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Kingston Sport and Social Club
By Taylor Weaver | Photos by Scott Adamson
The tagline of Kingston Sport and Social Club may say it all: it’s recess for adults. Launched in 2005, the club offers a variety of co-ed recreational sports and social gatherings throughout the year, for anyone 19 years of age or older. The twist is that in addition to the series of organized sports from baseball to dodge ball to curling, the social aspect of the league is just as important as the game itself. With three different levels of play — recreational, intermediate and competitive — this growing club involves more than 1,500 Kingstonians playing every week at sports fields and indoor courts throughout the city year-round. Because new members can sign up as individuals, groups or a full team, each group has a unique combination of characters. We talked with two participating teams about how their groups came together.
THE QUARRY DIGGERS, Beach Volleyball League
“I am a pharmacist at Quarry Medical Pharmacy, but I usually tell people I am a mom,” says Kitty Kerr (1), who joined the league when Tim Everdell (2), also a pharmacist and the owner of Quarry Medical Pharmacy, was looking to enter a beach volleyball team into the KSSC league. Everdell’s wife, Chris (3), is a pediatric occupational therapist. “I usually play court volleyball in the winter but started playing beach when my husband put a team together,” she says. “I played court volleyball with Kitty and Chris and began playing beach when Tim put a team together,” says Ivana Corsi (4), a teacher at Frontenac Secondary School.
SONS OF PITCHES, Softball League
Allan Varrette (1) and Miranda Dunlop (2) joined the league as individuals and ended up on this team together. “I had to fill in for a friend,” says Michelle Palmer (3), a nursing student, “and I kept playing.” “I am a student here in Kingston and joined the league through word of mouth,” says Liam Kelly (4). Kim Gascoigne (5) of the Kingston Humane Society came to the team the same way. “I work at the Cataraqui Golf and Country Club and started playing with the league when my sister got me into it,” says Jeremy Theriault (6). Matt Linton (7) is the club’s main organizer as the sport manager with Kingston Sport and Social Club.