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Thank You, Air Canada Vacations!

Calgary, Alta. (May 15, 2018) – Following up on success over the past quadrennial, Alpine Canada is pleased to announce its nominations for the Canadian Ski Teams for the 2018-19 season. Alpine Canada will continue its pursuit of international podium success at World Cups, World Championships and Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Athletes have been nominated to the team having met selection criteria and/or coaches’ discretion and/or invited to participate in selected camps and competitions.

2018-19 CANADIAN PARA-ALPINE SKI TEAM NOMINATION

World Cup Women – Senior

Alana Ramsay (CADS Alberta; 22/12/94)

Mollie Jepsen (Whistler Mountain Ski Club, B.C.; 17/9/99)

World Cup Men – Senior

Alexis Guimond (Mont-Tremblant, Que.; 11/06/99)

Braydon Luscombe (B.C. Para-Alpine, B.C.; 30/11/92)

Kirk Schornstein (Snow Valley Racing, Alta.; 19/03/93)

Kurt Oatway (Regina Alpine Race Team, Sask.; 23/02/84)

Mac Marcoux (Searchmont Ski Runners, Ont.; 20/06/97)

Development Team

Mel Pemble (BC Adaptive Snowsports, B.C.; 22/4/00)

Frederique Turgeon (Mont-Tremblant, Que ; 25/3/99)

Alex Cairns (BC Adaptive Snowsports, B.C.; 23/1/92)

Head Coaching Staff

Athletic Director: Matt Hallat

Head Coach: J.S. Labrie

Next Gen Head Coach: Lasse Ericsson

The Alpine Canada Canadian Para Alpine Ski Team nomination guidelines can be viewed here.

2018-19 CANADIAN ALPINE SKI TEAM NOMINATION

World Cup Women – Senior

Ali Nullmeyer (Georgian Peaks, Ont.; 21/08/98)

Amelia Smart (Panorama Ski Club, B.C.; 1/08/98)

Candace Crawford (Georgian Peaks Ski Club, Ont.; 11/03/94) 

Erin Mielzynski (Georgian Peaks Ski Club, Ont. ; 25/05/90)

Laurence St-Germain (St. Férrol-les-Neiges, Que.; 30/05/94)

Marie-Michèle Gagnon (Mont-Orignal, Que.; 24/04/89)

Mikaela Tommy (Edelweiss, Que.; 10/05/95)

Roni Remme (Alpine Ski Club, Ont.; 14/02/96)

Stefanie Fleckenstein (Whistler Mountain Ski Club, B.C.; 6/09/97)

Valérie Grenier (Mont-Tremblant, Que.; 30/10/96)

World Cup Men – Senior

Benjamin Thomsen (Invermere, B.C.; 25/08/87)

Broderick Thompson (Whistler Mountain Ski Club, B.C.; 19/04/94)

Brodie Seger (Whistler Mountain Ski Club, B.C.; 28/12/95)

Cameron Alexander (Whistler Mountain Ski Club, B.C.; 31/05/97)

Dustin Cook (Mont Ste-Marie, Que.; 11/02/89)

Erik Guay (Mont-Tremblant, Que.; 5/08/81)

Erik Read (Banff Alpine Racers, Alta.; 31/05/91)

Jack (James) Crawford (Whistler Mountain Ski Club, B.C./ Georgian Peaks Ski Club, Ont.; 03/05/97) 

Jeffrey Read (Banff Alpine Racers, Alta.; 1/09/97)

Manuel Osborne-Paradis (Whistler Mountain Ski Club, B.C.; 8/02/84)

Morgan Megarry (Craigleith Ski Club, Ont.; 26/05/93)

Philip Brown (Craigleith Ski Club, Ont.; 9/11/91)

Riley Seger (Whistler Mountain Ski Club, B.C.; 21/04/97)

Sam Mulligan (Grouse Mountain Tyee Ski Club, B.C.; 20/02/97)

Simon Fournier (Mont-Tremblant, Que.; 26/05/97)

Trevor Philp (Banff Alpine Racers, Alt.; 1/05/92)

Development Team Women

Marina Vilanova (Mont-Tremblant, Que.; 2/02/99)

Sierra Smith (Mont St-Marie, Que.; 17/03/00)

Cassidy Gray (Team Panorama, Alta.; 25/01/01)

