Alberta Amputee Sports & Recreation Association

Welcome to AASRA

Our Philosophy

Our Association believes that the quality of life for all amputees, is enhanced through participation and interaction with other amputees, which improves one's social, emotional and physical well being.  We provide moral support to new and existing amputees, both young and old alike.

We believe in furthering the rehabilitation of amputees by organizing and encouraging personal involvement in social and recreational activities. We also provide support services to those who might need a lending hand or just a shoulder to lean on. As a group we want to provide personal support to amputees and their families in the community. To make all of our lives better we assist in prosthetic research for the purpose of obtaining the best device (s) available for amputees by encouraging amputees to participate in prosthetic's training courses and research projects of all types. All of this takes money so we are committed to raising funds necessary to promote the aims and objectives of the association.

Becoming a member of AASRA is easy. Click here to receive information on how to sign up.

OUR MISSION:  To support and provide opportunities for amputees
in recreation and sporting activities, in both disabled and able bodied events.

In Memory of

Gwen Davies

October 23, 1941 - November 20, 2020

It was with great sadness that we learned of the passing of Gwendalyn Jean Davies
on November 30, 2020.  Gwen was a long-time active member of AASRA,

serving as the association’s Secretary, President and Executive Director.

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Gwen grew up in Faulconbridge, New South Whales, Australia.  In 1965 she met her husband-to-be Canadian Malcom Davies and after marrying in 1968 they moved to Canada.  Gwen worked for Gelmon Corporation in Canada and supported her husband’s manufacturing company while raising their family in the ‘70s.  Gwen will best be remembered by her many friends for her volunteer work and her athletic career.

 

Gwen was very active in disabled sports, both as an athlete and as an organizer.  She became a member of AASRA in 1989 and moved successively into the positions of Secretary, President, and Executive Director.  She was a charter member of the Canadian Amputee Golf Association (CAGA) in the early ‘90s and performed the role of President until 2017.  Gwen also served on the World Advisory Committee who advocated for golf to be admitted into the Paralympics for 2016. Although unsuccessful at that time, the work she initiated as well as her overall contribution to the Paralympic Movement resulted in approval for that sports inclusion within the last several years.  She was also heavily involved in Skate Canada, holding many volunteer positions at the local, provincial and national levels from 1979 to 2006.

 

Gwen supported and participated in numerous sports throughout her lifetime including figure skating, downhill skiing, and golf.  However, it would be golf that would become her passion and sport of choice. She won the Canadian Amputee Women’s Golf Championship 18 times!  She also won the British Open Amputee Golf Championship in 1995 and was the World Series of Golf Ladies Champion in 2002.  She was either in charge of or directly involved in many national and provincial golf tournaments throughout her 25-year career.  The direction and support she graciously and generously provided was greatly appreciated by many, not the least of which were the young amputee golfers who at one point affectionately nicknamed her “Mother Gwen”.

 

In recognition of all the outstanding work she did to raise the profile of disabled sport in Alberta and Canada, Gwen Davies was inducted into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame in 2010 as an Athlete/Builder.

 

Gwen will be sorely missed by all those who were lucky enough to know her.  Her tireless contributions to the golf, amputee, and overall sports communities, cannot be overstated.  However, it was her warm, open personality and ability to connect with people at a meaningful, personal level that will be unforgettable.  She became an instant friend to anyone she met.  Gwen will be dearly missed by all of us.

ASSRA GIVES BACK

With the current COVID restrictions on gatherings and travel bringing our athletes competitions to an abrupt halt, AASRA chose to divert some of its available funding for athlete participation in such events, to another very worthy local cause.

Donations totaling $40,000 were made to six different Food Bank organizations across the province, to help them with continuing to provide the critical service they do, during this difficult time.

 

And that generosity was obviously very well received, and went straight to work!  Click the button below to see a few of the heartfelt responses AASRA received back from these extremely grateful organizations.

WHEELCHAIRCURLING

PROVINCIALCHAMPS

AASRA Board Member Don Kuchelyma and his rink are the 2020 Wheelchair Curling Provincial Champions!

AASRA's 2021

ALBERTA AMPUTEE OPEN

Golf Tournament

has been scheduled for JULY 2021

at RIVERBEND GOLF in Red Deer
STAY TUNED FOR MORE DETAILS AS THEY ARE RELEASED!

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FREE DOWNLOAD

resource booklet for Amputees

AASRA member Doug Campbell used his own personal experiences and learned knowledge to author a wonderful resource booklet aimed at helping other amputees prepare for and deal with their new reality.

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Providing Support
Furthering Rehabilitation
Enhancing Quality of Life

LIVING with AMPUTATION

The War Amps provides amputees and their families with invaluable resources on living with amputation. These sheets and booklets are offered in an accessible format that is easy to comprehend. 

(more resources can be found at https://www.waramps.ca/ways-we-help/living-with-amputation/)

SERIES
Champions

We have started our Champions Series, in which we interview a group of influential amputees to inspire youth within the amputee community.

Click to go there now!

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AMPUTATION & AASRA FACTS

227,000

Canadians

live with

amputation

AASRA members

have competed in

Paralympic sports

like cycling,

paranordic skiing,

alpine skiing

and snowboarding

In 1977, a

myoelectric prosthetic arm cost $2000.

Today these prosthetics run between

$15,000 - $30,000