2018-19 Ontario Ski Team Announcement

Collingwood, ON (June 12th, 2018) – The Ontario Ski Team (OST) and Alpine Ontario Alpin (AOA) have officially selected the OST Training Squad for the 2018-19 season. The seven selected athletes all met the necessary requirements outlined in the newly revised OST Selection Criteria and have completed two evaluation camps, including the recent Mammoth Mountain ski camp, and a weekend of dryland testing at the Canadian Sport Institute of Ontario (CSIO) last month.

Congratulations to these successful candidates:

Returning OST Members:

  • Camryn Metzger, Georgian Peaks Ski Club
  • Brianna MacDonald, Osler Bluff Ski Club
  • Gwen Dymond, Osler Bluff Ski Club
  • Sam Duff, Calabogie Peaks Racing Club

New to the OST:

  • Emma Williamson, SOD Ski Team, Alpine Ski Club
  • Aaron Puskas, LSDA FIS Team, Norwesters Alpine Ski Club
  • Britton Quirk, NCO Ski Team

Coaching Staff:

  • Kip Harrington, OST Head Coach & Program Director
  • Katie Twible, Women’s Head Coach
  • Cam McKenzie, Men’s Head Coach

Support Staff:

  • Matt DiStefano, Medical Director to OST, Collingwood G&M Hospital
  • David Bentley, Canadian Sport Institute of Ontario (CSIO) Sport Physiologist
  • Erin Smith, owner Totem Wellness, Athletic Therapist
  • Oren Smith, owner Totem Wellness, Physiotherapist
  • Dana Sinclair, Sport Psychologist

Kip Harrington comments on the new OST group, “The OST is off to a great start. We worked closely with the CSIO over the winter to ensure the conditioning programs were dialled in and ready to go in May. We will have more days on snow in the preparation period, with more training camps, starting with the recent technical camp at Mammoth Mountain California. We have seven great athletes on this team, a great plan, amazing support staff and coaches and look forward to making the most of the training!

Nine members of the 2017-18 OST will be moving on to new pursuits. Alpine Ontario congratulates all of these athletes, who have been able to pursue academic success alongside their athletic success.

  • Declan McCormack – Canadian Alpine Ski Team Development team
  • Hunter Watson– Skiing for Plymouth University, New Hampshire
  • Harrison Wood – Commerce at Queen’s University, Kingston
  • Alex Duff –  Civil Engineering, St. Lawrence College, Kingston
  • Jake Mealey – Selected to the NextGEN CAST Ski Cross Development Team
  • Ben Hanson – Kinesiology, UBC Okanagan Campus, Kelowna
  • Emily Field – Kinesiology, Western University, London
  • Camille Vibert – Skiing for McGill University, Montreal
  • Nicole Clarke – Completing remainder of high school, Ottawa

The preparation period for the OST includes two weeks of conditioning camps July and July in Collingwood and at the CSIO in Toronto, and three weeks on-snow in El Colorado, Chile (August 17-September 4th). In the fall the group will complete two more conditioning camps and two on-snow camps; one in October in Europe and one in November in Western Canada or Colorado.

The official OST will be named November 1st

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For more information contact:
Kristin Ellis
Communications Manager
Alpine Ontario Alpin (AOA)
705-444-5111 x132


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