Allied Winter Sports Camp - Whistler, BC
Soldier On will be hosting the annual Allied Winter Sports Camp in Whistler, BC from 21 February – 2 March 2023.
Building on the resounding success of previous years, the intent of this event is for participants from Australia, United Kingdom, United States of America and Canada to come together and participate in the Nordic sports of sledge hockey, alpine ski/snowboard, biathlon, bobsled and cross-country skiing. This activity is for both serving and Veteran physical and/or mental health ill/injured members to use sport as part of their recovery, rehabilitation, and reintegration.
Ill/injured members will be introduced to Nordic sports of sledge hockey, alpine ski/snowboard, biathlon, bobsled and cross-country skiing. Days will be comprised of 5-7 hours of moderate to high paced activities; and
Assistance throughout the event will be provided in partnership with the Whistler Adaptive Sports Program.
The number of Soldier On participants is limited to 10.
Minimum Eligibility Criteria:
Any serving member or veteran of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) from ACROSS CANADA
who acquired a permanent physical or mental health illness or injury while enrolled as a member of the CAF; whether attributable or not to service.
Chain of command authorization will be required to attend.
A medical authorization will be required for selected participants.
Mental & Physical Requirements:
Participants must be able to tolerate 5-7 hours of moderate to high paced activities for 8 days in a row. Sports practiced will be sledge hockey, alpine ski/snowboard, biathlon, bobsled and cross-country skiing. Due to the busy activity schedule, applicants must have a limited requirement for rest throughout the day. The inherent risks associated with this event include, but are not limited to: sprains, muscle sprains, muscle tears, broken bones, contusions and concussions.
Adaptive sport equipment is available for all activities. Instructors will be present throughout the event.
Participants will be joined with other ill/injured members and civilians, and therefore should be able to function in a social environment. Participants also acknowledge that there will be no alcohol allowed in the accommodations, and will be required to share accommodations.
Soldier On events are planned in accordance with municipal, provincial, territorial and federal public health measures (PHM) and regulations as well as the Canadian Armed Forces health policy and guidelines. The health and safety of Soldier On participants and staff, PSP staff, and CAF TG personnel are paramount. While specific safety precautions for each event will depend on the scope, scale and location of the event, the utmost care will be undertaken to ensure the risk associated with the spread of COVID-19 is very low.
The event OPI will confirm in writing with the participants selected for this activity.
An activity delivery questionnaire will be sent to selected participants to complete and return. This will assist the event OPI and the sport delivery partner with the planning of logistics and the activity.
A joining instruction will be issued prior to event; ensuring applicants are authorized to participate IAW applicable policies & eligibility criteria.
The Soldier On Allied Winter Sports Camp is an event which will encourage ill/injured serving CAF personnel and veterans to develop new skills, engage with others while personally challenging themselves.