VIMSS puts out call for applications for grants

Society funds Island athletes who compete in winter sports




The Vancouver Island Mountain Sport Society (VIMSS) is calling for applications from Island athletes competing in mountain sports for grants to assist their training and competition expenses.

Recent recipients include Comox snowboarders Darcy Sharpe and Carle Brenneman, both of whom have represented Canada on the world stage, as well as athletes who are gunning for provincial or national championship competition like Paralympic skier Braydon Luscombe of Duncan.

Applications are available at and must be submitted by Sunday, Oct. 28.

“We are very happy to be able to offer these emerging athletes this opportunity to be considered for funding and thank our sponsors and those who continue to support our fundraising efforts including Mount Washington Alpine Resort, Rick Gibson of Royal LePage Realty and Timberwest,” said VIMSS chair Rick Morson.

VIMSS is a not-for-profit association that raises funds for emerging amateur athletes who compete in the mountain sports of alpine, Nordic and freestyle skiing, snowboarding, adaptive snow sports, biathlon and mountain biking. Since 2003, the Society has raised over $85,000 in a variety of fundraising initiatives.

Last season, VIMSS opened the Vancouver Island Mountain Centre at Mount Washington, a 40-bed facility that benefits both athletes and the local community thanks in part to assistance from Western Economic Diversification, the Coast Sustainable Trust and the Island Coastal Economic Trust.

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– Vancouver Island Mountain Sports Society