Submitted by SOD Program Director, TES Hynes…

The first thing you need to know about FIS/U19 is that it is not complicated! Whether you dream about winning an Olympic medal, getting an athletic scholarship or just racing locally with your friends there is a program for you in Southern Ontario.

Surprisingly our top-ranked Ontario FIS athletes and their parents tell us all the time that racing in U19 is easier to manage than the U16 O-CUP program. The U19/FIS program is simply a continuation of what the athletes are used to but without all the pressure of qualifications. Athletes are generally more relaxed and tend to enjoy the sport more while developing life-long friendships.

Here are the U19 options….

CLUB U19/FIS RACE PROGRAMS (Provincial FIS Card):

U16/U19 SOD Cup blended series. This will include 4 racers on weekends only. U19 aged athletes receive a Provincial FIS card with their registration which also allows them to race in any FIS race in Ontario.

CLUB U19/FIS PROGRAMS (National or International FIS Card):

These programs are open to all graduating U16s and would be slightly more competitive than option 1 but requiring more time on snow and likely pre-season ski camps. Typically, these clubs stay within North America for training camps and race in Ontario and Quebec. Athletes in these programs are required to purchase a National or International FIS license.  There is an option for athletes in these programs who are tracking well to join the SODST on race series or projects. This is a great option for athletes who have not yet ruled out the SODST and potentially OST in the future.

SOUTHERN ONTARIO DIVISION SKI TEAM (SODST)

The SODST is a program for those who potentially aspire to make the Ontario Ski Team and beyond. This program includes selection criteria. There are two levels of qualification to the SODST: Performance Level (PL) and High-Performance Level (HP).

        Performance Level criteria for graduating U16 Skiers (YOB 2004) is as follows:

  • Selection to U16 Nationals.
  • Top 20 overall at U16 O-Cup Finals (Eastern Finals qualifying list).
  • Top 15 in one event at U16 O-Cup Finals.

High-Performance Program criteria for graduating U16 Skiers (YOB 2004):

  • Top 10 at U16 Nationals (top 5 in one top 10 in 2 disciplines).
  • Top 10 at U16 Eastern Can-Am (top 5 in one top 10 in 2 disciplines).
  • Outstanding performance(s) at Whistler Cup.

The SODST has a comprehensive summer dryland program with satellites in Collingwood and Toronto. For the 2020 summer, the team will be offering a high school credit through Simcoe County (SCDCSB) which is Grade 12 Leadership (PLF 4M).

To learn more about the SODST, in general, please visit http://www.sodskiteam.ca/ and to download the selection document please click here>

NOW FOR THE BIG QUESTION: WHAT ABOUT SCHOOL?

We recognize that balancing any competitive winter sport with high school is a juggle. Our feedback of athletes in FIS/U19 tells us that they find balancing school no different than U16 O-CUP. The big difference for the athletes is that in U19/FIS each race series is a standalone series that is not a qualifier for the next set of races so athletes can focus more on school when they must.  Athletes tend to have more flexibility to pick up or drop races based on their schooling or other mitigating factors. For any competitive athlete (skiing or hockey, etc.) it is imperative that they form a close relationship with their high school guidance team. SOD and/or AOA can help explain the sport to guidance staff if supporting letters are required on PSO letterhead.

QUESTIONS?

If you would like more information or support plotting out your U19/FIS racing pathway that includes post-secondary school opportunities please do not hesitate to contact the SOD office, we are here to help support all programs within our division.

TES Hynes
SOD Program Director
Email:  tes@alpineontario.ca
Phone: (705) 444-5111 x133

Submitted by SOD Program Director TES Hynes…

The 2020 Ontario Winter Games will go down in history as one to remember with the winter’s worst storm! Snow, snow and more snow! While we needed the white stuff to extend our season here in SOD it did mean the athletes didn’t get to participate in the Opening Ceremonies in Orillia and Tyler Wilson from Fenninger Racing was not able to lead the parade carrying the Alpine/Para Alpine sign. Despite this, I think everyone will agree the 2020 OWG was a memorable event!

A big thank you to Horseshoe Inn who lodged all the athletes, coaches and officials in the alpine racing events. Another big thank you to Mount St. Louis Moonstone for their exceptional grooming and their crew who installed all the safety netting loaned by the NZ Foundation, Horseshoe Resort and Devil’s Glen. The hill and the netting ensured a safe, fair race for all competitors across multiple categories.

