Here’s to the players

Editorial comment dishes out kudos to young athletes and the programs they belong to

With this being minor hockey week it seems like another good oppotunity to sing the praises of amateur sports.

First of all, let’s not even let the big-time versions of athletics invade our consciousness. We’re talking about school age kids being introduced to the challenges, rewards and lessons in humility that are taught by sports.

What is being glorified is the great influence this kind of activity has on the kids’ physical fitness, something that could have lifelong implications.

Every backstroke taken, every puck stopped or basketball dribbled could translate to one fewer soda pop quaffed or smartphone app consulted.

No, sport does not eliminate sedentary behaviour, it displaces it.

Kids involved in sports are on the inside track to social fluency. They learn the value of cooperation and the pursuit of shared goals.

One young athlete, described later in these pages by Craig Lindsay, even rushed from a surgical appointment (she broke her chin on the bottom of the pool) to help her squad in a Penticton basketball tournament. Sounds like a good start on solid citizenship.

Nevermind the pitfalls and temptations that may go hand in hand with making it big in pro sports, there’ll be plenty of time to learn how to deal with that, if the time comes. For now, let’s just celebrate our young athletes.

Just Posted

South Slocan woman killed in Friday crash

Police continue to investigate cause of fatal crash

Castlegar’s Stanley Humphries School’s got talent

Talent show to be held Feb. 21 at Brilliant Cultural Centre

What’s Up: Things to see and do on Family Day

There’s plenty of fun to be had across the West Kootenay this coming long weekend!

Province announces $23 million for upgrades at Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital

West Kootenay-Boundary Regional Hospital District Board has yet to review the provincial proposal

Selkirk College Saints score pair of crucial wins

Stellar goaltending and timely goals lead to victory over the Vancouver Island University Mariners.

Trudeau’s principal secretary, Gerald Butts, resigns amid SNC-Lavalin furor

Butts categorically denies the accusation that he or anyone else in the PMO improperly pressured former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould

Ammonia leak shuts down curling club in Nelson

It’s not yet clear when the leak was detected

Lost a ring? This B.C. man will find it for you

Chris Turner founded The Ring Finders, an international directory of metal detector hobbyists

Poverty coalition has high hopes for B.C. poverty reduction strategy

Funding allocation expected to be released with 2019 budget

East Kootenay mine deaths prompt safety initiatives

Teck produces educational video, introduces new procedures after contractor drowns at Fording River

‘How did we get here?’: B.C. mom of transplant recipient worries about measles outbreaks

Addison, 7, cannot get a live vaccine because she has a heart transplant

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh calls for public inquiry over SNC-Lavalin questions

Vancouver member of Parliament Jody Wilson-Raybould resigned from cabinet last week

Canadian airlines waiting for guidance from Ottawa over X gender option

Major U.S. airlines said they will change their process so passengers can identify themselves along non-binary lines

Moose Hide campaign takes message to Canadian schools

Campaign launches new K-12 education platform

Most Read