Local high schooler attends Skills 4 Life summit

Maddi Hampton, alongside other students, participating in team-building activities. Photo Ihana Images

On Nov. 2 and 3 Sun Peaks local, 12-year-old Maddi Hampton attended the B.C. Lions Skills 4 Life summit in Vancouver, B.C.

The annual event is presented by the provincial football team in partnership with the B.C. government. It’s designed to offer students in grades seven to nine tools to be successful in their relationships, school environment, career path and overall life journey according to its website.

This year two students from each school district were selected to participate in the summit, with Hampton representing the homeschooled contingent.

Day one of the program involved a VIP game-day experience for Hampton and her peers—watching the BC Lions in action at BC Place.

“(The BC Lions) lost their game, but they were just so super positive and fun,” Hampton said.

She was inspired by how the players spoke of achieving their goals.

“Those guys go through a lot to become their team,” Hampton mused. “They have to do so much team building, to learn how to communicate and act together.”

The second day of the summit was spent in workshops facilitated by the football players. The students got hands-on exploring job site simulations, working together in team building activities and discussing physical and mental health.

Rounding out the weekend was an introduction to dragon boating in False Creek.

“I’d never actually heard of dragon boating before that,” Hampton laughed. “I think it helped that (our team) did all the team building in the morning, because we were more in sync with what we were doing,” she continued. “We didn’t go very far—we lost the race—but we were in sync!”