Alyssa Hill (Team Panorama, Alta.; 14/06/01)

Development Team Men

Asher Jordan (Whistler Mountain Ski Club, B.C.; 23/11/99)

Declan McCormack (Osler Bluff Ski Club, Ont.; 27/06/99)  

Jamie Casselman (Team Panorama, Alta.; 17/05/00)

Liam Wallace (Sunshine Alpine Racers, Alta.; 03/09/99)

Max Kirshenblatt (Whistler Mountain Ski Club, B.C.; 04/07/98)

Pierre-Elliot Poitras (Sutton Ski Club, Quebec; 06/07/01)

Raphael Lessard (Bromont Ski Club, Quebec; 16/10/01)

Head Coaching Staff 

Athletic Director: Martin Rufener

Team Operations: Amber Sinclair

Men’s Speed Head Coach: Burkhard Schaffer

Men’s Tech Head Coach: Dusan Grasic

Men’s Europa Cup Head Coach: John Kucera

Men’s Development Head Coach: Peter Rybarik

Women’s Development: Marie Eve Boulianne

Women’s Combi Head Coach: Manuel Gamper

The Alpine Canada Canadian Alpine Ski Team nomination guidelines can be viewed here.

2018-19 CANADA SKI CROSS TEAM NOMINATION

A & B Team Women

Brittany Phelan (Mont-Tremblant, Que.; 24/09/91)

India Sherret (Kimberly Alpine Team, B.C., 29/05/96)

Kelsey Serwa (Big White Ski Club, B.C.; 1/09/89)

Marielle Thompson (Whistler Mountain Ski Club, B.C.; 15/06/92)

Tiana Gairns (Prince George Ski Club, B.C., 01/07/98)

A & B Team Men

Brady Leman (Calgary Alpine Racing Club, Alta.; 16/10/86)

Chris Del Bosco (Ski & Snowboard Club, Vail/ Montreal, Que.; 30/03/82)

Dave Duncan (National Ski Academy, Ont.; 15/07/82)

Kevin Drury (Georgian Peaks, Ont.; 22/07/88)

Mathieu Leduc (Mount Washington Ski Club, B.C.; 14/04/90)

C Team Women

Abby McEwen (Sunridge Ski Club, Alta., Alberta Ski Cross, Alta., 09/11/96)

Courtney Hoffos (Windermere Valley Ski Club, B.C., 30/08/97)

Mikayla Martin (Whistler Mountain Ski Club, B.C., 08/01/97)

Zoe Chore (Kimberley Alpine Team, B.C., 26/02/98)

C Team Men

Kevin MacDonald (Milton Heights Racing Club, Ont., Alberta Ski Cross, Alta., 16/02/93)

Kris Mahler (Craigleith Ski Club, Ont.; 26/02/95)

Reece Howden (Okanagan Ski Club, B.C., 12/07/98)

Zach Belczyk (Sunshine Alpine Racers, Alta., Alberta Ski Cross, Alta., 19/06/96)

Canada Ski Cross Professional Staff

Interim Athletic Director: David Ellis

World Cup Head Coach: Stanley Hayer

Next Gen Head Coach: Victor Dockal

The D Team will be named following D Team Selection Camp.

The Alpine Canada Ski Cross Team nomination guidelines can be viewed here.

ABOUT ALPINE CANADA

Alpine Canada is the governing body for alpine, para-alpine and ski cross racing in Canada, as well as for Canadian ski coaches, providing education, certification, insurance and compliance with the coaching code of conduct. With the support of valued corporate partners, along with the Government of Canada, Own the Podium, the Canadian Olympic Committee and the Coaching Association of Canada, Alpine Canada develops Olympic, Paralympic, World Championship and World Cup athletes to stimulate visibility, inspiration and growth in the ski community.

(Collingwood, ON) May 17th, 2018 — Alpine Ontario Alpin (AOA) is pleased to welcome the Nik Zoricic Foundation (NZF) as an official partner and co-host of the AOA Legends Golf Tournament scheduled to take place on Friday, June 22, 2018 in Coldwater at the Bonaire Golf Club.  Moving forward the tournament will be referred to as the ‘AOA NZ Legends Golf Tournament’ presented by Project X.

