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Kayak for KidSport an easy way to test the waters

KidsSport Moose Jaw chair John Eberl noted that one entry into the corporate challenge could put three kids into an organized sport, which is why they are holding this event
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The event will launch onto Plaxton's Lake by the Kiwanis Pavilion, with volunteers present to help people into their boats.

Maybe you’ve paddled before, or maybe you’re a first-timer interested in learning the secrets of kayaking — either way, Kayak for KidSport welcomes you to join the fun and support local kids in their sporting dreams.

On July 14, down at the pier by the Kiwanis Pavilion in Wakamow Valley, KidSport Moose Jaw has planned a top-notch morning of canoeing and kayaking for all ages. 

For $20 per adult or $30 per family, participants are invited to a free breakfast before they take to the lake from 9:30 until 11am. All the necessary equipment will be provided — boats, paddles, and life preservers.

Participants are welcome to bring their own gear down as well, as the event is open to paddlers of all experience levels. 

Bryan VanTassal, from Boh’s Cycle and Sporting Goods, will be providing his expertise and guiding kayakers through the ins and outs of the sport before they hit the lake on their own.

For those who want to take a shot at winning some great prizes — like a kayak, mountain bike, paddle board and gear, among others — there will be an easy obstacle course set up to try out those water skills. 

Whoever brings back the most markers from the course has a chance to take home one of the prizes, generously donated by Boh’s Cycle and Sporting Goods.

John Eberl, chair at Moose Jaw KidSport, wanted the inaugural event to offer something new and different for families to try out. 

“We thought that it was kind of a family-oriented event, and not all people get the opportunity to get out on the water in a kayak or a canoe,” said Eberl. “We wanted to make this kind of a unique event.”

Kayak for KidSport has also planned a corporate challenge from 11am to 12:30pm, inviting local businesses, companies, or groups of friends to compete for the #K4K Trophy and bragging rights. 

A $250 donation to KidSport is the entry fee, and the winners will take home the trophy, some memorable t-shirts, and have a $500 donation to the charity of their choice, in their name. Alongside that donation will be another $500 donation, in their names, to KidSport. 

All of the proceeds from the event will go directly back into KidSport Moose Jaw, to help put local kids into sports programs. 

Registration isn’t required, but Eberl encourages families and companies to sign up and offer their support for the KidSport program through the link on their Facebook page.

For more information about the event, contact John Eberl at KidsSport at or by calling (306) 540-4153.