As the snow kept falling our gatekeepers, on-hill volunteers and officials braved the elements to pull off a flawless event under challenging conditions.  Athletes and coaches pitched in to ensure the track was cleared.  Snowboard Ontario organized and ran the Ski Cross event!  Everyone left the Games with great memories and new friends!

The U19 athletes travelled from the four corners of Ontario – Batawa from the east, Milton from the west, north from Thunder Bay and central Ontario. They competed in a SL, SX and GS (see highlights below). The Para Alpine athletes raced in the same SL and GS as the able-bodied skiers which is always inspirational and motivating for both groups.  Sit-skier Katie Comboluzier, joined the crew taking a break from attending medical school in Ireland.  Lastly, sit-skier Andrea Nelson was in the mix and she’ll be someone to cheer on in the Tokyo Summer Olympics Games in Kayak. Way to go Andrea!

The event comes to Ontario every two years and it is our biggest Ontario winter sporting event with over 3,000 athletes, coaches and officials from 27 different sports! A big shout out to all the OWG volunteers, consultants from the Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries and the city of Orillia who worked tirelessly to pull off a successful event.  www.orillia2020.ca Thank You!!

Congratulations to the OWG Medalists! Full results listed here>

SKI CROSS PODIUM WOMEN:
1 – Samantha Brooks, Caledon
2 – Elizabeth Filiatrault,  Elite Alpine Ski Cross
3 – Reena Liu, Batawa
MEN:
1 – Colton Eggert, Elite Alpine Ski Cross
2 – Maximus Keller, Craigleith
3 – Luke Meadus, Jozo Weider
GS – PARA STANDING
1 -Hayden Denouden & guide Jonathan Macdonald
2 – Abbey Vanduzer, OPAST
3 – Rebecca Mideros, OPAST
PARA SIT-SKI:
1 – Katie Comboluzier
2 – Andrea Nelson
3 – Zachary Dow
GS –WOMEN:

1 – Cassidy Brooks, Caldeon
2 – Samatha Brooks, Caldeon
3 – Elizabeth Filiatrault, EASX

GS MEN:
1 – Max Keller, Craigleith
2 – Luke Meadus, Jozo Weider
3 – Liam Vlaad, Alpine
SL –  PARA STANDING
1 – Rebecca Mideros, OPAST
2 – Abbey VanDuzer, OPAST
3 – Hayden Denouden & guide Jonathan Macdonald
PARA SIT-SKI:
1 – Katie Comboluzier
2 – Andrea Nelson
3 – Zachary Dow
SL WOMEN:
1 – Cassidy Brooks, Caldeon
2 – Ella Danby, Alpine
3 – Samatha Brooks, Caldeon
SL MEN:
1 – Max Keller, Craigleith
2 – Isaac Hollinger, Batawa
3 – Liam Vlaad, Alpine

Submitted by SOD Officials Chair, Jen Gillard…

New Appointment of Sean Miller as Provincial Technical Delegate

It is my pleasure to congratulate Sean Miller of Beaver Valley in his accomplishment in becoming a Provincial Technical Delegate here in Southern Ontario Division.

Sean has been involved in ski racing for many years, first as a race parent and race official volunteer, now purely as a race official volunteer as his son is now a U10 coach. Sean started at Chicopee with the Kelly Vanderbeek Racing club then moved to Beaver Valley in 2016. Since joining the Beaver Valley Crew he has worked very hard to gain as much knowledge as possible from the many experienced race officials at Beaver Valley as well as visiting race officials to the club. During his 4 years at Beaver Valley, he has taken and achieved his Level 2 and Level 3 Officials accreditations. Sean has held many different Alpine roles as a race official at Beaver Valley, Chief of Race, TD, CoC, Gate Judge and Maintenance Crew. He has also held many roles as a Ski Cross Official at the Club.

This year Sean took the opportunity to travel to Alberta to work the World Cup Ladies Downhill at Lake Louise as an Official and he also volunteered to help the hard-working crew at Craigleith during the Women’s Nor-Am Dual Slalom as a visiting official. On top of what he’s done at and for the Beaver Valley Ski Club over the past 2 years, Sean has also taken the opportunity to shadow several Provincial Technical Delegates during OCUP events at other clubs, further gaining the knowledge and experience needed to become Southern Ontario’s newest certified Provincial Technical Delegate.

