Rebecca Vassilakais will offer free instruction today at the Nelson Squash Club. Black Press file photo

Rebecca Vassilakais will offer free instruction today at the Nelson Squash Club. Black Press file photo

Nelson Women’s Centre, Squash Club team up to squash barriers

Free squash lessons and other services available Thursday

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The Nelson and District Women’s Centre is partnering with the Nelson Squash Club and Lounge to celebrate International Women’s Day on Kootenay Time and women in sports all the time.

Squashing Barriers is a fundraiser and social event at the Nelson Squash Club and Lounge at 311 Baker St., upstairs from the Royal on Thursday from 4 to 9 p.m.

“We would love to see more women playing squash,” says Eswen Blagdon of the Nelson Squash and Social Lounge.

“Many people don’t realize how hard it still can be for athletes who are women to participate in male dominated sports,” adds Reasha Wolfe, of the Nelson and District Women’s Centre. “We want to celebrate those who are ‘squashing barriers’ and create opportunities for all self-identifying women to play, and to feel healthy, strong and connected to community.”

This is an all inclusive event with much to offer whether you’re into squash and sports or not.

(We acknowledge that the Squash Club is accessed by a staircase and isn’t accessible to everyone. We apologize to those who are excluded by mobility challenges. We’re working to always be accessible to everyone.)

Admission is by donation. All ages and genders are invited. The event includes a silent auction, yoga with Christina Esposto from 4 to 5 p.m., free squash instruction by Rebecca Vassilakakis, free ping pong, stretching and massage by Kootenay Athletic Therapy, and chill tracks by DJ Nadya from 7 to 8 p.m.

Proceeds of the fundraiser will support Women’s Centre programs. Sales from beverages support the Squash Club.