FIRST RECIPIENT WINS TWO GOLD MEDALS AT SKI CAMP
After local ski instructor Wulf Trotter’s memorial last summer, a flood of community donations poured in with no real allocation. That’s when close friend Melanie Pouliot decided to use the funds to help others develop the same love for mountain life that Trotter possessed.
The Wulf Trotter Memorial Bursary was born. It will provide up to $500 annually to help send an adaptive sports student to a provincial ski camp.
“I’m really thankful this is something that has been set up for him because he was so connected to this community,” Pouliot said. “He loved this community. He loved the people and everybody loved him.”
He just had a smile that would light up a room, high energy, full of life and it’s very sad that he’s left us.
Trotter moved to Sun Peaks and was employed as a ski instructor after retiring from the German police force, where he specialized in alpine rescue. He joined Adaptive Sports at Sun Peaks (ASSP) after work visa complications prevented him from continuing to instruct with the resort’s sports school.
“He joined our adaptive sports program and was just the most incredible guy. Really sweet, so good with the kids, so personable and the smile out to here,” Pouliot said, spreading her hands wide. “He just had a smile that would light up a room, high energy, full of life and it’s very sad that he’s left us.”
“He was such an important part of this program.”
This year, Daniel Hartt, a 12-year-old skier, was awarded with the bursary to attend the BC Adaptive Snowsports’ Building Our Best camp in Silver Star from Feb. 25 to 28. Hartt, in his first year skiing with ASSP, won two gold medals in slalom races on the weekend.
The bursary provided him with accommodations, meals and lift tickets for the weekend.
“It can pave the way for their future for skiing and even their own independence, self-worth, self-esteem and confidence,” said ASSP board member Veronica Connors. “This kid has absolutely blossomed.”
ASSP will wrap up the ski season with their year-end festival on April 3. Races on Sun Catcher run and other fun activities will celebrate students’ progress through the lesson program this year.