AOA’s Executive Director Scott Barrett comments, “We are delighted that the NZ foundation will be cosponsoring the legends golf tournament. AOA and NZF currently work together on a number of ski racing initiatives. Collaboration between AOA and the NZF in connection with fundraising activities is a logical next step in pursuing successful outcomes for the Ontario ski community”

This collaborative approach is an effort to demonstrate a new model of partnership between the NZF and Alpine Provincial Sport Organizations (PSO), such as AOA.  NZF Board Member Aaron Schrama, explains, “The foundation’s mandate is to expand beyond Ontario to a Canada-wide program. We’re excited to increase our brand by partnering officially with AOA and we hope that more opportunities arise with the other alpine PSO across the country in the years to come. June 22nd will be fun – I hope to see everyone out on the links!

AOA is pleased to announce Project X as our title sponsor for this year’s Legends Golf Tournament! Special thanks to Project X President Stephen Hayward, who’s indicated “Partners are beneficial for personal and career growth. Project X has been a supporter of the NZ Foundation and just recently backed AOA’s hosting of the U16 Nationals by way of sponsorship. This is a great opportunity to partner with both organizations to help raise money for athletic safety across Canada and we look forward to a great day of golf!”

 

 

Proceeds from the AOA NZF Golf Tournament will continue to improve safety program opportunities for Ontario skiers with the NZF and raise funds for AOA’s athlete including funds for coach development, U16HPP, the new U19HPP program and the Ontario Ski Team. 

About the NZ Foundation
The NZF Safety Programs has enabled over 16km of netting across Canada to help ski clubs/organizations provide a safe ski training and racing environments for athletes to develop. Learn more at www.nzfoundation.ca

About the AOA NZ Legends Golf Tournament presented by Project X
The 2018 AOA NZ Legends Golf Tournament presented by Project X marks the return of the AOA Golf Tournament which has not taken place in several years. The event is to be hosted at the Bonaire Golf Club, which is located 30 minutes north of Barrie in Coldwater, Ontario.

Tickets for a single, or foursome can be purchased on the AOA store https://www.alpineontario.ca/product/golf-registration/. Questions can be directed to AOA Community Engagement Manager Laura Padula at laura@alpineontario.ca

 

Concurrent High Performance/Academic Pathway to launch at University of Toronto for Alpine Skiers

(Collingwood, ON) – May 3rd, 2018 — After months of discussions and planning Alpine Ontario Alpin (AOA) is pleased to announce a new partnership with the University of Toronto (U of T) for alpine skiers at the U19 level. The new partnership is in an effort to provide better opportunities to make ski racing more desirable and accessible for athletes and families. The plan will consist of two main pillars. The first pillar is an off-season program providing support specifically for the Southern Ontario Divisions (SOD) Ski Team (ST) by way of physical conditioning, mental training, and nutritional awareness, as well as post-secondary academic preparation. The program commenced on Sunday, May 6th with an Alpine Skiing Strength & Conditioning Education day.  The SODST program and resources are now available specifically at U of T on a weekly basis through the spring and summer, as well as satellite options for families outside of the Toronto area.

The second pillar, while still being finalized, will consist of a broader high-performance relationship between AOA and U of T, specifically designed for athletes who have graduated high school and would like to continue to ski race while pursuing a post-secondary degree.

Beth Ali, Executive Director of Athletics and Physical Activity at the University of Toronto, applauds the vision of Alpine Ontario. “Here at U of T, we have a high performance mandate that supports Ontario’s elite athletes and coaches to reach their athletic potential. We are very excited to have Alpine Ontario take advantage of our high performance programming which provides expertise in the critical areas of sport science.”

AOA Executive Director, Scott Barrett adds, “This is a huge win for alpine skiers at the FIS age level in Ontario. The long-term vision offers athletes a chance at academic success at one of Canada’s best Universities, while the short-term vision will allow for greater focus on strength and conditioning and off-season preparation for the SODST.” 

AOA and the SODST would like to thank Carolyn and Ted Temertzoglou who both work in the field of Health and Physical Education nationally and internationally and are from the Georgian Peaks Ski Club. They have been instrumental in bringing the SOD Ski Team coaches, AOA Executive Director and SOD Program Director together with the University to design this new pathway.

