WASP needs your votes!

Please help the Whistler Adaptive Sports Program get as many votes as possible to have their idea for the Aviva Community Fund move onto the next round. You can vote once a day at: http://www.avivacommunityfund.org/ideas/acf11969 . Aviva is giving away $1,000,000 in funding and they have applied for $100,000 to $150,000 to the new Jeff Harbers Adaptive Sports Centre. To help them is easy, just register and vote!

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Ethan Krueger donates his $1000 Golden Clif Bar Award

Live It! Love It! and CLIF Bar presented the Golden CLIF bar – an $1000.00 award to help fuel the winner’s next adventure to Ethan Krueger during our Freewheel Adventure Camp in August.  A vote by the peers and key volunteers at the camp determined that Ethan, the 22 year old from south Surrey BC most embodied the Live It! Love It! values and was the most inspirational participant. Read on to hear Ethan’s Story and find out what he is doing with the money…

Read Ethan’s Story Below:

Ethan’s Story:

“My name is Ethan Krueger and I just had my 22nd birthday.

I have lived all my life on a farm in South Surrey with my family.  This made for some incredible memories.  My brother is a year younger and we grew up doing everything together.  There were not a lot of other kids around to play with so we made our own fun on the farm.  I was told that I was born running and that I never stood still.

Life was great on the farm.  We had a fort built in almost every tree on the property, learned to ski while being towed by calves in the winter, had ramps pushed up all over the pastures and jumps over creeks.  We reinvented sports to make them more challenging.

We lived on a hill and built a modified skateboard where we could lie down on it and race down the road.  The trick was staying on to avoid road rash and injury and to have postings along the road to stop traffic because we had not ever considered a way to stop the board once we got going.  A few years ago I heard of a new sport they called long-boarding.  Well, I guess we were just a little before our time.

I started out with a Honda 50 motorbike and I built my way up to a KZ450 racing dirt bike.  My parents eventually took us snow skiing at Seymour where we found out that cows were not an integral part of downhill skiing.  I played soccer at rep level for 11 years and ran long distance track during school.  I received my certificate in scuba diving and have participated in many dives on the west coast but my best memory was a diving vacation with some friends to Bonaire, an island off the coast of Venezuela.  I also liked downhill mountain biking, frequenting Whistler’s runs in the summer.  I always enjoyed the outdoors and went camping and fishing every chance I got.  I got my certification in firearms and added hunting when I went camping.  I love everything outdoors.

Summer 2010. I was on a downhill mountain bike run on the Sunshine Coast, trying out my new bike, when a jump went really bad.  My friend with me had to ride out of the park to get cell reception to call 911.  He was asked to remain at the roadside to guide them in but I was unconscious when he left me to get help and we were in the middle of bear and cougar country.  So he left his bike at the trail head and stripped gear and clothing marking the way as he ran back to me waiting for the EMT’s to arrive.  I was airlifted by helicopter to VGH and had surgery for my broken back within hours.

I have a T8-9 injury from a pile-driving head on collision with the jump.  My spinal cord was not severed but the vertebrae were broken and crushed and they glued and screwed me all back together.  I have 2 long rods screwed into both sides of my spine for support.  I also had a nasty concussion but would have been killed if I had not been wearing my helmet.

While in rehab, I got to test the limits of my wheelchair.  There are great people at GF Strong.  I also met a lot of my new friends.  I had to consider what to do when I got out.  I was a journeyman carpenter by trade, just got my certification a week before my accident.  When I was released from rehab, I made an appointment with the largest construction company in Vancouver to find out what prospects I had in the construction industry from my chair.  PCL was so helpful and arranged a meeting with 7 of their employees to help me find direction for my future in construction.  I used their suggestions to pursue the BCIT Architecture Building and Engineering Technology course.  I needed two pre-requisite courses which I started last January and completed in June.  I was accepted for the ABET course at BCIT and just started on September 5th.  In 2 years I will receive my degree and be able to continue my career in building and construction.

 

I needed to get back on the road so I got my modified driver’s license last January and had my truck refitted with hand controls.

