Thank you Wetzin'kwa Community Forest Grant Program!
SSSC is grateful to announce the completion of a grant for $4,038 that allowed the purchase of 6 radios from local vendor Tower Communications in Houston. The purchase was completed in December 2022 in time for our winter season. This included radios, chargers, chest packs, and speaker mic’s. Furthermore, SSSC Executive chose to apply additional grant money through the Community Economic Resilience Infrastructure Program and ordered an additional 12 radios. The SSSC Winter Events Centre @HMBR is nearly complete and these additional radios have been a huge improvement in hosting races.
This grant has already allowed us to deliver some exceptional events and programming this year. Radio communication is pivotal for Race Organization Committee communication for both event and safety responsibilities. These events included:
• Our local club ‘Shamrock cup’ event Jan 21- 90 athletes
• BC High School North Zone Finals- Feb 8/9- 171 athletes
• BC Alpine Teck North Zone event Feb 11/12 – 85 athletes
In addition, our regular athletic programming is benefiting, with 14-15 coach-athlete groups on weekends spread out across the mountain supporting 110 SSSC athletes, linked together for Emergency Action Planning and team coordination by these radios. Coaches attending out of town events are now able to take radios they know will work, without affecting local programming. At one point this season we had teams/radios at Canada Winter Games in PEI, U16 Westerns in Rossland, BC, and programming still happening at home. We were also able to loan out radios to Ski Patrol to monitor athlete events.
Thank you Wetzin’kwa Community Forest Corporation!