Tom Vincent and Chris Daniels of Beaver Valley, upon receiving news of Sean’s accomplishment stated, “Beaver Valley and the Beaver Valley Race Crew are extremely happy and proud to have Sean as part of our team. He will represent the Beaver Valley Ski Club and Alpine Ontario very well. He is certainly one of the hardest working crew we have, always available to help where needed.”

Thank you, Sean, for your time and dedication to supporting our community.

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Accolades to our National Technical Delegate Retiree, Al Hagerman.

We wish to thank and acknowledge Al Hagerman, for his years and dedication of service to supporting Alpine Ontario as an Alpine Canada Technical Delegate (TD). This past January, Al was celebrated at the Podborski Cup at Craigleith, as this was his final assignment as a TD. Al has shown his love for Alpine Racing by supporting an uncountable number of races in our community. Additionally, as a long time member of the Alpine Race Crew and manager of the crew for over 10 years, Al Hagerman has been instrumental to the success of racing at the Alpine Ski Club as well.

Tobin Walsh and Alain Doutre of the Alpine Ski Club Race Crew shared, “We are proud that Al dedicated so much of his time to Ski Racing in Ontario, travelling to hills all over to bring high-quality, safe and equitable races to athletes everywhere. Al brings consistency and reliability to ski racing that we continue to depend on at Alpine Ski Club. While Al will no doubt be missed by Alpine Ontario as a TD, we are certain you’ll still see him here and there and especially at his home club keeping racing moving “downhill”.

While it is sad to see Al move on to new and challenging endeavours, we can’t help but wish him every happiness and give him our sincere thanks for what he has given of himself to Alpine Racing.

Calgary, Alta. (March 2, 2020) – Alpine Canada is excited to announce that Phil McNichol is joining the organization as High Performance Director of the Alpine Team. The role is critically important to Alpine Canada’s goal of becoming a top-three ski nation by 2026.

McNichol, who grew up in Washington, CT, comes to Alpine Canada after an illustrious career focused on athlete development. During his time with the U.S. Men’s Alpine Team, he coached them to 42 World Cup victories, four World Championship titles and an Olympic gold medal.

After leaving the U.S. Team, McNichol worked with the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation as the Athletic Director, where he guided the evolution and athletic development for the entire alpine program.

This athlete development experience is essential for his new role as he will be responsible for overseeing World Cup athlete performance as well as building the pipeline to create the next generation of Olympians.

“Since immigrating to Canada in 2018 I have experienced a heartfelt acceptance from the community. I have great pride and excitement to now have this opportunity to share a lifetime of alpine high performance and athlete development as part of the ACA Team,” said McNichol.

Alpine Canada is excited to welcome McNichol during such a vital time for the organization and ski racing in Canada. The 2021 World Championships in Cortina, Italy are less than a year away, and the Winter Olympics in Beijing are not far behind in 2022.

“This is a pivotal time for our organization and for our athletes as we aim to build a lasting legacy of ski racing for the next century,” said Vania Grandi, President and CEO of Alpine Canada. “We are thrilled to have Phil join our team and bring his leadership and vision for the development of our Canadian athletes to be champions and role models on and off the slopes.”

Alpine Canada wants to thank Martin Rufener for his unwavering commitment to the team during his seven years as Alpine Athletic Director and wish him well on his next endeavour. McNichol will begin his new position on March 16, 2020.

 

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For more information or media inquiries please contact:
Whitney Hunter I Manager of Communications
whunter@alpinecanada.org I 403-471-6032

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 and donors, 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. In 2020, Alpine Canada celebrates 100 years of rich tradition in competitive skiing in Canada.

Follow Alpine Canada on social media to get the latest about our athletes and more: FacebookTwitterInstagramYoutubewww.alpinecanada.org

Calgary, Alta. (Feb. 28, 2020) – Alpine Canada has selected 12 athletes – seven women, five men – to represent Canada at the 2020 FIS Alpine World Junior Championships in Narvik, Noway, March 5 – 14.

The selections were made based on outlined criteria which include their World Junior Rankings and performance in NorAm Cup racing.

“The World Junior Ski Championships is a key milestone in a skier’s career. For many, it’s an opportunity to benchmark themselves against the best in the world – including many juniors who are competitive on the World Cup circuit. I look forward to cheering our athletes on in Narvik, Norway,” said Brien Perry, Director of Domestic Sport for Alpine Canada.