About the University of Toronto High Performance Sport Mandate


The Faculty of Kinesiology at the University of Toronto contributes significantly to the high-performance sport system within Ontario and Canada through our High-Performance Mandate. For athletes, this contribution includes access to enhanced strength and conditioning programs and coaches, training facilities, sport medicine, and assistance in admissions and academic support within the University. Provincial and national sport organizations can access facilities and services that support the training and development of provincial and national high-performance athletes. Services include facility rentals, sport science athlete testing, strength and conditioning program creation and implementation, and sport medicine. https://kpe.utoronto.ca/about/high-performance-sport-mandate

 

About Alpine Ontario Alpin (AOA)

AOA is the provincial governing body for the sport of alpine ski racing in Ontario. Alpine Ontario’s newly refined mission is to provide leadership and structure for high quality, sustainable and affordable programming and to communicate the competitive, recreational and lifestyle benefits of ski racing to the community.  AOA represents four divisions, 44-member clubs and over 30,000 active athletes, coaches and officials (volunteers). AOA coordinates several successful programs across the province and continues to foster the development of “state of the art” ski-racing programs from the grass roots level to the elite level.

 

KILCOO CAMP TO WELCOME 40 U16 RACERS THIS WEEKEND 

COLLINGWOOD, ON (May 10th, 2018) – This weekend kicks off the Alpine Ontario 2018 U16 High Performance Program with a trip to Kilcoo Camp, which is northeast of Barrie in Minden, Ontario. Forty U16 athletes will be attending this team building and dryland weekend – 20 girls and 20 boys – along with six coaches, led by AOA U16 Consultants Heather Metzger and Graeme Buckrell and AOA’s Athletic Manager Duncan Gibson-Maclean. This is the second year that AOA has managed a province-wide U16 athletic program with the end goal being to bring together like minded, hardworking, committed athletes that have passion and aspirations to excel in the sport long term.

Heather Metzger explains, “We are all excited to work with this talented group of athletes on and off the snow this summer/fall. They will form new friendships, push each other, work hard and in the end, have a new appreciation for this sport and the hard work that it entails. We learned a lot in our first year and have implemented some new concepts in to the program including more focus on dryland and the steps it takes to get all our athletes fitter and stronger. Of course we know kids need to have fun which is why we decided to kick start the program at Kilcoo.

Participating U16HPP Girls:
Zoe Caldwell, Georgian Peaks Ski Club
Lucie Cook, Glacier Ski Club
Mikayla Cornthwaite, North Bay Antoine Ski Racers
Jessica  Freyke, Osler Bluff Ski Club
Kathryn (Katie) Fry, Devil’s Glen Country Club
Emma Gosselin, Osler Bluff Ski Club
Marisol Harvey,  Glacier Ski Club
Kyra Hillier, Osler Bluff Ski Club
Sophie  Hunter, Osler Bluff Ski Club
Mia Lossius, Osler Bluff Ski Club
Georgia Macdonald, Osler Bluff Ski Club
Kate MacGregor, Georgian Peaks Ski Club
Frances MacGregor, Norwesters Alpine Club
Pippa Mulcahy, Craigleith Ski Club
Reese Plaxton, Osler Bluff Ski Club
Olivia Podvinsky, Georgian Peaks Ski Club
Ava Symons, Osler Bluff Ski Club
Elizabeth (Lizzie) White, Georgian Peaks Ski Club
Erin Wilkes, Osler Bluff Ski Club
Zoe Zemla, Georgian Peaks Ski Club

Participating U16HPP Boys:
David Bambrough, Osler Bluff Ski Club
Kyle  Blandford,Toronto Ski Club
Jayden  Buckrell, Osler Bluff Ski Club
Dax Cavers,  Craigleith Ski Club
Jacob Davidson, Georgian Peaks Ski Club
Owen Farnsworth, Georgian Peaks Ski Club
Jacob Foote, Georgian Peaks Ski Club
James Gatcliffe, Georgian Peaks Ski Club
Calum Hayes, Toronto Ski Club
Thomas Hayward, Craigleith Ski Club
Theron Inglis, Devil’s Glen Country Club
Colin Kress, Georgian Peaks Ski Club
Cole Lochran, Osler Bluff Ski Club
Julian Mojsiak, Georgian Peaks Ski Club
Max Murphy, Craigleith Ski Club
Aidan Nella, Georgian Peaks Ski Club
Aleks Valadka,  Georgian Peaks Ski Club
Liam Vlaad, Alpine Ski Club
Duncan Waugh, Beaver Valley Ski Club
Declin Williams, Osler Bluff Ski Club

Kilcoo Camp Director David Latimer (Lub) is excited to be hosting the program for the opening weekend. “The key to great programs is great teams and what we focus on here at Kilcoo on weekends such as the one approaching is team building and educating our athletes on the importance of having a great culture both on the snow, and off.  With the frigid weather lasting well into April we just recently saw the ice melt in Gul Lake so I’m also really interested to see how these cold weather specialists adapt in their morning polar bear dips!”

