REC REPORT: Be a man or woman in motion for Hansen anniversary

The Rick Hansen Man in Motion tour will be stopping by Grand Forks on April 26.

Twenty-five years ago Rick Hansen had a dream – to make the world more accessible and inclusive and to find a cure for spinal cord injury (SCI).

Rick’s dream took shape in the form of the Man in Motion World tour. For 26 months he and his team wheeled over 40,000 kilometres, through 34 countries, raising awareness of the potential for people with disabilities.

Through the foundation that bears his name, more than $250 million has been raised to accelerate progress towards a cure for SCI and a more accessible and inclusive world.

This year marks the 25th Anniversary of the Man in Motion World tour. To commemorate this, there are international and national events and activities taking place.

The Rick Hansen 25th Anniversary Relay is re-tracing the Canadian segment of the original Man in Motion tour. The anniversary tour started in Newfoundland and has now reached British Columbia. The nine-month relay covers 12,000 km and visits over 600 communities from coast to coast.

On Thursday, April 26, the Man in Motion Anniversary Relay Team will be arriving in Christina Lake and Grand Forks. We encourage residents of both communities to come out and cheer on your local medal bearer participants, who will be carrying the 25th Anniversary Man in Motion Medal through your town.

Please go online to and view the routes the bearers will be taking and to learn more about the Man in Motion 25th Anniversary Tour.


Back by popular demand, Sheldon Boyd of Serpent Aquatics will be at the aquatic centre offering adult scuba on Sunday, April 15 from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Serpent Aquatics provides all the equipment necessary for your underwater experience. This is a beginner course with the opportunity to continue on toward an open water certification through the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI).

Serpent Aquatics is also providing Scuba for Kids on the same day between 2:30 and 4 p.m. Sheldon offers three levels of diving for kids beginning with Scuba Stars, followed by PADI Seal Team and Specialty Dive. Both Adult and Kids scuba requires pre-registration so contact Grand Forks Recreation (GFREC) for details.

For more information on the Rick Hansen relay and to register for Scuba give us a call at 250-442-2202 or email us at You can also visit our website at to view the April flyer.

Grand Forks Gazette