The Wachiay Division of the First Nations Snowboard Team (FNST) is gearing up to hit the slopes of Mount Washington for a sixth year.
The program selected aboriginal youth between the ages of nine and 19, with the opportunity to learn and develop their snowboarding skills. Coaching/instruction, equipment and Mount Washington lift passes are provided.
“The recreation program is provided free to the selected FNST members,” says Kim Leming, Wachiay Division manager. “In exchange, aboriginal youth are expected to be in good standing in school and community, be drug and alcohol free, and be willing to commit to participate as a Wachiay FNST member for the season.”
Past Wachiay FNST participants have come from the Comox Valley and Campbell River areas. Many volunteers have made it possible for the program to succeed the last five years, as well as the support of Mount Washington and their staff.
“This season we’ll have youth which have obtained their CASI Level One, returning to instruct and mentor this year’s team,” adds Leming. “I’m very proud of these youth, and that our athletes today are the leaders of tomorrow.” More information on the First Nations Snowboard Team is at www.FNriders.com.
Application deadline for the 2011/ 2012 Wachiay FNST season is Nov. 4. Application packages are available by contacting Leming at Wachiay Friendship Centre: phone 250-338-7793 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
– Wachiay Friendship Centre