The first annual Lou Wishloff Memorial Floor Hockey Tournament honoured a dedicated Special Olympics coach and volunteer.                                 Photo submitted

The first annual Lou Wishloff Memorial Floor Hockey Tournament honoured a dedicated Special Olympics coach and volunteer. Photo submitted

Castlegar athletes remember a special coach

First annual Lou Wishloff tournament honours dedicated Special Olympics volunteer

On Saturday, teams from across the West Kootenay took part in the first annual Lou Wishloff Memorial Floor Hockey Tournament.

The tournament was held to honour Wishloff, a dedicated Special Olympics coach and volunteer for many years who passed away over the summer.

Lou’s widow Chris Wishloff, and his sister Vi Jack both attended the event. Chris was there to give out ribbons to all of the athletes that participated from Castlegar, Grand Forks, Trail and Creston.

Chris Wishloff was later presented with a posthumous Memorial Lifetime Volunteer Award in honour of Lou by two long-standing Castlegar floor hockey athletes, Chris Paulson and Matthew Welychko.

Special Olympics has been running for over 25 years in Castlegar, thanks to many dedicated local volunteers. They are always looking for more people to join their organization as coaches, volunteers or on the executive committee.

They currently have a number of positions that need to be filled. If interested please contact Sue Tait at susietait@gmail.com or on her cell 250-513-0125.