CONTENTS

  1. Award Categories
  2. Timelines
  3. Selection Committee
  4. Award Criteria
  5. Voting and Nomination Process
  6. Contact information
  1. AWARD CATEGORIES

Alpine Ontario Alpin’s (AOA) provincial awards program recognizes outstanding performance and contributions in the sport of ski racing in Ontario. AOA recognizes various categories to honour recipients for their dedication, athletic success, performance and passion for the sport of ski racing.

The following eight categories include a nomination and ‘vote’ process:

  1. Mackenzie Investments Athlete of the Year: Male/Female – Alpine
  2. Rossiter Boats Athlete of the Year: Male/Female – Para-Alpine
  3. Sporting Life Athlete of the Year: Male/Female – Ski Cross
  4. Helly Hansen Coach of the Year
  5. Raymond James Club of the Year
  6. Official of the Year
  7. Parent of the Year
  8. Spirit Award

The following two categories as nominated and voted upon by the AOA Athletic Committee which is comprised of coaching representatives from all four AOA Divisions, representing U12, U14, U16, U19, para and ski cross:

  1. Builder Award
  2. Event of the Year
  1. AWARDS TIMELINES:
  • Tuesday, February 18                                    Nominations will open
  • Sunday, March 17                                           Nominations close
  • Monday, March 18 – Fri. Mar. 22               Selection Committee Review for Finalists
  • Monday, April 1st at 5pm                             Voting opens
  • Wednesday, April 10th at 5pm                   Voting closes
  • Thursday, April 18 Awards presentation in Toronto, Steam Whistle Brewing
  1. SELECTION COMMITTEE

The 2019 Awards committee is led by Allan Mihalcin of Thunder Bay and includes the following volunteers:

  • Allan Mihalcin, LSDA – Chair
  • Larisa Yurkiw, CAST Alumni
  • Wendy Bunston, Parent volunteer & Official
  • Pete Dyson, Past AOA Officials Chair
  • Scott Barrett, AOA Executive Director

The job of the committee is to review the nominations submitted to AOA and create a ‘short list’ of no more than 5 per category using the criteria as outlined in this Awards Guide. The committee members are not permitted to submit nominations in any of the categories listed below and shall recuse themselves from voting on any nominee.

  1. AWARD CRITERIA

Athlete of the Year
The AOA Athlete of the Year will be awarded to one male and one female athlete from alpine, para and ski cross.

Eligibility:  The nominated athletes:

  • Be registered members with AOA in good standing for the current season.
  • Be an active member on an AOA club team, Regional FIS team or the Ontario Ski Team.
  • Cannot be the same person, or a member of the immediate family, as the person placing the nomination. For example, you cannot nominate yourself, or your child, parent, aunt, etc.

Criteria:  The Selection Committee shall determine the Athlete of the Year based upon:

  • Overall athletic performance quantified by podium finishes and overall standings.
  • Dedication both on and off the snow with a passion to pursue all avenues of training to continually better performance both technically and physically.
  • Demonstrates a strong sense of mentorship and/or leadership to the rest of their teammates.
  • Champions of the sport through participation in events, and in engagement in ski club communities.

Coach of the Year
The AOA Coach of the Year Award is in honour of Anthony Pacione’s dedication to outstanding coaching performance that results in exceptional and demonstrated athlete advancement in alpine, para-alpine or ski cross racing. Al’s home ski club was Osler Bluff.

 Eligibility:  The nominated coach must:

  • Be an accredited AOA coach in good standing for the current season.
  • Have annual professional development/licensing credits completed and logged with ACA/AOA.
  • Be working with athletes in an AOA club, Regional FIS team or the Ontario Ski Team.
  • Cannot be the same person, or a member of the immediate family, as the person placing the nomination. For example, you cannot nominate yourself, or your child, parent, aunt, etc.

