Black light Speedminton to make Vancouver beach glow tonight

Organizers of this evening's outdoor event will use neon face painting, glowing rackets and custom shuttlecocks, and a black light to create a colourful show.

Neon face paint and glowing rackets will create colourful evening at Jericho Beach, says organizer

If Vancouver's recent heat wave put you off exercising during the day, you might want to try an evening activity like Speedminton, which is happening tonight at Jericho Beach.

Speedminton, which was invented in Berlin, gets its name from the high speed of the shuttlecock hit back and forth between opponents, which can reach speeds of up to 200 km/h.

Michele Matthews, who represents Canada's exclusive distributor of Speedminton equipment, says the game is a combination of other racket sports, primarily tennis, badminton, squash and raquetball.

"Mix them all together and you get a net-free game, portable courts, a game anybody can play, daytime or night, indoors or out," Matthews says.

Organizers of this evening's free outdoor event at Jericho are providing neon face paint, glowing rackets and custom shuttlecocks (called speeders), along with black light lighting to create a colourful show.

"It will look like a star pattern of portable courts… People [may] choose to paint their bodies, and come that way. It will just be major fun," says Matthews.

Coaches will be on hand starting at 6:30 p.m. PT to give a few lessons to anybody who wants to learn how to play.

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