The sun was shining and spirits were high during the 20th annual Operation High Jump, the track and field event for mentally and physically challenged people of the Comox Valley and Powell River.
The day was filled with numerous track and field events such as 50- and 100-metre dashes, wheelchair push, long jump, high jump, and our most popular event, the ball throw. Besides the more traditional events there are fun games such as sack races, water balloon toss, and a tug of war.
The success of Operation High Jump is truly because of the volunteers and the participants. Their joy and smiling faces are the inspiration that keeps this event going, year after year.
The Spirit Award, which is presented to the team or individual that has the most positive attitude towards the day and their fellow athletes, was presented to Vanier’s Life skills program.
They represented their school with pride both in the events the participated in, as well as the way they encouraged each other throughout the day.
Operation High Jump was once again supported generously by the Kiwanis Club of Courtenay. The Kiwanis club members are fantastic volunteers and are a great presence at the event.
Other volunteers helped at the track and in the kitchen. Thank you to Quality Foods for donating all the supplies needed to make 140 lunches and to Water Pure and Simple for supplying much-needed water.
— Comox Recreation