LAKEWOOD, Colorado (CBS4) – College athletes across Colorado are excited to hear that the Colorado High School Activities Association has been granted a state waiver to allow six winter sports and competitions to be performed.

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“My hopes were kind of sunk and I was expecting our season to run out and I had accepted them,” said Brynn Bowman, a freshman at Arapahoe High School. “I think everyone is pretty excited to have the opportunity to swim.”

On Monday, CHSAA said ice hockey, skiing, girls swimming, wrestling, basketball, and competitive spirit can begin training on January 18 and compete on January 25.

“There weren’t any football games, nothing to go to, so I’m just excited to have that high school experience everyone is talking about,” Bowman said.

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The deviation was important because state health regulations restricted indoor gatherings and prohibited full teams from practicing or playing games with coaches and other staff in the same building.

“Even a Nordic ski race would not take place with the current red dials in which much of our state is located,” said CHSAA Commissioner Rhonda Blanford-Green. “We can now have 12 kids on our list for basketball and we can have 20 for ice hockey.”

The CHSAA plans to release more information for coaches and sporting directors on January 4th.

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“Exercise is such a big part of Denver Christian and especially the student body and how we support one another. I’m just looking forward to going back to the gym with my teammates, ”said Courtney Johnson of Denver Christian High School. “I just hope we can be together and we don’t have to quarantine and just hope we can have a good and healthy season.”