by Nelson Daily Sports on Friday Aug 28 2015

The calendar may say August, but organizers of the 2016 Canadian Direct Insurance BC Men’s Curling Championships are already busy preparing to roll out the red carpet for the best curlers in the province.

The Nelson Curling Club was awarded host club for the provincial men’s...

by Nelson Daily Sports on Thursday Aug 27 2015

The West Kootenay Glacier Challenge is an extraordinary two-day tour that travels the roads of the West Kootenays with a goal of helping to take out MS (multiple sclerosis).

Team Gerick Cycle did its best to help the...

by Nelson Daily Sports on Monday Aug 24 2015

The Nelson Fat Tire Festival concludes Sunday at Morning Mountain in Blewett with the Morning Mountain Madness.

However, it was four days of fun, excitement and tons of smiles as the 20th annual Fat Tire Festival was all over the Nelson area with jumps, cross country, parades and downhill...

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Mount Sentinel hosts Volleyball Camp

The high school volleyball season is just around the corner, and players wanting to get a jump on the sport can do so by attending the Mount Sentinel Camp. — The Nelson Daily file photo

Not that students and teacher want to know, but the school season is just around the corner.

To help get those volleyball enthusiasts a jump on the net season, Mount Sentinel is hosting a volleyball camp beginnig Sunday, August 30 at the South Slocan-based school.

The camp runs from August 30 to September 3 at the Mount Sentinel gymnasium.

The camp is being held from 10 a.m. to noon for Grade 7-10 players and 6-8 p.m. for players in Grade's 11 and 12.

Cost is $60 per player.

Leafs announce Greg Andrusak has joined coaching staff

New Leafs assistant coach, Greg Andrusak (right) is pictured with Rhett Hamilton after receiving after a BC Hockey award.— Submitted photo

On the eve of the start of training camps for Kootenay International Junior Hockey League teams, the Nelson Leafs took care of some unfinished business by announcing that Greg Andrusak has joined head coach Dave McLellan behind the bench for the upcoming season.

Andrusak, who played professionally in the NHL and Europe as well as coaching with Nelson Minor Hockey, joins the Leafs as the assistant coach.

“Greg is from Nelson and brings a wealth of playing and coaching experience to the Leafs organization,” said McLellan.

Fat Tire Festival Kicks off 2015 campaign

Some of the expert jumpers took to the sky during opening day of the Nelson Fat Tire Festival. — Bruce Fuhr photo, The Nelson Daily

Even a little smoke didn't deter competitors from flocking to the Rosemont All Wheel Skatepark for opening day in the Nelson Fat Tire Festival.

Competitors took to the All-Wheel park in Rosemont for the Pump Track Races and the Open Jump Jam.

Friday, the event moves to Baker Street for the Bike Parade, beginning at 5:45 p.m. and followed by the Show’n’Shine.

Saturday is Casino Royale Day while Sunday is Morning Mountain Madness.

Mallards Team of the Week — Kootenay Kids Lemonade Stand

Janet Leahy of Kootenay Kids Society (far left) along with grandson Gavin, Board member Elizabeth Cunningham’s granddaughter Avalea, Scotiabank branch manager Sharlene McKie and Scotiabank staff got together for a group photo at the lemonade stand Wednesday. — Elizabeth Cunningham photo

The Kootenay Kids Society has been teaming up with the local Scotiabank branch in Nelson through the summer with the Kootenay Kids Lemonade Stand at the corner of Ward and Baker Streets in the Heritage City.

KKS is a charitable, community-based, multi-service, non-profit organization serving the needs of children, families and caregivers in Nelson and regionally.

And combining with Scotiabank, the society used the lemonade stand to raise funds in the "Bright Futures" that has the opportunity of raising $5000.

Fat Tire Festival celebrates 20th birthday

Tires will be flying through the air during the 2015 Nelson Fat Tire Fest this weekend in Nelson. — Bruce Fuhr file photo, The Nelson Daily

Nelson Fat Tire Festival turns 20 this weekend.

An event, for kids from two to 72 to enjoy that salutes the memory of avid cyclist Cam Alexander, the Nelson Fat Tire Festival kicks off Thursday at the Rosemont All Wheel Bike Park.

Opening night is set-aside for timed Pump Track Races and the Open Jump Jam.  Must be a cycling club member to participate; Pump Track Races are $2 for each timed lap or 5 for $5. 

Friday, the event moves to Baker Street for the Bike Parade, beginning at 5:45 p.m. and followed by the Show’n’Shine.

Future's So Bright — NYS's Matteo Faraguna earns BCSPL spot with Thompson Okanagan Intakes

Matteo Faraguna (white jersey) took a major step in his roundball career after being selected to the BCSPC Thompson Okanagan U13 Intakes. — Photo courtesy  Ernie Sollid

It was obvious that Matteo Faraguna has the skills to succeed in many sports.

An accomplished track and field star with the Kootenay Chaos as well as a pretty good minor hockey player and skier, the 12-year-old prodigy, however, decided to follow in the footsteps of his father Al and grandfather Guido to pursue a career in the roundball sport.

Faraguna took a major step in that direction after being selected to the Thompson Okanagan U13 Intakes BC Soccer Premier League squad following tryouts earlier this year in Kelowna.

Ex-Saints star Cody Fidgett lands pro deal with Quad City of ECHL

Ex-Saints sniper Cody Fidgett begins professional career after signing deal with Mallards. — Photo courtesy Selkirk College Saints

Former Selkirk Saints sniper Cody Fidgett inked a deal Thursday with the Quad City Mallards of the ECHL.

Fidgett, 24, played two seasons in Castlegar with the Saints, leading the Sunflower City squad to the BC Intercollegiate Hockey League Championship in 2013 and 2014.

In 43 games with Selkirk, Fidgett scored 32 goals while adding 28 assists for 60 points.

He was instrumental in Saints winning back-to-back BCIHL titles, scoring four goals while adding eight assists in six playoff games.