Florida Spring Training – Day 1

Hello from sunny Florida,

Banook’s spring training camp is now in full swing.

The athletes have been racking up the KM’s each day pushing each other to really excel here in Florida.
We left snow in Halifax and landed in sunshine in Florida. Temperatures have been in the mid 20’s and weather forecast is looking awesome for the next 2 weeks.

Coach Toshko thought we may be exaggerating about alligators but at our first gas stop we got up and close to the real deal – we were not sure what constituted “molesting” an alligator but kept our distance just in case.

The canals are really great for paddling and a couple of our paddlers have sighted a manatee and we have heard of recent sighting of dolphins as well.

The accommodation are very nice with swimming pool, pool table, foosball, and table tennis – plus great homework area 🙂

Meals have been a highlight with great home cooked meals and no shortage of things to fill in between.
We get our first break tomorrow – road trip to the outlet mall !!!

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Come join us this Saturday from 10am to 1pm for
our spring OPEN HOUSE. We invite you to tour our facility, renew your membership and register for our summer programs. We’ll have our gym open too so the kids can play while you register!
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Back on August 30th, 2016 I announced an $86,000 investment in four of our amazing paddling clubs through the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program. I'm happy to see this funding making a difference at the clubs in our community!

Senobe Aquatic Club:
$40,000 non-repayable contribution to Senobe Aquatic Club supported the installation of new windows and siding; replacing the facility’s roof; installing ventilation in the boat bays; and exterior painting on the boat bays and shed.

Banook Canoe Club:
$20,500 non-repayable contribution to Banook Canoe Club—one of the oldest paddling clubs in Canada—is helping preserve the organization’s historic clubhouse. The upgrades included: repairing and re-shingling the roof; replacing a retaining wall; fixing water damage; improving the wheelchair access ramp; and conducting exterior painting to the building.

Mic Mac AAC (real club account):
$20,250 non-repayable contribution allowed the Mic Mac Amateur Aquatic Club to purchase and install an energy efficient heating system. The new system is expected to lower the Club’s overall operating costs.

Abenaki Aquatic Club:
$5,250 non-repayable contribution allowed the Abenaki Aquatic Club to make upgrades to its clubhouse including: replacing a beach wall; and making repairs to the grounds, walkways, and basketball bleachers.
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