COLUMN: Diehards will play on, come high temperatures or high water

Sports columnist Kim Palfenier says there's lots going on: tennis, kayaking, sailing, riding, martial arts...

Usually by this time of spring our neck of the woods has experienced some water-logged event. Be it run off damaged trails, rained-out baseball games or canoeing on the soccer fields, the diehard enthusiasts find ways to overcome it. This spring we have had to overcome playing in 25-plus degrees. I haven’t heard too many complaints!

 

A typical summer game is well underway in Nelson. You can join the Nelson Tennis Club and take part in youth or adult tennis training programs. Adult beginner tennis lessons are Mondays from 6 to 7 p.m. followed by skills and drills from 7 to 8 p.m. Contact the club at nelsontennisclub.com.

 

While on the water, the Nelson Kayak and Canoe Club is offering the youth sprint racing Program (ages 10 to 17) at Lakeside Park on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, and Saturday mornings. A variety of racing canoes and kayaks make for fun and exciting sessions. For more information please contact Cathy Potkins at 250-352-9298.

 

The Kootenay Lake Sailing Association has drop-in youth sailing sessions every Wednesday 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday mornings (flexible times depending on interest). A BC Sailing certified instructor is on hand at all times. Good skill development and great fun for all 6 to 17 year-olds. Contact Kaj Gyr at 250-352-4662 for more info.

 

The Nelson and District Riding Club presents their June Jubilee Summer Fun Horse Show on June 27 and 28 at the riding club grounds at 4635 Blewett Road. There will be something for horse lovers of all ages. Spectators welcome with a pancake breakfast on Sunday from 9 to 11 a.m. with the concession open all weekend. See prize list and entry form at nelsonridingclub.com.

 

Kootenay Christian Martial Arts club is presenting their annual spring challenge tournament on June 6 at Trafalgar school gym, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will BE sparring, taekwondo patterns, weapons, and musical forms challenges. Please contact Brandy Howard at devondrake@hotmail.com or call/text 250-551-2936 for more information.

 

Glacier Gymnastics Club is showcasing their athletic talent at their year-end show on Tuesday, June 16 and Wednesday, June 17 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. (doors open at 5:40 p.m.). Take in the amazing group routines and tumbling performances. Advance tickets are $10. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact info@glaciergymnastics.com or 250-352-2227.

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