The joint federal-provincial BC Sport Participation Program has $1.2 million aimed at getting more people of all abilities active in their communities and involved in a variety of sports, such as tennis, wheelchair basketball, para ice hockey and snowboarding.
The funding supports sport programs, activities and coach and leadership training in communities throughout B.C.
“Sport has the power to connect people with their communities and build the foundation for a healthy lifestyle,” said B.C. Tourism Minister Lisa Beare.
“These programs will help people make new friends, improve their fitness level and try a new sport, regardless of their background or level of ability.”
Kamloops is a recipient in various areas:
• Kamloops Long Blades, $3,000:
Blade Buddies and Fast Friends are new programs aimed at attracting children with mental or physical disabilities. Children of all abilities will be on the ice together, with programs adapted for children with a disability.
• Kamloops Youth Soccer Association, $2,000:
Through working with the Canucks Autism Network (CAN), as well as other local partners, the Kamloops Youth Soccer Association will expand its programs to reach more kids and provide CAN workshops for coaches.
• Tk’emlups te Secwepemc, $1,000:
The archery program is a progressive class to enhance skills in propelling arrows with the use of a bow. Participants will increase precision in aiming at targets of varying distances while improving hand-eye coordination, balance and mental concentration.
• BC Adaptive Snowsports in Kamloops and 14 other communities, $30,000:
The Snowbility program helps technical instructors, coaches, clubs and facilities integrate and deliver all elements of an adaptive snowsport program for individuals with cognitive and physical disabilities.
• BC Wheelchair Basketball Society in Kamloops and nine other communities, $29,500:
Because of increased demand, BCWBS is expanding its School and Community Participation (wheelchair basketball) Program to reach three new regions and increase the number of Lower Mainland schools reached by 15 per cent.
• BC Wheelchair Sports Association in Kamloops and eight other communities, $30,000:
The project will expand an equipment loan program and provides programming and leadership development for tennis and athletics, new beginner tennis opportunities for junior athletes in Kelowna and other leadership, official and coach development events.
• Cerebral Palsy Sports Association of BC in Kamloops and 10 other communities, $30,000:
Engage in Sport provides opportunities for new and existing athletes, coaches, and leaders in boccia, para ice hockey and power soccer to participate in para sports through regional and centralized events and camps.