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Dragon boat session offered
Penticton Paddling Club is offering the public a chance to try dragon boating on Sept. 29 at 12:30 p.m. The event will take place out of the boat house in the southeast corner of Skaha Lake near the marina. Certified coaches and experienced paddlers will introduce new paddlers to safety matters and sport rules and regulations on land before boarding boats. Participants should wear comfortable and loose clothes and be prepared to get splashed and wet. Paddles and personal floatation devices will be provided.
Speedway make-up race
Penticton Speedway is having a make-up race this Sunday after last weekend was canceled. The action begins at 2 p.m. and fans can enjoy watching hornets, street stocks and hit to pass. Entering the second last race of the season, Kyle Cameron is first in the streetstocks and has a 146-point lead on Aaron Yazlovasky. In hornets, Ron Kosma is in first and has a six-point lead on Peter Vanderbroek. In hit to pass, Kayle Shaw has a 17-point lead on Dale Atwood. Tickets can be purchased at the gate and family packs are available.
Pen High is hosting university women’s basketball on Sept. 28 at 5 p.m. as the UBC Thunderbirds play against the UBC-O Heat. The game features third-year Heat player Emily Kanester of Vernon, Julia Reichert, a first-year from Princeton, and Olivia Johnson, also a first-year from Kelowna. Admission is free.
Pinnacles hosting provincials
B.C. Soccer informed Pinnacles FC that they won the bid to host provincials in 2015. The association will host the provincial B Cup for the under-16, U17 and U18 age groups, boys and girls. Ezra Cremers, executive director and head coach for Pinncles FC, said they are happy to host. “The City of Penticton and Town of Osoyoos has been working well with us in regards to the fields we use. Every team from the coast that comes to our club raves about our nice, well-kept pitches in an era where grass fields are becoming a thing of the past. We also want to do our part to help the economy of the South Okanagan. This is a big tournament with thousands of people coming to visit from all over British Columbia. The long-term spin-off is huge.” The date for competition is currently set for July 9 to 12. Dates are subject to change.
Campbell Mountain race
The Interior Running Association is having its first cross country race Sept. 29 beginning at 10 a.m. at Campbell Mountain. The 8.2 kilometre trail race by the Penticton Pounders features single-track trails and some dirt road with great views. The cost is $12 per person ($5 more on race day) and sign up can be completed by going to www.pentictonpounders.com.
Golf for kids
Twin Lakes Golf Course is having golf by donation on Sept.28 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Oct.5 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in support of children in the South Okanagan.
The Smokin Aces have maintained their top spot in the Penticton and District Dart Association standings after two weeks. The Smokin Aces have collected seven points in each of the first two weeks. In second is Best D.S. Bar No.1 with 13 points. In third are the Clancey’s Snipers, also with 13 points. Rounding out the top five are the ANAF Wreckers with 11 points and Barley Mill Dart Bags with 10 points.
Penticton drops two in lacrosse
Penticton under-14 boys lost both its games in the Interior Youth Field Lacrosse League in Kelowna’s Glenmore Park last weekend. The first loss came against Kelowna, 12-6, then North Okanagan defeated them 18-2 defeat.
Strong finish for Despirit Housewives
The Despirit Housewives dragon boat team wrapped up its season winning the women’s division in two festivals and placed third in the Penticton festival, one second behind the top team.