Dear Editor:

Invermere: what a great place to grow up.

Two years ago, four young men had a dream to be champions. With the help of the community, their dream has come true.

Ian Redeker, Sam Gaspar, Logan Powell, Garrett Kashuba, and Justin Pollard recently became the Juvenile Kootenay Zone Champions in curling, and will be traveling to the B.C. Winter Games to represent the Columbia Valley.

A dream is only a dream without the help of others.

The Invermere Curling Centre members and Board of Directors unselfishly helped us with ice time, uniforms, league and bonspiel dues, game experience, and coaching.

Michelle, Christine, Jack, Rick, Vick, Slap, Dave, and local media helped publicise our dream. The Pioneer, Valley Peak, and the Valley Echo were always eager to spread the good news.

When we needed money for travel, the fundraising efforts of the teams parents were met with open arms by local organizations and charities who could see the value supporting our youth.

Thank you to all the businesses and individuals who have donated to our dream. With your help it is coming true. We hope to make you proud at the B.C. Winter Games.

Dave Gaspar, team coach