From Hawaii to Nelson
Travelling can open your eyes to many things. In my case my recent trip to Hawaii (lucky me) awakened my senses like never before. Besides the amazing fauna and flora, the beautiful parks and playing fields were plentiful — and greatly used. It was encouraging to see children using school playgrounds after hours in every small town we visited or drove through. However, according to the front page story in the Hilo Tribune, even paradise struggles with enough recreation facilities. Having just left for vacation as our swimming pool issue struck and knowing firsthand the discussions about our own local issues, I had to chuckle in finding some familiarity with this far away place. It is clear that sport and recreation are important wherever you go.
The Kootenay Rhythm Dragons would fare well to take a trip to the islands as I saw many paddlers out there in the ocean canoes readying themselves for their annual canoe festivals and races. In the meantime, our very own club is launching its 2013 membership drive on Saturday March 9 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Community First Health Co-op, 518 Lake Street, (lower level – CCRR office). Please register in person. For more info please contact Dorothy Hatto 250-551-3104.
Nelson Youth Soccer registration is still open for house league with the deadline being March 1 for early bird fee of $110 and $140 thereafter (space permitting). Please go to nys.ca and register online.
Glacier Gymnastics Club is opening registration for their Spring session on March 5 starting at 8 a.m. at glaciergymnastics.com or call 352-2227.
Kootenay Christian TaeKwonDo club is partnering in the very noble cause of making the world a better place. Using their sport, its oath and its church community, the club is sponsoring Master Dean Seminoff in a break-a-thon to a partnered goal of $4,500. These funds are for the cost of an International Justice Mission that investigates, rescues, and rehabilitates victims of oppression and slavery. With 27 million modern day slaves still in the world today every effort to stop it is necessary.
Ways you can help this group help the cause are: 1. Go to http://JustAct.IJM.ca/nelsonyouth and make a general group donation (donations $15 and above automatically receive a tax receipt); 2. Sponsor Dean’s break-a-thon by making a donation for every board he can break; 3. Attend the club event at the Chahko Mika Mall on March 2 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and show your support. Call Stacy DeVries at 250-352-1288 if you have any questions or contact MasterDean@telus.net. Great to see more of the altruistic side of sport.