I still love my sports.  Since my accident, I have been up in a glider, gone sailing, had a season of sledge hockey and sit skiing.  I got my modified hunting license so that I can shoot from a vehicle and went hunting last November.  The deer were as safe as in God’s packet though.  Never got a peek at a buck.  I had my legs taped down to my KZ450 and went for a ride but jumping proved to be a little challenging.  I purchased a Razor with hand controls to keep up with my friends when they went riding. We went dune busting this summer down the Oregon coast.  I’ve gone jet skiing and kayaking and am looking forward to getting back into scuba diving.   I’ve gone downhill riding on a 4-x and love it.  My highlight so far would have to be the bungee jumping at Whistler though.  Totally rad!

My accident has changed my life a lot.  Some things have become more challenging for sure but it has forced me to be more creative to continue in some of my passions.  There really isn’t too much I’m not able to do now that I did before my accident.  It’s just that it takes me a little longer for some things but life can still be a good and exciting ride.  I was doing what I enjoyed doing when I had my accident.  Extreme sports have extreme consequences.  Most of us know the risks, and I, like most, didn’t think it would happen to me.  But it has and now it’s my choice how I face my future.  Life doesn’t begin or end with legs, or with any physical disability.  It’s what you determine in your heart to make of it.  My faith helps me with the strength to be an overcomer.  I want to spend my life encouraging others to aim high and reach for their dreams.

I was so surprised to receive the Golden Clif Award at Live It! Love It!  I was having so much fun and was so grateful to be included in the weekend.  Being recognized by my peers was such an honor.  I am going to be donating the $1000 to   Wheelchair Foundation.  They recondition used wheelchairs and donate them to paraplegics and quadriplegics in third world countries who cannot afford wheelchairs.  They provide one wheelchair for every $50 donation.  The Golden Clif Award will provide 20 chairs and get them to those who need them the most.”

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The Act of Self Propulsion.

When something is just out of reach it’s almost like we’ve been pre-programmed to want it more. I think it all starts with the cookie jar when you’re a kid. It’s up on the cupboard, you can barely see it, so you stack encyclopedias and shoe boxes onto one another until you can reach it.

What I’m trying to say is about 18 months ago my ability to propel myself got put in the cookie jar.

The art of self propulsion can be viewed as perfect in many ways. On Monday I got to experience the actual perfect, with a nice strong headwind. I was in a borrowed boat with my hands strapped to the paddle using chunks of bike tubing. It was my first solo paddle ever. Post injury. And it went rather smooth actually. Less scratches than that time I tried to tango with a tiger. There’s something to be said about the ability to propel oneself around. I guess this time it’s that I redeemed part of myself, or I got a cookie out of the jar.

Big Thanks to Ben, Jeff and Sarah!

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Catchin’ Waves with Amanda Timm

Meet Amanda Timm. Everything you’d expect from a redheaded 18 year old. Fun, fearless and full of sass.

We met Amanda at Freewheel Whistler, where only six months after sustaining a traumatic spinal cord injury at a free ski competition she showed up and charged with ten or so boys for the weekend – bungee jumping, rallying atvs, rolling kayaks and flying down ziplines.
All with a smile that’ll make you put your shades on…

We caught up with Amanda a few weeks after the adventure camp in Whistler and a few days after she attended a surf clinic with not for profit org. Life Rolls On! Here’s what she had to say about catching her first waves:

“The best thing about getting out surfing was just knowing that I now have options. It’s not expensive and if I want something to do I can rent a board for an hour and just kick it. Or if my friends come out I have something I can do with them and I still fit in.

The biggest challenge was getting in my wetsuit. The water is cold and because I get cold easily I have to have one. It took a good twenty minutes just to get the thing on with two people helping.

I love being in water, salt water, fresh water- it doesn’t matter. You have no idea how deep it is and you just feel the waves hitting you but you just bob back up to the surface and head for the next one cause it’s something that no one can tell your in a chair. You’re all trying to catch the next wave.

For all other SCI’s it’s a must try. Just go out there and give it a shot. It’s easier then you think and you’ll have a blast doing it!”

Now Amanda is settling back into her routine at Next Step Fitness in California where she is doing rehab, walking, and acupuncture with Dr. Ha. She’s working hard at rehab and focused on enjoying life as much as she can when she’s not trying to get better. “There’s no point in wasting my life just because I’m in the situation I’m in. I’m getting back to who I was before and loving every moment!”

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ALL.I.CAN Premiere in Revelstoke!

