Recreation & Culture Department looking ahead at winter programming
Jesse Bonello - Staff Writer
The Municipality of Sioux Lookout Recreation & Culture Department is already trying to get a head start on their winter programming. The Municipality is conducting an online survey to get a better understanding of community needs in recreation programs/leagues in Sioux Lookout.
Survey participants can choose potential winter activities that they want to see organized at the Sioux Lookout Memorial Arena. Activity options include sponge puck, broomball, bandy, ringette, speed skating, adult learn to play hockey, adult learn to skate and there’s also an option to specify an activity that’s not listed.
“It’s still quite early but, so far, it looks like the adult learn to play hockey and adult learn to skate programs are generating good interest,” said Recreation & Culture Department manager Rick Ladouceur.
The Recreation & Culture Department has also been offering various clinics throughout the year covering topics and sports like water safety, bike safety, how to play pickleball and, most recently, a skateboarding clinic.
Six-year-old skateboarder Cameron Beattie participated in the skateboarding clinic, where he took advantage of one-on-one teaching from Geoffrey Hyslop, who has 19 years of boarding experience.
Beattie’s mom explained that everything Cameron learned and knew about skateboarding prior to the clinic was self-taught. Cameron Beattie said he was excited for the clinic, especially after seeing what was set up.
“I thought it was going to be fun and then I got really excited once I saw the ramp and rail,” said Beattie.
Attendance numbers have been inconsistent for the clinics but that hasn’t discouraged Ladouceur who remains positive about the learning experience the clinics provide.
“My philosophy is I think it’s worth it as long as one person is able to learn, enjoy it and take something new with them,” he said.
Ladouceur clarified that next year’s clinics are going to involve more planning and outreach in order to generate more interest.
“This year, because I came on late, the clinics were random but next year we’re going to have them planned in advance. We’re also going to advertise them through the schools to try and generate more interest,” Ladouceur concluded.