Congratulations to BC's very own, Braydon Luscombe, Mel Pemble and Alex Cairns for their recent selection to the Paralympic roster for the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeong-Chang, South Korea.
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The BC Adaptive Snowsports and Rocky Mountain Adaptive Snowsports All Mountain Camp took place in Sun Peaks last weekend. The event which brought together 30 participants with disabilities featured skiers and snowboarders from BC, Alberta and Saskatchewan raging in age from 10-65 years old!
Happy Holidays to you and yours from all of us at BC Adaptive Snowsports.
Please note that our offices will be closed on December 22, 25 & 26 and January 1st. Our staff will be working limited hours during the rest of the holiday period. Thank you for your patience and cooperation and Happy Holidays!
The Vancouver Island Society for Adaptive Snowsports introduces "Have-a-Go" for the 2017-2018 season.
Their HAVE-A-GO program invites you up to Mount Washington to have-a-go at the adaptive snow sport of your choice. Whether you choose adaptive skiing, sit-skiing, snowboarding or Nordic skiing, they’ll help you get started.
The 4th Annual Black Diamond Gala took place on Saturday, November 18th at the Westin Bayshore in Vancouver's beautiful coal harbor. The event raised over $100,000 which will help BC Adaptive Snowsports continue to build programs such as their Equipment Grant, giving freedom to individuals with disabilities to hit the slopes.
With the leaves changing, it's only a matter of time before the snow starts to fall which is why we are very excited to partner with Stripes Gear to offer our Members a special offer on their custom machine knit base layers.
"STRIPES GEAR base layers are the ideal next-to-skin garment for any outdoor activity or for just keeping you warm on those cold days & nights. The polypropylene fiber transfers perspiration to the outside of the garment to evaporate – creating a personal ‘climate control zone’ and preventing post-exercise chill.
Please click HERE for the official announcement from Nigel Collett, President and Board Chair and Wayne Leslie, CEO
It was a gorgeous day of golf in support of BC Adaptive Snowsports!
We are please to announce that the tournament raised a fantastic $26,000!
TO: All members in good standing of BC Adaptive Snowsports
FROM: Nigel Collett, President
Wayne Leslie, CEO
Date: Saturday, October 14, 2017
Location: BCAS Offices
780 SW Marine Drive
Vancouver, BC, V6P 5Y7
Time: 10:30 am (Registration)
11:00 am (Annual General Meeting)
Calling all golfers! Especially those who love a great place to play that supports great cause. Our 3rd annual fundraising golf tournament, hosted by our friends at Sun Peaks Grand Hotel & Conference Centre, is September 15th. Donovan Tildesley, who along with being a Paralympic swimmer is also an avid blind skier, golfer and long time BCAS supporter, will be joining us again. We hope you will too.
OF COURSE YOU DO!
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BC Adaptive Snowsports is proud to have partnered with the Live it! Love it! Foundation annual sit-ski camp at Revelstoke last March. Below is a description of this year's event by Jeff Scott, the founder of the Live it! Love it! Cameron Lochhead and Landon McGauley helped out as BC Adaptive Snowsports' mentors for the camp which also saw BC Para-alpine Ski Team alumnis Ben & Jeff Thompson step in as coaches for the Live it! Love it! Camp.
From Blog Post (http://www.liveitloveit.org/3408-2/)
(Photo L to R: Sarah MacLeod, President - Whistler Adaptive Sports; Brian Rode, BC Adaptive Snowsports/Whistler Adaptive Sports; Jason Campbell, BC Adaptive Snowsports; Wayne Leslie, BC Adaptive Snowsports; Norman Mastalir, Fairmont Chateau Whistler, Wendy Hargreaves, Fairmont Chateau Whistler; Chelsey Walker, Whistler Adaptive Sports; Susan Hughes, BC Adaptive Snowsports)
From my point of view: A Happy Place by Landon McGauley
At BC Adaptive Snowsports, we strive to make the mountains more accessible to our members. One of the ways in which we have been able to do so this year is through a record number of BCAS Travel Grants. The cost of traveling to and participating in adaptive snow sports related activities can be quite prohibitive for some and we are happy to be able to assist 18 members and their families by providing them with BCAS Travel Grants to the 2017 CADS Festival in Sun Peaks.
One of the recognized barriers to participation in snowsports is the cost of specialized, adaptive equipment. To reduce this barrier BC Adaptive Snowsports created the Adult Adaptive Equipment Grant Program. Available to adults (19 years of age and older) with cognitive and/or physical disabilities, the program’s goal is to increase the number participants who can affordably access skiing and snowboarding by providing financial assistance to help with the cost of purchasing adaptive equipment.
The Northern Sport Accessibility Initiative (NSAI) is a pilot project through the Ministry of Community Sport and Cultural Development and viaSport to examine barriers around and increase opportunities available to people with disabilities (visible, invisible, sensory, cognitive and physical) in Northern B.C. around physical activity, recreation and sport. Four main areas of focus are guiding this three-year pilot -Awareness, Participation, Capacity and Sustainability.
BC Adaptive Snowsports recognizes the high cost of participating in Adaptive Snowsports and traveling to events. We are pleased to offer six $500 Building Our Best Travel Grants. This grant is available to any BCAS member who fulfills the following requirements:
BCAS, CADS Alberta and Rocky Mountain Adaptive are excited to partner to host two All Mountain Camps this season starting with Panorama February 2-5, 2017.