September 15-23 is BC Coaches Week.

To celebrate the special occasion, and acknowledge the tireless work of local volunteer coaches in a myriad of different activities, the Merritt branch of PacificSport has some special events planned.

On Thursday, September 20, a Coaches Social will be held at 7 p.m. at the Civic Centre. The free event is an opportunity for the many coaches from in and around our community to meet and socialize with one another, and also to meet Pacific Sport Development Co-ordinator Colleen Mullin and her assistant Nicole Hardy.

“It will be a chance for local coaches to share coaching philosophies, needs, concerns and so on,” states Mullin. “As well, we’ll also have the honour of a guest speaker, Jill Starr, who will discuss the importance of nutrition and hydration for kids playing sports.”

Also planned for BC Coaches Week are a pair of national certification (NCCP) courses for sports coaches.

On the September 15-16 weekend, in Kamloops, coaches can take the Introduction to Competition Part A module, which includes topics such as Making Ethical Decisions, Planning a Practice and Nutrition.

The following weekend, September 22-23, Part B of the Introductory course is being offered in Merritt. Topics include Teaching & Learning, Designing a Basic Sport program and Mental Skills.

For more information on the NCCP courses, contact PacifisSport Performance Coordi-nator Jennifer Joyce at 250-828-3583 or at [email protected].

To register for the Coaches Social in Merritt, call or email Mullin (250-280-057, [email protected]).

Local golfers shine

Merritt golfer Roger Sloan finished his second season on the Canadian Professional Golf Tour in fine fashion this past weekend, finishing in a tie for fourth place at The Great Waterway Classic in Gananoque, Ontario.

The 25-year-old Sloan fired four sub-par scores, including a sizzling final round 65 to finish at 271, 13-under-par. The winner, Eugene Wong, shot 266 over 72 holes.

Sloan’s fourth place in the CPGT final event equaled his best performance of the 2012 season. He also finished fourth at the Syncrude Boreal Open in Alberta in July.

All-told, Sloan had four top-10 finishes on this year’s CPGT, and total earnings of $22,261.25 (good for 10th. place).

Meanwhile, back in late August, sixteen-year-old Adam Yasunaga of Merritt shot rounds of 84-77-79 for a final score of 240 at the B.C. Juvenile Boys Championship at the Princeton Golf Club. Yasunaga finished tied for 37th place in a field of 92 golfers.

Finally, Merritt’s Diana Lorenz has had a hot hand recently in Ladies’ Night play at the Merritt Golf & Country Club.

Lorenz came in at low gross on both August 28 and September 6 with scores of 40 and 42 respectively.