The 20th annual Operation High Jump was a great success.

The 20th annual Operation High Jump was a great success.

Operation High Jump set in the sunshine

20th annual event was fun for special needs participants and their caregivers

The 20th annual Operation High Jump event Sept. 11 at Vanier Track was attended by over 100 special needs participants and their caregivers from the Comox Valley and Powell River.

It happened to be the hottest day since July, but Comox Recreation Department staff offered a fun water balloon toss that aided in cooling a few people down.

Participants jumped, shot-put, wheeled, hurdled and ran various events around the track, competing against their friends and having a great day in the sun. The fun-filled day concluded with an awards ceremony for gold, silver and bronze in each event and two sportsmanship awards. Participants left the track with sore muscles, tired legs, full tummies of great bagged lunches, shining medals, ribbons and shinier smiles.

Comox Recreation Department would like to offer great appreciation to the generous donation from the Kiwanis Club of Courtenay and for their volunteer help; especially Robin and Ruth Giles for organizing the volunteers. This event is volunteer run and could not succeed without them.

A special thank you to George Town for organizing additional volunteers to make the lunches with the generous donation provided by Bruce, John and Mike of Comox Quality Foods. This is a free event so our goal is to allow special needs participants to partake in the event, provide lunch and make it as much fun for them as possible while still challenging them to strive for those medals.

 

If you would like to volunteer for this event on Sept. 16, 2016, please contact the recreation programmers at Comox Community Centre, 250-339-2255 ext. 226.