Newsletter February 2015

Adaptive Sports at Sun Peaks is a non-profit organization whose focus is to provide opportunities for people with a wide range of disabilities to participate in adaptive snow sports and recreation programs at Sun Peaks Resort.

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Welcome! 

This newsletter contains brief reports from the various committees, some announcements and information on upcoming events. If you see something missing or would like to contribute, please contact  the newsletter editor. 

Enjoy!

Jodi Roberts

jodikamloops@gmail.com

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President's Report 

I would like to introduce myself as your new President for 2014-15. Adaptive Sports has been a perfect transition to retirement for me after 34 years in the public school system. I worked as a classroom teacher, speech-language pathologist and consultant for students with Autism Spectrum Disorders in Vancouver Island North, Peace River South, Fraser Cascade, Chilliwack, Delta and Abbotsford. I spent 2 years as a Provincial Consultant for Autism Spectrum Disorders and travelled to Prince Rupert, Williams Lake, Duncan, Victoria and probably some other places that I can no longer remember.

How did I land at Sun Peaks with Adaptive Sports? My sister, a Kamloopsian and Sun Peaks Sun Host, introduced me to Dick Taylor and Alan Critchley 3 or 4 years ago. I helped out with a visiting sit ski client where I met Veronica Connors. The rest just fell perfectly into place I took my CADS Level 1 certification in 2012, began instructing, and found myself immersed with a passionate and committed group of volunteer instructors, off snow volunteers, families and corporate supporters. A full-time move from Abbotsford to Sun Peaks for the winter months sealed the deal.

Coming back to Sun Peaks for my second winter was exciting. It takes a team to work towards ASSP’s vision of “Making the Mountain Experience Accessible to All” and I am honoured to be part of this team.

It has been a whirlwind fall beginning with the Sun Peaks Firefighters Gala where Adaptive Sports at Sun Peaks was one of the selected charities. The Gala was followed by four training weekends back-to-back. I attended the CADS Western Pre-Course in Calgary on November 28-30. The next three weekends of training were held at Sun Peaks: BC Adaptive Snowsports Summit on Dec. 5-7 , CADS Level 1 training on Dec. 12-14, and Adaptive Sports at Sun Peaks Volunteer Orientation on Dec. 20. At the same time, registration and scheduling of volunteer instructors, students and office reception staff was ongoing.

I am writing this at the end of seven-consecutive days of launching our 10-week locals program. And what a launch it was. I share with you now some comments from students and instructors that sum up the week and set the tone for subsequent weeks.

How was your day?  

 Responses  from  Students

 

 Student 1: 100%

 Student 2: Great.  Better than great.  Amazing. Are you going to try  snowboarding?

 Student 3: Thank you (with a full face smile)

 Responses  from  Volunteer  Instructors

 

 Kevin: This was everything I expected it to be.

 Corey: Thanks for a great day, Pat.

 Jodi:  My student skied independently without any adaptive equipment.    What a great start to the year!

 Sharon:  I had so much fun!

As volunteers with Adaptive Sports, we get many positive comments about the work we are doing.  What those kind commenters fail to realize is that this work is a two-way street.  We get so much more back than we give.  We appreciate the families who share their children with us so we can experience some of the joy they offer.  Teaching a child to turn for the first time last week, and having him follow me down the 5-Mile for more turns than I could count while he giggled and shrieked was priceless.

Looking forward to a great season with you all at Sun Peaks!

Pat McKimmon,

President

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85 Days of Skiing Fundraising Initiative

In his 85th year, Nick Maika, along with the assistance of the Sun Peaks Antiques Club, is helping to raise funds for Adaptive Sports at Sun Peaks by skiing 85 days this season. 

This fundraising initiative was launched on November 22nd, 2014 and has so far raised $1992.

Please consider supporting Nick on his journey. A tax receipt will be issued to each donor of over $20 at the end of the year the donation was made. 

To make an online donation to help support Nick: 

http://assp.preview.www5.atws.ca/85-days-of-skiing-fundraising-initiative/

Thank you, Nick!

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Instructor Training

A CADS Level 1 Course was held in December 2014 and resulted in the certification of 9 new instructors. 

An additional session of CADS Level 1 will be offered February 6-8th, 2015. Registration is now full. 

On January 11, ASSP instructor Joel Desaulniers successfully completed his CSIA Level 1, thanks to the ongoing support of the Kamloops Blazers Sports Legacy Fund.

Ongoing training opportunities for CSIA Level 1, CADS Level 2, CADS Level 2A and personal ski improvement continue throughout each week of the winter season.

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Adaptive Winter Clothing

Need some help finding appropriate winter clothing for your child?

We've compiled a list of ideas with links:

Jacket with built-in mitts for children who don’t keep their gloves/mitts on.

 K META SNOWSPORT JACKET $199.00

www.lokicanada.com

Mitts for instructors who need access to quick hand/finger mobility

Access Mitt  $65.00

www.lokicanada.com

Samples of helmets with built in flip-up/down visors for children who cannot tolerate goggles:

http://www.osbeusa.com/

N'Ice Caps Kids Thinsulate and Waterproof Easy On Zip-Up Mittens

http://www.amazon.ca/NIce-Caps-Thinsulate-Waterproof-Mittens/dp/B00LU9NN54

The best mitt for tiny hands! Easy on and off with Velcro® closure that goes from the wrist to the fingers.

http://marmot.com/products/details/kids-split-mitt

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Need adaptive clothing for a sit-skier? Check out KoolWay Sports!

http://koolwaysports.com/

Koolway Sports, formed in 2009, is an innovative Canadian clothier and manufacturer based in Whitby, Ontario offering a line of outerwear consisting of KoolKoats, blankets, blanket back, hoods, KoolKapes, KoolBoots and accessories tailored to the needs of users of wheelchairs.

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BC Adaptive Building Our Best (BOB)

The BC Adaptive Building Our Best (BOB) camp took place January 15-18th at Sun Peaks Resort. 

For the development of future ski racers as well as BC Para-Alpine members, this event featured local ski racers Troy Morrison and Blair Jones (4th from the left in the photo), along with their coach Danny Letain.

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Upcoming Events

Family Fun Dual Races

Date Every Saturday, Dec 20 2014 - Mar 21 2015 

Time 3:00pm to 5:00pm

Price FREE

Registration Not required, just drop by!

Phone 250-578-5505

Experience the excitement of racing against friends and family in a fun and safe environment. The course on Sunbeam caters to all ability levels and ages 5 years old and up.

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Contact Us

We'd like to hear from the families of our students! Have something to share? Please email jodikamloops@gmail.com

adaptivesportsatsunpeaks@gmail.com or visit us on the web  http://www.adaptivesportsatsunpeaks.org/