LEISURE TIMES: Warm weather keeps everyone busy

Brenda Ingram column on summer activities to keep families busy

The first Saturday of June is now past and I would like to thank all the volunteers that help on Action Festival Weekend.

The Action Fest committee work tirelessly throughout the year and weekend to put together an amazing event.

The Giant’s Head Run and Man of Steel Triathlon had record numbers.

The under 12 years of age category alone had over 200 participants in the five-kilometre race.

Our events had over 800 participants at the start line on Wharton Street for the 31st annual Giant’s Head Run and Man of Steel Triathlon.

Thank you to all our volunteers that help with registration, package pickup, aid stations, traffic marshals, timers and inputting results and much more.

Results are posted on our website www.summerland.ca.

Now we move toward summer planning with swim lessons, Youth Centre day camps, tennis, sailing lessons, lots of summer fun.

Also the arena becomes a very busy facility.

After the Summerland Secondary School graduation ceremony, we begin putting ice into the arena.

Our first hockey school is the Gold in the Net goalie school which starts on July 21 and runs for a week.

The next camp is the Bulldogs hockey school that is organized by Greg Holst who has been coaching hockey internationally.

The next camp is the Cyclone Taylor’s MacGillivray Hockey training program and it runs Aug. 10 to 17.

The Summerland Steam, Summerland Minor Hockey, and OHA from Penticton also use ice time during the summer.

If you are looking to play hockey or rent some ice during the summer, we may have time available, just give Nicole a call at 250-494-0447.

With warmer weather our beaches get busier and a reminder to keep your family water safe.

The ability to swim is important, but swimming skills alone aren’t always enough to save a life.

Learning water safety is the key to preventing an emergency on or in the water and teaches you what to do in an emergency.

The Red Cross swim program teaches both swimming skills and water safety knowledge and skills — the most effective combination in preventing water related injuries.

Take swim lessons and be water safe this year when you are at one of the many great beaches and lakes in our area.

Brenda Ingram is the Programs and Facilities Manager for the District of Summerland and proud to be a long-time resident of this great community.