A former Bonivital Flames soccer star is hoping to score a big success with her community soccer festival later this spring.
Chantal Schriemer — a certified personal trainer who runs C-Pow Fitness and is also employed as a trainer at the YMCA-YWCA location at 5 Fermor Ave. — will hold the C-Pow Fitness Summer Soccer Festival 2014 on Sat., June 7 and Sun., June 8 between 10 a.m. and noon, on both days, in St. Vital Park near the duck pond and parking lot.
The free event — which is aimed at male and female youth aged from five to 12 — will include a juggling competition, three-on-three games and group games, Schriemer said. And while the Glenlawn Collegiate alumnus hopes participants will kick their soccer skills up a notch or two, the most important thing is taking part and having fun.
"The festival is about getting kids involved. I love soccer and I love people, so it’s great to be able to bring my passion to the kids. At at the end of the day, it has to be fun. There’s no sense in doing it if it’s not fun," Schriemer said, noting she enjoys playing soccer with her five nieces.
Despite a successful soccer background, Schriemer, 26, told The Lance she struggled, at times, with her fitness growing up — and she now uses those experiences to help motivate others to challenge themselves.
"In terms of people’s fitness, I love hearing stories of their success, and sometimes being part of it. It’s also good to be able to pass on my personal experiences to show others they can change if they want to."
The licensed community coach, who grew up in St. Vital and who currently lives in East Kildonan, should know a thing or two about soccer.
Schriemer started playing at the age of eight at Jonathan Toews Community Centre before going on to represent the Bonivital Flames at the regional level. She was also a member of the Glenlawn Lions team that won the provincial championship in her final year of high school and during her time at the University of Winnipeg, the kinesiologist was a player, assistant coach and fitness trainer for the Wesmen women’s soccer team.
And her favourite team? Why, Brazil, of course.
At times in their history, the five-time winners of the men’s FIFA World Cup have demonstrated skills so mesmerizing their approach to the sport has been described as part soccer, part samba.
"In terms of my strengths, I can juggle the ball up to 500 times and I’m able to keep hold of the ball for a long time. Watching the Brazilian players at their best can be magical," said Schriemer, who will also be holding weekly soccer camps for kids in July.
While the upcoming festival is free, participants need to register for one or both days. Just bring a hat, shoes and some water. "Even if you don’t play soccer, come and try it out. You might end up liking it," Schriemer said.
For more information, or to register, email firstname.lastname@example.org or go online at www.cpowtotalbodyfitness.com