Rotary Club of Oak Bay Victoria British Columbia Canada Rotary District 5020
2008-2009 Rotary International Theme: Make Dreams Real
District 5020 Governor 08-09: Brian Beagle Assistant Governor: David Stocks
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Program for February 24, 2009, reported by Neil Madsen. CLICK HERE for Print Version

Vocational Visit to the Pacific Institute for Sport Excellence (PISE)

PISE - Joan and girlsJoan is flanked by Tour Guide Sarah Juricic (Joan's right) from PISA and staff member Lauren Miller who gave an overview of the fitness center.

The Club met at the PISE for a Vocational Meeting. 29 Club members attended, along with three visitors. The visitors were Donna Blackstock, guest of Joan Firkins, and Corey and Brian Burger, guests of Mary Canty.

The PISE is housed in a very modern building which just opened last September. Our guide for the tour was Sarah Juricic. The first facility we visited was the Sports Lab. Here there was equipment for a number of tests by which the metabolic and physical state of athletes can be measured. For example, there is the measurement of oxygen uptake and/or lactate production during exercise. A thermal lab permits assessment of exercise under stressful temperature conditions while in yet another facility the oxygen content of the atmosphere can be lowered to simulate high altitudes.

We next descended to the ground floor where there are two shiny new basketball courts. This is the new permanent home for the Camosun basketball team, the Camosun Chargers. Just outside is the Alex Campbell Field with an all weather artificial turf for soccer. Several local soccer teams use it, as well as field hockey and lacross teams. There are several gyms filled with a bewildering array of ingenious instruments to torture the aspiring athlete, or even just a middle-aged Rotarian who wishes to improve his or her physical condition. The PISE brochure boasts of more than 250 pieces of fitness equipment. Personally, at my age, whenever I feel an urge to exercise I just lie down until it goes away.

Another interesting facility was the Regeneration Room. It contained several tubs with temperature-controlled water, and behind each one was a shower. Apparently athletes after heavy workouts designed to build up their muscle strength like to jump into a cold water tub for one minute, then to a hot shower, and repeat the cycle. It works the tightness out of the stressed muscles and aids in faster improvement in strength. We were provided with brochues outlining the various programs available for this spring to any member of the community. Was anyone tempted?

PISE Neil Joan Tav
Our guide was thanked by Joan Peggs (seen above with President Neil and Tav Macpherson) and President Neil presented Sarah with one of our 4-Way Test mugs, and also expressed our appreciation to Joan Peggs for organizing this outing.

We then sat down to a very nice luncheon, capping a most interesting Vocational Meeting.
















PISE Sculpture


March 2009 Programs
March 3 - Sylvan Learning Centre - Penny Loome
March 10 - Kathy Upton - George Jay School - Their Literacy projects
March 17 - Lieutenant Governor (Stephen Pointe)
March 24 - Literacy programs at The Oak Bay Library. Neil McAllister (Librarian)
March 31 - Social Tuesday - Social Committee
03-Mar Lawrie MacPherson McLean Maxwell McDougall
10-Mar McLeod McLaughlin Murray Mutter Nazar
17-Mar Ockermueller O'Coffey Petrie Peggs Philip
24-Mar Pitt Edgell Prentice Pritchard Schopper
31-Mar Sims Snively Timmermans Timmermans Aked
Cash Desk: Sim; 50-50: Jackson

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