Kids with disabilities from across the province enjoyed a week of sports, activities and friendship the 2017 Junior Wheelchair Sport Camp. This year, 17 children participated as campers and four mentored younger participants as camp leaders. Five campers tried sports camp for the first time.
For over 30 years, Junior Wheelchair Sport Camp has provided children with physical disabilities with an opportunity to learn wheelchair sport basics, have fun, receive mentorship from established wheelchair athletes and form friendships. The camp is a joint effort between BC Wheelchair Sports Association and BC Wheelchair Basketball Society.
This year’s camp was full of fun extras. Campers took part in a Canada 150 celebration and Paralympian Trevor Hirschfield (and new BC wheelchair rugby co-head-coach) coached a wheelchair rugby session. We also hosted a “Chair Chit Chat” session for parents, which provided an open forum for parents of children with disabilities to share knowledge, ask questions and learn about the programs that BC Wheelchair Sports Association offers.
The Junior Wheelchair Sports Camp is made possible by support from:
We are also grateful for the support of KidSport, a national not-for-profit organization that provides financial assistance for registration fees to kids aged 18 and under. To learn more about KidSport, click here.
Thank you also to the Canadian Tire Jumpstart Program, which provided each camper with a backpack.
To see photos from this year’s event, click here.