Lightning sign basketball players


The Pictou County Lightning Association’s basketball registration has begun in earnest.

Newly installed Lightning president Peter Douthwright was among those present taking registrations for the group’s various teams on Saturday at the Pictou County Wellness Centre.

He said there will likely be at least as many players and teams as last season, based on those who have signed up so far.

“We expected more than 400 players,” he said. “We’re getting more and more coaches and parents involved.”

Douthwright replaces Allan Floyd who resigned but is expected to remain involved with the program.

“I am very honoured and excited to take on this role,” Douthwright said. “Allan Floyd has been so great for the program, but I know I can reach out to him anytime.”

Douthwright moved with his family to Pictou County in August 2015 and has been impressed with the passion people have shown for the program.

Registration took place on Saturday and Sunday at the Wellness Centre and will continue on August 26 and 27 from 1 to 5 p.m. and on September 13 from 5 to 8 p.m.

The registration fee of $50 for boys and girls aged seven to 17 will cover skills sessions and the season of playing time.

Five skills sessions have been scheduled for successive Saturdays from September 16 to October 15 at the Wellness Centre.

The skills sessions will lead to forming competitive teams for those interested.

Lightning president Peter Douthwright, left, gets help from his daughter Avery during registration on Saturday at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. (Goodwin photo)

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