Make Their Day

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Above picture is Make Their Day camper Gillian Worsley

We’re excited after an incredible summer to look at the coming winter. Especially when we look back at last winter. If you to want to look back at what we were up to check out this vid!

We wanted to help get an individual back to that special place, the mountains. This is the first time we’ve run a camp like this. People applied and were nominated to be a part of this project. In the end two individuals were selected to take part in the first Make Their Day event. It was such a success we are going to be running a Make Their Day event again this February, we’re open to applications. We will also run another more advanced ski camp in March, which will be similar to our ski camp from two winters ago with Josh Dueck as our head coach. Check out the Programs tab on our website for more info!

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$1000 “Living Right” Award up for Grabs!

“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 $1000 scholarship to help one lucky person with some expenses.

The contest is open to anyone with a 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 what this award would mean to you and how you would use it in a short essay or 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”? Let them know about this great oppotunity!

Contest Closes at noon January 31st 2015. For application details click : Living Right Award

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Athlete ~ Emily Succhy, past recipient of Award
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Attention Gophers! Golfers too!

It’s that time of year again. Dust off your clubs, spark up your… carts and get ready for the Annual Caddyshack Classic!!
Coming at you faster than your in-laws for Thanksgiving, it’s next weekend, Sept 21, up in Revelstoke BC!

See poster below for details

From out of town, call the Village Idiot to register ahead of time. (250) 837-6240

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Downhill Mountainbiking, on the Edge!

A man, Michał Kosik, who lives to mountain bike has one crazy set up. Five years ago as a result of an accident that left him in a wheelchair, he ended up needing a new bike to get back to riding the way he wanted to. He seems to have figured it out as you can see in this video.

Be it a small world we live in or not, pretty cool that Stacy Kohut of Whistler showed this French man, on the other side of the planet, the way. Read more about Michał and his build here and be sure to check out this tasty little edit!

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Make Their Day camper Mike Shaw update

When we ran our Make Their Day event we weren’t sure who would apply. Ashlin Tipper sent a nomination in for Mike Shaw. He was a perfect candidate. With his incredible mental strength and very motivated personality, recently discharged from GF Strong he was ripe and ready to play.

Back to the mountains we went with him and Gillian Worsley, who gave Mikes nomination such a run for it’s money, we ended up taking the two of them! They both far exceeded everyone’s expectations, including their own, with what they were able to do.

Here’s a great article on Mike, showcasing how far he’s come, and the impact he’s had on others. “I knew instantly…”

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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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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!

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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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