It’s premiere season!

and on SEPTEMBER 30th- Sherpas Cinema ALL.I.CAN is coming to Revelstoke!

Produced by the creative geniuses that brought us THE FINE LINE, ALL.I.CAN is a ski/ enviro documentary that tackles the issue of climate change and features local athletes Greg Hill and Chris Rubens.. Come out to support the Live It! Love It! Foundation and attend this screening of the much anticipated film showcased at the High Definition ROXY THEATRE.

Tickets at Valhalla Pure Outfitters
$15/ proceeds to Live It! Love It! Foundation
Doors 7pm/ Show 8pm
Lots of giveaways!
After Party at the Last Drop!

$1 of every Begbie Beer will help make recreation more accessible in Revelstoke.

Big thanks to all the local sponsors of the event!

Mica Heliskiing
Roxy Theatre
Revelstoke Mountain Resort
Valhalla Pure Outfitters
Skookum Ski & Cycle
Canadian Avalanche Association
The Last Drop

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Caddy Shack Fall Classic Charity Golf Tournament in Revelstoke September 25th

It’s time to register for the Caddy Shack Classic Charity Golf Tourney!

Friends from the Village Idiot Bar and Grill and the Big Eddy Pub are organizing an open mixed scramble to raise money for Live It! Love It! at the Revelstoke Golf Club on September 25th.
Find your best plaid, pull up your best socks and come out for the golf extravaganza of the summer!

This event is an open mixed scramble, sign up by yourself of in a team of four. Best shot is played and every team must have at least one male or female. Non golfers need not worry about their play, prizes will be awarded just for looking good!

Entry is $68.00 and includes 18 holes of golf, tons of prizes, dinner at the Big Eddy Pub, a silent auction and live music!
$5 discount on your entry fee if you bring CD for Stoke FM. Any purchased music that you hope to hear on the station are welcome!
Registration can be done at the Village Idiot or call 250 837 6240.

Donations for the Silent Auction have been requested and can be dropped off at the Village Idiot (or contact LILI- info@liveitloveit.org)

This is sure to be good time, so dust off your grandpas clubs, practice your swing and come play with us on September 25th!

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The ol’ Tiger by the Tail one.

Everyone is great at something. Be it calligraphy, woodwork, skydiving or latin we’ve each got our own extraordinary talents. Mine is not driving a power wheelchair. I’m going to tell you how I know this.

Yesterday was Gorgeous. Pierrot and I were thirsty for an adventure.
The sea to sky trail is an accessible bike path from Squamish to Whistler and it starts just below my place. Should be enough to quench our pasty palate.

The trail is great, except for the cross ditch I got high centered on at the very beginning. The trail itself is nice and hard with a bit of loose gravel along the edges. It was just wide enough in places and I was more than comfortable in other places…

There were trees, ferns, rocks and raspberries. We were in the forest, you get it. There were rocks, steep parts, narrow sections,sections that weren’t even there because a giant rock was there, so we went over it. We were in the mountains, I’m sure you’ve been and have a good idea of where we are. Either side of the trail was in manicured real forest, litter and everything. Pictures below will help those who are more visual.


On the way out I got a great feel for my MTV, most terrain vehicle. It took a bit to get comfortable with brakes being reverse, but I was starting get the hang of not using them… Ok, so there’s this spot on the way out where I start to poo a little. Its a little valley in the trail sloping the wrong way, I slide a bit and then a bit more, my brakes spin me out the wrong way then pull me back where I want to be. I and consider myself warned, take a minute and we’re off.

We make it to a nice lookout, have a quick pee. With a sense of accomplishment we’re back the way we came.

Now we’re all great at something. You spend enough time doing something and you gain confidence in it. Usually. Too much confidence in a short period of time is the situation I found myself in… I regained the ability to go fast through the forest and it felt incredible.

I wanted more, so, I went a little faster. I found myself in the moment. I couldn’t think about what color underwear I was gonna wear tomorrow, if any, when I’ll get to eat my next salmon avocado roll or even what I wasn’t going to do when I got home. I was focused on what I could see in front of me and staying loose on the controls, like a helicopter pilot, working the sweet spot.

