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Whistler Adaptive is in IRONMAN

For the third year, Whistler Adaptive is captaining two stations for IRONMAN Canada. These stations are an essential part of the event and we need a lot of volunteers to help make it a success! For each station we coordinate, IRONMAN will donate $1,000 to Whistler Adaptive. So... sign up, support Whistler Adaptive and be a part of one of the biggest events to Whistler!

Bike Aid Station #1
Sunday, July 26 (race day) | 6:30am to 11:30am | Callaghan Valley
Sign up to volunteer for Bike Aid Station #1
This station is FUN! As the first bike station after the athletes transition from swimming, we get to see strong athletes climb the Callaghan Road and fly back down. We need people to help hand out hydration and snacks as the athletes bike by. We need people to cheer and show support. This shift ends in time to get back to Whistler Village to watch the rest of the race. Wear a costume, cheer loudly and get stoked! Includes IRONMAN 2015 volunteer t-shirt, breakfast, coffee and swag.

Athlete Bag & Packet Stuffing
Tuesday, July 21 | 12pm to 3pm | Registration Tent (Whistler Olympic Plaza in Whistler Village)
Sign up to volunteer for Bag Stuffing
Help Whistler Adaptive Sports Program ensure that all the IRONMAN athletes get all the gear and swag they need. We'll work in an assembly line to pack bags with items from event sponsors. Hang out under a tent in the sun, meet new people and check out what it takes to put on an international event. Includes IRONMAN 2015 volunteer t-shirt & a bag lunch.

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Creekbread Fundraiser - August 18, 2015

Whistler Adaptive is hosting the annual Summer Creekbread Fundraiser on Tuesday, August 18, 2015, at Creekbread in Whistler Creekside. Please bring your friends and join us for pizza, live music, a raffle and 50/50 draw. Creekbread will donate a portion of all proceeds from pizza sales to Whistler Adaptive. Check out their delicious wood fired oven pizza: share a couple with friends and you'll be donating to adaptive sport.

The raffle will open a few weeks before the event to give everyone a chance to win great prizes. The winner's name will be drawn at the event on August 18, but you don't have to be there to win. 


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Adaptive Sailing Camps

Whistler Adaptive and the Whistler Sailing Association are hosting two Adaptive Sailing Have-A-Go Camps on September 8 & 9, 2016 and September 10 & 11, 2016 on Alta Lake in Whistler, BC. This camp is open to children, youth or adults with a physical, cognitive or sensory disability. Sailing experience is not necessary. We will be using Martin 16 Sailboats, which are fully accessible and adapted for people with physical disabilities, and Pirates, a sailing dinghy that can be sailed by a pair of sailors. The two-day camps will each cost $120 plus $25 for a Whistler Adaptive 2016/17 membership. Space is limited in each camp, so sign up early. 

1. Contact us for a registration form.
2. Pay for the camp fees
3. Become a Whistler Adaptive member for $25

Need accommodation? As a Whistler Adaptive athlete or volunteer, you are eligible to stay at the Whistler Athletes' Lodge in Cheakamus Crossing. Ask us for details. 

Interested in volunteering? Contact us here or by calling 604-905-4493 to sign up for our training day on Wednesday, September 7.

About the Martin 16 Sailboats
The Canadian designed and built Martin 16 is a boat that allows children and adults with physical disabilities to go sailing! Individuals with limited to no mobility in their arms can sail independently using power assist technology. The Martin 16 is 16 feet long – the size of many small sailboats. But unlike other boats, the Martin 16 has been specially designed to meet the needs of sailors with disabilities.

First and foremost the boat is very stable. A 300 lb. lead bulb is attached to the keel of the boat which makes it impossible to capsize (tip over). The inner hull of the boat is filled with foam flotation that makes the boat unsinkable, even if it is totally flooded.

The sailor sits in the boat in a multi-adjustable seat that can accommodate any special postural needs. The seat is situated on the center line at the bottom of the cockpit. This is the most stable position in the boat and means that the sailor does not have to move from one side of the boat to the other as one must do on standard sailboats. If necessary quick-release straps can be used to stabilize the sailor’s trunk when the boat heels (leans to the side) on windy days.

Once comfortably seated, the joystick tiller (to control the steering) and lines (to control the sails) are directly at hand making it possible to sail the boat independently without needing to change position. A second seat for an instructor or companion is located behind the sailor’s seat.

The Martin 16 is used in adapted sailing programs around the world for recreational sailing, learn-to-sail programs and racing.

Learn more about the Whistler Sailing Association.
Learn more about the boat on the Martin 16 website and the Disabled Sailing Association of BC


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