Newsletter Winter 2014

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.


From the Board of Directors of Adaptive Sports at Sun Peaks, we would like to welcome you to the very first publication of our quarterly newsletter. This newsletter will contain 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 one of the newsletter co-editors. 


Newsletter co-editor: Jodi Roberts

Newsletter co-editor: Lisa Bentz

Presidents Report

First and most importantly,  I would like to thank all of our amazing volunteers for their ongoing dedication  to our students and program. I have said it many times before, and will continue saying it – without YOU...we could not have a program!!

Secondly I would like to thank all of our students for their energy, exuberance and efforts at improving their skiing and snowboarding every day they are on the mountain. YOU inspire us, make us smile and teach all of us every day. What an amazing team we are together!!

This year we have put a lot of effort into fundraising and grant/sponsorship applications and it has really paid off!!

We would like to acknowledge the generous support to date from the following donors, sponsors and supporters:


KGHM international Ltd – Ajax Project

Sun Peaks Mountain Resort Municipality

Canadian Paralympics Committee

Province of BC – Community Gaming Grants

Sotheby’s International – Sun Peaks – Liz Forster

Mascon Cable

Sun Peaks Antiques

Kamloops Kiwanis

BC Adaptive Snowsports

Kamloops Foundation

Kamloops Blazers Foundation – Sport Legacy Fund

Sun Peaks Resort Corporation

Electronics Recycling Association of BC

Sun Peaks Independent News

Cahility Lodge

1st Class Condition – Kyle Rolfe

ASSP CADS Festival Bursary

ASSP is once again able to offer a $500 CADS Festival Bursary to an ASSP student to help subsidize the expense of attending this national adaptive Festival, being held in Kimberly, BC this year. The recipient of the ASSP CADS Festival Bursary this year is Troy Morrison. 

The Bursary recipient last year was Cassie Kennedy (photo from left, Gerry, Cassie and Sharon) and she had a wonderful experience and learned a great deal. 



New Home and Expanded Programs

by Pat McKimmon

Following a busy holiday season that saw students coming from as far away as Australia and North Carolina far and wide, Adaptive Sports at Sun Peaks (ASSP) officially launched their “Local Lesson Program” on January 6, 2014.

Made up of over 25 students from the TNRD region, the ASSP locals program has increased this year from eight to 10 weeks in duration.  ASSP provides both ski and snowboard lessons adapted for any participant who requires additional assistance.  Students with a wide variety of needs can be accommodated.  A dedicated group of volunteers has coordinated the program which requires a minimum of two instructors for each student.  Approximately 40 volunteer instructors are scheduled for the weekly lessons.

On top of the program developments, Adaptive Sports has settled into its new home.  The new Adaptive Sports Centre (ASC) is located in the Coast Sundance Lodge and has proven to be an ideal setting for assessing students and meeting with their families.  The centre is wheelchair accessible, close to the Village Day Lodge and contains space for the instructors to pick up identification for the students and fill in progress reports.

Instructors will continue to work with students from outside the TNRD, many of whom return to Sun Peaks annually, in addition to working with the locals program.  Mentoring and ongoing training opportunities will also continue throughout the season to assist with the rapid growth the program has experienced in recent years.

Adaptive Sports at Sun Peaks (ASSP) is a volunteer organization relying solely on fundraising.  ASSP appreciates the support of Sun Peaks Resort Corporation.  The Sun Peaks Mountain Resort Municipality, as well as several local businesses at Sun Peaks, also provide ongoing support.

Instructor Training

Training and orientations have really been ‘stepped up’ this season with more opportunities and more participants involved than ever before in the history of the program.  

Ongoing Instructor training has been held regularly focusing on sit-ski tethering and teaching, lesson progression and CSIA methodology.  All sessions have been well attended and it is very gratifying to see the ‘sea of red jackets’ gathered outside the VDL for training on Saturdays and Sundays.

Another CADS 1 Instructor Course will be held this weekend with lots of locals registering. Expect to see more faces maybe shadowing your lessons.

ASSP is grateful to the Blazers Foundation for their grant to us for up to $10,000 to be used for our volunteers to undertake CSIA/CASI Instructor Certification courses. This funding can be extended to December for those who prefer a bit more practice time.

“Hats off” to all of our volunteer instructors for their commitment and enthusiasm.  You are an amazing group of dedicated individuals!!  Thank you.

 Dick, Veronica and Neil

Equipment Corner

We continue to acquire new adaptive equipment  and make “adaptations” to our existing equipment to be available to our students. We have had the following new equipment added to our inventory:

Eartec Headsets – Funded by the Sun Peaks Antiques and the Canadian Paralympic Committee

HOC Mono Sit Ski and Outriggers – partially funded by grant from BC Adaptive Snowsports

HOC Bi Sit Ski – on order and awaiting delivery -  funded by the Kamloops Foundation –

Thank you Frith Powell for your efforts at refurbishing and adapting some of our existing older sit skis to make them more useable for our students!

 If any equipment needs attention or repair, please bring it to our attention.


Kamloops Adapted Sports Association

The Association was formed in January of 2013 by Jessica and Jon Vliegenthart. The goals of the Association are to: 

-Provide adapted and integrated sport opportunities in Kamloops and the Thompson-Nicola Regional District.

-Create an active, safe and fun environment for new participants and athletes seeking a more competitive experience in the Kamloops area. 

-Eliminate barriers and to improve overall fitness and performance for our participants by providing equipment and trained volunteers.

Sports: Wheelchair basketball, Tennis & Rugby; Spin Classes: Adaptive Road Biking

A couple of snowboarders and their instructors taking a break recently in the glorious sunshine at Sun Peaks Resort.

Photo credit: Sharon Tremblay

Testimonial from Parents

My family has had the privilege and joy of being part of the Adaptive Sports at Sun Peaks this year. My son, Cash has never been on downhill skis before and we always have our reservations to try something new since he can become anxious and agitated when he is not familiar to new environments, people and situations. Thankfully, we have been introduced to Pat McKimmon, Selishia Smith, Sheila Powell and Dick Taylor who have taken Cash under their wing and introduced him to something that he now requests every weekend. The joy on his face, the confidence and improvement progresses every weekend. The mentioned instructors are patient, encouraging and are always pushing Cash to the next level of his abilities. We are truly thankful for being introduced to this program. The worst thing about it, is that it will eventually come to an end when the season is over……

Until then, thanks for everything.



From another parent:

My son Westin lives with a severe intellectual disability and mild autism. He has skied with the ASSP program at Sun Peaks for the last four winters. The program provides safe and fun-loving volunteers who enjoy working with people with exceptionalities. Westin has gained strength, endurance, and an understanding of needing to stay within the boundaries of the ski runs. Most of all he has benefited from the social interaction and positive  relationships with the ASSP staff, volunteers and other skiers. His smile says it all. He loves to ski and he loves to be outdoors. Thanks to the enrichment of the ASSP program, Westin will have a leisure activity that he can participate in for the rest of his life.

Upcoming Events

CADS Festival

Kimberly, BC March 16-21, 2014

ASSP Windup Festival 

Please SAVE THE DATE for the Adaptive Sports at Sun Peaks (ASSP) Winter Festival and Wind Up

Sunday, March 23rd
1:00 p.m. Slope Side Activities
5:00 p.m. Bentos Dinner and Awards (tickets available at a later date)

* We are graciously accepting donated items for door prizes

Questions: Contact Wendy Wilcox at or 604.970.9508

CSIA Level 1 Training Session 

Sun Peaks Resort March 28-30, 2014