Ski club donates gym equipment to Mt. Currie 

Transformation into high performance training centre being planned

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“Meadow Park is a great facility, but it’s at capacity,” said Thomson. “Because it is a public facility it was always a challenge to train there. They’ve been great partners with Pacific Sport, but it’s not cool for a team of 15 athletes to walk into Meadow Park with a coach and train. It taxes the capacity considerably.”

Local athletes and visiting teams will be able to train and rehabilitate at a new Pacific Sport facility, using their own trainers as well as other Pacific Sport experts such as physiotherapists and strength and conditioning coaches.

The new facility, once approved, would also be open to WMSC athletes, providing them with sport-specific equipment and training opportunities not available in the past.

“With this equipment athletes will be able to actually mimic limb pulling and joint action, and isolate sports conditions on equipment that can be more aligned to the sports the athletes are training for,” said Thomson.

The fitness facility will be a temporary one for Pacific Sport until the new athletes’ centre is completed as part of the 2010 athletes’ village. However, the new Life Fitness equipment will remain with the WMSC club as a long-term legacy for alpine racing in the community.

According to WMSC program director Nigel Cooper, the club was proud to be able to donate the equipment to Mt. Currie, given that it was originally donated to the club.

“The equipment was originally donated to us by Wayne Holm, who was a chair of the Whistler Cup for five years and a former Grey Cup winner at one point,” he said. “It’s all equipment that was in his home and we were pretty fortunate to get it, we’ve made good use of it, and we’re happy that we’re able to pass it along to Mt. Currie.”

Improving their own gym facility is a priority, says Cooper. “Right now the gym is underused, and our athletes at the grass roots don’t get as much exposure to elite level athletes training as we would like,” he said.

The number of spinning bikes is one area he says the club will benefit, as more athletes use them to warm up, cool down, build endurance, and rehabilitate injuries.

If an agreement is reached, the WMSC and Pacific Sport could begin upgrading the space as early as April, with the goal of completing the renovation by June.

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