Wednesday, April 10, 2013 Terrace Standard
Golfers tee off earlier than usual MOST YEARS, one might be shocked by the amount of vehicles packing the Skeena Valley Golf and Country Club parking lot on the first Tuesday in April – but not this bright, sunny spring. In fact, a packed parking lot has been the norm at the golf course for weeks as golfers began teeing off nearly a month earlier than last year. It’s actually the earliest the course has been open in the last 15-20 years, said the club’s head professional Germain Francoeur. “We opened March 9, that was our official opening day,” he said. “Last year was a good start – and that was April 7 – my first year was the 16th.” He is busy facilitating the buzz and getting the club ready for the summer season. Staffing at the course is lean for now – meaning not many crew members on the grounds or in the pro-shop, but people in the kitchen to serve lunch and dinner to the crowds coming out to the course. It’s been a great start to the year, he said. The amount of new people signing up as members (many in the late-20s category, new to the club last year) and the return of some past members who took a year or two off, has him feeling optimistic. But of course it’s all dependent on the weather, so he’s not making any predictions. “It’s way too early to tell,” he said. “Even with our members, some of them are still in Phoenix spending the winter and don’t get back until the middle, end of April.” But if the bulk of memberships return, with the amount of activity he’s seen over the last month, he says the club will probably see an increase.
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GERMAIN FRANCOEUR, head professional at the Skeena Valley Golf and Country Club welcomed golfers to the green nearly a month earlier than last year.
Circus camp coming to Terrace Sportsplex FOR THE third year in a row, circus professionals are touching down in Terrace to teach a five-day circus skills camp for Terrace area kids. The afterschool camp, held at the Sportsplex from April 29 - May 3, is open for kids age nine and up, and for younger kids as long as their parents accompany them to the camp. The kids are doing activities like walking on stilts, said Kim MacDougall, program supervisor at the Sportsplex, so there is a bit of risk involved. But it’s a great chance for kids to get active in a nontraditional way – stilt walking, wire walking, juggling, trapeze, acrobatics and clowning – are all ways for participants to develop balance and core strength, flexibility and stamina. The three instructors, Dean Bareham, Jessica Bar-
rera and Mike Battie, come from all over British Columbia and have taught the Terrace program before. Bareham and Barrera have experience working with Cirque du Soleil and Battie is considered the most experienced juggling instructor in B.C., having taught more than 10,000 people the joy of juggling. MacDougall says the
camp has been growing in popularity each year, with 36 students registered last year, and aiming for around the same this year. There are always a few returning faces, but lots of new recruits, as well, she said. The camp concludes with a Friday night performance where the kids show off the skills they have learned. “It’s an amazing performance,” she said. And the newly crowned clowns get an unexpected bonus when they graduate from circus camp – they now have a skill they can sell as they please. “A number of the kids after camp went on to perform as buskers and got paid for it,” laughed MacDougall. To register call the Sportsplex at 250-615-3000 or the Terrace Aquatic Centre at 250-615-3030 – registration is limited.
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■ Line ‘em up HERE’S YOUNG Kean MacAulay with his eye on the goal at the spring break indoor soccer camp at the Caledonia gym. Outdoor season starts May 4, and the Terrace Youth Soccer Association (TYSA) executive is busy working out all of the last minute details (equipment, fields, uniforms, coaches). The goal is to have all of the teams made and the coaches delivered with their team lists and gear by April 19 so teams can get in a couple of practices before the season starts. Interested in coaching? See the TYSA website for upcoming coaching clinics.
Published on Apr 10, 2013