The Vancouver Island Mountain Sports Society (VIMSS) has awarded six Vancouver Island athletes with travel grants for the 2013-14 winter season.
These grants help to offset the costs associated with travelling off-island for advanced training and competition. In this way, VIMSS seeks to nurture local emerging athletes and help prepare them for provincial, national and international competition.
The following athletes were awarded VIMSS grants for winter 2013/14: Teal Harle, freestyle ski (Campbell River); Mei Pond, freestyle ski (Nanaimo); Avalon Wastenays, Nordic ski (Campbell River); Thomas Bergvinson, slopestyle snowboard (Courtenay); Mel Pemble, para alpine ski (Victoria); and Maja Nymann, alpine ski racing (Campbell River).
“These grants will especially be useful this winter season as the athletes have had to travel even more this winter due to the lack of snowfall on Vancouver Island,” said VIMSS chair Karen Bonell. “We wish all of the Vancouver Island athletes success in their competitions and training this season and I’m sure the Sochi Winter Olympics will help inspire everyone.”
VIMSS owns and operates the non-profit V.I. Mountain Centre which provides group accommodation for up to 40 people, full kitchen and dining facilities, ample parking, amazing views of Mt. Albert Edward, plus meeting rooms and the VI Mountain Fitness Centre.
Find the VIMC at Mount Washington at the end of Nordic Road across from Raven Lodge and Strathcona Park’s Paradise Meadows. Visit vimountaincentre.com for additional information.
– Vancouver Island Mountain Sports Society