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Monday, February 22, 2016
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Generous Donations Allow Whistler BMX Club To Break Ground For New Track This Spring
Whistler, B.C. – In spring 2016 work will officially begin on building the BMX track at Bayly Park in Cheakamus Crossing as a result of recent donations to the Whistler BMX Club. The Spalding Family Foundation with American Friends of Whistler kindly donated $20,000 to the Whistler BMX Club and Gibbons Whistler generously donated $15,000. In addition, Gibbons Whistler pledges to offer ongoing support to future Whistler BMX Club events.
This spring the land can be cleared and plotted plus dirt will be brought in. The goal is to have the Whistler BMX track ready for use this summer. Some of the benefits that the BMX track will bring to the Whistler community are:
- Foundation skills for all types of biking
- Racing and coaching for kids
- Crossover training for ski and snowboard cross
- Both race and pump track are for riders of all ages and ability levels
“We are supporting BMX in Whistler because it’s an incredible sport that aligns with our Gibbons Whistler culture. I remember when the BMX World Championships came to Whistler in 1985, I was 9 years old and thought it was the coolest event ever. We have some of the best young athletes in the world living here and I guarantee you that because of this track we will have some home grown world champions within the next 10 years. Hopefully we will be able to bring back the BMX World Championships to Whistler because of this. Our community is fueled by big events and festivals which are relevant to our mountain culture, and it’s important we are a part of fostering and supporting these to keep Whistler RAD!” shared Joey Gibbons, CEO of Gibbons Whistler.
Jody Hallett – Treasurer & Secretary, Whistler BMX Club, had this to add: “Seeing the people of Whistler and beyond come together and donate towards this project is truly heartwarming. BMX is an accessible family sport and the site for the track is breathtakingly beautiful. It means the world to my family, the local BMX community and I that the Spalding Family Foundation with American Friends of Whistler and Gibbons Hospitality have chosen to give so much to our club. With these donations and the ongoing help of the Whistler cycling community we aim to break ground in spring. We are just a couple more fundraiser events away from reaching our total goal so we may build both a competition BMX race track and an all-weather pump track in Cheakamus Crossing.”
The Whistler BMX Club has already raised over $55,000, including a grant from the Whistler Blackcomb Foundation and fundraising will be ongoing. This Spring the Longhorn Saloon will host a fundraiser and those details will be announced soon.
The Whistler BMX Club was established in 2012 with the aim of building and operating a competition standard BMX track in Whistler. The project aims to cater to a range of activities such as: BMX, MTB 4X, kids run bikes and a community pump track. Please get to know us on our website and make donations here: http://www.whistlerbmx.com/donate.
Dan Harmon, Whistler BMX