Next Saturday, Aug. 2, at 2 p.m., Sechelt will be host to the first ever Sunshine Coast outdoor ping pong tournament at the tennis courts in Hackett Park.
The event is a fundraiser for a local music program run by musician Steve Weave that benefits adults with developmental disabilities, and will feature six tables for play, a beer garden run by members of the Sunshine Coast Roller Girls, music, a barbecue and samples from Target Marine. Tickets are $10 for entry into the tournament or $5 for admission only. There will be three tables for tournament play and three for general play. Tournament participants will be guaranteed a minimum of three games, and there will be trophies for first place in beginner, intermediate and advanced divisions. There will also be a trophy for best costume, as ping pong-themed attire is encouraged.
Tickets are available at Trail Bay Source for Sports in Sechelt, and it is recommended that participants pre-register.
A number of Sunshine Coasters raced and placed very well at the annual Summerfast 10k in Vancouver last weekend.
Gibsons’ Kimberley Doerksen was the third woman finisher overall in 35:17, five seconds faster than her breakthrough time last year at this event.
This result moved her into first place overall by just four points (out of 4,398) in the final women’s open rankings of the 2014 BC Timex Series — good for $1,000 and a trip to the National 10k Championships in Toronto in September.
Helen Sabourin handily won the F70-74 age group as usual, with a stellar sub-60 clocking, after deciding at the last minute to race.
Alex Nightingale achieved a new 10k personal best by 20 seconds.
Summerfast is also part of the Lower Mainland Road Race Series, and Alex is collecting points in the male 19 and under division.
Steve Merrick and Suzette Narbonne are also contenders in the series, racking up additional points in their respective divisions.
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