Make Their Day!


We are putting a twist on our skiing adventure this year. We want to take an individual who used to shred, and has not been since a spinal cord injury, and get them back to the mountains. We want to help because we know how challenging it can be to return to that incredible place.

What do you win?
This trip will include a day of skiing for you and your friend at Revelstoke Mountain Resort, and a more private day in the renowned Revelstoke backcountry. It will also include accommodation and food for your time in Revelstoke.

How do you enter?
We want you to tell us who should get to go! Submit yourself or your friend today!

Be sure to include
1-Who your friend is, name and age
2-Their (or your) level of injury, date of injury
3-What ski or snowboard experience they (or you) had
4-Why you/your friend should be selected. Do you/your volunteer? Practice random acts of kindness?
5-Explain the impact this will have
6-Contact information

Submit entries to info@liveitloveit.org by February 21st. Winner announced Feb 28th. Trip dates to be determined.

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Revelstoke Adaptive Sports Program

Consider it launched! What powerful weekend in Revelstoke. As we can all imagine, or maybe you don’t have too, a challenge associated with spinal cord injuries, let alone many physical disabilities, is access. Whether it be a set of stairs into a building the crossing of a river, some things feel unattainable. That is unless you have the right support to help you. Even with amazing friends and family, schedules do not always align.

When a program such as the Revelstoke Adaptive Sports Program comes along it creates opportunity to become more independent. Those looking to connect or reconnect with the mountains, an incredibly powerful place, are now a little more able. We are very excited to have been a part of the official launch on Saturday. There were sit ski available for anyone to try out with instructors there to assist. It was a great day of riding with them, friends able bodied and not.

For more info on the Revelstoke Adaptive Sports Program, be sure to Like them if you believe in them!

Thank you all for the turns this weekend!

Happy Shredding!

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$500 “Living Right” Award up for Grabs!

“You only live once, but if you live right, once is enough. “

At Live It! Love It! we believe “Living Right” means embracing our passions, overcoming obstacles, discovering our potential, challenging ourselves and making a positive impact on the people around us.

This winter we’re awarding another Living Right sponsorship.

Starting November 1st, we are accepting applications for the Living Right Award, a $500 scholarship to help one lucky person with expenses associated with adaptive sport, activity, adventure or outdoor recreation.

The contest is open to anyone with any sort of physical disability.

Perhaps you are working towards a goal, inspiring others, facing a fear, accomplishing something great or staying positive in hard times. We want to know how you define “Living Right” and how you have put Living Right into practice in your own life.

Tell us your story in 500 words or less, or a 2 minute video.

Spread the word, get your thinking caps on and start telling your story.

Have a friend or family member with a disability that inspires you by “Living Right”? We’ll accept applications submitted on their behalf. No Prob!

Contest Closes December 31st 2013. For application details click : Living Right Award


 

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Freewheel 2013

Third times a charm! Another camp has come and gone leaving us with another item or two ticked of the ol’ bucket list. It was an incredible weekend with people coming from all over. There was everything from powerful thought provoking talks, amazing food to straight up good times. Enough reading though, check out the vid!


Much Love and Thanks to everyone who helped make this happen!

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Registration is Now Open! Freewheel Whistler 2013

Freewheel Whistler is back and registration is now OPEN!! The camp will take place in July 11th-24th in Whistler BC and is open to individuals with spinal cord injuries who are looking to find balance, connect with their peers and engage in some exciting adventure activities in the beautiful Whistler British Columbia.

Spots are limited so register soon!

MORE INFO:

 

The Freewheel Whistler Camp is an adventure retreat for the young at heart who have recently sustained life changing spinal cord injuries.

Mission

The mission of Freewheel is to empower youth who have recently sustained a life changing spinal cord injury by providing exciting opportunities for adventure and outdoor recreation,  peer mentorship and a safe and fun environment to discover the potential for active living with a disability.

Purpose

The purpose if Freewheel is to provide a sense of balance and a kick start back to life after a life changing injury.   We aim to provide an environment of support, community,  leadership, sharing and fun to help overcome the challenge and fear that we are faced with when navigating life with a disability. We hope that every camper returns home with a sense of potential, accomplishment and a network of friends and professionals to rely on for support when they need it.

Activities

The camps vary from year to year, and includes activities such as adaptive kayaking, canoeing, rowing, ziplining, handcycling, trailrider hiking,  yoga, bungee jumping, rafting, atv-ing, rock climbing,  peer mentoring, meditation, journaling, cooking classes,  mental training and leadership workshops. All activities and workshops are led by qualified instructors and guides to ensure safety for all participants.

