2018 U16 High Performance Program Announcement


COLLINGWOOD, ON (May 10th, 2018) – This weekend kicks off the Alpine Ontario 2018 U16 High Performance Program with a trip to Kilcoo Camp, which is northeast of Barrie in Minden, Ontario. Forty U16 athletes will be attending this team building and dryland weekend – 20 girls and 20 boys – along with six coaches, led by AOA U16 Consultants Heather Metzger and Graeme Buckrell and AOA’s Athletic Manager Duncan Gibson-Maclean. This is the second year that AOA has managed a province-wide U16 athletic program with the end goal being to bring together like minded, hardworking, committed athletes that have passion and aspirations to excel in the sport long term.

Heather Metzger explains, “We are all excited to work with this talented group of athletes on and off the snow this summer/fall. They will form new friendships, push each other, work hard and in the end, have a new appreciation for this sport and the hard work that it entails. We learned a lot in our first year and have implemented some new concepts in to the program including more focus on dryland and the steps it takes to get all our athletes fitter and stronger. Of course we know kids need to have fun which is why we decided to kick start the program at Kilcoo.

Participating U16HPP Girls:
Zoe Caldwell, Georgian Peaks Ski Club
Lucie Cook, Glacier Ski Club
Mikayla Cornthwaite, North Bay Antoine Ski Racers
Jessica  Freyke, Osler Bluff Ski Club
Kathryn (Katie) Fry, Devil’s Glen Country Club
Emma Gosselin, Osler Bluff Ski Club
Marisol Harvey,  Glacier Ski Club
Kyra Hillier, Osler Bluff Ski Club
Sophie  Hunter, Osler Bluff Ski Club
Mia Lossius, Osler Bluff Ski Club
Georgia Macdonald, Osler Bluff Ski Club
Kate MacGregor, Georgian Peaks Ski Club
Frances MacGregor, Norwesters Alpine Club
Pippa Mulcahy, Craigleith Ski Club
Reese Plaxton, Osler Bluff Ski Club
Olivia Podvinsky, Georgian Peaks Ski Club
Ava Symons, Osler Bluff Ski Club
Elizabeth (Lizzie) White, Georgian Peaks Ski Club
Erin Wilkes, Osler Bluff Ski Club
Zoe Zemla, Georgian Peaks Ski Club

Participating U16HPP Boys:
David Bambrough, Osler Bluff Ski Club
Kyle  Blandford,Toronto Ski Club
Jayden  Buckrell, Osler Bluff Ski Club
Dax Cavers,  Craigleith Ski Club
Jacob Davidson, Georgian Peaks Ski Club
Owen Farnsworth, Georgian Peaks Ski Club
Jacob Foote, Georgian Peaks Ski Club
James Gatcliffe, Georgian Peaks Ski Club
Calum Hayes, Toronto Ski Club
Thomas Hayward, Craigleith Ski Club
Theron Inglis, Devil’s Glen Country Club
Colin Kress, Georgian Peaks Ski Club
Cole Lochran, Osler Bluff Ski Club
Julian Mojsiak, Georgian Peaks Ski Club
Max Murphy, Craigleith Ski Club
Aidan Nella, Georgian Peaks Ski Club
Aleks Valadka,  Georgian Peaks Ski Club
Liam Vlaad, Alpine Ski Club
Duncan Waugh, Beaver Valley Ski Club
Declin Williams, Osler Bluff Ski Club

Kilcoo Camp Director David Latimer (Lub) is excited to be hosting the program for the opening weekend. “The key to great programs is great teams and what we focus on here at Kilcoo on weekends such as the one approaching is team building and educating our athletes on the importance of having a great culture both on the snow, and off.  With the frigid weather lasting well into April we just recently saw the ice melt in Gul Lake so I’m also really interested to see how these cold weather specialists adapt in their morning polar bear dips!”

In addition to enjoying the facilities at Kilcoo Camp this weekend, the team will also participate in team building, education seminars on mental training and recovery techniques, goal setting and fitness testing. The U16HPP program will then offer an optional dryland camp in Collingwood July 8-13th; an ongoing fitness program; two on-snow camps (Whistler June/July and Chile in August); a fall team building/dryland training retreat and conclude with the mass fitness testing in October.

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Alpine Ontario Alpin (AOA) is the provincial governing body for the sport of alpine ski racing in Ontario. Alpine Ontario’s newly refined mission is to provide leadership and structure for high quality, sustainable and affordable programming and to communicate the competitive, recreational and lifestyle benefits of ski racing to the community. AOA represents four divisions, 44 member clubs and over 30,000 active athletes, coaches and officials (volunteers). AOA coordinates several successful programs across the province and continues to foster the development of “state of the art” ski-racing programs from the grass roots level to the elite level.

For more information contact:
Kristin Ellis
AOA Communications Manager
705-444-5111 x 132
[email protected]