COLUMN: Back to school banter no reason to groan

At this stage of the summer some may groan at the utterance of that proverbial back to school banter.

At this stage of the summer some may groan at the utterance of that proverbial back to school banter. Some, on the other hand, are looking forward to the next season’s activity. Gratefully, we have so many choices in our active community.

MEND (Mind, Exercise, Nutrition, Do It!) is a provincially funded program run in partnership with the Nelson and District Community Complex, BC Recreation and Parks Association and the Childhood Obesity Foundation.

It is a great program for families with children between the ages of 7 and 13 who are working together to obtain a healthy weight. The program is free and is for the whole family.

MEND will be running a program September 29 to December 10. It will run on Monday and Wednesday nights from 6 to 8 p.m. For more information call Cathy Potkins at 250-505-4708.


Before you plan to step into the ring at the Nelson Boxing Club please note that the club has moved to 646 Baker Street (downstairs from the Dollar Store). Class times are still Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 6:30 p.m. For info or answered questions call 250-505-2362 or go to the Nelson Boxing Club Facebook page


The Nelson Junior Leafs hockey camp is scheduled for August 29 to 31 at the Nelson and District Community Complex. For registration forms and information, go to

For the first time the (regional male) Major Midget League is basing its home in Nelson. Although homeroom will be in the old Nelson Leafs room in the Civic arena, all home games will be in the NDCC.

Having just completed their training camp, their season starts at the end of September. Look for their schedule at


Are your ropes and biners at the ready? After officially signing a lease with Selkirk College, the Kootenay Climbing Association took over their end of the Mary Hall gym this summer.

With building permit in place the large pile of steel will start showing the skeleton of the new climbing gym within the next few months. We’ll keep you posted on the progress.


September is the month folks start getting back to business again after the summer distractions. The Sports Council is running a couple of National Coaching Certification Program courses at the end of the month.

Fundamental Movement Skills workshop will be held the evening of September 26 and the NCCP Comp Part B September 27 and 28.

For course outline visit Call Kim at the Sports Council at 250-352-3989 to register or email nrsc(at)


There is a new sports council in the Kootenays. The North Kootenay Sport and Recreation Council will serve Nakusp, Kaslo, Silverton, New Denver, Slocan and the surrounding areas and is well on its way to becoming a formal organization.

After three public meetings, the council reported back to the community last night in New Denver. For more information, check or their Facebook page.

Kim Palfenier is executive director of the Nelson Regional Sports Council. Her column appears alternating Wednesdays.

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