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Vliegentharts embark on new adapted-sports venture
The Kamloops Adapted Sports Association (KASA) is officially launching with an evening of action at the Tournament Capital Centre on Saturday, Oct. 5.
Seven adapted sports — including KASA’s three offerings, wheelchair basketball, wheelchair tennis and handcycling — will be played and the host organization will be joined by representatives from BC Wheelchair Sports, BC Wheelchair Basketball and Adapted Sports Sun Peaks.
Started by Jessica and Jon Vliegenthart, KASA is a new multi-sport club, created with the goal of providing adapted-sport opportunities in an integrated setting for everyone — people with disabilities, their friends and families or anyone interested in adapted sport.
Jessica represented Canada in wheelchair basketball at the 2012 Summer Paralympic Games in London and Jon is able-bodied, with 16 years of adapted-sport experience.
KASA is offering a beginner wheelchair-basketball session from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. tonight (Oct. 3) at the TCC. Sport chairs will be provided.
The club is also implementing a school program in November that integrates sports chairs into high-school gym curriculum to introduce physical literacy.
KASA offers wheelchair tennis on Tuesday nights, from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 pm, at the Kamloops Tennis Centre.
In partnership with the City of Kamloops, KASA offers integrated spin classes at the TCC where users with disabilities have access to a handcycles.
Go online to kamloopsadaptedsport.com for more information on programming.