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Welcome to the Beat the Streets Toronto Team Dejah and Simi! : Sponsored by Canada Summer Jobs

This year Beat the Streets Toronto Received the Canada Summer Jobs Grant for 6 staff. We are pleased to introduce the first two of our six summer staff: Simi Jayeoba and Dejah Slater

Back in 2016 I met these two amazing young women, they were both very green to the sport of wrestling, brimming with enthusiasm and full of potential. Little did I know that they would embark on such awesome high school careers. Dejah would become a multiple time national champion and multiple-time OFSSA champion while Simi would excel in her academics averaging mid-to-high 90s throughout academic career and achieving academic scholarship standards and gaining acceptance to the McMaster University Science Department. 

These two ladies great role models to our current Beat the Streets Toronto student-athletes. They embody the ideals that we share with our student athletes. Ideals like working hard, having a strong mindset, perseverance and dedication to your sport and education, a deep focus in working through your tasks and achieving your goals. 

It is our pleasure to have them return and work with us this summer through the Canada summer jobs grant program. we are very excited about the work they're going to be doing and how it's going to impact Beat the Streets Toronto in a positive way moving forward. We are very confident that they will put all that they've learned over the years into their efforts this summer and we're excited about the results. 


Welcome back Dejah and Simi!

Is Weight Training Safe for Children?

The short answer is Yes.  The long answer below, a piece written by National and Olympic Track & Field Coach, George Van Zyel:

Drs. Holly Benjamin and Kimberley Glow wrote an article Strength Training for Children and Adolescents: What can physicians recommend? published in The Physician and Sports Medicine Vol.31-No.9 September 2003. It provides an honest appraisal of the value of strength training for young athletes and the risks associated with various forms of strength training.


Their conclusion was that the "current published literature demonstrates that the benefits of strength training far outweigh the potential risks." Interestingly, they found that the safest type of strength training involved Olympic Lifting because of the heavy emphasis on proper technique.
As long as the strength training programme is supervised, the answer is a resounding "YES IT IS SAFE" from the following organizations:

  • American Academy of Pediatrics

  • American College of Sports Medicine

  • American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine

  • British Association of Sports & Exercise Science

  • Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology

  • National Strength and Conditioning Association

  • United Kingdom Strength & Conditioning Association


This is a view of the safety of weight training and particularly weightlifting that is supported by empirical evidence. Brian Hamill conducted a survey involving a number of British schools and published the results in the article Relative Safety of weightlifting and weight training that appeared in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research 1994;8(1);53-57. The results appear below:

You can read the full article here.

Strength is the Foundation,
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