Westside mayor catches bad break

This past weekend, West Kelowna Mayor Doug Findlater broke his left leg in two places while snowboarding at Big White.

West Kelowna Mayor Doug Findlater explains the extent of the injury he suffered this past weekend while snowboarding at Big White.

West Kelowna Mayor Doug Findlater announced a break on Tuesday.

Unfortunately for West Kelowna residents, it had nothing to do with reduced taxes. Even more unfortunately for Findlater, the break has inflicted physical pain.

This past weekend, Findlater broke his left leg in two places while snowboarding at Big White.

The 21 year snowboarding veteran said that this is the first time he has ever broken a bone while on the mountain.

The Westside mayor explained that he caught an edge and then felt something snap.

“It could’ve been worse. I went down immediately when I felt it and everything stayed in place—it just broke,” said Findlater.

“If everything had dislocated in some way, then I’d be looking at surgery and pins.”

Findlater, who was supposed to compete in a race this coming weekend, was taken away from the slopes by ambulance.

The advanced snowboarder couldn’t help but laugh when admitting that the injury happened on “Serwa’s, the easiest run on the hill.”

Although Findlater had never been injured on a snowboard prior to last weekend’s accident, he explained that he was t-boned by a drunk driver nearly 30 years ago. That incident left him with a broken pelvis and nerve damage in his leg.

For now, Findlater’s mode of transportation is a wheelchair. He said he hopes to shed the wheels by May or June and will eventually get fitted into a walking cast.

Findlater said he is thankful to have gotten 29 days on the hill this year and figures that he’ll be back carving powder by next season.

“I’ll be on a board next year . . . it’s what I do—it’s my passion.”

wpaterson@kelownacapnews.com