It started as a dream to create the best Race Training Centre possible for Paralympic Athletes. Kimberley Alpine Resort has a long history of supporting Race Training that dates back to the 60’s and 70’s with athletes like Gerry Sorenson.
Gerry Sorensen Lenihan began skiing at the age of 10 in Kimberley, BC where she was born in 1958. Sorensen was named Canada’s “Top Female Athlete”, Sport B.C.’s “Top Senior”, and “Top Overall Athlete” in 1982. Named #1 in the world for the Downhill Event for the 1982-83 season. In 1984, she won her 4th World Cup victory in 3 years in the Downhill Course at Puy St. Vincent, France.
Gerry set the tone for athletic excellence and both Kimberley’s community and Kimberley Alpine Resort have not looked back.
Continuing with athletic excellence and dedication to the sport, Annie and Jerry Johnston started Canada’s first disabled skiing program and so began the tradition of Kimberley becoming the destination for disabled training and racing. Jerry assumed duties as the President and Executive Director in of the Canadian Association for Disabled Skiing (CADS) in 1976 and received Federal Charter as non-profit organization in 1979.
Positive steps forward will be the creation of a new Paralympic Training Centre at Kimberley Alpine Resort. Construction on this new facility is slated to begin Fall 2009. More details to come on this exciting project in another Blog entry later this Fall.
Recently Kimberley Alpine Resort and Resorts of the Canadian Rockies teamed up with the Canadian Paralympic Committee, Brewster, Flight Centre, Via Rail and Lug to raise more awareness for Canada's Paralympic athletes on their road to gold in 2010