Athlete appreciates support on journey to Olympics

Community supports bobsleigh driver on World Cup circuit.

Dear Editor:

I would like to thank Summerland community for their continuing support in my Olympic journey.

A new bobsleigh season is about to get underway and this will be my first year starting the season on the World Cup Circuit as a driver.

This year the national team is without a major sponsor and we have been individually actively fundraising in order to be able to compete.

I have not yet quite reached my goal but am getting there and wouldn’t even be close without my hometown support.

In particular I would like to thank Summerland Pharmasave who is a Bronze Level sponsor.

Felicity and Bernd Stahl  have taken a personal interest in my journey and I really appreciate their support.

Not only have they given me financial support towards my team fees but they have also bought all their staff Team Kripps T-shirts to wear on race days, and are also selling the shirts for me at Pharmasave.

Other businesses I would like to thank for supporting the T-shirt fundraiser and buying the shirts for their staff are Summerland Dental Centre, Summerland Builders Mart, Johnston Goodrich The Law Office, Keller’s Cellar, Summerland Rental Centre, BMO, and the Summerland Credit Union.

I would also like to acknowledge the support of SADI,  thanks to Connie Denesiuk  and the SADI  volunteers who will be holding a hot dog and T-shirt sale fundraiser for me on Saturday Sept. 15 from 11 a.m. on outside Nesters.

Thanks also to Nesters,  Summerland Rotary Club  and the Source who are all helping out with the fundraiser.

And of course many thanks to all the individuals who have bought the Team Kripps T-shirts and continue to support me.

This year the World Cup races will be televised on Sportsnet and livestreamed at

I also plan to keep an updated blog on my website; and I try to respond to any messages sent to me at my facebook page justinkripps.

I will be heading to Calgary in the middle of September where the season begins, training, selection races, more training in Whistler and then the first World Cup race in Lake Placid Nov. 8 to 10.

I am excited and ready to get there.

I will continue to do my best and make my hometown proud.

Justin Kripps

2010 Olympic Bobsledder and 2014 Olympic hopeful



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