ISN – (Vernon, BC) – On March 19th, over 20 athletes with disabilities from British-Columbia and Alberta will gather at Silver Star Mountain Resort for the 2015 BC Adaptive Snowsports (BCAS) Western Canadian Championships. This is the second time in the last three years that the Vernon Ski Club and Silver Star Mountain Resort play host to this event that brings athletes with both cognitive and physical disabilities together for four days of adaptive ski racing.
Leading the camp are Provincial Para-alpine coach and Vernon resident John Newton and former Canadian Para-alpine prospect athlete Ben Thompson. Participants will take part in two days of training and receive mentoring from Newton & Thompson as well as from other senior Para-alpine athletes, including Jeff Thompson from Whistler. Thompson, a veteran on the BC Team and Canadian team prospect, will be retiring his sit-ski following this event. A natural born leader with a lot of experience to offer, Thompson is sure to be missed by his fellow racers.
Racers from across British-Columbia and Alberta will hit the course on Saturday, March 21st and Sunday, March 22nd to compete in both Slalom and GS events, looking to be crowned the Western Canadian Champion. Also participating are 2015 Canada Winter Games BC Team members Landon McGauley from Quesnel, Melissa Pemble from Victoria, Mark Robertson from North Vancouver and local skier Chelaine McInroy.
The Western Canadian Championships are a Building Our Best (BOB) event, a program offered by BC Adaptive Snowsports. The BOB program was initiated in 2003 in response to the recognized gap in athlete development between the recreational skier and the high performance athlete. BCAS recognized the opportunity for organizational and personal growth achievable through such a program as BOB. The program is designed to offer BCAS members the opportunity to train and compete in a structured alpine race program. Through world class coaching, it provides members with the relevant skills and techniques that will enable them to compete at the highest level they aspire.
In order to offer program such as these, BCAS relies on many community partners and is thankful for the generous funding provided by the Robert L. Conconi Foundation and the BC Rehab Foundation, furthermore, events such as these would not be possible without the support and warm hospitality of organizations such as the Vernon Ski Club and Silver Star Mountain Resort.