Basecamp

The base camp for Freewheel is situated in the fully accessible Whistler Athletes Village on the edge of the Cheakamus River in the Whistler valley. Wholesome and nutritious camp style meals are provided on site and workshops will take place in a serene mountain environment.

Eligibility

All levels of mobility are welcome.

Cost

This camp is fully subsidized by Live It! Love It! and our supporters.

Dates

Freewheel Whistler will take place from July 11th to 14th 2013.

Check in is 2:30pm on Thursday, July 11th 2013 and we will wrap up at 4:00pm on Sunday, July 14th 2013.

Registration is OPEN! Go to:  www.liveitloveit.org/events

Check out the videos from Freewheel 2011 & 2012

Live It! Love It! Is currently looking for sponsors for Freewheel 2013. To find out more check out Sponsorship Opportunities or email izzy@liveitloveit.org.

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Emily Suchy Rocks it at Nationals!


Hey LiLi, it’s Emily!

As you know, a few weeks ago, I was in Whistler for the 2013 Haywood Nationals. I had such a great experience with my team members, as well as friends from other ski clubs. All together I raced 4 races; 700m sprints, 2.5 km, 5 km, and 7.5 km as the longest distance. Collette Bourgonje, national team member, was able to make it to the event, which made it exciting both for me racing, and for my coaches watching, they said.

Looking back, I would say that the 5 km distance was my best race. It started early in the morning so that the snow would be firm and icy… which means fast. When I finished, I knew that I had crossed the line first, with a lead, but I wasn’t sure if the gap was big enough to take first place. In sit skiing, every athlete needs to be assessed according to their disability. I am an LW12, which means that my time is 100%. Some other athletes at the event were LW10′s- at 86%, which means that I have to be at least 14% faster. During the week, I realized how huge this aspect of the sport is and how it makes it different from able body, even more. It was hard to know just how hard to push myself. For the 5 km I just put it all out there and it turned out it was enough for first place, which was really exciting and made it the performance I’m most proud of. In the other races, I placed 2nd for the 2.5 Km and 7.5 Km, and 1st in the 700 m Sprints.

Each race day, we woke up pretty early, depending on start times. Most days we were out on the trails before 9 am, when the sun would come up over the top of the mountains. By that time our skis had been waxed with the top of the line powders and hi-fluoro’s, thanks to Black Jack Ski Team, the BC Ski Team and our local coach. These guys lowered their VO2 Max while in the containers of toxins, to help us ski fast… I was almost worried I would loose control when I switched from my warm up skis to my race skis.

Aside from actually racing, we had off days and “official training days”, too. The trails were crowded with skiers, and it was great to be out in the sun with the Revy team.

On one of our off days, we drove up to the trails and watched the Junior Men and Women’s sprint races. They were pretty exciting to watch and we could definitely learn something from their technique.

Another day, about 8 sit skiers at the event went for a group ski. Being out with other people who do exactly what I do, made me feel so content. I learned a lot from watching how others take a hill, from advice they gave me, and from trying to give them advice too.

I also participated in a workshop held by Fast And Female, an organization that works to promote young females in sport, started by Chandra Crawford. There was about 20 group leaders or ambassadors, that shared their knowledge with the 200+ girls who attended. They each shared their story about how they worked their way up to the top in the skiing world. It was inspiring and encouraging, for sure.

On the last night there was a banquet for all the skiers, their family, the wax techs and the coaches. It was a great way to end off the season! I’m surprised by how fast this winter went by. Training and racing made it fun and kept me busy and active. I think most of all the week confirmed in my head that I will always continue skiing, whether racing or not, I love it.

Thank you so much to the Live it! Love it! team, for helping me get there, I couldn’t have done it without you guys! I hope you continue doing what you do for others in the community.

-Emily

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Josh Duecks Sit Ski Shred Session aka JDS4

Blowin the doors off Silverstar mountain in Vernon! Check out the video to see some of the campers ripping it up at our first annual ski camp! More photos to come!

Supported by Silverstar Resort and Save on Foods.

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Help Jeff win a van!!!

Jeff Scott is in a competition to win a brand new fully adapted van. Good new is you can help! If you follow the link you can read his story which he was challenged to sum up in 400 words. All he needs is your vote! It’s that easy and he’ll be able to drive himself around!!

If you click on the blue box to the left of where you enter your information you will be able to double up your votes. You can also double up your votes by voting on a wireless connection AND through a 3G network.

You can vote everyday until May 10th. Some of the best ways to remember?

1-make this page your homepage so when you open up the Internet you’re already there!
Or
2- set a reminder in your smartphone (if you have one)!

Thank You for your support! Every vote helps!!

Vote for Jeff here!

Broke down in Fredericton…



Out for a paddle


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Emily Suchy is going to nationals!

