COLUMN:Fall sports are upon us

Now that summer is officially at an end, fall and winter sports are gearing up.

Starting this month the MEND program (Mind, Exercise, Nutrition…Do It!) is a free, fun, healthy living program for children aged seven to 13 who are above a healthy weight.

It is a 10-week family-based education program designed to help children and their families get fitter, healthier and happier. The program facilitates safe, effective and lasting lifestyle changes by improving children’s physical activity levels, nutrition and self-esteem. Families take part in fun, two-hour sessions twice a week for 10 weeks that combine active living (physical exercise), healthy eating and behaviour change. For information please contact: Cathy Potkins by email cpotkins@rdck.bc.ca or 250-505-4708

Selkirk College is offering drop-in classes for $3.50: Drop-in soccer Mondays runs from  4:30 to 6:30 p.m., drop-in basketball Tuesdays runs 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. The volleyball league on Wednesdays runs October 1 to December 17 Registration fee is $40.

Two combination sports are beginning to flourish in Nelson. The first is the Nelson Community Display Team combining groups of gymnastics, rhythmic dance, hooping, acrobatics and circus performers from two local clubs — Rhythmic Dimensions and Glacier Gymnastics. The team has aspirations to attend a world display gymnastic event in Helsinki Finland and is looking for new members to join the team. Contact Gisele at 250-505-1812 for more info.

The second group, the World Gymnaestrada is a world-wide, non-competitive, gymnastics for all event (including rhythmics, dance, acrobatics, trampoline, tumbling, areal silks, circus and more) held every four years and attracting the largest number of active participants of any gymnastics event. Participation is for everybody, regardless of gender, age, race, religion, culture, ability or social standing; a true celebration of dynamic movement. Contact Glacier Gymnastics for more.

Indoor soccer is starting soon. Nelson Youth Soccer has recently taken over the indoor soccer facility and is working hard to ease the transition into Fall youth and adult league schedule.

Check the NYS website (nys.ca) for registration information, which is now up and running. Previous adult and youth participants will enjoy the same programs as before with just a few planned facility improvements. Those new to the program can play in divisions aged between four and 14+ years,  in Rep development and Adult League – Men’s Open, Ladies, Men’s 35+, and Co-Ed. Schedules will also be out very shortly.

The Whitewater Ski Team club is getting ready for another epic season. Dryland training for ski racers U12 and up begins October 7.  Sessions run Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30 to 5 p.m.  Meet at Lakeside park and dress for the weather. New skiers interested in joining the team are welcome to come give it a try. Contact presidentwh2oskiteam@gmail.com before you register.  For more information go to whitewaterskiteam.ca

Bring balance to everyday life with Tai Chi for Health. Clear your mind. Gradually relieve stress and tension. Strengthen your muscles and bones. Tai Chi is a non-impact, relaxing and gentle moving form that promotes balance and strength through its healing movements. Classes accommodate adults of all ages and fitness levels, providing individual attention and guidance as needed. Morning and evening classes are Wednesdays, beginning October 1 at the Kootenai Pilates Centre, 540 Baker Street, Nelson. Ten week session fee is $150 (includes tax). For information or to register contact Sandra at 250-551-0866 or sandra@qi-taichi.ca. Also classes at the Procter/Harrop Seniors’ Centre on Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. beginning on September 25. For more information please contact Sharon at rsboldt@telus.net

Nelson Curling Centre is looking forward to the new season with its open house week October 7 to 9. NCC Open House and League nights practice and try it for free at 7 to 9 p.m. On October 9 at 7 p.m. pre-season registration party and practice takes place. Leagues begin the week of October 14 – Men’s, Women’s, Daytime and Mixed Social. October 18 is family day at 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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