Hudson Lebold kept his eye on the whiffle ball during the Try It! Fair Saturday at the Langley Events Centre. Eight-year-old Hudson was trying pickleball which will be one of the sports included in the BC Seniors Games hosted by Langley Sept. 9-13, 2014. Photograph by: Troy Landreville - See more at: http://www.langleyadvance.com/news/lec-visitors-give-variety-of-sports-a-try-1.716056#sthash.7HtDf9v7.dpuf
Pickleball was all the rage Saturday at the Langley Events Centre. Racquets in hand, kids and adults tried the unique sport, a hybrid between tennis, ping pong, and badminton.
They bounced a whiffle ball back and forth over a lowered net during the Township of Langley-hosted Try It! Fair held inside the LEC’s Building B. The free annual event is part of Sports Day in Canada and is put on in partnership with the LEC, Pacific Sport, and the City of Langley. The day offered a dozen different sports and activities.
Just some of the stations included ball hockey through the Valley Ball Hockey Association, gymnastics hosted by the Langley Gymnastics Foundation, and martial arts demonstrations from Shorei-Kai Canada Karate and Woo Kim Tae Kwon Do.
Fair organizer and Township of Langley Recreation Coordinator Stephanie Eby said the event recognizes the importance of sport and being active for life. “We wanted people to try the different sports that are out there,” she added. “We tried to pick some local sports organizations that you might not have heard of before.”
Basketball and pickleball were two of the more popular activities, Eby said, noting that pickleball will be included in the next BC Seniors Games hosted by Langley Sept. 9-13, 2014.
“It’s something we wanted to highlight at this event,” Eby said, regarding pickleball. “We definitely want people to find a way to be active for life. We know that a certain sport isn’t for everybody so that’s why we’re showcasing as many as we can, so they can find their way to get active.”