Adin Brenner qualifies for Jr. Pan Am Championships, in Bolivia

Derek Kilbourn

Sounder News

Tuesday, May 15 2018

From June 18-24, Adin Brenner of Gabriola will be part of a small contingent of Canadian trampoline athletes who will travel to Cochabamba, Bolivia, to compete at the 2018 Jr. Pan American Championships. 

Brenner is competing in the Double Mini category.

The 16-year-old was selected for his first Pan Ams recently, after the World Cup competition in Montreal, and expects to be competing as part of Team Canada a second time this year when the world age group competition happens in St. Petersberg in Russia this coming November.

As with many junior athletes, the struggle is for funding.

Adin’s parents, Mara Brenner and Stu Davidson, are doing what they can to put funding together, but are always looking for help to get Adin to where he needs to be.

A recent addition to their efforts has come from Arbutus Home Building Centre, through the Aeroplan program.

Those who wish to, can redirect any Aeroplan points they earn at Arbutus by asking for the points to be applied to Adin’s plan instead - just ask at the till for his card to be swiped.

Dallas Smith, co-owner at Arbutus, said, “We’re happy to help out Adin. Kids sports is something we always try to support.”

Donations can also be made directly to the Adin Brenner fundraising account at the Coastal Community Credit Union.

Brenner is currently living in Burnaby, billeted with a teammate’s family.

“It’s been hard,” said Mara.

“Very difficult for him to be away, and for him to be in a new school. He is looking forward to being home on Gabriola for the summer.

“But he’s at a new training facility, geared towards working with older athletes who can mentor him and the rest of the team as they mature.”

Adin said that “moving to Burnaby was definitely for the better. My form and neatness on the trampoline and on the double mini trampoline have improved so much already.

“Jr. Pan Am games should be a good competition for me.”

Mara said having Arbutus offer to run the Aeroplan program is a game changer.

“This is quite possibly the best fundraiser ever. The amazing people at Arbutus are on the Aeroplan points program and they will be allowing you to swipe our Aeroplan card with your purchases. All you have to do is ask at the till...the card is at the store.

“Air travel with Team Canada is very expensive. 

“This year the long trips are Bolivia and (hopefully) Russia, and the short ones are Montreal, Lethbridge and a couple other Canadian locations.

“This is a game changer and we are so incredibly grateful for this community.”