Dads and daughters vibe

2018-11-13 06:00

The Sports Science Institute of South Africa (SSISA) in Newlands will provide a platform for girl children to bond with their fathers at an event to be held on Saturday 17 November.

Titled “Dads and Daughters”, the event will take place at the SSISA premises in Boundary Road from 09:00 to 12:00, with different sessions per age category.

Although there is no age limit for the fathers, the sessions are created for girls between the ages of six and 12.

Each session will be scheduled for 90 minutes and will be facilitated by Kinderkineticist, Caylee Cook.

According to Heidi Wiesspiener, the sponsorship research coordinator, they will accommodate a maximum of 15 pairs per session and there will be no audience.

“The event is all about participation. We will not have an audience. Anyone who has an interest in strengthening the father-daughter bond is welcome to support the event.”

According to a statement, the event aims to promote fitness, coordination, strength and empowerment, and provide an opportunity for plenty of laughter and fun bonding.

“The goal is that participants leave feeling energised, connected and aware of the value of time spent together exercising and having fun.”

The statement also quotes Professor Phil Morgan, saying: “Research has consistently demonstrated the unique and powerful influence dads wield in shaping physical activity behaviours, learning ability, self-esteem, body image, social skills and resilience, particularly for girls.

“Importantly, we also know that a strong father-daughter relationship is associated with significant positive psycho-social developmental and health outcomes for the daughter.

“Physical activity is a unique domain to foster this relationship.”

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