Hey,

My name is Emily Suchy, and I’m a ParaNordic Sit-Skier on the Revelstoke Nordic Team. I was diagnosed with Perthes in my right hip when I was about 7, and then in my left hip when I was 11. Basically the blood flow to the head of the femur gets cut off and the bone wears down. Weight-bearing, like walking around a lot, standing skiing, running; any kind of sport where you’re putting a lot of pressure on the hips isn’t an option. My right leg has healed up pretty well, it only gets sore once in a while. The left leg is still not in great condition and probably won’t heal as well as the right, since I don’t have a whole lot of growing left in me.

I’m now 15 and started Nordic skiing last year, after having gone to Canmore and trying out a sit ski there. There was a group of people with a bunch of skis, that anyone could try out. We did and I was immediately drawn to the sport. My family and I have always been pretty active but it’s definitely harder in the winter.


They brought in snow and covered the streets for this festival, it was pretty cool. The one in the middle is Marc Ardnez, a national team member. Canmore, 2010. Photo by Debbie Koerber.

The next year, we were on our way to Canmore again, this time to learn all about Nordic skiing in a chair, and hopefully to come home with my own sit ski. I remember the feeling in the car on the way there, excited and full of questions and then on the way back the way my head was going to explode with information. I got to meet so many important and experienced people in the skiing world, as well as people who had never Para-skied before, like me. There was a blind person who told me about what they think when they hear the word green; a double arm amputee who told us about trying to change his daughters diaper with arm prosthetics. These people were really inspiring and they really opened my eyes to a whole other world. I could go on forever about this experience!


I learned a lot from Colette, national team member and six-time Paralympian. Canmore, 2011, photo taken by Debbie Koerber.



This is the whole camp in Canmore, 2011. Photo by Debbie.

Now, a year later, I have my own custom made sit ski from help of a lot of community members, and of course Live it! Love it!. Debbie Koerber, my dad and myself worked together with Trent Kappler to design and weld the frame for the ski I have now. We then took it to Trevor Kehler who used his creativity with seat belts to make me a seat. There was definitely a lot of help and support from local Revelstokians, as well as Stussi’s Ski Shop in Vernon who donated my first pair of skis. I definitely would not be doing this without the help of Debbie Koerber, who did, and does so much work to get me to races and find funding for equipment, not to mention frequently waxing my skis!

The BC Winter Games one of the bigger races I’ve gone to, which was so, so much fun. I met a lot of people and definitely noticed how friendly and supportive they were.


The Revelstoke Team posing on the podium, BC Winter Games, 2011/2012 season. Photo by Debbie Koerber.

For this year’s goal, Debbie, my coaches Andrei and Matt, and I plan on going to Nationals. Anyone can go to nationals, you don’t have to qualify. Unfortunately, there’s not many people in ParaNordic skiing. In all of Canada, there’s about 5-10 female sit skiers, Colette Bourgonje being top on the list for Canada. Her times set the bar fairly high, and if all goes well and she’s back from Europe in time, I hope to race her at Nationals. It will tell me how close I am to making the development squad, and how close I am, in comparison to the rest of the world.

The race is going to be in Whistler for 9 days and I have 4 events all together. Debbie Koerber and I sent a request to the Live it! Love it! board for some help with accommodation, travel, registration, and food costs. Turns out the Live it! Love it! Foundation would be really glad to help me out at Nationals this year. Thank you so much, I’m so thankful for the support and happy attitudes, it’s great!



My best friend Tayla and I. ^^

^^ Starting with the midgets in Larch Hills.

^^ Canmore camp 2012/2013 season.

This is Debbie Koerber and I in Canmore. Debbie has done so much for me, I could never thank her enough!

^^ This was in Larch hills, I raced in the midgets category, who are 12-13 years old. 4th Place :) 2012/2013 season.

The Revelstoke team in Sovereign Lake, 2012/13 season. ^^

And for now, I’ll keep training and racing with the team, about 5 or 6 days a week. I love having a sport to push myself in and to show my competitive side, it’s a great way to spend my winters. :)

Thank-you Live it! Love it! I’m looking forward to updating you on how Nationals went! :)

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Broken Skis?


What do you do with your good ski if you’ve broken or lost it’s match?
Tired of talking about building an adirondack chair and never getting around to it? Or maybe you did, yet your skis are still piling up. Consider your problems solved. A very cool website started up. Broken Skis is uniting single skis with their respective mates, either another individual in the same situation (missing one ski), or with a sit skiers (they’re always on the hunt for single skis!). What’s extra cool about this site is that they make donations to different organizations. The Live it! Love it! Foundation is slated to receive their first round of donations! Slide on over to their site to check them out and/or donate some lonely skis!

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