I have it on good authority that spring is coming.Officially, spring begins on March 20, at 4:58 CDT, but I certainly realize that might be hard to believe. Especially now that the white snow has turned to dirty brown concrete and the temperature is still below zero. However, based on nearly 70 years of experience, I’d say spring is right around the corner. That is, if 6-8 weeks is right around the corner.
With spring comes the commensurate change in our sporting passions. We put the skates and skis away and bring out the bats, balls and golf clubs. Indoor volleyball becomes (real) beach volleyball. Basketball heads outside. And indoor soccer turns into intense, but invigorating runs on the outdoor pitch.
In this issue of SportsLife, we’ll say good-bye to winter and welcome spring with open hearts – and a touch of flood related anxiety. We’ll take a look at the 2019 Canada Winter Games and Manitoba’s gold-medal finishes in speedskating (Tyson Langelaar and Alexa Scott), Nordic para-skiing (Jesse Bachinsky) and archery (Austin Taylor). As well, in this issue of SportsLife, we pay tribute to U of W basketball stars Faith Hezekiah and Narcisse Ambanza, introduce you to Water Polo goaltenders Claire and Serena Bredin and diver Serena Buchwald. As well, we have a tribute to the newest inductees into the Manitoba Softball Hall of Fame, news of a new curling bonspiel honoring the great Bob Picken and plenty of track and field, ringette, football and basketball.
It’s not only our spring issue, but our awards issue, as well. It’s another jam-packed issue of SportsLife to welcome spring. And yes, it will get here. Eventually.