I got a Tiger by the Tail and never felt in more control. I’m zipping along straight stretches and able to carry my momentum around corners. The Tiger is trying to spin around but I counter and onward we go. This turns into a romantic tango session, still with a tiger. Me in my chair and a Tiger, in a mean tango through the forest. Up over a slight rise and… Hey this is right where I sh!t! Fu€k Woaa! €ok Balls!

The point of no return. The tail slipped out of my hand in a moments hesitation. I’m now starin a tiger that’s super pissed I’ve been holding onto it’s tail.

The reality is Pierrot is holding onto the chair after ditching his bike and phone, but I’m still sliding into the rhubarb. I’m now facing a downward slope loaded with rocks, branches, bushes and me… on my side, Laughing. Thanking the powers that be that I’m not hurt. A little scratch on my elbow and that’s it. Still I’m on my side in my chair, which weighs a good couple hundred pounds. We manage to get me out and the chair righted.

Now to get the chair and then myself back on the trail which is a good ten feet uphill… We have one phone a equal amount of people to call. Then all of a sudden, a family floats up on us. Mom, dad, daughter. I swear they were on clouds with little gold disc things above their heads. Before you know it I’m in my chair on the trail and we all float on.

Big Thanks to Pierrot, and the passing family!

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Live It! Love It! Tshirts for Sale!!

Check out our Store and get your limited edition Freewheel Tee. They are going fast so get em while their hot!

 

Women's Freewheel Tee

Men's Freewheel Tee, Designed by Jeff Scott

Men's Freewheel Tee

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Countdown to Josh Dueck in Freedom Chair

This is one ski movie we can’t wait to check out! LILI Board Member, Josh Dueck tells his story in this short film produced by switchback entertainment. It is premiering at IF3 in Montreal on September 15th and after that at film festivals all over the world…Stay tuned to find out where you can check it out!

The Freedom Chair – Official Trailer from Switchback Entertainment on Vimeo.

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Epic Edventures

It snuck up like I didn’t know it was coming and it’s now tattooed in my mind forever. Four days that could not have gone better. Except for the first night when the fire department showed up to our campfire, surrounded by 10 people in wheelchairs and one day walker, announcing that they where here to help us extinguish the inferno and give the ignitor a $500 ticket. Thankfully for him, the ignitor had already left so there were no fines dished out.

Day two starts with a more predictable session involving everyone jumping off a bridge.

We even managed to coax the inner teenage girl out of a 60+ year old man as he got to jump along with the campers. Definitely the best scream of the entire crew, several times.

After that we rendezvoused at the lake for some paddling.

Once we were all geared up and comfortable on the water a heated game of Sponge ensued. It’s basically a cross of poor mans bumper boats, hot potato (with a sponge), and TV tag…. We didn’t get it either. But it was a great way to get soaking wet and not have to know how to roll a kayak.
The food crew met us at the lake with chili and corn bread to warm our souls as the sun went behind the mountain.

The day was not over yet. Almost a Doctor John Coleman, Sports Psychologist and Wonder Specialist, has a few more things in store. We have a couple group sessions with him to provoke thought and maintain a progressive here now mind frame.

And we’re at the halfway mark.

Saturday aka day three and we’re off to get dirty, four wheelin style.

No better place to eat one than on the back of a four wheeler with a bunch of friends in the mountains. We managed to work our way up several logging roads, cross a stream to wash away the dirt, pop a tire and chill by some waterfalls all before lunch time.
Lunch time turns into a LiLi question session with some giveaways. Everyone ends up with a T, hoody or smile to walk away with.
A little chill in Whistler time before heading up to Wildplay for some more adventure. I’d like to say ziplining, but it was far more than that. Mix in some military truck and piggy back rides along with a trail rider and speeds upwards of 110 km an hour and that’s the quick pic.

Off to Creekbread for some delicious beer, tasty pizza, the better half of the restaurant and you’ve got our party. The night went on with a bit of a wrap up, thank yous and a $1,000 surprise award that went to yours truly Ethan Krueger for embodying what the Live it! Love it! Foundation is all about.
Sam Roberts stole the rest of the night as he took the stage in the village.
Day four and it’s a bit of a choose your own adventure. Gliding up in Pemberton and rock climbing in Squamish are the two of choice. Majority of us end up hanging out doing time trials on the rock. There were a couple Squamish locals who were also able to make it out for a quick try. An amazing day to chill and wrap up an incredible weekend.

Big thanks to all the volunteers!!!

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