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Here comes summer! Okanagan summer camps

Here comes summer! Okanagan summer camps


Tripower Triathlon Club, Summerland and Penticton

Whazzup? In 2009, Melissa and Michael Berrisford created their TriPower Club to encourage and share their fun, well-balanced approach to a healthy lifestyle for not only their own three children but other kids as well.

Head coach: Sprint, Olympic Distance, Half and Full Ironman finisher, Melissa provides an authentic role model for budding triathletes.

Triple-threat kids: July, six day camps for beginner and intermediate ages 5 to 11 and intermediate and advanced ages 12 to 17.

Training buddies: “Tripower helps make me faster. It’s fun to race with your friends,” says Ryan, 8.


Base camp: Summerland.

Training time: July camps. Beginner/intermediate 9:30 to 11 am. Intermediate/advanced 4 to 5:30 pm.

Just sayin’: “The coaches teach us how to cooperate as a team and succeed as an individual. I have learned to have fun while working my hardest in sport and all I do,” says Heming, 12.

Show me the money: $105. Sibling discounts!

More to come:  250.462.4338.


Okanagan Firestorm Cheerleading, Kelowna

Whazzup? More than just a great opportunity to experience tight teamwork, cheerleading offers a chance to develop social and emotional skills in trust, respect, leadership and responsibility while encouraging a high level of athleticism. A niche for every personality and ability level. Stunts, jumps, dance and tumbling in recreational, semi-competitive and all-star competitive programs.

Top of the pyramid: Co-head coaches Nikki and Pete Parrotta established Okanagan Cheerleading Firestorm in 2012.

Stars of the show: Programs for ages 3-and-a-half to 18 and beyond.

Solid support: Boys and girls train and compete together.

Training facility: Gym boasts 5,700 square feet of training, office and meeting space at 5-360 Spedding Court.

Costume time: What’s not to love? Think neon flash and sparkles for performances. Camp T-shirt provided. Pop that over shorts and a good pair of indoor running shoes and you’re good to go for daily practice.

Summer fun: June skill assessments place students in levels. Summer camps start mid-June and run each week Monday to Thursday. 10 am to 3 pm. Light snack provided. Bring a lunch.

Just sayin’: “Thank you for helping me find something I’m passionate about and for always being there. Your pep talks always hyped us up when we were being hard on ourselves. You have made me a stronger, more well-rounded individual, and I will use the skills I gained for the rest of my life,” says a senior athlete in a recent testimonial to coaches Pete and Nikki.

Show me the money: $145.

Anyone can go: Limited scholarships available. Fundraising options offered. Participants encouraged to apply for bursaries through Canadian Tire’s Jumpstart program.

More to come:  250.681.3934 or 778.484.6532


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Patti Shales Lefkos

Freelance writer Patti Shales Lefkos regularly contributes features, as well as Couch Neglector, Who Among Us and Rearview articles. Patti trained as a journalist after a career in education as a teacher, consultant and Vancouver inner city principal. Whether canoeing the Yukon River, backcountry skiing in BC’s Monashee Mountains or trekking in Tibet and Nepal, Patti embraces the culture and environment of wilderness areas. When not travelling or writing, she skis in the winter at her home base at Silver Star Mountain Resort and paddles in summer from her Ontario island cottage.

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