COLUMN: Athletic eagerness evident everywhere you look

Athletic activities abound and the Nelson Cycling Club bike swap happens tomorrow at the Nelson Rod and Gun Club.

A sure sign of eagerness to get this new season going is evident everywhere. Fully dressed road cyclists, scantily dressed school kids and the proverbial beach fires were spotted kilometers apart on the North Shore highway last week. Much the same holds true for the new sport seasons.

The annual Nelson Cycling Club bike swap happens Sunday, April 26, at the rod and gun club. The doors will open for sales at 12:30 p.m. and will close at 2:30 p.m. (arrive early for the best selection) with drop off items for selling between 11 a.m. and noon. It’s a great opportunity to check out for a new or different bike or parts to freshen up your current ride.

This event supports sellers and buyers and the Nelson Cycling club. Bring your unused but working bikes (mountain bikes, road bikes, tricycles, etc.) as well as any biking related equipment such as parts, clothing, shoes, etc. to the bike swap. Cash and cheque only. For more information call 250-777-3071 and/or check out our website at nelsoncyclingclub.org. Club membership will be available to purchase too.

The Kootenay Khaos Athletics club operates at Lakeside fields near the baseball diamonds and trains every Monday and Wednesday from 3:45 to 5 p.m. The spring and summer track and field meet schedule is quite extensive and is dependent on the age category of athletes. Generally it is between elementary, junior high and high school athletes. Please contact coach Alex Ulazonek at 250-777-2967 or email alex.aucoach@gmail.com.

The paddling season starts in April for all youth aged 10 to 17 and will be led by Olympic paddler Jason Rusu. The Nelson Kayak and Canoe Club is running fun dryland sessions in April on Saturdays from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the community complex. The on water sprint racing canoe and kayak program will run Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays starting May 16. Program fees of $250 include the many sessions between April 1 and Sept. 30. Not all sessions are mandatory. Drop in fee: Book of ten tickets: $70 for paddlers who can only commit to ten or fewer sessions. Please contact Kaj Gyr at 250-352-4662 for more info.

Make your landscape your obstacle course. Selkirk College is excited to offer and promote the parkour movement, also known as free running. Course starts May 4 and goes to June 14, Mondays from 6 to 7 p.m. at Selkirk College’s gym at Mary Hall. Cost is $156 plus GST. Call 250-354-3220 to register. Instructors are Michael Garvey and Mateus Dachwitz. Please call 250-354-3220 to register.

The Nelson Tennis Club at Granite Pointe Golf Club is ready to start a new season. New memberships dues are now being accepted. There will be a social round-robin event on April 26 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and June 7 that is open to anyone who is interested in playing ‎tennis. A team tennis tournament event happens on July 19 with the West Kootenay‎ Open tennis tournament being held Aug. 28 to 30. A junior program will be held from ‎July 3 to 24 on Wednesday and Friday mornings. More information is available at nelsontennisclub.com.

Tying up the 2014-15 winter season is the minor hockey AGM at the Hume Hotel May 5, 6:30 p.m. All are welcome to attend or step up and share playoff enthusiasm by volunteering your contributions for next year.

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