Sports Groups Receive Funding from Province
The Government of Ontario awarded Kingston: Partners for a Safe Community a $12,167 grant to implement a new program in Kingston called Paddle Safe Kingston.
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Kingston: Partners for a Safe Community (KPSC) was one of a number of local Kingston & Area organizations that received support through the Ontario Sport and Recreation Communities Fund, to help Kingstonians of all ages get moving and lead healthier lives.
KPSC partnered with the Limestone Boat and Board Club (LB&BC) to bring Kingston and Area a new and exciting program called Paddle Safe Kingston. Thanks to the Government of Ontario, the program was able to come to fruition in Summer 2016. The funding KPSC received was used to purchase the equipment and training required to get the program off the ground. The program offers Kingstonians the opportunity to participate in free paddle boarding clinics over the summer. The clinics consist of both a classroom based theory component and an on-water practical component. The first clinic ran the second week of July and the clinics continue to run throughout August and potentially into September as well.
Sophie Kiwala, MPP for Kingston and the Islands, said, "Funding from the Ontario Sport and Recreation Communities Fund will help increase access to sport and recreation programs so the people of Kingston can get fit and stay healthy."
The Paddle Safe Kingston clinics educate children and adults with on-water skills and tools to stay safe while on or near the water so that Kingstonians can take advantage of Kingston's beatuiful waterfront. The program is accessible, it allows people to learn a new sport, get some exercise and stay safe while participating.