Since 2012, the KOs have provided disability sports and wellness programs to our youth and adult community partnering with over 30 organizations that aim at expanding boundaries and awareness. Affecting hundreds of people per year locally and by travelling to 4 Interior Region cities, plus cross Canada competitions, presenting practices and tournament opportunities for members and volunteers as well as demonstrations and fundraising events.
Development League and Local Wheelchair Sports Teams often host awareness and mentorship programs beyond regular practices to encourage the introduction of Wheelchair Sports to kids and new wheelchair users or others new to the sport of wheelchair rugby. We also encourage our athletes to try other sports and adventures that expand their ability and confidence and we are closely linked with the local Accessible Peer Programs.
The Kelowna KOs are very active in their mission to provide opportunity for everyone to be involved in sports and teamwork. Take a look at our Schedules page to view upcoming events and demos…
Kelowna KOs leaders Randy LeBlanc and Colleen Bryant transitioned their 4 years of experience with building the Calgary Inferno Team to form the Kelowna KOs, and in their final season there, while already establishing the KOs Team, our Program Manager, Colleen Bryant organized the most acclaimed tournament in the Inferno’s history which included the personal attendance and game tipoff by Rick Hansen during his 25th Anniversary Relay, andwhile Randy rolled as a selected Ambassador to carry the medal through Calgary on an inner-city leg of the tour and the next month received a Gold Medal as a Provincial Athlete with Team Alberta at the 2012 WC Rugby Nationals in Montreal.
Starting off with a bang !… In their first full season, the KOs practiced twice per week in Kelowna and Vernon, presented demonstrations at PAART Youth Program in Kamloops, started their Roll-n-Bowl Annual Family Fun Demo, began relationships with local peer groups, travelled to Whistler to handcycle and enjoy the Peak to Peak Gondola experience with SCI-BC,
spent a fantastic summer afternoon playing wheelchair rugby at City Park BBall court in front of huge crowd (check out our Videos Page), and an even bigger evening at Parkinson Rec Annual fall Community and Family Fun Days.
Our UBCO and Okanagan College Student Practicum assistance programs provide volunteer mentorship to assist the education of future practitioners.
We connect friends and rugby teammates to also enjoy many active lifestyle adventures such as back country quadding, parasailing, pulksledding, handcycling, sailing, boating, fishing, paddling, swimming, skiing, trailriding AND Zipling in the beautiful Okanagan !!! and in 2014 we hosted a Halloween Party for our volunteers, peers, partners and friends !!
2015 marks our 4th Annual Knock Out in the Okanagan BC League Tournament Hosting, our 3rd Annual Roll n Bowl and Silent Auction Fundraiser held at St.Joseph Elementary and Capri Valley Lanes, our 2nd year of year round training with the Green Turtle Handcycle Program Track and Incline/Ramp Rugby CrossTraining Programs
Collectively creating awareness and a holistic society is a strong focus for the KOs as a means to educating and supporting youth, disability, and sport awareness program partnership projects with Pathfinders, Brownies, Interior Regional Schools, and PacificSport Okanagan, BC Councillors, Community Family Programs …..
a core group of volunteers and athletes is always eager to help shape future generations ! Contact us ! We’d love to demonstrate our sports and talk about A-Bility.
Whether it’s a random practice of 22 guests and athletes, or with a few local teens,
or a School Demo at Bankhead Elementary for 100 kids or with the Okanagan Brownies
or a group of Pathfinders or with Miss Reid at Glenrosa Elementary School,
or during a school break with Pacific Sports XploreKidsCamps in Vernon
or during a school break with PacificSport XploreSportzKidsCamp in Rutland
introducing new members to the sport
or enjoying a scrimmage with Mayor Colin Basran
at our Annual Roll n Bowl…
or presenting demos for dropin days at Mount Boucherie Community Sports Days
… the KOs are a great team and Community Program , proud to be in the Okanagan and to have such wonderful support !
KOs Provincial Athletes compete locally, across British Columbia, and Canada in the Vancouver Invitational, Kamloops Legacy Games and Nationals… all quad and para club members compete in BC League championships annually across BC. Quadriplegic members also can compete in Alberta and Prairie League tournaments. Success of this sport is very much based on High Sportsmanship values and respect for each other as members of the disabled community and high intensity training and cross training are very much a part of this program. By joining together teams are able to share their knowledge and skill with developing athletes and learn to train and train to win.