ONTARIO SKI TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT

COLLINGWOOD, ON (June 22nd, 2017). Representing the highest level of ski racing in the Province, the Ontario Ski Team (OST) may include as many as seven women and nine men this coming season. The athletes selected below represent the very best candidates from Ontario.

New to the program this year is the inclusion of the Ontario Prospect Team. This group represents some of the Provinces most talented athletes who are committed to taking their skills to the next level. These athletes are being provided with an opportunity to train with the OST, both on and off the snow over the next few months before a final Team decision is made in September.

Kip Harrington, OST Head Coach and Program Director explains, “The Prospect Group was formed to enhance athlete development surrounding the Ontario Ski Team. This new group allows for more athletes to train with us and hopefully move on to the Team, this year or next. We want more athletes, not less, at this elite level.

Kip will lead both programs as the Ontario Ski Team Head Coach and Program Director by setting the direction for the Team and overseeing the coaching staff which includes Women’s Head Coach Katie Twible, Women’s Assistant Coach Mike Byrne, Men’s Head Coach Cameron McKenzie and Men’s Assistant Coach Alex Lennox.

Congratulations to the following athletes:

ONTARIO SKI TEAM – WOMEN:
Gwen Dymond, (2000) Osler Bluff Ski Club/Global Racing Team
Emily Field, (1999) Devil’s Elbow Ski Club/Ontario Ski Team since 2015
Brianna MacDonald, (1999) Osler Bluff Ski Club
Camryn Metzger, (1999) Georgian Peaks Ski Club/Ontario Ski Team since 2015
Camille Vibert, (1999) Georgian Peaks Ski Club/ Ontario Ski Team since 2015

ONTARIO PROSPECT TEAM – WOMEN:
Nicole Clarke (1999) Camp Fortune Ski Club/NCO Ski Team
Emma Pownell (1999) Devil’s Elbow Ski Club/Ontario Ski Team 2015

ONTARIO SKI TEAM – MEN:
Jared Burks (1997) Devil’s Glen Country Club/Ontario Ski Team since 2016
Sam Duff (2000) Calabogie Peaks Ski Club/NCO Ski Team
Declan McCormack (1999) Osler Bluff Ski Club/GMVS
Hunter Watson (1999) Camp Fortune Ski Club/ Ontario Ski Team since 2016

ONTARIO PROSPECT TEAM – MEN:
Alex Duff (1999) Calabogie Peaks Ski Club/NCO Ski Team
Ben Hanson (1998) Osler Bluff Ski Club
Will King (2000) Craigleith Ski Club/SOD Ski Team
Jake Mealey (1998) Georgian Peaks Ski Club/ British Ski Academy
Harrison Wood (1999) Georgian Peaks Ski Club/ SOD Ski Team

The Ontario Ski Team will represent the Alpine Ontario at National and International events and compete against rivals such as the Quebec Ski Team, Alberta Ski Team, BC Ski Team along with NCAA athletes and USSA athletes. The competition includes an average of 52 starts with travel throughout Canada, the US and often Europe. The goals of these competitors include NCAA scholarships and the Canadian Alpine Ski Team Development Team.

Alpine Ontario would also like to wish those athletes departing from the OST continued success in their academics and on the slopes. Departing athletes include: Sierra Cadieux (National Ski Academy), Griffin Copp (McGill University), Cameron Dymond (McGill University), Jake Gougeon (joining his family business), Henry Luel (Laurier University), Zachary Mayne (McGill University), Corey McConville (University of New Hampshire), Jack Norton (McGill University), Steffi Ralph (finishing high school) and Maddy Sullivan (US FIS Circuit).

The Ontario Ski Team would not be possible without continued support from the following AOA sponsors; Mackenzie Investments, The Province of Ontario, Karbon, Sporting Life, Cadillac Fairview, Oxford, Dream, Blake Farrow Project, Nik Zoricic Foundation and Pizza Pizza.

Please join us in congratulating these talented athletes along with their ski clubs and coaches.

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