Advocate For Disabled Plans Skydive

Thursday, August 06, 2009 at 13:33



Gary Tinker believes the sky truly is the limit for northerners with disabilities — and to prove that, he’s getting ready to skydive.


Tinker, a man from Pinehouse who has cerebral palsy, made his name 20 years ago when he walked, with his crutches, the 650 km from La Ronge to Regina.


Later this month, Tinker plans to mark that anniversary with another journey — this time from 10,000 feet above the earth.


Tinker says he hopes that his skydive over Moose Jaw will build on the success of his last daring effort to raise awareness about the issues faced by northerners with disabilities.


“Now they (northern communities) don’t forget people with disabilities… because of the big impact that we (had) 20 years ago,” Tinker says.


A conference marking that anniversary will be held in La Ronge in September, hosted by the Gary Tinker Federation.