Vernon Mayor Rob Sawatzky is honoured to lend his support to a pair of Vernon Olympians.
The city is helping to celebrate Vernon’s Olympic spirit and hometown Olympians Kevin Hill (snowboard cross) and Justin Dorey (half pipe) today from 3 to 6 p.m. at Kal Tire Place.
“We share the pride the community feels for the standards of Olympic sports excellence that Kevin and Justin have achieved,” said Sawatzky. “We are proud to help the community in honouring them for their dedication and for the joy their endeavors have given us.”
Hill finished second in the small final of his event, placing eighth overall, and will be in attendance this afternoon.
He will have 10 of his World Cup bibs to give away to kids who attend.
Hill’s sister, Shanda, said it was important for her brother to say thanks to the community.
“Kevin is a true ambassador for Vernon,” said Shanda. “He has traveled all over the world and yet he is passionately in love with Vernon and the Okanagan, and all who know him will attest to that.”
Dorey, who led the first-ever Olympic men’s ski halfpipe after two qualifying runs, and appeared en route to a potential gold-medal-winning score when he crashed on a landing (finished 12th overall) is unable to make today’s celebration.
It is believed some of his family will be in attendance.
Today’s celebration is open to everyone.
Other event sponsors include Real Canadian Superstore, Tim Hortons, Save-On Foods, Rancho Vignola and Sure Copy.