidz offers three programs based solely on the age of the children:
Sport Totz (ages 18 months - 2.5 years)
Sport Kidz 1 (ages 2.5-3.5 years)
Sport Kidz 2 (ages 3.5-5 years)
For more detailed information on each of these programs please visit the Classes Tab.
Did You Know?? Sport Kidz also offers programs for preschools, nursery schools, daycares as well as Birthday Parties!
Click on our Additional Programs tab for more details!
Founder and Head Coach
Katie has always had a combined interest for sports, fitness and working with children.
She was a competitive hockey and soccer player as a child and teenager and then moved into the field of fitness training in her early 20s. She has experience as a Youth Fitness Instructor, Group Fitness Instructor and youth hockey and soccer coach.
Katie also has experience in the fields of nutrition, performance nutrition, youth nutrition and food psychology coaching.
Katie is also a teacher with the Scientists in Schools Organization.
Katie has two young children who were her motivation for the development of the Sport Kidz program!