If the London Olympics of a month ago were an inspiration then the Paralympics that ended Sunday were truly a revelation in the possibility of being human.
Watching the Paralympians compete was an emotional roller coaster. At first I was torn between awe and sympathy each time I witnessed a blind or limbless participant rip down a track or dive full out into a pool.
I found it quite unimaginable. The athletes who had a guide or an assistant demonstrated remarkable trust between them that my sympathy quickly turned into sheer admiration.
It became apparent just how connected the physical, emotional and mental achievements were all part of the triumph. I was awestruck and left wondering how the rest of us could translate those hurdles and achievements into our own lives.
Thinking we’re too old, too broke or too tired to do something is no longer a truth. Of course it never was, but seeing others actually prove it precludes our ability to fully believe our excuses ever again.
Congratulations to all Paralympians on your achievements — and for showing the rest of us what is possible.
So, with excuses be-gone, everyone has the opportunity to try that sport you always wondered about. Sports Day in Canada is coming up on September 29 at Lakeside soccer fields 1 to 4 p.m.
This event is open to all or anyone interested in trying out new sports for a short session at the park. Various sports will be in attendance and available for demonstrations, try-outs and information. The event is free and all ages are welcome. Wear your runners.
The local Special Olympics group is starting up their fall/winter program next month. Volunteers and coaches are encouraged to lend a hand and new participants are always welcome. Please contact Betty at 250-551-4011 or Kim at 250-352-3989. You can see and speak to representatives of this group at the Sports Day event also.
Rhythmic gymnastics new season is about to start later this month. Learn to dance with ribbons, hoops, balls, scarves and so much more in fun and creative programs for girls ages six and up.
Full year program runs September 18 to June 13 for beginner/intermediate (ages seven and up) on Tuesday from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and intermediate/advanced (ages 10 and up) Tuesday from 4:30 to 6/6:30 p.m. and Thursday from 4 to 6 p.m.
Recreational programs run October 4 to December 13 on Thursdays from 3 to 4 p.m. (ages six and up).
Contact Rhythmic Dimensions, Giselle at 250-505-1812 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Kootenay Swim Club will be taking registrations for the 2012-13 season as of September for all ages. The club is currently taking resumes for head coach and assistant coach positions.
Please see our website at the kootenayswimclub.com if you have any inquiries or want to check out the job posting.