In addition to enjoying the facilities at Kilcoo Camp this weekend, the team will also participate in team building, education seminars on mental training and recovery techniques, goal setting and fitness testing. The U16HPP program will then offer an optional dryland camp in Collingwood July 8-13th; an ongoing fitness program; two on-snow camps (Whistler June/July and Chile in August); a fall team building/dryland training retreat and conclude with the mass fitness testing in October.

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Alpine Ontario Alpin (AOA) is the provincial governing body for the sport of alpine ski racing in Ontario. Alpine Ontario’s newly refined mission is to provide leadership and structure for high quality, sustainable and affordable programming and to communicate the competitive, recreational and lifestyle benefits of ski racing to the community. AOA represents four divisions, 44 member clubs and over 30,000 active athletes, coaches and officials (volunteers). AOA coordinates several successful programs across the province and continues to foster the development of “state of the art” ski-racing programs from the grass roots level to the elite level.

For more information contact:
Kristin Ellis
AOA Communications Manager
705-444-5111 x 132
communications@alpineontario.ca

Submitted by AOA Competition Director, Robyn Skinner

Spring is the time of year for renewed growth and energy – something that can be in short supply after a long winter in the ski industry!  Our members never cease to amaze me with a great turn out this past weekend at Caledon Ski Club with 50 attending the SOD Spring Meeting, and approximately 40 at Sunday’s AOA Spring Athletic Meeting.

Tes Hynes and Suki Chapman led the weekend with the SOD Saturday meeting which included updates on all the age groups, SX and Officials followed by some very productive breakout sessions in the afternoon.  Thank you to the AOA athletic consultants: Bennett Carter U12 SX; Jacques Reid U14 and Graeme Buckrell U16 who presented and assisted at the respective stations. Thank you as well to the representatives from the SOD committee – Paul Poltz, SX and Dave Hopper, Officials.  In total 17 clubs were represented on Saturday. The day included a send-off and thank you to retiring SOD Committee members Ron Warren, Dave Hopper and Jeff Jones – all of whom are stepping down from their duties on the SOD Committee. Thank you!

On both days there were trends and great athletic discussions including:

  • Decrease the number of races with an emphasis on increased training to improve skills and fundamentals.  It has been noted that the Ontario Ski Team and Regional FIS teams are spending too much time on the basic skiing skills that should be engrained by the Train to Race stage (ages U14, U16).
  • ‘Terrain’ (meaning SX terrain of berms and bumps) was infused in to some SOD U12 races this year with great success. The AOA SX Plan will be entering its 2nd year and plans to expand the use of SX terrain in to traditional alpine basic fundamentals across the province which could contribute to increasing the provincial finish rate. It was also noted that the provincial finish rate is a weakness in Ontario.
  • Ontario slalom results were discussed as a point of concern when looking at the past 5 years of results at the Can Ams and U16 Nationals competitions. It was noted that the top Canadian SX athletes winning Olympic medals were also the top SL skiers during their alpine careers.
  • Strengths were also celebrated including: strong results on the AOA regional U16 and U19 teams; the U14 Can Am team building process using ‘value statements’; LSDA athlete selection to the OST training group – a first in 15+ years.

We have much to celebrate as a province and we are making some gains thanks to the leadership from Kip Harrington, OST Head Coach & Program Director, and the members of the Alpine Ontario Athletic Committee (AOAC).   Thank you especially to Dave Hunt, NOD Representative, Doug Robinson, LSDA Representative, Joey Lavigne, U19 Consultant and Jennifer Stielow, ACA Senior Manager/Coach Education for travelling from a far to attend these meetings.

SOD Agenda here> 

AOA Athletic Agenda here>

Please find copies of both days presentations here.

