Sun Peaks Alpine Club (SPAC) were recipients of a $25,550 grant from the B.C. provincial government’s Community Gaming Grants program.
Daimion Applegath, SPAC president, said they were excited to receive the funding, which was significantly higher than grants they had received in the past.
“We apply for these grants every year. The grant we received this year was about $3,000 more than we’ve received in the past,” Applegath said.
“It makes up a large part of our operating budget and it’s an instrumental part in being able to have a full time employee.”
Applegath said the grant allowed the club to employ head coach, Montana Molyneux, on an annual salary for the first time ever.
“It’s a huge benefit to the club. It helps to pay for our employees which allows us to run our programs. In conjunction with these grants we also do our own fundraising, as a non-profit organization.”
Terry Lake, MLA for Kamloops-North Thompson, said he was delighted with the grant.
“Not only is skiing a great sport for the whole family, but it is also an excellent way to stay fit. By funding this racing program, our government is ensuring that young people are remaining active and participating with their peers in a fun and interactive way,” Lake said.
Around $7 million in grants were distributed to sports, arts, and culture groups in B.C. through the Community Gaming Grant program.