The Future looks friendly for Silver Star Adaptive Ski Racers
Silver Star Adaptive Snowsports High Performance Team has been given a welcoming boost for their disabled ski racers. During the Disabled Ski Association of B.C. Provincial Championships at Whistler in April the Organization received a donation of $10.000, from TELUS.
The cheque was handed over by Steve Podborski, member of the legendary Crazy Canucks Ski Team, multiple World Cup Champion and Olympic Medalist, now the director of sports marketing for the TELUS Corporation.
“Steve was amazing,” says Britta Gretzmacher, a SSASS coach. “He took the time to meet us on top of the hill and engaged everyone into a conversation and some laughs about skiing. The racers are still talking about it today! With this generous donation, we are now able to upgrade our equipment and extend our program over the next few years.”
The team of nine athletes had some outstanding results. Chelaine McInroy took the championship in the female sit ski category, Les Elb a Bronze Medal in the male category, David McInroy a Bronze in the standing category, his brother Michael coming in sixth and Justin Sigal ninth.
“We are very proud of our team and hope this motivates more disabled people to come out and try this sport”, adds Gretzmacher. "SSASS welcomes athletes of all ages with a variety of disabilities. We welcome beginners, or seasoned skiers who would like to take advantage of our services, including those who qualify for Special Olympics.”
Silver Star Adaptive Snowsports is a nonprofit charitable organization that relies on volunteers and donations to run their programs. It provides, free of charge, lessons by qualified instructors and adaptive equipment.
“We are very fortunate to have Silver Star Mountain Resort supporting us in the past years. We are looking forward to another successful season in this Olympic year. We will all be cheering on one of our past students, Josh Dueck, who will be competing in the Paralympics at Whistler as a favorite for the gold! It is all very exciting” says Gretzmacher.
If you would like more information, to sign up as a student or volunteer, SSASS will be available during the Vernon Ski Club annual Ski Swap at the Vernon Rec Centre on Saturday, Oct. 17.
You can also go to the SSASS website www.ssass.bc.ca or call 250- 260-3737.