Participants from Vanderhoof trained at the gym in preparation for 'Operation Track Shoes' last week. Pictured from right to left: Jay is just one of the 16 Vanderhoof participants training at the gym every week to get them in shape for the annual sports festival in Victoria in June this year.

Participants from Vanderhoof trained at the gym in preparation for 'Operation Track Shoes' last week. Pictured from right to left: Jay is just one of the 16 Vanderhoof participants training at the gym every week to get them in shape for the annual sports festival in Victoria in June this year.

Vanderhoof residents plan to attend ‘Operation Track Shoes’ for the first time in over a decade

or the first time in more than a decade participants from Vanderhoof will be heading down to Victoria in June to take part in the 41st annual ‘Operation Track Shoes,’ a sports festival for British Columbians who have a developmental disability.

For the first time in more than a decade participants from Vanderhoof will be heading down to Victoria in June to take part in the 41st annual ‘Operation Track Shoes,’ a sports festival for British Columbians who have a developmental disability.

Nechako Valley Community Services are organizing the trip which will see 16 citizens of Vanderhoof taking part. The event from June 10-12 has a variety of different sporting activities to suit participants with a range of abilities.

“There’s a little bit of everything because some competitors are just there for the social aspect and others are there to really compete … there’s some amazing athletes actually,” said Barb Radcliffe, a community living worker in Vanderhoof who is helping organize the trip.

“There’s all kinds of different things from running to swimming to hurdles to wheelbarrow races,” she said.

Nechako Valley Community Services will be holding a number of fundraising events for the trip such as bake sales and silent auctions every other saturday. They will also be seeking a grant from Operation Track Shoes to help cover the travel costs.