Criteria:  The Selection Committee shall determine the Coach of the Year based upon:

  • Achievement and Results
  • Leadership and/or Mentorship
  • Retention of athletes
  • Ethical Conduct

Some examples include but are not limited to:

Athlete Achievement on and/or off the hill

  • Athlete and program improvements, ie: ranking improvements, qualification for specific events.
  • Proven success with skill development and athletic progression.
  • Achieves outstanding individual or team placing and/or rankings
  • Produces winning results
  • Implements high-quality programs on and/or off the snow
  • Integrates physical conditioning activities into programs

Leadership and/or Mentorship

  • Leads by example being recognized as a role model to athletes and other coaches.
  • Integrates a variety of resources that lead to outstanding individual performance and/or overall program progress.
  • Mentors other coaches; making those around them better
  • Implements new or innovative techniques that are shown to produce an outstanding outcome

Retention/Progression

  • Shows evidence that participants are coming back year after year.
  • Shows evidence that the program has grown year over year under their direction
  • Consistently moves athletes up to a higher program level within the system.

Ethical Conduct

  • Demonstrates conduct that brings credit to the profession, the sport and/or their program.
  • Conducts themselves according to the highest standards of ethical behaviour.

Club of the Year
The Club of the Year is awarded to the Ontario ski racing club that has distinguished themselves in providing exceptional ski racing programming and supporting the development of athletic success.

Criteria:  The Selection Committee shall determine the Club of Year based upon:

  • Be a registered club with AOA in good standing for the current season.
  • The nomination may be submitted by members of that same club who may or may not be registered AOA members.

Criteria:  The Selection Committee shall determine the Club of the Year based upon the following questions:

  1. What percentage of club members are qualified ‘Officials’? For example, if you have 200 members and 50 are certified officials, 25% of your membership are Officials.
  2. What percentage of your athletes in 2017/2018 season returned to your programs for the 2018/19 season?
  3. What percentage of your coaching staff has become “certified” (at any level) since the start of the 2017/18 season?
  4. Does your club have a Mission Statement and Value Statement?
  5. Are the Mission Statement and/or Value Statement posted in your club and visible for your members to see?
  6. Does your club conduct Coach screening programs?
  7. Does your club offer any code of conduct programs for athletes and parents (for example Respect in Sport online modules)?

Official of the Year
The AOA Officials Award recognizes an Official in the sport of Ontario ski racing who has made an extraordinary contribution to their Club, Division, Province, and to the sport in general.

This award was created in honour of the outstanding dedication to the sport made by Robert Shore, a former FIS TD Official.

Criteria:  The Selection Committee shall determine the Official of the Year based upon:

  • Be a registered official with AOA in good standing for the current season.
  • Have participated in a minimum of three AOA races, at any level, during the 2018-19 season.
  • Cannot be the same person, or a member of the immediate family, as the person placing the nomination. For example, you cannot nominate yourself, or your child, parent, aunt, etc.

Criteria:  The Selection Committee shall determine the Official of the Year based upon the following:

  • The nomination process is open to certified officials at any level (Level I, II or 3) in any capacity, whether on-course, in-office, etc.
  • An unwavering commitment to the official’s process as demonstrated throughout the ski season.
  • A strong passion for ski racing, ski programs and the sport in general
  • An official who continually strives to learn more and do better in their work

Volunteer of the Year
The AOA Volunteer of the Year recognizes one or more volunteers in the sport of Ontario ski racing who have made an extraordinary contribution to their Club, Division or Province, and to the sport in general.  This award recognizes the important role of volunteers as they support their children, team, club or sport as a whole.

Criteria:  The Selection Committee shall determine the Volunteer of the Year based upon:

  • Be participating in the sport of ski racing in any capacity, at any age group.
  • The volunteer does not have to be a registered AOA member.
  • Cannot be the same person, or a member of the immediate family, as the person placing the nomination. For example, you cannot nominate yourself, or your child, parent, aunt, etc.

