Regional rec facilities hosting Olympic-themed events

PARKSVILLE — Oceanside Place area has its Spirit of BC Skate and Ravensong Aquatic Centre has a Spirit of BC Swim.

Mike Chestnut

PARKSVILLE — Oceanside Place area has its Spirit of BC Skate and Ravensong Aquatic Centre has a Spirit of BC Swim.

Both Regional District of Nanaimo recreation facilities welcome the start of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver and Whistler, with themed family events this weekend.

On Saturday, OP in Parksville hosts the skate, featuring Olympic events such as speed and figure skating, luge, bobsled, hockey and more. It takes place on the Victor Kraatz ice surface from 2 to 3:30 p.m. and will welcome three or four local Olympic torch bearers.

On Sunday, RAC in Qualicum Beach hosts their swim, with similar Olympic events — designed for an aquatic environment — and torch bearers. This event runs from 1 to 4 p.m.

Regular admission rates apply to both venues.

— Steven Heywood

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