The full list of racers who will compete for Canada is:

Kyle Alexander (Canadian Alpine Ski Team)
Sarah Bennett (Ski Quebec Alpin)
Jamie Casselman (Alberta Alpine Ski Team)
Justine Clement (Ski Quebec Alpin)
Cassidy Gray (Alberta Alpine Ski Team)
Raphael Lessard (Burke Mountain Academy)
Aidan Marler (Ski Quebec Alpin)
Brianna MacDonald (University of New Hampshire) – Osler Bluff Ski Club
Ella Renzoni (BC Alpine)
Claire Timmermann (Alberta Alpine Ski Team)
Liam Wallace (Alberta Alpine Ski Team)
Katrina Van Soest (Banff Alpine Racers)

Athletes recognized but unable to attend:

Kiki Alexander (Alberta Alpine Ski Team)
Asher Jordan (BC Alpine Ski Team)
Declan McCormack (Canadian Alpine Ski Team) – Osler Bluff Ski Club
Marina Villanova (Ski Quebec Alpin)

Supporting Canada’s World Junior Alpine Ski Team in Norway are Team Captain, Jennifer Stielow (Alpine Canada Alpin); coach Pete Bosinger (Banff Alpine Racers); coach Leslie Firstbrook (Alberta Alpine Ski Team); coach Francis Royal (Quebec Ski Team); coach Nick Cooper (BC Alpine) and technician Zack Flynn (Canadian Alpine Ski Team).

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For more information or media inquiries please contact:
Whitney Hunter I Manager of Communications
whunter@alpinecanada.orgI 403-471-6032

Submitted by U16 OCUP Event Chair Dave Bradley….

As Bill Reeves mentioned in his words at one of our parent socials, Thunder Bay is 1500+km away from his home… but when he comes here he feels like he is home.  This is the welcoming environment that all communities across Ontario try to produce for visiting athletes, coaches and parents.  Bill’s comments also highlighted the value of travelling out to the further reaches of Ontario for top quality athlete development opportunities.  Aside from a few glitches along the way, this year’s U16 OCUP finals went very well.  Hats off to the coaches who rolled with the situations and worked to find positive solutions.  And hats off to our volunteers who worked together to produce this memorable event.

One can imagine with a Division like LSDA with six athletes participating, that it is no small feat to pull off a major event like the U16 OCup Finals.  LSDA is on the provincial rotation at all age groups.  We take our responsibility very seriously and do our best to create unique and meaningful experiences for our developing athletes.   We are promoting the acquisition of life skills and major event skills.  Also, we know we are facilitating the creation of many new friendships across the province and as a result, strengthening the makeup of the Ontario Ski Racing Family.

Event hosting in Thunder Bay is done 100% by volunteers.  We have been working with Alpine Ontario to promote the idea of increasing volunteerism by visiting parents.  This year upwards of 90 different people were involved with volunteering to deliver the 4 race days.  We are very proud to say that more than 50 of those volunteers were from outside the LSDA!  Volunteer Coordinators, Daphne Mitchell, Jessica White and Karen Saunders, of LSDA deserve huge thanks for coordinating our huge complement of volunteers.  Our major contributing visiting clubs were Calabogie Ski Club and the Craigleith Ski Club.  Thank you to Sue Ivay of Calabogie and Diana Donnelly of Craigleith for being catalysts who moved your co-club members to contribute!  Volunteers from Camp Fortune, NSA, Osler, Georgian Peaks, TSC and Glacier also jumped into the fray!  I think everyone will agree, volunteering at the event this year was super rewarding and fun.  Sunny conditions each day certainly helped!  Working together with a common purpose is the essential ingredient to building a strong Ontario ski racing family.  I firmly believe the stronger our provincial ski racing network of friends, officials, ROC’s, the stronger our retention of athletes will be in alpine ski racing in Ontario.

It is no secret that as a race hill the Giant at Loch Lomondfli is famous for challenging courses, and often unexpected results.  From every outcome comes new lessons learned, leading to greater fun and resiliency among our developing athletes.  Over the 4 race days, we saw a real mix of results and individual athlete experience.  Congratulations to all athletes on a job well done regardless of your finish position!

And all of us from the Lake Superior Division Alpine wish to congratulate and thank all coaches, parents and volunteers for coming together to create an exciting, supportive atmosphere for an awesome U16 OCUP Finals 2020 in Thunder Bay!!

