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Whistler Adaptive Sports Program, (WASP) launches its newest event, the Rotary Recreational GS

Wed, 11/04/2007 - 11:00 pm

Whistler Adaptive Sports Program Launches First Annual Rotary Recreational Giant Slalom
For Immediate Release
The Whistler Adaptive Sports Program, (WASP) launches its newest event, the Rotary Recreational GS on April 21, 2007. The race caps off a hugely successful winter season for the Whistler Adaptive Sports Program. It’s Adaptive Alpine Race Development Program has been providing recreational racing and training opportunities for individuals with a disability in the Whistler Valley since January of 2007. The athletes training within this “club level” racing program will test their skills against Canada’s elite.
The Rotary Recreational Giant Slalom will be held on Whistler Mountain. Up and coming athletes have a rare opportunity to see how they measure up against some of the World’s best. The Canadian Para -Alpine Ski Team will be blasting through the gates alongside athletes relatively new to the sport. Spectators will be treated to watching local and BC favorites Brad Lennae, Matt Hallat, Lauren Woolstencroft and Shona Burton battle it out for overall male and female titles. The race has also attracted the new and up and coming talent of Josh Dueck from Silver Star, winner at the Canadian Para-Alpine National Championships this year. Race entries are coming in from across Canada including Kelly Smith, marathon silver medalist from the Athens Paralympics and a new comer to ski racing! The crowd will also be entertained by last weekends Sun Run winner from the wheelchair racing class, Simon Harrington. Simon will show that he is as equally talented on the snow as he is on the road.
The Whistler Adaptive Sports Program continues to promote the need for grassroots competitive opportunities for athletes with a disability. The creation of a local adaptive ski race will provide a great introduction to the world of alpine ski racing for new athletes. It is also a great training opportunity for our athletes at the Provincial, Canadian and World Cup levels to prepare themselves for 2010. The strong foundation of the WASP: Ski and Scotiabank Learn to Ride Programs will continue to be a focus, as it introduces a wide variety of individuals to the sports of skiing and snowboarding. The unprecedented growth our alpine sports programs this season will continue to ensure that Whistler remains at the leading edge of adaptive alpine opportunities. WASP will be able to ensure that Whistler athletes are at the forefront of Adaptive Alpine Ski and Snowboard Racing.
The Rotary Recreational GS has come about due to the hard work and determination of the Rotary Club of Whistler and WASP volunteers. The support of the Rotarians, through both funding and hundreds of volunteer hours, will ensure that the race is well received. The Rotarians join Scotiabank, Whistler-Blackcomb, the Whistler Brewing Company, the Hilton Whistler, Zog’s, and the Whistler Mountain Ski Club as supporters of the race. The Community Foundation of Whistler and Pacific Sport support the dreams and goals of adaptive alpine athletes by funding the WASP’s Adaptive Alpine Race Development Program.
The Whistler Adaptive Sports Program will be awarding medals in seven different categories on April 21st, as well as the fastest male and female of the day in an Awards Ceremony at the Whistler Mountain Ski Club Cabin.
For further information please contact:
Chelsey Walker, 604-935-940