Thank you,

Robyn Skinner
Competition Director
Alpine Ontario Alpin
rskinner@alpineontario.ca
(705) 444-5111 x128

Calgary, Alta. (May 3, 2018)Erin Latimer (Toronto, Ont.) and Jack Leitch (Calgary, Alt.), members of the Canadian Para-Alpine Ski Team have announced their official retirement from Alpine Canada.

Latimer’s ski career began at the age of two at Craigleith Ski Club in Collingwood, Ont. Born with a congenital amputation of her right arm below the elbow, Latimer spent the early years of her ski racing career in the able-body program with her sister and her cousins. Latimer transitioned to para-alpine racing when she made the Canadian Para-Alpine Ski Team in 2014. Since then, the 21-year-old has been bringing success and a bubbly attitude to the program.

During her time with the team, Latimer competed at two Paralympic Games (Sochi in 2014 and PyeongChang in 2018), which she says are the most memorable part of her career.

“Competing at two Paralympic Games were the highlights of my career,Latimer said. “Having the opportunity to represent Canada is something I’ll never forget.”

Latimer’s consistency as a top-ten racer shone at her first Paralympic Games where she achieved a top-ten finish in four disciplines (super combined, slalom, giant slalom and super-G). At the 2018 Paralympic Games, Latimer captured four more top-ten results, including a sixth-place in the downhill.

She also made her mark on the IPC World Cup circuit, with a breakthrough season in 2016-17 picking up six medals. These marked the first IPC World Cup podiums of her career. It was her best season, finishing the season ranked third overall in both giant slalom and super combined.

For Latimer, the Canadian Para-Alpine Ski Team was about more than just results. “I will remember my teammates, coaches, staff and all the memories we’ve made around the world over the past four years,” said Latimer. “I am very grateful for my time with the team. I have learned so much from ski racing and all the people I’ve met along the way. I will definitely miss it as I start the next chapter of my life.”

“It’s been a privilege to watch Erin grow into a strong young women during her time on the team,” said Matt Hallat, Athletic Director, Canadian Para-Alpine Ski Team. “Her positive attitude, maturity and leadership helped propel the group forward and I have no doubt it will continue to help her throughout the rest of her life.”

Next up for Latimer, she will be returning to the University of Toronto to finish her ungraduated degree in Social Sciences. She’ll start by taking micro and macroeconomics through the summer and will start fulltime classes in September.

Calgary, Alta.’s Jack Leitch will also be stepping away from team. Leitch, 21-years-old, joined the team in 2016 as the guide for Mac Marcoux. Leitch, a former Alberta provincial ski team athlete, joined the Canadian Para-Alpine Ski Team with a strong alpine background and as a confident racer. Right from the onset, Leitch and Marcoux gelled as a unit, finding rhythm, trust and success on the IPC World Cup circuit. The duo skied to immediate success, capturing four gold medals and a silver medal at the 2017 World Para-Alpine Skiing Championships.

Trust is the greatest element to success in a guide/athlete relationship and building it takes time,” said Hallat. “It’s incredible to reflect on just how quickly Mac learned to trust Jack, his skiing ability, his calm demeanor and his leadership. This helped the Mac/Jack combination become a fierce duo. They never lost a downhill race in their time racing together.”

At the 2018 Paralympic Games, they continued their success winning gold in downhill and bronze in giant slalom. This became Leitch’s most memorable moment of his time with the team. “Although I only spent two seasons with the team, it’s hard to pick just one highlight moment,” said Leitch. “But I would say that standing on top of the Paralympic podium in South Korea, representing Canada at the 2018 Paralympic Games, was a huge honour. The feeling of winning gold in the downhill is something I can’t put into words. It’s a memory I’ll have forever.

They capped off their final season together by winning the IPC Crystal Globe in super-G, downhill and the overall. Marcoux believes his friendship with Leitch helped them to be so successful on the hill.

“I never would have thought that having Jack stepping in as my guide two years ago would have led to such a great friendship,” said Marcoux.

To Leitch, Marcoux says, “Together we’ve accomplished some amazing things. Because of you I can say that we are four-time World Champions, Paralympic gold and bronze medalists, and have two Crystal Globe downhill overall titles. You’ve been one heck of a teammate and an awesome addition to the Canadian Para-Alpine Ski Team over the last two years. I know that whatever the future brings your way, you’ll make an adventure out of it. I’m gonna miss you bud!”

