Mr. Speaker, I rise today in this House to promote a great but unfortunately little known sport called Kin-Ball.
This sport was invented in Canada, in Lévis-et-Chutes-de-la-Chaudière, in 1986. Since 1995, it has become increasingly popular around the world. There are now four million players in over ten countries; this number is expected to triple within five years.
To promote this sport around the world, the International Kin-Ball Federation and a sponsor-advertiser are providing schools with free Kin-balls. Given its unique rules, Kin-ball is an excellent educational tool, for many reasons.
First, the sport encourages teamwork and good sportsmanship in physical education classes.
Second, this is an accessible sport in which players take part and all the teams score.
Finally, this sport was designed to counter the social problems associated with a lack of physical activity, such as obesity and its harmful impact on health.
I wanted to talk about this sport in the House since it was designed and invented in Canada, and we should be proud of it, given its growing international popularity.