Kripps appreciates community support

The Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics are fast approaching and we are in full training mode at the Calgary Olympic Park training centre.

Dear Editor:

The Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics are fast approaching and we are in full training mode at the Calgary Olympic Park training centre with some great new upgraded facilities.

I would once again like to thank all my hometown supporters and especially Pharmasave Summerland, who are continuing their generous sponsorship. It is always a challenge to be able to train full time  and  make ends meet.

I hope you all saw the Pharmasave logo on my sleds in last seasons TV coverage of the World Cup races, and it will be featured again this season.

As mentioned in an article in your paper last week Summerland Secondary School is organizing a sale this coming weekend (Sunday, Sept. 8, 1 to 3 p.m. at the school entrance), of some great sporting gear which I have been able to provide. Hopefully the money raised will help the school’s athletes in their upcoming seasons, as well as help with my team fees.

I believe school teams are very important and it is too bad that funding has been cut so drastically. Being on a school team played an important role in my development not only as an athlete but as a person.

I will be starting this coming season as pilot of the Canada #3 sled in both the two-man and four-man competition on the World Cup Series. This is only the second time Canada has had three sleds qualify in both disciplines for the World Cup Circuit (last year being the first) and we are hoping to qualify all three sleds for the first time for the Olympics . It is going to be an exciting season and I know we can do it.

Thanks to your paper as well for your continued coverage, I will endeavour to give regular updates on our quest for Sochi. You can also see my website and follow me on Facebook

Justin Kripps



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