Please stay tuned to our video/photography page as we wrap up all our media http://www.u16ski.ca/event-video-photography/

Dave Bradley
Event Chair
U16 OCup Finals 2020
vicealpinechair@lsdalpine.com 

   

February 27, 2020 (Collingwood, ON) — Please join us in congratulating the following 28 athletes named to represent Ontario at the upcoming U16 National Championships. The competition will take place in Sun Peaks, BC March 9-14th.

WOMEN 

  • BYERS, Abbygail – NATIONAL SKI ACADEMY
  • CLARK, Elli –  TORONTO SKI CLUB
  • *FRY, Kathryn –  DEVIL’S GLEN
  • *HARVEY, Marisol –  NATIONAL SKI ACADEMY
  • *HILLIER, Kyra – OSLER
  • *MACDONALD, Georgia – OSLER
  • *MACGREGOR, Kate – GEORGIAN PEAKS
  • NICOLICI, Andreea – CAMP FORTUNE
  • NOAKES, Alexis – GEORGIAN PEAKS
  • OLSEN, Natasha – CRAIGLEITH
  • *PODIVINSKY, Olivia – GEORGIAN PEAKS
  • *ROBERTSON, Coco – GEORGIAN PEAKS
  • SEWELL, Lily –  NATIONAL SKI ACADEMY
  • WAYLAND, Lauren – TORONTO SKI CLUB

MEN 

  • *ARMSTRONG, Duncan – GEORGIAN PEAKS
  • *ARMSTRONG, Filip – TORONTO SKI CLUB
  • BARTHOLOMEW, Colton – CRAIGLEITH
  • BRACKETT, John – CRAIGLEITH
  • *BUCKRELL, Jayden – OSLER BLUFF
  • CAMPBELL BRUNKE, Wyatt – NATIONAL CAPITAL OUATOUAIS
  • *DAVIDSON, Jacob – GEORGIAN PEAKS
  • *HUNTER, Jack – GEORGIAN PEAKS
  • *KISS, Tanner – ALPINE
  • *MURPHY, Max – CRAIGLEITH
  • RODRIGUES, Andrew  – DEVIL’S GLEN
  • *STRYJNIK, Tristan – CRAIGLEITH
  • WEINGUST, Ben  – CRAIGLEITH
  • *YOUNG, Taiga – CRAIGLEITH

* indicates participation in the AOA U16 High-Performance program.

Leading the group of athletes and five coaches will be AOA’s High-Performance Director Kip Harrington who also oversees the Ontario Ski Team and the U16 and U19 High-Performance Programs for Ontario.

U16 AOA Consultant Graeme Buckrell represents the U16 program for AOA and comments, “Congratulations to the athletes who qualified under some challenging conditions on the tough race hill in Loch Lomond, Thunder Bay.  Our sport is in a very good position when we have so many amazing U16 athletes that go well beyond the ones who qualified for the Nationals event.  Elimination series that come down to 4 days are always tough on athletes especially if they do not achieve their goals.  I have been around so many great athletes over the years who have missed qualifying for this event and it only fuelled their hunger to work harder and prepare for a career in FIS racing. Best of luck to the athletes representing Ontario.”

In addition to the 28 athletes selected above AOA will be sending a total of 30 men and 30 women to the season-ending U16 Eastern Finals at Mont Tremblant on March 26-29th. Details on this event will be coming next week.

Details on the U16 National Championship can be found here u16nationals.ca

 

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For more information: 
Robyn Skinner
AOA Competition Director
rskinner@alpineontario.ca
705-444-5111 x 128

 

 

Calgary, Alta. (Feb. 23, 2020) – After a couple weeks off the Canadian Ski Cross Team traveled to Russia for the second to last World Cup race of the season. Showing no sign of rust, points leader, Kevin Drury (Toronto, ON/Georgian Peaks), who has already clinched the crystal globe, came in 2nd on the fast course.

 

Drury felt good with his skiing today and especially enjoyed racing in front of the Russian fans, “The crowd was so much fun and it was awesome to race here. That was an awesome day, I had my best start of the day in the finals. I thought I was skiing pretty well.” reflected Drury.

 

Drury was joined in the men’s big final by Brady Leman (Calgary, AB) who finished in 4th. On the women’s side Marielle Thompson, currently sitting in third in the points, came in 4th.

