COLUMN: New season brings new opportunities

Despite the odd weather pattern since January we can now officially say it is spring. That means a new season of activities is beckoning.

Despite the odd weather pattern since January we can now officially say it is spring. That means a new season of activities is beckoning.

Nelson Minor Baseball registration is on now with a deadline of March 31. To register go to nelsonbaseball.ca for a form to mail to Box 886, Nelson, V1L 6H3. Fees range $70 to $150 with a late fee of $40 after April 1. Detailed fee schedule is on the registration form.

Spring camp for the Nelson Leafs Junior B hockey team’s 2015-16 season is coming up. The prospects camp runs on April 24 to 26 with the main camp May 15 to 17. Dates for the August training camp are to be announced. Player cost is $195, goaltender cost $245. Contact head coach/GM David McLellan at 604-862-7825, or email coach@nelsonleafs.ca or nelsonleafscamps@shaw.ca.

Glacier Gymnastics Club is starting their spring season March 31. Gymnastics For All pre-school program spaces are still available for Tuesday to Saturday mornings. For information, or to register visit glaciergymnastics.com or contact info@glaciergymnastics.com or 250-352-2227.

While outdoor pickleball will start in June, adult pickleball continues at Mary Hall until the end of May on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 1 to 4 p.m. There is a $3.50 drop-in fee with paddles, balls and instruction supplied by the club. For more info email barrymc@telus.net.

Registration for the Nelson Neptunes Swim Club competitive summer season will open in April 1 online at nelsonneptunes.com. Practices will take place in the Salmo pool starting May 19. The club is pleased to welcome back their head coach from last season, Cynthia Pfeiffer. For practice schedules and more information visit their website.

Eager to get on the water, the Nelson Kayak and Canoe Club will coach dryland sessions in April on Saturdays from 9 to 10:30 a.m. for young paddlers, either at Lakeside Park or at the NDCC mezzanine in the arena. The on water sprint racing canoe and kayak program starts Saturday, May 16, 9 a.m. at Lakeside Park with the on water program running on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at Lakeside Park. Contact Kaj Gyr at 250-352-4662 for more info. Membership fees are $250 from April 1 to Sept. 30. Drop in fees: book of 10 tickets is $70 for paddlers who can only commit to ten or fewer sessions. See: canoekayakbc.ca/home and canoekayak.ca .

Meanwhile, if the kids have outgrown their bikes, the perfect place to change it up and prepare for the biking season is at the annual Nelson Cycling Club bike swap on April 26, 11 a.m. at the rod and gun club. For more info email Bruce Gardave: bruceg2@gmail.com.

Kim Palfenier is the executive director of the Nelson Regional Sports Council. Her column appears every other week.

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