Sport society awards athletes

The Vancouver Island Mountain Sport Society is calling for applications from Island athletes.

The Vancouver Island Mountain Sport Society is calling for applications from Island athletes competing in mountain sports for grants to assist their training and competition expenses.

“We are very happy to be able to offer these emerging athletes this opportunity to be considered for funding and thank our sponsors and those who continue to support our fundraising efforts,” said Rick Morson, society chairman.

The society is a not-for-profit association that raises funds for emerging amateur athletes who compete in the mountain sports of alpine, nordic and freestyle skiing, snowboarding, adaptive snow sports, biathlon and mountain biking.

Since 2003, it has raised more than $85,000 in a variety of fundraising initiatives.

Last season, the society opened the Vancouver Island Mountain Centre at Mount Washington, a 40-bed facility that benefits both athletes and the local community.

Applications are available at www.vimountaincentre.com and must be submitted before Oct. 28.