COLUMN: Quack back with winter sports news

Game On with Nancy Quackenbush goes into hockey, indoor climbing, curling, ski swaps,and Nordic skiing.

Quack is back on the ice! It’s been a few years but it sure is great to be playing hockey again at the Civic. A shout out to Theresa and Genevieve for organizing our weekly ice bookings. There are more opportunities to rent ice so if you want to book for a group skate, host a birthday party, or start a ringette or broomball league, contact Kristine at kkanigan@rdck.bc.ca or call 250-354-4386, ext. 5106.

New for 2015, the Cube climbing gym is expanding its hours to include Saturdays from 12 to 5 p.m. Opening Saturdays has been requested by the community so come out and support this new time.

The club has also finished a new climbing wall, slab wall and flooring. Check out the Cube at Selkirk College’s Mary Hall gymnasium, and visit cubeclimbing.com for more information.

Learn to curl on Mondays, youth league (ages 10-plus) on Tuesdays starting Nov.  3 and Little Rockers (ages five through 10) on Thursdays starting Nov. 12. Contact nelsoncurling@shaw.ca or 250-352-7628. There’s lots of curling, sweeping, and social times available so check it out at NelsonCurling.ca.

The annual Whitewater Ski Team ski swap takes place Sunday, Nov. 8 at Hume School. Great gear and great prices! Sellers can drop off items between 9 and 11 a.m. Buyers can shop between 12:30 and 3 p.m. There will be lots of staff on hand to help you and your family find the perfect set of skis and boots for ripping it up this year. New this year will be onsite ski waxing. Twenty per cent of all sales go to support the Whitewater Ski Team. Early bird registration for the ski team is open now. Go to whitewaterskiteam.ca.

A reminder to all Nelsonites to buy their Nelson Nordic ski passes. Pre-season membership drive is Nov. 4 to 8. The club’s AGM takes place Nov. 7. Details are on their website: nelsonnordicski.ca.

Rather stay indoors? Ladies interested in playing squash on Monday nights can contact Lindsay at lindsay.hewson@gmail.com and soon, we will be back playing on four courts!

RBC Sports Day in Canada takes place Saturday Nov. 21. This is a national celebration of sport and an opportunity for Canadians to celebrate the power of sport, build community and facilitate healthy active living.

Organizations are asked to take part by hosting an event anytime between Nov. 14 and 21. I hope clubs in Nelson will register an event at sportsday.cbc.ca/home so we can celebrate this day with a variety of opportunities for our citizens. In conjunction with this event is Jersey Day on Friday, Nov. 20 so dust off those letter sweaters and celebrate sport!

Winter activities are here and local businesses are ready to help you prepare. Sharpen your skates, wax your skis, treat yourself to new gear or a warm, puffy jacket!

Nancy Quackenbush is a director of the Nelson Regional Sports Council  and Nelson Tennis Club, and co-president of the Nelson Nordic Ski Club. Game On appears here every other week.

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