COLUMN: Sports for Life keeps us active

"Physical literacy is a goal of any Sport for Life model and is best integrated at the earliest ages."

As the Canadian Sport for Life movement continues to gain traction across the country is it good to see that both ends of the spectrum are being served. So often the focus is on children and youth with an active start, which is totally appropriate, but as long as being active for life is kept in sight.

The BC Senior Games (for 55+) is encouraging and supporting the goal of keeping us moving at all ages. This year’s event is being hosted in North Vancouver August 25 to 29 with a Kootenay contingent participating in various sports. After hosting the event here in the tri-cities a few years ago my eyes were truly opened to just how incredibly engaged this 55+ demographic is! It is very welcoming to all abilities and fitness levels. So if you’re so inclined or interested the registration dates for zone 6 events are near. Swimming registration is May 6 at the Castlegar aquatic centre from 1 to 1:30 p.m. For more information on all sports please call Barb at 250-362-9489

The Kootenay Lake Sailing Association will be hosting drop-in sailing sessions every Wednesday from the boathouse at Lakeside Park starting May 6 from 3:45 to 6 p.m. It’s $5 per session. Bring warm water-friendly clothes (no cotton) and a water bottle. If it rains there will be dryland activities and games. All youth ages 10 to 17 are welcome regardless of sailing experience. For more info call Kaj Gyr at 250-352-4662 and for registration in summer sailing camps, contact the Nelson and District Community complex through rdck.ca/EN/main/services/recreation.html.

Photo by Tamara Hynd

The Glacier Gymnastics Club is hosting the Kootenay zone championships competition on May 9 and 10. The club is showcasing regional athletic talent and is a great opportunity to see some amazing artistic gymnastics and trampoline performances from around the Kootenays. For more information contact info@glaciergymnastics.com or 250-352-2227.

Physical literacy is a goal of any Sport for Life model and is best integrated at the earliest ages. Athletics BC’s program Run, Jump, Throw, Wheel is a terrific program that introduces children to moving their bodies efficiently and correctly for a long term skill development and healthy lifestyle. The program for ages 4 to 6 will be offered Saturdays from May 23 to June 27 in Balfour (I’ll be your instructor) through the Kootenay Lake Family network. For more info contact me at nrsc@telus.net or 250-354-7868.

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