Blazers support youth Nordic programs

Sun Peaks Nordic Clubs's Jackrabbit program.  Photo contributed by Phil Youwe.

Sun Peaks Nordic Clubs’s Jackrabbit program.
Photo contributed by Phil Youwe.

The Sun Peaks Nordic Club (SPNC) is benefiting from the generosity of other local athletes through a grant they received from the Kamloops Blazers Sports Society – Sports Legacy Fund.

The $17,300 cash infusion will go towards cross-country youth development programs in the greater Sun Peaks community in the form of seed money for youth-sized cross-country skis, boots and poles.

This gear will be rented for a nominal fee, and that rental revenue will be rolled over into new investments of youth gear in the years ahead.

Paul Sicotte, SPNC president, expressed his appreciation to the foundation on behalf of the club and community.

“We thank the Kamloops Blazers Sports Society for sharing our passion and vision for youth cross-country skiing in our community,” he says. “In the last two years since inception, the club has co-hosted races, coach clinics, camps, and started a Jackrabbit program for ages between five and 13.  It grew from 14 to 24 children in its first year.”

The cost of purchasing Nordic gear for growing children can be an inhibiting factor in getting families involved in the sport. This capital purchase will give families the option of taking advantage of the sport at a far reduced cost.

“This is important to our young community,” says Barb Kupferschmidt Linder, Sun Peaks Education Society president.  “While Sun Peaks is a tourist destination, there’s a large and growing population of working families that have a need for healthy active opportunities for their children.  The Sports Legacy Fund grant provides hard to find youth ski equipment for the school, club, and community. Enabling youth in sport is one of the most noble mandates of the Kamloops Blazers Sports Society.”

Click here to visit the Sun Peaks Nordic Club’s website.