Western Canadian Para Alpine Championsh​ips to take place in Silver Star this weekend


February 27, 2013, Vancouver, BC (ISN) – The Disabled Skiers Association of BC (DSABC) and the Vernon Ski Club (VSC) are set to host the 2013 Western Canadian Para Alpine Championships at Silver Star Resort in Vernon March 2-3, 2013.

This Alpine Canada Alpin (ACA) sanctioned event acts as the highest level of competition in the province of British-Columbia for skiers with disabilities, outside of the NorAm races.

The two day event will consists of two GS races on the morning of Saturday, March 2nd on Big Dipper and two Slalom races on the morning of Sunday, March 3rd from the top of Walt’s Run ending on Big Dipper. A total of 23 racers from across BC, Alberta and Saskatchewan with both cognitive and physical disabilities are set to compete over the weekend. With nine athletes in the sit-skier category, including some of ACA’s Canadian Para Alpine Ski Team prospects, it promises to be exciting and produce some very close results.

An awards banquet is scheduled to take place on Saturday evening at Katz Restaurant to recognize the day’s winners and to celebrate DSABC’s 40th Anniversary.

Preceding the two day race, athletes will have the opportunity to take part in DSABC’s Building Our Best (BOB) camps on Thursday, February 28th & Friday, March 1st.

“The BOB program has been revamped in the last couple of years to meet many needs, and fill gaps throughout the whole program in BC. We look at addressing the need to provide more opportunities for all our members to participate in a race, who might not otherwise have the opportunity, whilst at the same time training coaches, officials, and ski racers. It is also designed as a tool to discover potential future BC Para Alpine Athletes.” says Fannie Smith, High Performance Manager for DSABC.

“Events such as these would not be possible without the support of ACA and the local ski clubs such as the Vernon Ski Club and others we work with and we are grateful for the great partnerships we have forged over the years” says Jim Dixon, Executive Director for DSABC.

For more information on the Building Our Best Program and the Disabled Skiers Association of BC, please visit their website at www.dsabc.ca.

For more information on Alpine Canada Alpin, please visit their website at www.alpinecanada.org.

The Disabled Skiers Association of BC has been delivering adaptive snowsports program throughout BC since 1973. Their programs, from the grass roots level to the BC Para Alpine Ski Team aims at introducing individuals with cognitive and/or physical disabilities to the freedom and therapeutic

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