AOA ATHLETIC COMMITTEE (AOAC)
The AOAC was formed in the spring of 2017 and replaces the single position of the former AOA Technical Director. The committee is designed to be more sport-inclusive with members representing the three pillars of AOA sport: Alpine, Para and Ski Cross along with the various age group of athletes (U14, 16, 19). All members are in good standing with both AOA and ACA coaching credentials. All minutes from the Athletic Committee meetings are posted in the AOA Resources section of the website under MEETINGS.
MEMBERS OF THE 2019-20 AOA ATHLETIC COMMITTEE
Robyn Skinner – AOA Competition Director
Robyn has worked at AOA since 2010 and has over 15 years of sport-specific administrative experience in addition to a Bachelor of Commerce/Sports Administration degree from Laurentian University. She will represent AOA at all AOAC meetings and provide structure and administration to all tasks. Robyn works out of the AOA Collingwood office. Contact: [email protected]
Kip Harrington – AOA High-Performance Director
Kip returned to AOA in 2017 after eight years with the Canadian Alpine Ski Team and two years leading the British Ski Academy. He previously ran the Ontario Ski Team for AOA from 2000 to 2007. Kip will represent the OST at all AOAC meetings and serve as an overall guide to the group. Kip lives in Sault Ste. Marie.
Contact: [email protected]
Northern Ontario Division Representative
Lake Superior Division Representative
National Capital Division Representative
Southern Ontario Division Representative
T.E.S. Hynes, SOD Program Director
TES reports to both the AOA Executive Director and the SOD Committee. He is charged with servicing the SOD membership at large from the grassroots level to the SOD Ski Team. TES will assume a presence on the hill attending events and races across SOD and provide leadership to athletes and families as required. [email protected]
Gwen Binsfeld – Program Director/Head Coach Alpine Ontario Para Racing Team
Entry Level Para Trained Coach
As program director Gwen has focused on developing the provincial program to include more athletes at various levels, with an emphasis on fun and fitness for all. The provincial team has continued to grow, and provide athletes for our National team. Successful recruitment of new athletes and coaches has helped the team progress. Access to OST coaching has been a new addition to the program in the recent past and has helped raise the bar for training our athletes. The addition of a development team has been another great addition to the program that has been introduced by the program director. [email protected]
Graeme Buckrell – Head Coach, Osler Bluff Ski Club
Level 4 CSCF
Graeme has been the Head Coach of the Osler Bluff Ski Club since 1994 and is an Ontario Ski Team Alumni racer. Graeme and his wife are also the owners of Active Life Conditioning, a well-known sport training centre for youths and adults providing fitness training for many of AOA’s elite skiers along with many of the elite hockey players. Graeme lives in Collingwood.
Bill Real “Gordie” – U14 Coach, Searchmont Ski Runner
Gordie is a former Ontario Ski Team and National Team Ski Coach with over 18 years of experience coaching. Gordie also has over 20 years of experience in the television industry working as an award-winning camera operator. His work has covered the past three Olympic games with a speciality in live concerts and major sporting events from ski racing to truck racing! Gordie and his wife Angela have two boys in the Searchmont program.
U12 ATHLETICS & SKI CROSS
Bennett Carter – Head Coach of the U12 Program, Craigleith Ski Club
Level 3 CSCF, Level 4 CSIA
Bennett has been coaching and instructing alpine skiing since 2004, primarily at the K1/K2/U14 levels at the Toronto Ski Club and Craigleith Ski Club. A former ski cross athlete and World Cup course tester/builder, Bennett will draw on his experience to grow ski cross and terrain based events in an effort to broaden the skill set of all athletes in the province, starting with U12 in 2018 as part of a five-year plan. Bennett lives in Muskoka and Collingwood.