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School gets major fitness expansion

Healthy Living Centre set to open Feb. 2015

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Fort Richmond Collegiate Grade 12 students are not happy, but only because they’re jealous, according to their principal.

Lisa Boles, principal of Fort Richmond Collegiate, said the Grade 12 students aren’t happy because they’ll graduate before getting to enjoy the $3.36-million Healthy Living Centre expansion to the school.

"It’s an amazing space," Boles said of the future 9,900 square-foot complex that will include new change rooms, a weight room, multi-purpose room, and fitness room.

The expansion’s funded mostly by Province of Manitoba’s Public Schools Finance Board, the school division, and from the school’s budget for new equipment, Boles said.

"They have been doing a good two years of work before (now)," said Boles, who started at the school this year. "Everything from the font of the words on the walls, down to what equipment, to the colours, to the staff space… so they’ve done some incredible hard work on it in the last few years."

Boles said since it was mandated that every student from Grade 9 to 12 must take physical education, the school has 1,100 students go through the gym regularly.

"So now it won’t just be the gym space, it will now be all those other fitness spaces that help promote lifelong fitness," Boles said. "They aren’t necessarily about playing basketball or volleyball but everything from workout routines, to yoga, to dance."

The new Healthy Living Centre expansion will only be for the school’s students, and the community will not have access to it during the evenings. Boles said the expansion is set to be completed in February 2015.

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