Safety and service were the watchwords recently when Live to Play Sports was presented with St. John Ambulance’s (SJA’s) BC & Yukon Council Award.
The prestigious accolade was offered in a ceremony celebrating Live To Play Sports’ contribution of expertise and equipment in support of SJA’s Volunteer Bike Brigades.
“Since 2009, Live To Play Sports has supported St. John Ambulance by providing bicycle equipment to our bike teams for our various divisions throughout the province at a vendor’s price,” said SJA’s Laurence Cheng.
Bike brigades are highly trained and well-equipped volunteer teams that attend community events offering free first aid services.
“To date, Live To Play Sports has supplied 16 sets of gear to St. John Ambulance across the province,” Cheng said. “This means there are eight bike teams throughout the province which, without the assistance of Live To Play Sports, simply would not be possible.
“They’re special bikes — more like mountain bikes, that are lightweight and durable for carrying 40 to 45 pounds of equipment through crowds that wouldn’t easily accommodate a vehicle,” he added. “And Live To Play Sports has taken that quality to the next level by outfitting the bikes with such quality equipment and accessories that we can go bouncing down gravel roads, or from grass to pavement and over curbs, without breaking or damaging anything en route.”
As well as the Comox Valley, there are bike teams in Victoria, Tri-Cities, Maple Ridge, Burnaby, Vancouver, Surrey and Richmond.
— St John Ambulance