Criteria:  The Selection Committee shall determine the Volunteer of the Year based upon the following:

  • An unwavering commitment to the sport demonstrated throughout the ski season.
  • A strong passion for ski racing, ski programs and the sport in general.
  • A person(s) who continually strives to help the great community of athletes, who may or may not include their own child.

Provides outstanding service to the sport.

Spirit Award
The AOA Spirit Award embraces the characteristics of the late Sandy Proctor, who for many years was the face of the Nancy Greene Ski League in Southern Ontario and had an enormous love for the sport.  This award recognizes the extraordinary contributions of one or more individuals to the “spirit of Ontario Ski Racing”. This person(s) is always wearing a smile and is a positive and motivating force to the people around him or her. This award recognizes the important role of motivators as they support the spirit of sport with their children, team, club, Division or Province.

Eligibility:  The Selection Committee shall determine the Spirit Award based upon:

  • Open to any AOA member, or non-member who has an impact on those around him/her.
  • Open to any athlete, parent, coach, official or volunteer in any capacity to the sport, whether on-course or behind the scenes.
  • Cannot be the same person, or a member of the immediate family, as the person placing the nomination. For example, you cannot nominate yourself, or your child, parent, aunt, etc.

Criteria:  The Selection Committee shall determine the award based upon:

  • An unwavering commitment to the spirit of sport including being a great teammate, support your coach, support ALL athletes, welcoming new athletes, inclusiveness, motivator, promoter and more!
  • This person is someone we all want to be around – they invoke fun and joy into the programs at AOA.

Event of the Year
The Event of the Year is awarded to a ski club or race organizing committee which demonstrated an exceptional commitment to Ontario ski racing, through one or more ski racing events that support the local, Provincial, National and even International community. This award is granted at the discretion of the AOA Athletic Committee. This is a new category for the AOA Awards program as of 2019.

Criteria:  The Athletic Committee shall determine the Event of the Year based upon:

  • Open to any AOA sanctioned alpine, para or ski-cross event.
  • Open to any multi-day event include training, competition and related activities.

Nomination criteria:

  • The event showcased collaboration between various partners
  • The event demonstrated professionalism from its officiating to its timeliness to its safety
  • The event was engaging, community-oriented and inclusive.
  • The athletes had a positive and “fun” experience

Builder Award
The AOA Builder AOA, formerly the Chairperson’s Award, recognized extraordinary contributions of one or more individuals to the sport of Ontario Ski Racing. This award is granted at the discretion of the AOA Athletic Committee.

Criteria:  The Athletic Committee shall determine the Builder of the Year based upon:

  • Open to any AOA registered member or non-member.
  • Open to any athlete, parent, coach, official or volunteer in any capacity to the sport, whether on-course or behind the scenes as a partner or equipment provider for example.

Nomination criteria: The Athletic Committee shall determine Builder of the Year based upon:

  • Person(s) who made an extraordinary contribution to the sport of ski racing in Ontario.
  • Had an unwavering commitment to the sport in the form of a partner (corporate), motivator, program developer, visionary and builder in any facet of the sport.
  • Made things happen – they may have secured a specific event, created a new ski club, promoted the growth of Ski Cross, secured funding for the sport, expanded the reach of ski racing and more!
  • Past winners include the former SOD Chair and ski rep. Ron Warren, 2018 U16 Nationals Chair Bill Reeves, NZ Foundation & SOD FIS Coach Bebe Zoricic.
  1. NOMINATION & VOTING PROCESS:

All votes and nominations must be submitted through the Alpine Ontario Alpin website https://www.alpineontario.ca/2019-ontario-ski-racing-awards/

  1. CONTACT INFORMATION:

Bill Reeves
Manager Partnerships & Events
E: breeves@alpineontario.ca
T: 705-444-5111


Kristin Ellis

Communications Manager
E: communications@alpineontario.ca
T: 705-444-5111×132