The fifth annual Saunders Subaru Golf Tournament was held recently at Cowichan Golf and Country Club, and raised $45,000 for the Saunders Family Foundation and The Comfy Kids Program, which both assist children and families on Vancouver Island.
Guest speaker Tanelle Bolt told the sell-out crowd at the course how she went from an inspiring fitness model about to launch an interior design business to recovering from a broken T6 vertebrae as a result of jumping 60 feet off a bridge into the Gordon River in Port Renfrew last summer, but has has not given up on her dreams of being an interior designer. She joked that her injury has allowed her to corner the market on accessible design.
Tanelle is very grateful for the support from the Saunders Family Foundation who has assisted her with her physiotherapy and is pleased to be the spokesperson for the foundation’s new Sledge Hockey initiative.
Her speech led into a major announcement. The formation of the first ever Sledge Hockey program on Vancouver Island has been initiated.
B.C. Hockey, Juan de Fuca Minor Hockey Association, PISE, UVIC, three-time Olympic champion Stephanie Dixon, Via Sport BC, Sport ability BC, Victoria Wheelchair Sports and Victoria Grizzlies Hockey Club, Victoria Royals Hockey Club and the City of Langford have expressed interest in participating on the exciting movement to bring a Sledge Hockey League to Westhills Arena in Langford.
The City of Langford presented the Foundation with a cheque for $2,000 towards the initiative and the Saunders Family Foundation has committed $5000.
The Saunders Foundation has also committed to donating four sledges to Westhills arena so that people with disabilities are able to participate in the on-ice experience.