Surveying the summer sports scene
Plenty to do this summer in Trinity Conception region
Newly minted Bay Roberts Minor Softball Association president David Whelan is excited for this season’s action to get underway, and for his “return to the sport after many years” away from the game.
Whelan became the new president on April 23 and is looking forward to being “in a position to support and continue to grow the minor program in this area.”
The program experienced a successful 2011 season after seeing some 250 young players batting softballs around fields at both the Wilbur Sparkes Sports Complex and the Community Gardens. That was a huge increase over the 150 athletes who played in 2010.
“We expect this number to increase in 2012,” said Whelan.
The president said the association will be taking in players ages 5 to 18, in the beginners, mite, squirt, peewee, bantam and midget divisions. Two registration sessions took place last week.
Whelan has a long history with softball, having competed locally, provincially and nationally.
“My primary goal is to be engaged with all volunteers, coaches and players in all divisions as much as possible and to provide leadership wherever the opportunity presents itself,” he said.
“I hope to see the game growing, the youth enjoying the game, learning the game and providing the opportunity to play at a competitive level,” said Whelan.
It’s one of many avenues for both young and old to engage in organized sports this spring and summer.
The following is a summary of some others:
year. May, with suggested donation to the St. Vincent de Paul Society. Hoping for Ian Marshall to make one or two trips for clinics. Teams participating in Newfoundland and Labrador Summer Games.
The Conception Bay North Lightning Soccer Club started its 2012 season Saturday, April 21 with a training camp featuring its new director of soccer operations, Gary Forsyth. Here, coach April Yetman plays with a group of athletes.