Grassroots assistance for local children

Thomas Benson (pictured) has been a Grassroots recipient since 2013.

From Wanaka Sun (page 16) 6 - 12 Apr 2017

Wanaka Ski and Snowsports Club has announced 47 children will receive Grassroots financial assistance towards snowsports lessons during the 2017 season.

The 2017 awards must be used at Cardrona and Treble Cone for group lessons and are paid directly to the programme of the recipient's choice. 

WSSC secretary Bonny Teat said the original founding members of the Wanaka Ski Club believed in “developing local families’ enjoyment of the surrounding snow covered mountains through fostering skiing in all its forms”. 

“Little did they realise what skiing would morph into by 2017. The original club has incorporated all snowsports into its membership. It now has freeskiers, freeriders, alpine racers, cross country skiers, tourers, ski/board improvement for parents, masters racers, social party people, freeride snowboarders and park and pipe participants as members,” Bonny said. 

“The 2017 Grassroots recipients are a wonderful mix of free skiers, free riders, alpine racers and boarders.” 

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Thomas Benson (pictured) has been a Grassroots recipient since 2013.

“He loves Team TC who he trains with and his highlight last season was beating his dad, Jonny Benson, in the club’s fun family event Race Your Mate,” Bonny said.

Family recipients are; Zora and Gustav Legnavsky, Zavia and Kezik Magill, Yasmin and Yannick Coombe, Vincent and Mia Gerrard, Thomas and Amy Benson, Seth and Jalen Carleton, Zavier and Isla Taylor, Genevieve and Katrina Wallis, Luke and Bradley Gendall, Finley and Campbell Melville-Ives, Oscar and Lucia Georgalli, Charlie and Harry Anderson, Ben, Sam and Isabella Soper, Ollie and Cooper Morgan, and Jakob and Lukas Henderson.

Individual 2017 awards will be made to Max Bagley, Bayley Macdonald, Anise Maclean, Jarred Ferguson, Jacob Toomey, Chloe Willmott, Finn Thomson, Logan Millar, Luka Cowan, Toby Mills, Henri Fenn, Aiden Fitzpatrick, Benji Pujol, Charlie Helmore, Amelia Sramek and Ari Drake.

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