The Kimberley Cranbrook Special Olympic Cross Country Ski Team was initiated in December 2017 when Kevin and Barb Phillips marked a circular track in the field behind Mt. Baker High School in Cranbrook and brought some donated ski equipment to introduce nordic skiing to adults with intellectual disabilities.
In 2018 athlete, Jesse Jensen, entered his first regional competition and went on to qualify for Provincials as well as the Nationals in Thunder Bay. Currently the team has 10 registered athletes and 6 coach helpers to allow for the diversity and learning curve in our team.
Fall training starts in September with six ski striding sessions in the Cranbrook area.
On snow training starts in January every Saturday at 10:00 am. Skiers and coaches meet in the arena in front of KNC lodge 10-15 minutes prior to the 10:00am start. Sessions run for 60 to 90 minutes. The last on snow session is mid-March.
All coaches and volunteers are required to be double vaccinated this season.
Interested in coaching? The bulk of our volunteer coaches are happy amateurs. We train as we go. We would love to see people who have a stronger technical/race experience join us.
Program cost: Regular fees are $50, but these have been waived this season.
Kevin Phillips, Head Coach: 250-919-7345
Janice Reid, Assistant Coach: 778-687-3110
Barb Phillips, Team Manager: 250-320-8132 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org