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Young disabled skier part of Paralympics closing ceremonies
- Jim Knowles, left, and Pramod Thapa are excited about their opportunity to participate in the Paralympics closing ceremonies alongside athletes. - Murray Mitchell
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Jim Knowles, left, and Pramod Thapa are excited about their opportunity to participate in the Paralympics closing ceremonies alongside athletes.

March 19,2010

Daily News Staff Reporter

A Kamloops high school student with a neurological disorder has progressed from skiing with the safety of a tether to freely carving parallel turns at Sun Peaks.

Now Pramod Thapa will be included in filming and final ceremonies for the 2010 Paralympics Saturday.

Jim Knowles, a Kamloops realtor who is active with Sun Peaks Adaptive Sports, has become close to the 17-year-old from Nepal. He is also part of a party of six from Kamloops in the Paralympics closing ceremonies.

The others are Dick and Terry Taylor, who have assisted daily during the two-week games at Whistler Village as well as Tammy and Gord Leary, who operate a group home here.

Thapa has cerebral palsy, a neurological disorder that affects muscle co-ordination and body movement. He came with his parents to Kamloops last year from Nepal.

Knowles said the family lives in a hotel room in Kamloops and Pramod’s activities and friendships have been limited by his command of English and physical disability.

“I got a call from the school (SaHali secondary) and they said ‘you’ve got to get this kid out of his hotel room,’” Knowles explained of his introduction to Thapa.

The idea was to introduce Thapa to skiing, a natural for Knowles since he was a guide and an active volunteer helping people with disabilities learn to navigate the slopes.

“He’s skiing far past tethers. We’ve got him skiing blue (intermediate) runs and parallel turning for slalom and giant slalom.

Knowles said Thapa’s goal Is to compete in the 2014 Paralympic Games, held in Soichi, Russia along with the Winter Olympics.

The six Kamloops residents, clad in Sun Peaks Adaptive Sports uniforms, will take part in a torchlight descent late Saturday at Whistler that will be filmed by CTV for broadcast in Sunday’s closing ceremonies, being televised nationally.

Knowles said the opportunity to take part in the games is giving Thapa – whom he described as “smart, happy and energetic” — as well as volunteers in Kamloops a huge lift.

The pair went mountain biking Thursday, after Knowles picked Thapa up from school.

They went on a hike earlier this month.

“He’s no different than any other kid. He was picking up branches on dead trees to see how many he could break.”

March/10 Another ski season is ending… what fun we had me and all the kids that we taught up at SunPeaks. To all the vollys I say thanks for being there for these kids, thanks for sharing your valuable time with them, it means so much. My self now a level two instructor for the Disabled Ski Assoc of BC along with Tammy and Gord who made it through also we look forward to another year next season.
On a more serious  note one of our ski buddies Andrew who was the kid that got this ski thing in to our blood is in the hospital with some real problems. All of us send our love and hope that when he gets out he will be skiing with us again.

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By Jim Knowles, Tammy Leary’s realtor and friend who helped her find a home suitable for the needs of people with disabilities.

June 2008 was an exciting time for the young Leary family of Kamloops. Not only were Tammy and Gordon happily dealing with their new son Noah, but they also had a new home and the gift of two young adults coming to live with them. I say gift because this is what Tammy had envisioned for years as she made her way through Nurses College and worked at Ponderosa, a seniors residence in central Kamloops.

The new home, which soon would be called “A Touch Of Home”, was perfect for the two new arrivals. The daylight walkout basement was set up with all the proper attachments and aids. The wide doorways, the walk-in shower with its support aids, and the tile and linoleum flooring all provide easy access for wheelchairs. Tammy and Gord immediately added their own touches and installed an elevator to allow access through the whole house.

Kayla, who has Cerebral Palsy, and Andrew, who has Spina Bifida, are the two new additions to the family who let nothing stand in the way. Andrew graduated last year from Thompson Rivers University (TRU) and is working his way to becoming the best he can be at web design and computers. Kayla is finishing her studies at TRU and will graduate next year.

While browsing the web, Andrew found out about the sit ski program up at Sun Peaks, the local ski mountain.

Tammy, Gord, Deb (Andrew and Kayla’s caregiver), and I were soon up on the hill ready for our first lesson on the sit ski. We all participated in a course available through the Disabled Skiers Association of BC offered at Sun Peaks in Kamloops. This program provides opportunities for people with a wide range of disabilities to participate in sports and recreation.

With Andrew and Kayla screaming and laughing all the way down the hill, and all of us trying to keep up, we knew that sit skiing had become the new sport for all of us. Now, some four months later, Tammy, Gord, Deb and I all have our Level 1 instructors card for able bodied persons and also carry our CADS Volunteer cards so we’re able to help any people with disabilities that come to the hill.

Recently, the local TV station came to the mountain to do a story about Kayla and Andrew. What brought home to all of us standing listening to the interview how lucky we all are, were Kayla’s  inspiring words:“Life is like a puzzle. It’s hard but just keep trying, and in the end, you will find the piece that’s missing.” With tears freezing to our faces we, will never forget those words and how inspiring this young lady is to us, and how inspiring she will be to many others in the future.

Recently Tammy and I were talking as we watched Kayla finish her run down the mountain. She told me, “To me, having Andrew and Kayla in the house has not only taught us that life should never be taken for granted, but also, that when you put your mind to it, anything is possible.”

To request more information about adaptive skiing in you area, please visit the Disabled Skiers Association of BC’s website at

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