Newsletter March 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! 

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 

The 10-week Locals Lesson Set is winding down with completion on Sunday, March 15, 2015. It is exciting to see the progress our students have made over the past several weeks. The snowboarding presence in our program has increased this year and the Race Development pilot program has been exciting to watch.

Our volunteers have been busy with locals lessons, hosting guests from out of town and participating in the Special Olympics and Ski for Light volunteer events. With the generosity of Sotheby’s, Adaptive Sports at Sun Peaks entered a team in the TELUS Nancy Greene Alpine Classic. Gerry Tremblay showcased Adaptive Sports by completing the race as a 3-track skier.

As the season winds down, we are looking forward to celebrating the finale of Nick Maika’s 85 Days of Skiing campaign on March 27. Nick has been a terrific ambassador for Adaptive Sports. The ASSP Wind-up Festival for Locals lesson participants will be held on March 29.

Looking ahead to next season, the Sun Peaks Firefighters Charity Gala has again named Adaptive Sports as one of the recipients of the proceeds. The event takes place on opening day in late November, 2015, and any volunteer help in preparing for it is much appreciated.

Thank you to all the ASSP volunteers who make the program possible. Final tallies on volunteer hours are not yet in but it is estimated that we will surpass 3000 hours. Great work, everyone!

Pat McKimmon,

President

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Update! 85 Days of Skiing Fundraising Initiative

Nick Maika is on a mission to ski 85 days at Sun Peaks Resort to raise funds for Adaptive Sports at Sun Peaks.  As of the end of February, Nick had skied over 65 days, raised $2,790 and is showing no signs of slowing down!

Nick's Final Ski Run of the season will happen on March 25th, 2015. Come out and celebrate with him!

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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Season Highlights for the ASSP Race Team 

  

In photo from left to right: Blair Jones, Coach Danny Letain and Troy Morrison 

It's been an exciting season so far! In their first full year of training, Blair Jones and Troy Morrison have progressed extremely well and quickly, according to coach Danny Letain. This is due to their dedication, focus and ability. The two skiers travelled to Silver Star for the Over the Hill Downhill February 13-15, competing in the Adaptive Race Group.    

Thus far they have been in a Building Our Best Camp which included two Giant Slalom Races recently held here at Sun Peaks.  After Silver Star the schedule is as follows.

1. They kicked off the Super G, Giant Slalom as well as Slalom races in the Special O Provincials held here at Sun Peaks February 20th and 21st.

2. Building our Best Slalom Camp with two Slalom Races to be held here at Sun Peaks March 5th to 8th.

3. Building our Best Camp and Western Canadian Championships to held at Silver Star March 19-22nd.

4. Canadian Championships preceeded by a GS and Slalom to be held at Mont Sainte Anne, Quebec March 27-29

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“Making the Mountain Experience Accessible to All” with the Support of the Kamloops Blazers Sports Society

Adaptive Sports at Sun Peaks (ASSP) will continue to deliver high quality
programming at Sun Peaks Resort thanks to the ongoing support of the Kamloops Blazers Sports Society with the recently approved $10,000 grant from the Sports Legacy Fund for enhanced instructor training.

In its seventh year of operation, volunteer-based ASSP provides programming in adaptive snow sports to participants of all ages and disabilities at Sun Peaks Resort to assist them with leading active and healthier lifestyles.

“Volunteer instructors are crucial to our program” says Pat McKimmon, ASSP President –“at the same time it is important to provide high quality instruction for our students. The generous support of the Kamloops Blazers Sports Society in 2014 allowed 23 ASSP instructors to upgrade their certification levels”.

Bob Byrne has been a volunteer instructor since 2013. “The Kamloops Blazers Sports Society provided funding for two important courses in my professional development: the Level 1 course in the Canadian Ski Instructors Alliance (CSIA) program, and the CSIA “Teaching Children” module. These courses have made an immense improvement to my skiing and my teaching. The funding provided by the Sports Legacy Fund is very important to me and to Adaptive Sports at Sun Peaks” said Byrne.

Previous Sports Legacy Fund grants over the years from the Kamloops Blazers Sports Society have allowed for the purchase of highly specialized adaptive equipment. ASSP has experienced tremendous growth over the past several years and providing opportunities for enhanced instructor training will not only have a favourable impact on the long-term sustainability of the program but also on current students in the program.

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Adaptive Sports at Sun Peaks Hit the Slopes at the TELUS Nancy Greene Alpine Classic

On February 21st, 2015 a team comprised of instructors (from left to right - Pat McKimmon, Dick Taylor, Sharon Tremblay and Gerry Tremblay) skied in the annual TELUS Nancy Greene Alpine Classic event thanks to the sponsorship of Sotheby's International Realty Canada, Sun Peaks.

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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.

Nick's Final Run Celebration

March 25th, 2015 

9:00-1:00 pm Sun Peaks Resort

2015 ASSP Winter Wind Up Celebration

March 29th, 2015

11:00 am - Slopeside activities

3:00 pm - Cahilty Creek Bar & Grill 

For tickets, please visit the Adaptive Sports Office at 3160 Creekside Way.

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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/