40 U16s Selected to U16 Program


 COLLINGWOOD, ON (May 25th, 2017). Alpine Ontario Alpin would like to congratulate the forty U16 athletes named below who were successful in their application to the new U16 Development Program. The program planning commenced in 2016 with collaboration between clubs, regions, Alpine Canada and experts in the field at this age group. It is designed to enhance the preparatory phase for the U16 program, offering athletes access to world class dryland testing from the Canadian Sport Institute of Ontario (CSIO), an individualized athletic screening program with Totem Wellness, a one-on-one mentoring program,  a custom designed fitness monitoring mobile APP and an on-snow camp in Zermatt this August. This phase of the program will conclude December 31, 2017, with continued opportunities throughout 2018 for selected athletes from the OCUP Series.

Amelie   Alkier                     Georgian Peaks
SebastienArmstrong            Toronto Ski Club
David      Bambrough           Osler Bluff
Sydney   Basil                        Alpine Ski Club
Kyle        Blandford              Toronto Ski Club
Ella         Danby                      Alpine Ski Club
Brian  Donnelly                Craigleith Ski Club
Gabby     Eastwood               Georgian Peaks
James     Gatcliffe                 Georgian Peaks
Emma     Gosselin                 Osler Bluff
Sarah      Graham                  Georgian Peaks
Griffin     Hanson                   Osler Bluff
Thomas Hayward              Craigleith Ski Club
Liam Hickey                    Craigleith Ski Club
Danielle Huneault       Adanac Ski Club/NOD
Lexi Crooks Hurdon     Norwesters/LSDA
Andrew  Jaques                    Osler Bluff
Matthew Kendall                  Caledon Ski Club
Max        Keller                     Craigleith Ski Club
Cadence Kiss                         Alpine Ski Club
Colin       Kress                      Georgian Peaks
Anders   Lossius                   Osler Bluff
Frances  MacGregor            Norwesters/LSDA
JB            McKinlay                Alpine Ski Club
Hattie     More                      Osler Bluff
Aidan      Nella                       Georgian Peaks
Jenny      Nighswander         Glacier Ski Club
Paiten     Priboj                     Jozo Weider
Ellis      Reid                        Craigleith Ski Club
Cassandra Rudenko             Glacier Ski Club
Tess   Schreider              Camp Fortune/NCD
Julie        Shadd                     Blue Mountain*
Seth        Stollery                  Craigleith Ski Club
Ryan       Turnbull               Craigleith Ski Club
Mack      Wood                     Georgian Peaks
Aleksas   Valadka                  Georgian Peaks
Liam        Vlaad                     Alpine Ski Club
Aidan      Walters                  Georgian Peaks
Duncan   Waugh                   Beaver Valley

These athletes came together for the first time on May 6 – 7th at the Canadian Sport Institute of Ontario (CSIO). A weekend of cutting edge athletic testing, leadership sessions, team building exercises was led by Erin Smith, owner of Totem Wellness, along with CSIO Sport Physiologist David Bentley and the two AOA Athletic Consultants for the U16 age group,  Graeme Buckrell and Heather Metzger.

Following this initial testing, each athlete met for a one-on-one screening with Totem Wellness to develop their individualized Athlete Monitoring Mobile APP (learn more about the APP here) with input from the CSIO team. Commencing June 1st all athletes will start their custom dryland programs and the mentoring program. In addition to the 12 days on snow Zermatt camp in August, two more dedicated weekends are planned for mid-September and mid-October including testing, team building, and leadership sessions.

AOA Executive Director Scott Barrett comments, “We’re thrilled with how the program has evolved so far. Day by day, the team led by Heather, Graeme and Erin are working hard adding mentors, planning the on-snow camp and the 2018 opportunities. They are such passionate leaders I believe this will pay off throughout the sport – certainly with the U16s athletes themselves –  but also with the club coaches who will work alongside AOA.

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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 grassroots level to the elite level.


For more information contact:
Kristin Ellis
Communications Manager
Alpine Ontario Alpin (AOA)
705-444-5111 x132