COLUMN: Olympic spirit lives on

Hopefully, that inspiration will motivate all of us to get out and be active in our own way.

I am always a little sad after the Olympics are finished.

Dedicating my spare time to watching the games creates a bit of emptiness when the two-week emotional roller coaster gives way to the return of everyday life.

That said, however, it does make me want to get out and emulate those agile, tenacious athletes in some way. The kid in me is sure I can ski like those biathlon ski greats.

Hopefully, it is that inspiration that motivates all of us to get out and be active in our own way.

With that in mind, KidSport’s intention is to help kids be involved in sport.

The local KidSport Nelson chapter has once again raised its annual grant amount per child from $250 to $275. All sports affiliated with Sport BC are eligible for grants for children ages six to 18 years. To check to see if your sport is covered go to

KidSport application forms can be found at and click the KidSport logo or at the NRSC office at 225 Hall Street (upstairs at the visitors center). Be sure to submit your application in time for registration deadlines.


  • Nelson Minor Hockey’s regular season is in the midst of winding up with playoffs underway.The Atom B League West Kootenay playoffs were held this past weekend with Atom A West Kootenay playoffs in Trail March 7-9. The Pee Wee Reps are currently fundraising (so look out for them) to get ready for the BC Pee Wee Tier 3 Provincials in Nelson, beginning March 16. The  female Wildcats regional team have their last home games vs Prince George Cougars February 28 at 5:30 p.m. in the Civic, March 1 at 9:45 a.m. at the NDCC and March 2 at 8 a.m. at the NDCC. Their playoffs begin March 14th.


  • Jump Rope Provincials will be hosted in Nelson on April 25-27 at L.V. Rogers secondary.There will be 120 skippers from around the province as well as family and friends. The event will have an Olympic theme in light of Sochi with opening ceremonies Friday night.Jumpers will be doing events in speed, power and freestyle. Everyone is welcome to show support for your local Nelson Rhythm Ropers. The entertainment value will be high for sure.


  • Nelson Youth soccer is readying itself for the upcoming season and there are a couple of employment opportunities available.Adult and Youth Referees are needed for 2014 season (especially adult female referees). This paid position provides great exercise and flexibility of refereeing at your own free time and comfort level.Tutoring and help is available from experienced referees. Referee clinics are provided.Also, the retirement of NYS long-time operational manager Julien Cormier has opened an opportunity for a new grounds maintenance coordinator and ground maintenance specialist. For more on these positions and other information, visit, e-mail to or call 250-551-6972.