ASRA Communities in Action!
For Immediate Release
April 20, 2007
Saanich Territory (Victoria, BC) – The Aboriginal Sports and Recreation Association of BC (ASRA) completed its second annual tour of British Columbia last Friday with success! ASRA staff members Patrick Chénier and Adam Olsen visited 10 communities in eight days in an effort to further engage community members with the association.
Stops included Agassiz, Burns Lake, Cranbrook, Fort St. John, Hazelton, Merritt, Nanoose, New Aiyansh, Skidegate and Williams Lake. The presentations informed guests about the upcoming selection process for the 2008 Aboriginal Team BC, as well as an open discussion regarding many of the challenges facing Aboriginal communities and their access to sport and recreation opportunities.“We live in a massive province and after all the driving we did in the past two weeks I have a much greater appreciation of that,” said Adam Olsen, ASRA Communications Coordinator. “Many Aboriginal communities are remote and face every barrier possible to higher participation. Our visits were mainly focused on educating people about our programs and services and encouraging them to communicate with us as well.”
Many community members were concerned with the deficit of resources for sport and recreation programs and expressed their desire to have more opportunities for their youth. Much of the discussion focused on the current climate for sport and recreation in British Columbia and encouraged the community members to work together in fundraising rather than doing it individually.
“There is definitely adversity, but sport is about adversity,” said Olsen. “It really is about how we embrace the adversity. It is our hope that all our athletes face it head on by challenging themselves in competition but also challenge themselves out of competition as well.”
ASRA will continue the annual Communities in Action Tour in 2008 and will select 8-10 new communities to visit. If your community was not represented at any of the 2007 Tour stops and you would like to receive an information kit, please do not hesitate to contact ASRA by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 250-544-8172.
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