COLUMN: Stepping it up on Sports Day

Sports Day Canada is coming up next month and this year the Nelson organizing team is stepping it up a notch by extending the event.

Sports Day Canada is coming up next month and this year the Nelson organizing team is stepping it up a notch by extending the event over a few days. Starting on Friday, November 28 the Jersey Day movement should gain more traction this year with even more schools, offices and stores celebrating sport by wearing their favourite team jersey for the day — while donating $1 to do so toward the local KidSport chapter.

That evening, the Nelson Regional Sports Council is hosting its own annual Sport Hero awards. The awards will mirror the Sport BC program that recognizes coaches, officials, mentors and administrators who have dedicated themselves to amateur sport at the community level — without whom it simply would not happen. In 2004 five local recipients received the honours,  another 12 people were honoured in 2012. Included in the evening event is keynote speaker Eric Sinker from ViaSport, Vancouver, who will be highlighting the Canadian Sport for Life movement and its benefits for all communities. Hosted at the Adventure Hotel on Vernon Street, the evening begins at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 (drink and appies) and can be purchased at the Sports Council office. Call 250-352-3989.

Sports Day events on Saturday, November 29 will be varied. Try-It activities including swimming and skating at NDCC and various field games at the newly NYSA-operated indoor soccer facility. Keep an eye open for the detailed schedule. All public welcome!

Physical literacy is the ability for an individual to move competently and confidently in all types of environments. The key components are the fundamental movement skills that are very important in the physical development of a child.  Being offered during the Sports Day Canada event is the Fundamental Movement Skills workshop for coaches, ECE, elementary teachers and parents. Details to follow.

Other worthy mentionable upcoming events; The Nelson Nordic Ski Club is holding it’s pre-season membership drive and registration for  Bunnies, BC Rabbits and Track Attack programs. Look for Club reps at the Chahko Mika Mall from November 6 to 8, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and at the Ski Swap and AGM at the Nelson Rod and Gun Club on Sunday November 9. AGM attendees get early attendance at the ski-swap. For more information contact info@nelsonnordicski.ca

Six beginner curlers lessons will be offered at the Nelson Curling Centre in the Learn To Curl recreational league starting October 27 to December 1 from 7 to 9 p.m. Phone Terri Richardson to at 250-352-3058.

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