The Prince George Pikes is a new diving club that sees two seven-week programs already at full capacity now with expanded programming available in the spring for those wishing to join.
The Prince George Pikes was launched by Engage Sport North at the Prince George Aquatic Centre and offers introductory and competitive diving to participants of all ages.
“Prince George has been without a diving club for the past 11 years,” Sarah Saunders, Engage Sport North's manager of sport development, said. “With our mission to support and promote sport participation in Northern BC, we saw that the Olympic-level diving boards at the Aquatic Centre were underutilized and decided to do something about it. We are encouraged by the incredible registration numbers for the first programs.”
Engage Sport North believes in delivering inclusive quality programs in physical literacy, sport participation, and high-performance sport across Northern BC.
The Prince George Physical Literacy Table has played a huge role in this mission and has supported Engage Sport North in the development of the Prince George Pikes. Prince George is one of nine B.C. communities to take part in the province-wide Physical Literacy for Communities initiative in BC. The aim of the initiative is to increase the physical activity levels of Prince George children and youth while developing their physical literacy. Additional funding came from Sport for Life and the Public Health Agency Funding.
“There are so many benefits to diving,” Tim Joyce, Prince George Pikes coach, said. “Physical fitness is a large part of diving, and there is also a large mental component that helps with mental health and focus. On the diving board, you have something to strive for, and you’re really up against yourself.”
The Prince George Pikes are applying for not-for-profit status and seeking board members, volunteers, coaches, and athletes with a passion for diving. With more programming opening in the spring, the Pikes need more coaches and volunteers to offer this experience to more athletes.
For more information about the Prince George Pikes email firstname.lastname@example.org or find them at https://www.facebook.com/pgpikes/.