We're sad to say that Coach Wes will be taking a sabbatical this year! We're going to miss him but we hope he'll be back next year. In the meantime he and his family are heading out to spend more time with their family which is spread out all across Canada, though they'll mostly be in Laxgalts'ap (Greenville) BC in the Nisga'a Nation. We asked him a few questions what this year holds: Q. What inspired this decision? A. We are only given a limited amount of time in this life, and next year we're settling down with the commitment of Shantae starting school next year.
Q. What is next for you three? A. Our family will be reconnecting with our cultures, traditions, languages and also to share the gifts we have gained, while we are away. We will continue to inspire families in healthy lifestyles, fitness and physical literacy.
Shannon-Rose and I met at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics. We participated in the opening ceremonies by "Welcoming the World" with our Traditional dances of the respected Nations. I'm Anishanabe (Ojibiway) from the Great-Lakes of Ontario and Shannon-Rose is Nisga'a, Tsimshian, Heiltsuk and Haida of Northwestern BC. These two nations are 3/4 of the country away from each other and we were blessed to met at this event. This holds significant value to us to continue our journey in sharing who we are and inspiring our nations.
Q. Is there anything you'd like to say to the Jump families you've worked with? A. A special thank you to the families we have met through and that allowed us into your lives! Please continue being "AWESOME" in your Gymnastic classes! We're so thankful for Jennifer Hood and Jump Gymnastics for all they have done for our family! We will miss you while on our journey but are looking forward to our return to share our experiences with you all.
We'll miss you too Wes and we look forward to hearing all about your adventures!