COLUMN: Sports Day celebrated in Nelson

The Nelson event is being hosted at the NDCC on the concourse from 2 to 5 p.m. with multi-sport activities and promotions.

While some of us are still acclimatizing to Fall (and that summer is well and truly gone) others are revelling in the dip in temperatures and the already accumulated powder.

The short drive upward anywhere around here will have you in the snowy-laced nordic and downhill areas within half an hour — and with time enough to brag about it on Facebook!

However, if you’re one of us that needs a little more time to adjust to the oncoming winter there are plenty of other activities to help with the transition.

The fourth annual RBC Sports Day in Canada, on Saturday, November 30, is a national celebration of sport in communities across the country.

The Nelson event is being hosted at the NDCC on the concourse from 2 to 5 p.m. with multi-sport activities and promotions.

With the vision of celebrating  the role of sport in our community, we are inviting everyone to come and try a local sport or two. The NDCC is offering a Loonie (child) and Toonie (adult) price between 3 to 4:30 p.m. which includes swimming, skating, gym, and skate/helmet rentals are complimentary for that time too.

In unison with Sports Day Canada, the previous day, Friday, November 29, is a national day to show your love and support for sport by wearing a jersey, team or club uniform to school, work or play.

From municipal council chambers to office buildings and classrooms across the nation, we envision a sea of Canadians wearing their hearts on their sleeves on national Jersey Day.

Get your team wearing their jerseys and donate a $1 towards our local KidSport chapter while doing it. With each annual KidSport grant being $250, let’s see how much can be raised and how many kids can be helped.

Call 250-352-3989 to donate.

The Savoy bowling lanes, now operated by our not-for-profit Nelson Sports Council, are now open regularly for public bowl on Fridays (4-10 p.m.), Saturdays (1-10 p.m.) and Sundays (2-8 p.m.).

Staff Christmas parties and child or adult birthday parties are available by reservation and book up fast, so please call in advance at 250-352-7467. For more details please go to www.nelsonsports.ca/savoy-lanes.

Ice time is also a perfect way to spend Christmas break or parties with your family, friends or workmates. Call Kristine at NDCC 250-352-4386 for rates and to book the Civic or NDCC arena.

The Nelson Special Olympics group will be holding its annual fundraiser at the Nelson Leafs game on Friday, November 29. Silent auction items and baking goodies go fast and are a perfect way to pick up Christmas gifts  while supporting a good cause.

A new intake for the January MEND program is currently open for registration.

Mind, Exercise and Nutrition, Do it, is a free program run at NDCC that empowers children and families (age seven to 13) to become fitter and healthier. Program runs January 8  to March  12 on Mondays and Wednesdays from  5:30 to 7:30 p.m. To register call 250-505-4708 or email cpotkins@rdck.bc.ca.

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