COLUMN: Nelson full of activities to celebrate sports day

Sports Day in Canada on November 29 provides the perfect day to recognize the difference sport makes in our community.

Sports Day in Canada on November 29 provides the perfect day to recognize the difference sport makes in our community.

Of course, you know it’s not just in our community when you get national backers such as RBC Canada, CBC and ParticipACTION.

Locally, Nelson is making the most of the event by ensuring there’s something for everyone and includes recognition, participation, education and of course, fun!

Friday, November 28 is Jersey Day. This means everyone is invited to brighten up the office, classroom or activity by wearing your favourite team jersey for the day.

Add the challenge of throwing in a buck to the kitty to donate to KidSport-Nelson while you’re at it. (Collect the cash and take to the KidSport/Sports Council office (new location at the Youth Center on Lake Street).

Added bonus: wear your jersey to the Community complex to be entered in the draw for a Nelson Leafs jersey.

Volunteers are the mainstay of community sport. With that in mind 10 local folks are being recognized at the Community Sport Hero Awards for their outstanding contribution to their sport of choice.

In every case each person has dedicated their time for as long as five to 10 years and some even more. Please join us in thanking these tireless volunteers (for names go to nelsonsports.ca) by attending the awards at The Adventure Hotel, November 28 from 6:30 to 9 p.m.

Pre-purchased tickets ($15) must be bought and are available at Sports Council office until Thursday, November 20. Tickets include refreshments and keynote speaker Eric Sinker from ViaSport / Canadian Sport for Life.

National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) has been redeveloping some of their courses to align with the Canadian Sport for Life model. New to the program is the Fundamental Movement Skills workshop that promotes development of the basic skills toward physical literacy.

This fun workshop is being offered on Saturday, November 29 from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the chamber meeting room on Hall Street.

The cost is $15 and is perfect for the new coach, early childhood workers, or parents wishing to learn new skills to help the development of their own children.

Please pre-register at thelocker.coach.ca/Event/Detail/5060245 or call Kim at 250-352-3989 for more info.

The Sports Day, November 29 Try-it activities take place between 1 and 4 p.m. both the curling club and the squash club (above the Royal on Baker) are hosting a free open house where you can try out the sport for fun.

Meanwhile there will be various activities to try at the Nelson Youth indoor soccer facility also for free.  There will be a loonie/toonie fee at the NDCC facility between 3:30 and 5:30 p.m. (skate/shinny/swim).

Get your try-it passport stamped for each sport you try throughout the afternoon and be entered into the draw for a NDCC sponsored one month pass.

And by the way, we moved.

The Nelson Sports Council and KidSport office is now located at the Youth Center at 608B Lake Street (ground level, far right door). Same phone number though — 250-352-3989, same email nrsc@telus.net and same mailing address Box 1190, Nelson, V1L 6H3.

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