Arrow Lakes News
Three new medals have been added to local Alpine skier Jo Blackman’s trophy wall. The Special Olympics athlete has just returned home from Special Olympics provincial competition at Sun Peaks outside of Kamloops with a silver and two bronze medallions. His weekend away with coach Eric Waterfield was both eventful and fruitful.
Being the only area athlete, Blackman joined nine others from the Kootenays (Region 1) including representatives from Cranbrook, Trail and Invermere. Together the group brought home 27 medals combined. Blackman won silver for Alpine Intermediate Super Giant Slalom, and bronze in Intermediate Giant Slalom and Slalom.
Waterfield commented on the opening ceremonies, “It was a great time. We were out in front being the skiers, behind the B.C. Lions Quarterback; the RCMP dressed in their red coats, First Nations Drummers, a youth cheerleader squad and eventually the whole place was dancing. It was just incredible.” As a coach, he never expected to be so moved to be a part of it.
While Blackman is hoping to be selected from a number of qualified competitors in the province for a chance at Nationals in Newfoundland next winter, Waterfield will be working on getting qualified as a National Coach because currently he is certified only at the provincial level. With any luck they will travel cross-country together next season to represent BC together.