 

Abby McEwen (Edmonton, AB) and India Sherret (Cranbrook, BC), qualified for the small final and finished sixth and seventh respectively. With her sixth place finish McEwen has tied her personal best World Cup finish. On the men’s side Chris Del Bosco finished in 10th, Zach Belczyk in 28th and Kris Mahler in 34th.

 

Canada has been on the podium at every World Cup this season, something that is impressive not only because of the sheer number of podium finishes the team has so far, 23, but also with the number of team members who have been on the podium, eight. The team looks to finish the season on a high in a couple weeks from Veysonnaz, Sui.

 

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For more information or media inquiries please contact:
Whitney Hunter I Manager of Communications
whunter@alpinecanada.org I 403-471-6032

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 and donors, 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. In 2020, Alpine Canada celebrates 100 years of rich tradition in competitive skiing in Canada.

Follow Alpine Canada on social media to get the latest about our athletes and more: FacebookTwitterInstagramYoutubewww.alpinecanada.org

Calgary, Alta. (Feb. 23, 2020) – Roni Remme (Collingwood, ON) and Marie-Michèle Gagnon (Lac-Etchemin, QC) charged during the super G and had to fight during the slalom to finish in 7th and 15th in today’s alpine combined from Crans Montana SUI. Remme, who has always skied well at this venue, had a particularly wild slalom run which saw her save her run on a couple of occasions.

 

Remme knows that a podium is well within her reach, “I really wanted to go today, to ski with more confidence and take some risks. I was really happy with some of my super G skiing, but the high risk caught up with me at the bottom where I lost a lot of time. I would have liked to have less of a deficit to cover in the slalom, but as it was I knew I had to really send it down. With major mistakes in both runs I can’t reasonably expect to hit the podium, so I’m happy about my 7th place, but I know that the podium is within reach.” said Remme.

 

The alpine combined puts together a speed event, the super G and a tech event, like slalom. For Gagnon, the added difficult of the alpine combined is that she hasn’t skied any slalom all year.

 

Candace Crawford (Toronto, ON) who is back in Europe after a stint racing the NorAm circuit in North America did not finish her first run.

 

With only four alpine combined events on the schedule all year, and one having been cancelled in Val d’Isere in December, it was an exciting event to watch. The women will get another shot at the alpine combined next weekend in La Thuile, ITA.

 

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For more information or media inquiries please contact:
Whitney Hunter I Manager of Communications
whunter@alpinecanada.org I 403-471-6032

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 and donors, 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. In 2020, Alpine Canada celebrates 100 years of rich tradition in competitive skiing in Canada.

Follow Alpine Canada on social media to get the latest about our athletes and more: FacebookTwitterInstagramYoutubewww.alpinecanada.org

 

 

 

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Calgary, AB (January 20, 2020) – To commemorate and celebrate their 100th anniversary, Alpine Canada is excited to launch a limited-edition t-shirt in support of SickKids Foundation. The t-shirt, designed by 16-year-old ski racer and SickKids patient Christian Levec, highlights that “the fight is different, but the goal is the same.”

Levec, of Peterborough, Ontario is a ski racer with the Devil’s Elbow Racing Club and more recently Brimacombe Racing.  He was diagnosed with Ewing sarcoma last summer and is being treated at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in Toronto. Christian’s design depicts a ski racer in the start gate and a patient in treatment, both challenges that he can relate to.

“To me the design means that you should never give up on what you are fighting for. When I first got diagnosed I wasn’t sure how long I would live but now, eight months later, I have much more hope that the cancer will be gone forever and I can start skiing and being more active again.”

Proceeds from the shirts will support the SickKids VS Limits campaign and go towards the redevelopment of a new, state-of-the-art hospital, groundbreaking research, and developing partnerships to deliver better care to children in Canada and around the world.

“We are in the midst of the largest fundraising campaign in Canadian healthcare history and we’re grateful to Alpine Canada and their supporters for joining to help us reach our ambitious goal,” says Lisa Walker, Manager, Cause Marketing, SickKids Foundation. “The funds raised from this initiative will help SickKids continue to fund the fight against the greatest challenges in child health.”

100 t-shirts will go on sale today with all proceeds going to SickKids Foundation. The t-shirts will be available for purchase through our online store HERE.

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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 and donors, 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. In 2020, Alpine Canada will celebrate 100 years of rich tradition in competitive skiing in Canada.

For media inquiries, please contact:

Whitney Hunter
Manager, Communications
whunter@alpinecanada.org
(403) 471-6032
alpinecanada.org