The WASP Sport Academy had a busy summer, training for the Tri-a-Tri early spring and wrapping out the season running the 5 Peaks Trail run in Whistler at the top of Blackcomb Mountain. Local trainer Chris Kennedy, of Black Diamond Fitness, donated his time and worked with the athletes to prepare them for the trail race’s steep climbs, sharp descents and craggy wilderness trails.
Recap of Summer 2011 Programming:
Wrapping up a busy summer, WASP is proud to share that 533 lessons were delivered to athletes – a record number! Despite a slow start thanks to Mother Nature, the tally for WASP lessons shows impressive growth:
Mountain Biking, Biking and Hand-Cycling: 90
Triathlon, Running, Strength and Conditioning: 121
Hiking/Trail Rider: 120
Junior Programs: 25
Book Upcoming Programs and Events:
WASP’s online Calendar of Events is updated weekly. Check it out here to plan your next visit, register for courses, confirm participation in our weekly events, book sport programs, accommodation, lessons and activities.
Join our Team of Passionate Volunteers:
While keeping overhead costs as low as possible, WASP could not operate without the many dedicated volunteers who work enthusiastically behind the scenes and directly with participants. Volunteers for administration, event management, coaching, program delivery and fundraising ensure WASP delivers the best possible experiences for participants. Out-of-town volunteers can now book accommodation at the Whistler Athletes’ Centre Lodge for $35/night until November 1. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 604-905-4493 to book.
Renew Your Membership:
Memberships must be renewed with the WASP Society by October 23 for 2011/2012 and are only $10. Why become a member? WASP membership entitles you to:
Receive communications and newsletters
Attend Society events
Volunteer at functions and programs
Book training and certification
Vote at the AGM
Get involved on WASP committees: for fundraising, events and races
This is group for all friends of the Whistler Adaptive Sports Program to keep up to date with what's happening each season and share stories, photos, videos. Log on to join the WASP Group and spread the word!
Photography generously provided by Joern Rohde.
A Busy Season Providing Access to Sport and Recreation for All
Sign Up For Telus Optik TV in Whistler to Support WASP
For the next year, TELUS will contribute $100* on behalf of every new customer signing up for Optik TV in Whistler to the Whistler Adaptive Sports Program.
“Through sport, members of our community with disabilities have the opportunity to stay healthy, gain independence and indeed, excel in some pretty tough sports,” said Mike Black, TELUS general manager. “As members of the community, our TELUS team is proud to support the Whistler Adaptive Sports Program, along with every new customer who takes advantage of the most advanced suite of TV and High Speed Internet Services available. At TELUS, we are proud to give where we live.”
TELUS has contributed more than $5.1 million and 500 volunteer hours to community initiatives in Whistler since 2000.
Thank These Community Donors
WASP pleased to acknowledge these Whistler clubs and businesses for their recent contributions and support: - American Friends of Whistler donated a further $66,000 to the Jeff Harbers Adaptive Sports Centre, bringing their contribution to $116,000 in total. Many thanks to the AFOW and especially Rene Harbers for this amazing gift - Whistler Adaptive has just received the first of its two new rowing shells – thanks to the Whistler Blackcomb Foundation for their investment in adaptive rowing. See you all next summer on the water to enjoy this new equipment - Several amazing businesses have stepped up to help Raise the Roof on the Jeff Harbers Adaptive Sports Centre:
Delta Whistler Village Suites - $6,763
Weyerhaeuser - $3,500
Coast Mountain Excavations - $3,500 of site prep donated in kind
Fraserwood – one glulam donated in kind (value $3,000)
Bunbury and Associates - $260 of services in kind
- The Whistler Valley Quilters Guild raffled off a quilt at their recent quilt show and raised $3,146.59 - Graeme Martindale (our attorney) raised $335 at a Borden Ladner Gervais fundraiser - TELUS employee donation of $200 – thanks Eileen - We had 5 volunteers out to help with the Warrior Dash, raising $127 – thanks Paul, Sarah, Doug, Bridget and Hazel It’s simple to donate to WASP and each contribution goes a long way. See how your contribution can make a difference. Donate online today.
WASP Academy Raises Funds at Creekbread Event
Working with WASP intern Chrissi Lecompte, members of the WASP Sport Academy organized and managed a fundraiser this summer at Creekbread Pizza. In addition to a busy summer of outdoor sport, the Academy programing includes life skills training and career development. The purpose of the fundraiser was to provide training and experience for the group to learn how to plan, market, and host a fundraising event. They staffed various roles that were directly related to their vocational goals. The $1,198.25 in funds raised will be used to support the Sport Academy program.
Academy member Taylor Mitchell shares his experience on the fundraiser:
Q: What did you learn from the experience of planning an event?
A: I learned how to plan an event, learned where to have a fundraising event in Whistler, managed the raffle ticket sales, handing out tickets and managing the money.
Q: What did you learn about preparing for an event?
A: I learned how to market the event by creating a flyer and handing them out to businesses in Whistler.
Q: What skills do you think you learned from the event?
A: How to hand out raffle tickets, pulling out the raffle numbers while standing in front of a big crowd of people. Counting the money from the raffle tickets is a skill I can use at my work, Earls.
Taylor also shared: "I enjoyed the event and planning it. I would like to plan another one."
For their next fundraiser, the Sport Academy is planning to participate in the upcoming Scotiabank Half-Marathon. The group will take on the challenge of the shorter charity run of the marathon to raise funds.
AGM This Weekend
WASP Annual General Meeting: Whistler Adaptive's Annual General Meeting is scheduled for 1 p.m. on October 23 the Delta Whistler Village Suites. We hope to see you there. We are currently seeking candidates to stand for election for a two year term on our Board of Directors and as the Zone 5 (Whistler Adaptive) Representative to the Disabled Skiers Association of BC (DSABC). The Zone 5 Representative is appointed by the Board of Directors of Whistler Adaptive to represent our society on the Board of Directors of DSABC. If you have any questions concerning the AGM, would like to request a nomination package and job descriptions for either the Board of Directors positions or the Zone 5 Representative please contact Chelsey Walker at 604-905-4493.
Coming in November
Jeff Harbers Adaptive Sports Centre Official Opening: With the roof already installed at the new Jeff Harbers Adaptive Sports Centre on Whistler mountain, WASP executive director Chelsey Walker is pleased to report that the capital construction project is on track for a November official opening. The project has been designed with ADA building code standards, ensuring it is accessible to all and thanks to the generous contributions of several sub contractors and trades, the project is coming along under budget. Stay tuned for more information on this groundbreaking event to showcase WASP’s new base on the mountain.