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To place a nomination for Club of the Year AOA asked for information about the club’s officials program, athlete retention, coach certification, the club Mission Statement and its code of conduct policies. The submission for the Heights did not answer these specific questions however upon review of this nomination AOA felt the club deserved to be included.

Camp Fortune Ski Club

  • CFSC has 260 qualified officials (mostly parents) in a club of 215 athletes.
  • CFSC had a retention rate of 71 %,( 88% of U10s; 90% of U12s and 65% of U14s. A new U18 program developed.)
  • Since 2017/18, 14 coaches moved through the ACA coach certifications program.
  • Camp Fortune prominently displays its Mission & Value Statement.
  • Parents are all given an overview of the parent code of conduct in December, & coaches discuss athlete code with athletes.
  • CFSC is a grassroots club that is athlete centred, coach led and parent supported. We hosted Nor-Am and FIS races largely staffed by our parent volunteer officials – testament to a passion for ski racing and a club that fosters it.

Beaver Valley Ski Club

  • BVSC has 47 Officials that run our Races. 22 are L1, 15 are L2.
  • BVSC has a 96% return rate, 224 racers – up from 180 in 2018.
  • Mission statement is clearly articulated and reinforced to our racers
  • BV embraces racing at all levels, not just its top athletes. SOD cup results, 42 podiums (20 gold) vs 25 podium (9gold). OCUP 3 top 5 results vs 1 top 10 last year. The adult program has grown from 18 to 34 racers.
  • The off season camps have doubled.

Georgian Peaks Club

  • The Peaks has approximately 70 volunteer officials.
  • The Peaks has a 99% retention rate.
  • Approximately 35% of the coaches completed certification courses this year.
  • Mission & Value statements are posted in the club house.
  • The Peaks has every athlete sign its club code of conduct and now includes the Rowan’s Law (on concussions) code of conduct as well.
  • The Peaks hosted the most FIS Races in Ontario this past season and operated with no days off to do these races along with the extra U16 training days & AOA camps.

Craigleith Ski Club

  • Craigleith has over 100 Officials.
  • The club has over 90% retention and engagement for our race programs.
  • Approximately 25-30% of our coaches participated in certification course this year – one of the highest in Canada.
  • The club prominently displays its Mission and Value Statements
  • Craigleith participated in the Responsible Coach Movement with Respect in Sport
  • The club created two new codes of conduct using videos. Each athlete must sign an athlete code of conduct.
  • CSC hosts a number of events each year from grass roots to National competitions. In addition the club hosts weekly NZ foundation Night training open to all AOA Athletes regardless of club.

Heights Ski and Country Club

In the 2017/18 season Horseshoe Resort had approximately 160 athletes in programs, 61 racers and 99 kids in race development. In October of 2018 Horseshoe resort sent out a letter to all race families informing them that there would be no race program for the 2018/19 season. The announcement rocked our local ski racing community. To further compound the problem race development families were never informed of the change. Only when they tried to sign kids up for racing (often as late as December of 2018) were they informed that racing was not being offered.

Yes, the collapse of a competing club could be seen as mania falling from the sky. However, my nomination stems from how the Heights responded and dealt with the families who were looking for a new ski racing home. I know that it was not a simple process, yet the meetings to approve new memberships, the hiring, training and certification of additional staff all happened in a timely manner to accommodate an influx of “ski racing refugees”.