AOA NAMES ALPINE RACING VETERAN AND TWO-TIME OLYMPIAN PATRICK BIGGS AS NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

COLLINGWOOD, ON (May 25, 2021) – Alpine Ontario Alpin’s (AOA) Board of Directors are pleased to announce the appointment of racing veteran and community leader Patrick Biggs, as Executive Director effective June 1, 2022.

An ambassador for our sport and accomplished business leader, Patrick has had a long and storied career in the ski racing world.  Biggs’ alpine journey started out on a small hill outside of Ottawa and he progressed through the National Capital Division (NCD) regional team, Ontario Ski Team, and the NCAA before joining the Canadian National Alpine Team and representing Canada at two Olympics.

“I’m incredibly passionate about our sport, building a strong community and bringing the joy of racing to athletes, clubs, coaches, officials, volunteers and our partners across the province,” said Biggs. “Whether it’s creating more athletic opportunities, supporting clubs and coach education, or introducing new families to our sport, I’m looking forward to working with our team and stakeholders to shape the future of ski racing in Ontario.”

Patrick competed on the World Cup circuit for eight seasons and had two top 10 finishes at the World Championships. Since graduating from Dartmouth College in 2012, Patrick has become a successful entrepreneur and artist while volunteering and acting as an ambassador for the sport. He’s also held seats at various regional and national ski organizations over the past 10 years including seven years as a coach and Program Director at the largest ski club in the Ottawa/Gatineau region, the Camp Fortune Ski Club.  Recently, Patrick has been working on successful brand collaborations and creative projects while supporting the National Capital Outaouais Ski Team and working as a coach developer and facilitator with Alpine Canada Alpin.

“Patrick is a product of our alpine community – an athlete, coach, club member and leader that grew up in the system, and competed at the highest levels,” said Linsey Ferguson, AOA Board Chair. “He’s a creative and dynamic leader known for his ability to connect, inspire and build an inclusive vision for our sport – we’re excited to have him at the helm as we chart a new course.”

After a challenging yet rewarding return to racing in Ontario, AOA remains focused on enhancing the race experience for our members and the alpine community. Core to our long-term success will be a renewed focus on communication, strategic planning, and resourcing.  AOA is also dedicated to delivering enhanced coach education content, club development initiatives, Safe Sport protocols and a robust athletic pathway that connects our community and progressive programming with dreams and podiums. AOA will be making more announcements in the coming months as we prepare for the season ahead.

 

About Alpine Ontario

Alpine Ontario Alpin (AOA) is the Provincial Sport Organization recognized by Alpine Canada Alpin (ACA), Canadian Snowsports Association, Ontario Winter Games, Canada Winter Games, and the Ontario Government.

Made up of a dynamic and passionate team of professionals, AOA is responsible for bringing the joy of ski racing to athletes, families, coaches, and clubs – from start gates and podium finishes to careers and community. And we’re on a mission to empower a safe, inclusive, and integrated alpine sport ecosystem, for everyone. Racer, ready.