Powerchair soccer scores more players

Penticton’s B.C. Storm Powersoccer tournament celebrated its 10th anniversary with record numbers.

JOHN CROSSLAND of Kelowna

JOHN CROSSLAND of Kelowna

Penticton’s B.C. Storm Powersoccer tournament celebrated its 10th anniversary with record numbers.

“We’ve had comments that it was the best one ever,” said organizer Cathy Cunningham, adding that there were 30 players.

Only one change was made and that was having the players in the open and provincial divisions staying in the same gymnasiums at Skaha Lake Middle School and Princess Margaret the entire weekend. Once the open division was finished playing, they headed over to watch the final in the provincial division.

Teams were named after wines in part to celebrate the anniversary, Cunningham said. They also celebrated with good vintage wine.

The final featured Cabernet versus Merlot. Cabernet won 4-2 but not without a fight from Merlot.

“It was 3-0 down to the last five minutes,” said Cunningham. “Merlot came back and scored two goals. That was great.”

Of the 30 players in attendance, two were locals, Daniel Cunningham and Andrew Cooke.

Cunningham said the players were excited and instead of departing as early as possible on Sunday to return to their destinations, they hung out.

“I walked out into the common room and everybody was there,” she said. “They make new friends.”

Cunningham has been putting on the tournament annually in an attempt to grow the sport in Penticton. That has failed so far.

“I don’t really know why,” she said. “A lot of them said that once you have a facility and practice time we will come out. We have to get the players before I can get the practice times. You are paying for a practice area that nobody shows up.”

It’s a catch 22, as people are waiting for a gym that is expensive to rent. They do get donated time in Kelowna where they practice every Sunday, except this coming one, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at the Parkinson Rec Centre. Anyone interested in coming to watch or get involved is welcome. Despite the struggles in trying to attract more players, they don’t give up.

“We chase after people,” she said. “It’s a great sport. It’s competitive but it’s also a lot of fun. Team building and you meet new people. There are opportunities to travel and play in competitions all over the world.”

What impressed Cunningham during the weekend was the efforts of volunteers. They did anything they could to make it a success.

It was also a success for another reason.

“We have excellent sponsors,” said Cunningham, adding that they donate food, coffee and deserts. “Amazing the businesses that have stepped up to help. We send them pictures. Some sponsors come out to watch. It’s always great support.”

Anyone interested in playing can contact Cathy Cunningham at c.cunningham@shaw.ca.

 

Just Posted

Jann Arden will embark on Canada-wide tour Spring 2022 with a stop in Penticton at the South Okanagan Events Centre on June 13. (Contributed)
Jann Arden coming to Penticton in 2022

The Jann Arden Live! tour has been rescheduled for 2022

A storm watch has been issued for the Okanagan, Kootenays and Columbia regions of B.C. (Calvin Dickson photo)
Another severe thunderstorm watch issued for the Okanagan

Conditions are favourable for thunderstorms that may produce strong wind gusts, hail and heavy rain

The South Okanagan Tim Hortons raised over $4,000 through the three day orange doughnut promotion with 100 per cent of proceeds going to to the Residential School Survivors Society. The owner of these locations matched the amount. (Monique Tamminga Western News)
South Okanagan Tim Hortons raises over $8K for residential school survivors

More than $4,000 worth of doughnuts were purchased over three days

Justin Fotherby,17, and Ashley McMillan, 17 have been chosen for an invitation only competition that sees 20 of Canada’s top swimmers per event vying for a spot at the upcoming 2021 Tokyo Olympic Games. (Submitted)
Penticton swimmers off to Olympic trials

The pair are eyeing a spot on the Canadian team heading to the Tokyo Olympics

Bentley resting on a bench at Kal Park in Vernon not knowing there is a baby rattlesnake curled up below. Bentley jumped down and was bit by the snake. (Facebook)
Dog bit by baby rattler at popular Vernon park

The rattlesnake was hidden underneath a park bench when it struck out

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau participates in a plenary session at the G7 Summit in Carbis Bay, England on Friday June 11, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Canada donating 13M surplus COVID-19 vaccine doses to poor countries

Trudeau says the government will pay for 87 million shots to be distributed to poor countries

Cody Bandsma practises kiting with his new paraglider wing at Blackburn Park in Salmon Arm on Wednesday, June 9, 2021. (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer)
VIDEO: Cody Bandsma reaching new heights over the Shuswap

Former 100 Mile resident discovers Salmon Arm by air with powered paraglider

Highway notices like this come down effective June 14. Public health restrictions on non-essential travel and commercial operation have hit local businesses in every corner of B.C. (B.C. government)
Province-wide travel back on in B.C.’s COVID-19 restart plan

Gathering changes include up to 50 people for outdoor events

A young child has been taken to hospital after being struck by a vehicle on 30th Avenue in Vernon Friday, June 11, 2021. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
Investigation ongoing after child struck by vehicle downtown Vernon

A young child was taken to hospital Friday with undetermined injuries

David Larsen, left, and co-host Tony Peyton. (K96.3/Twitter)
Popular Kelowna radio host dies after battle with cancer

David Larsen was half of the longtime Kelowna morning-show duo David and Tony

Calgary Stampeders’ Jerome Messam leaps over a tackle during second half CFL western semifinal football action in Calgary, Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
CFL football will be played this summer in Canada

Governors vote unanimously in favour to start the ‘21 campaign on Aug. 5

Citizenship Minister Marco Mendicino holds a press conference in Ottawa on Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020. The federal government is announcing that Indigenous people can now apply to reclaim their names on passports and other government documents. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Indigenous people can now reclaim traditional names on their passports and other ID

Announcement applies to all individuals of First Nations, Inuit and Métis background

Harvesting hay in the Fraser Valley. (Tom Fletcher/Black Press)
COVID-19: B.C. waives farm income requirement for a second year

Property owners don’t need minimum income for 2022 taxes

Cruise ship passengers arrive at Juneau, Alaska in 2018. Cruise lines have begun booking passengers for trips from Seattle to Alaska as early as this July, bypassing B.C. ports that are not allowed to have visitors until March 2022 under a Canadian COVID-19 restrictions. (Michael Penn/Juneau Empire)
B.C. doesn’t depend on U.S. law to attract cruise ships, Horgan says

Provinces to get update next week on Canada’s border closure

Most Read