Members of the AOA Athletic Committee (AOAC) include:
(Please find Terms of Reference & Minutes at bottom of page)
Kip Harrington – Chair/Ontario Ski Team Head Coach and Program 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.
Dave Hunt – Northern Ontario Division Representative
Dave Bradley – Lake Superior Division Representative
Level 4 CSIA, Level 3 CSCF
Dave is the former owner of Outland Camps and is currently working for a new business, Outland/Carillion.
Dave has over 17 years’ experience full time coaching (mostly U14 and U16) and instructing in Ontario, Alberta, Australia and Austria. He was the Program Director for the Lake Superior Division for 5 years until retirement in 1998. The same year daughter Olivia was born! Sitting member of LSDA Board of Directors since 2000, currently serving in the Vice Alpine Chairman Role and sits on the LSDA Athlete and Coach Development Committee. Continues to act as an on-hill volunteer in both coaching and race/training organization capacities. Current Event Chair for the upcoming U16 National Championships to be held in Thunder Bay February 2017.
Bruce Monkman – National Capital Division Representative
Nick Kwasniak – Southern Ontario Division Program Manager
Level 3 CSCF, Level 3 CSIA, Level 3 NCCP
Nick joined AOA in 2015 and has close to 30 years of professional coaching experience in the ski industry. Nick currently holds, and over the last ten years has held, elite level coaching positions with the National Ski Academy and the Vancouver Ski Team. Nick works out of the AOA Collingwood office.
Joey Lavigne – FIS Head Coach, NCO Ski Team (National Capital Outaouais)
Joey has been leading the National Capital Outaouais Ski Team since 2011 as Head Coach. Joey has close to 40 years of coaching experience at the PSO and National Level including Program Director of the Canadian Alpine Ski Team from 1994 to 2005. Joey lives in Ottawa.
Heather Metzger – Head Coach of the U14/U16 Extended (OCUP) Program, Georgian Peaks
Level 3 CSCF, Level 4 CSIA
Heather has been an active participant and contributor to the alpine ski racing community in Ontario for many years including working as AOA’s Technical Director from 2005 to 2011. Heather is Level 3 Coach and Level 4 Instructor. She lives in Thornbury.
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.
Jacques Reid – Head Coach of the U14/U16 Extended (OCUP) Program, Craigleith Ski Club
Level 4 CSCF, Level 4 CSIA, DL & PL facilitator with Alpine Canada
Jacques has been coachING since 1990 with much K2/U14 and FIS experience in Quebec, B.C. and now Ontario. He has also worked extensively for the CSCF running coaching courses for the past 3 years in Ontario. Jacques lives in Collingwood.
Robyn Skinner – Competition Director, AOA
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.