LETTERS: Heavy hearts over ousted club

Editor:

Re: Club homeless after 40 years at Semi, Oct. 28.

Editor:

Re: Club homeless after 40 years at Semi, Oct. 28.

It is a long time since a headline grabbed my attention, as was the case last Friday.

In this day of childhood obesity, lack of exercise and physical activity – and research which shows that weight-bearing activities in the teen years can do much to prevent the loss of bone density in later years – we see that 40-plus weightlifters and their coach had been given three days to vacate the Semiahmoo Secondary weightlifting facility, leaving kids “on their own.”

If it were a landlord evicting a tenant, I think the law requires more than three days’ notice, especially if there is at least $35,000 worth of equipment to move without any facility to move it to.

I am not sure if there is any valid underlying reason for the eviction, as the school district spokesman stated that “out of any respect for any third party, we wouldn’t share any explanation.”

Well, out of respect for Dieter Stamm and all his athletes, both present and past, and hopefully future, I sincerely hope that a new facility will be found and that Dieter and his weightlifters will go on to make their marks in the weightlifting world, locally, nationally and, as we read on the PAN front page, internationally.

Chris Johnson, Surrey

• •Dieter Stamm

I read your article about the Semiahmoo Secondary weightlifting club and it breaks my heart to see they did that to Dieter Stamm.

I went to Semi for all five years of schooling and was a weightlifter for the first two years. Because of the club, I made friends easier, stayed healthier and was able to stay out of trouble.

The weightlifting club was one of my only highlights of Semi. I trained beside amazing, hard-working people who inspired me to train harder. Because of this, I was able to win three gold medals myself!

Not only did I see Dieter as my coach, he was also my friend. Six out of the seven days of the week, I would be in the gym. Not only did it help my esteem, but it also helped with my scoliosis, which is a back disease. Everyone in the club made me feel welcome and became a lifelong friend.

I can’t believe the school would do this to Dieter and his students. I hope he will be able to find another place to train and bring hope to other people like me.

This club changed my life in many ways. Thank you.

Samantha Van Ieperen, White Rock

 

 

Just Posted

VIDEO: Gone Country success means so much to cancer patient

Mother of three, recovering from breast cancer treatment, makes it to seventh annual charity concert

Police ask for help locating missing men who were last seen in South Surrey

Jeep that Richard Scurr and Ryan Provencher were in has been located unoccupied in Logan Lake: RCMP

PHOTOS: White Rock Renegades play at Softball City

The ‘04 and ‘03 White Rock Renegades both played in South Surrey Sunday

White Rock’s Lady Alexandra hearing date postponed

Lawyers are scheduled to sit before a judge this week

White Rock pride flag raising ceremony to be held Friday

Pride Society to host sold-out event the following day

Food fight: Liberals, Tories trade shots as pre-campaign battles intensify

Health Canada released an overhauled document that did away with traditional food groups and portion sizes

Okanagan Air Cadet challenges gender-exclusive haircut policy

Haircut regulation inspires challenge around gender identity

Pride flags stolen from Lower Mainland church

Went missing sometime Friday night, says Maple Ridge reverend

25 new wheelchair-accessible cabins open at Cultus Lake Provincial Park

Maple Bay Campground is now home to 25 new wheelchair friendly cabins, a first for BC Parks

VIDEO: Bystander training gains traction as tool to prevent sexual harassment, violence

Julia Gartley was sexually assaulted after an event, and no one stepped in to help

Two brands of ice cream sandwiches recalled due to presence of metal

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency issued a recall on Iceberg and Originale Augustin brands

Sexual assaults, extortion on the rise even as crime rates stay low: Stats Canada

Rates of police-reported sexual assault rose for the fourth year in a row

Vancouver Island teens missing after vehicle found ablaze near Dease Lake, BC

RCMP say a body discovered nearby not one of the missing teens

Most Read

l -->