February 7, 2015 – Sun Peaks, B.C. 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.