by Contributor on Monday December 21 2009
Columbia Basin Trust (CBT) Board member Kim Deane met with George Apel, Director of Biathlon BC and Director of the Hannah Creek Biathlon Society on Saturday, December 19 to announce a $60,000 grant toward the Society’s Hannah Creek Biathlon Enhancement Project.
The project has seen the society expand trails, increase the number of lanes in the shooting range, establish a multi-sport stadium and acquire new equipment necessary to host national and international athletes for training, as well as competitions. Deane met with Apel during a BC Cup event, a competition that saw athletes come from across the province, Alberta and the United States.
“We are happy to help the Hannah Creek Biathlon Society complete this enhancement project that will benefit Castlegar, Rossland and greater Trail as well as athletes from across the Basin as a regional service,” said Deane.
Apel added that the Society was “extremely grateful for the support from Columbia Basin Trust,” and that they were eager to wrap-up the project with the anticipated arrival of the new equipment that the CBT funding supported, including Biathlon Union certified targets, mats, a new groomer and a snowmobile.
Earlier this year CBT also supported Rossland’s Black Jack Cross Country Ski Club in its track and stadium enhancement with $75,000. Both projects have shown evidence that it will add to Rossland’s development toward becoming a four season resort destination, as well as making Rossland a desirable location by governing bodies of winter sports competitions.
CBT delivers economic, social, and environmental benefits to the residents of the Columbia Basin. To learn more about CBT programs and initiatives, visit www.cbt.org or call 1-800-505-8998.