While the team spends hours and hours on snow each season, many of the lasting memories are made in-between racing.

“A lot of the memories that will stick with me are from off the hill,” said Leitch. “We shared some great experiences with the whole team. Whether we were having a team game of ultimate Frisbee or just a few of us hanging around the hotel, great bonds were formed. The team dynamic between coaches and athletes was unlike anything I’d experienced before. A true balance of professionalism and friendship. I had an amazing time, some great results and most importantly, made some great friends!”

Leitch’s exact plans for the future are still somewhat up-in-the air but he plans to attend University and pursue a Business Commerce degree on the west coast.

“As the Canadian Para-Alpine Ski Team we seek to perform at the highest levels of our sport and we push our athletes to achieve beyond their capabilities are on daily basis,” said Hallat. “Both Latimer and Leitch have been able to do this during their time on the team. While we aspire to medal success, we recognize the greatest lessons in sport have nothing to do with results sheets.  We’re proud to have been a part of Erin and Jack’s journey and are excited to see where they go next.”

Alpine Canada and the Canadian Para-Alpine Team wishes Latimer and Leitch the best of luck in whatever the future holds. Thank you for your dedication, passion and proudly representing this organization and your country.

ABOUT ALPINE CANADA

Alpine Canada is the national governing body for alpine, para-alpine and ski cross racing in Canada. With the support of valued corporate partners along with the Government of Canada, Own the Podium and the Canadian Olympic Committee, Alpine Canada develops Olympic, Paralympic, world championship and World Cup medallists to stimulate visibility, inspiration and growth in the ski community.

AOA Spring cleaning has officially begun with all merchandise marked down by 25%!! Take advantage of this limited time promotion, by visiting and entering “Spring25” to receive your 25% discount on all store items!

Browse through our selection of tees, hoodies and of course, our limited-edition snapbacks! Into health and wellness? Take advantage of this coupon code to get your very own Wellness Package that includes a $40.00 HelloFresh Gift Card, $25.00 Sporting Life Gift Card, 30 Day Meditation, 30 Day Gym Membership (Collingwood area) and the AOA Legends Journal!

Happy Spring- Happy Shopping! www.alpineontario.ca/shop

Your feedback matters, please take the season ending AOA survey!! It takes just over 10 minutes to complete and includes the chance to win a AOA Snapback, Legends Tee, or Ladies White Ski Vest (size S & M only).

This is the first organization-wide survey of its kind. for AOA Including questions about Athletics, Fundraising & Events, Customer Service, Communications & More!

Thank you for your participation!

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Members, coaches and administrators please join the AOA Athletic Committee next Sunday at the Caledon Ski Club -West Lodge.

AGENDA

8:30              Sign in / Registration
9:00              Introductions, SOD Chair Ron Warren
9:10               Scott Barrett, TES Hynes, SOD Season Review

  • Total number of athletes
  • In age
  • In program
  • Starts
  • Camps, Projects, Invitational

9:30              AOA Coach Education Consultant, Jeff Jones Club Excellence Program and Next Steps
9:45               Jenni Stielow, Senior Manager, Coach Education, Alpine Canada to review LTAD
10:00            Will Gyles, SOD Women’s Head Coach, SOD Ski Team Review
10:15             AOA U16 Athletics, Graeme Buckrell Year in Review, HP Program, Plans for Next year
10:30-10:45  Break
10:45             AOA U14 Athletics, Jacques Reid Year in Review + Plans for next season
11:15              AOA Ski Cross Consultant, Bennett Carter U12 and Terrain, SX
11:45              Paul Plotz, SOD Ski Cross Update
12:00             Dave Hopper, SOD Officials Update
12:15-13:00  LUNCH – Encouraged to bring your own, there will be a food truck on site.
13:00            Breakout sessions 10 min at each station.  List things that could be improved or you would like changed at each level.
U12, U14 SOD & O Cup, U16 SOD & O Cup, U19/21 FIS, SX
14:00            Last group will present the items on the list with a short discussion around the most important topics.
16:00            Wrap up

*Lunch will be available for purchase from SUL IRMAOS food truck – coffee/tea will be provided by AOA