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The Kootenay Adaptive Sport Association was originally born as the Kootenay Sufferfest Society (KSS). KSS was a non-profit organization that was established in 2010 with the mission to inspire and promote physical activity, support economic development through recreation tourism, develop and maintain recreation infrastructure and enhance participation in local sport clubs. Through evolution of their events and a strategic goal of becoming more inclusive, in 2018 Kootenay Sufferfest Society began its transition to Kootenay Adaptive Sport Association (KASA). The transition was prompted by the expansion and growth seen through inclusive events encouraging racers of all ages, stages and abilities. It was determined that taking a more inclusive approach was the ultimate way to promote physical activity for all.
Recognizing the need and market potential for adaptive mountain biking trails, the Nakusp and area Bike Society, North Slocan Trails Society and Revelstoke Cycling Association had all constructed trails that are specifically designed to meet the needs of adaptive cyclists, families, seniors and anyone looking to explore recreational opportunities (Since 2018, British Columbia has seen an explosive growth in inclusive mountain biking trails). This unique concentration of accessible and inclusive infrastructure has attracted the attention of the local mountain biking community and beyond. Mt. Abriel (Nakusp) in conjunction with the surrounding trails has the potential to become a global destination for athletes with disabilities.
Following a 2018 research, feasibility and capacity building project supported by the Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction, KASA has determined there is global market potential and has already garnered interest and enthusiasm from athletes with disabilities. A successful 2018 aMTB camp and additional support from the Ministry for 2019 has allowed KASA to move forward to realize their vision and mission for 2019 and beyond.
As of 2021, KASA has been instrumental in the design and implementation of adaptive mountain biking trail standards, development of instruction, guiding and sport development tools. Kootenay Adaptive has also played a large role in the implementation of the adaptive category of the 2021 Dunbar Summer Series.
KASA continues to operate in British Columbia and Western Canada, providing programming services, guiding, instruction and more.
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