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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The official launch of the newest club in the Energetic City is finally here.

After delays and changing COVID-19 guidelines put the Fort St. John Energizers Wheelchair Basketball club’s launch on hold, the club will finally kick off at Bert Bowes Middle School on Sunday, October 10th, from 1 to 2 p.m.

The demo event encourages residents of all ages and abilities to come out and try one of the original eight sports that debuted at the first-ever Paralympic Games in 1960.

Regardless of age, gender, ethnicity or physical ability, there’s no cost to try it, and it’s a great sport for inclusivity.

Programming Director for Northern Adapted Sports Association, Rob Stiles, says he’s used to building programs from small beginnings.

“If we can make a difference for one individual, then it’s a huge success in our view. We will have 16 chairs out for this event, along with the trailer that will stay in the area,” said Stiles. “Part of my goal for the start of next week is to put a schedule in place for moving around the district schools to give every student a chance to try adapted sports.”

Stiles says the first 10 participants will get a free T-shirt. As part of the new COVID-19 safety guidelines, proof of vaccination will be required for anyone over 12 to participate.

With a team in Prince George called the Lumberjacks, Stiles hopes there will be a friendly rivalry between the northern teams in the near future.

For more information about adapted sports, go to the Northern Adapted Sports Association website.

To find out more about wheelchair basketball in British Columbia, visit the BC Wheelchair Basketball Society website.

 

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