Execs

Colleen Bryant – Executive Director, (3rd Level NCCP MultiSport Coach) – Colleen has been coaching and directing clubs since age 20.  As a 7 year gold medal gymnast, she returned to Coach the sport after attaining her first diploma in Interior Design/Architecture. In a small Alberta town, she worked with 150+ local gymnasts as a Competition Coach and Head Coach until 1992.  In 1994 Colleen graduated from Vancouver Fashion Arts College and is a Designer for the film, fashion and advertising industry.

In 2009 she began volunteering with Calgary Inferno Wheelchair Rugby focusing on grants, marketing, website and community development, along with scheduling, equipment hauling and support.  A lot of work for one little lady !  The Calgary Team now travels across North America, and is home to Colleen’s and the KO’s Head Coach (Randy LeBlanc) first National recruit, Zak Maddell.  Colleen and Randy began their NCCP MultiSport Coach training in 2010 before leaving Calgary to startup the Kelowna KOs team in 2012.

 

Randy LeBlanc, Head Coach (3rd Level NCCP MultiSport and WC Rugby Comp), and KOs Community Director is a C6 quadriplegic.  He enjoyed a successful career as a CrewBoss and Pipefitter in Drumheller, AB prior to his injury.  Randy was involved in a motor vehicle accident in 2001 and was thrown from the car, breaking his neck.  Randy spent 18 months in rehab hospitals, and with the help of a tough and determined therapist who tapped into his old hockey player competitiveness, Randy regained his strength and stamina.  Randy later accepted his injury with the opinion that his accident provided him with a chance at being a better person.  2006-12 he volunteered for Calgary City Council and Police Services Advisory Committees and has been an active Rick Hansen Ambassador since 2005.  He works consistently to improve the accessibility and awareness for persons with disabilities leading the KOs team presentations and demos with Youth Groups, Schools, and in his involvement with Disability Forums and Peer Groups with goals of connecting and advancing Kelowna’s Accessibility.

Tyler Valstar, President.  Tyler grew up in Alberta as a young boy with his mom and 2 brothers before moving to Armstrong, BC.  He has a T12 and C45 spinal cord injury and reduced right hand function due to an accident involving a train.  As an artist, writer and one of the original 4 KOs team members, Tyler’s passion for independence, community and family is a great motivator in our club and we are very proud to call him our President.

 

Scott James, Vice President lives in Vernon, BC.  Scott is a C6 quadriplegic who was injured while on a set of monkeybars in Prince Rupert in 2000.  Scott admits he was angry at life when he was injured, but we know him to be a good, solid and reliable teammate.   Scott also is part of the Accessible Okanagan Peer Support Group while working as an Interior Regional Spinal Cord Injury BC and BCWSA Employee.

 

 

Stu Wymer, Director and Co-Captain, was the first person to attempt organizing wheelchair rugby in the Okanagan a few years before Randy and Colleen moved here.  A large undertaking for one person, he was persistent.  Holding try our sport practices in Vernon and travelling from Kamloops presented challenges, especially in the winter. When he heard there was a possibility of getting help with building a registered Club, he was fully On-Board and immediately helped out encouraging team development.   Stu also competes in wheelchair basketball, ice races,  tennis, waterskiing, and is an Accessible Okanagan Peer contact.

 

Gary Crowe, a walking SCI quadriplegic and local Okanagan handyman has been volunteering at Kelowna KOs Wheelchair Rugby practices and demos since 2014.  Head Coach, Randy LeBlanc nominated Gary for his unwavering dedication to assisting the team with their Equipment.  Most of our team members are quadriplegics and paraplegics with limited hand and core function, making the Equipment crews super valuable.  Changing tubes, helping athletes transfer into their sport chairs, hauling, and loading equipment are key roles that this team wouldn’t survive without !!   Together, Colleen and Gary manage and maintain the 15 sportchairs and training aids that enable the KOs Team to present demos, weekly practices, and travel to competitions.   Gary is also a volunteer of Accessible Okanagan.

Whether able-bodied, paraplegic, or quadriplegic, we encourage ALL-Abilities to be sport-active and join our team. :)