Does anyone else remember the Canada Fitness Award badges? An annual testament to my lack of athleticism. The standards were tough, with the best of the best receiving the Award of Excellence*. It may have come with a letter from the Prime Minister. I wouldn’t know. The not so excellent were awarded a gold, silver, or bronze badge.
Oh yeah, I’m the proud recipient of several bronze badges. I’m not sure if there was anything below bronze, like a ‘thanks for participating’ ribbon. Probably not, or that’s what they would have given me. I vaguely – and perhaps inaccurately – recall the six tests included some torturous combination of push-ups, sit-ups, a shuttle run, an endurance run, jumping, and I think it included the famous flexed arm hang. According to PHE Canada,
1970: Fitness and Amateur Sport launched the Canada Fitness Award Program. By 1986, more than 16 million Canadian children participated in the CFA program and over 12 million awards were given out. The program was discontinued in 1992 because it was viewed as “discouraging to those who needed the most encouragement”.
Hilariously, I tried the hang with a couple of friends tonight. Confirmed: I’m still hopeless at flexed arm hanging. Now I want to find the test requirements, to see how I measure up to the excellence/gold/silver/bronze standards for a 10 year old girl. I am sure to be humiliated. Who’s in?
*Who needs to earn one … you can buy it on eBay for $80.
Title: Green Day – Basket Case. 1994.