U16 ACA Rising Stars Project


 COLLINGWOOD, ON (October 16, 2017). Congratulations to the following U16 athletes selected to attend the 2017 Rising Stars program in Panorama, BC.  The Alpine Canada Alpin led project will run from December 2nd to 10th and includes a total of 40 athletes from across the country.

Kyle Blandford, Toronto Ski Club

Griffen Hanson, Osler Bluff Ski Club – unable to attend

Zach Hyland, Craigleith Ski Club

Oleksa Mojsiak, Georgian Peaks Ski Club

Mackenzie Wood, Georgian Peaks Ski Club

Sydney Basil, Alpine Ski Club

Ashley Campbell, Georgian Peaks Ski Club

Annie Deeks, Craigleith Ski Club

Lauren Hunter, Georgian Peaks Ski Club – unable to attend

Elizabeth Sullivan, Alpine Ski Club

These athletes were selected on the results from the 2017 OCUP FINALS using the best 2 of 3 results. (WC 100 Scoring System) including 3 athletes born in 2002 and one athlete born in 2003 per gender. The OCUP Finals were used as the selection tool as it was the only opportunity in 2017 where all U16 athletes from across the Province competed together.

The group will be led by Dusan Grasic – Director, Sport Domestic, Alpine Canada and will include top notch coaching advice from some of Canada’s best coaches. The project is designed to further the athletes’ ski racing knowledge, skills and aptitude required for continued success in the sport. On hill aspects will involve, SL, GS and SG training, combined with dryland elements and a formal dryland testing component.

Graeme Buckrell and Heather Metzger, represent the U16 athletes on the AOA Athletic Committee and comment. “This camp is a great chance to celebrate last season’s success and focus on getting the best athletes from across the country together under the ACA umbrella.  This camp provides an opportunity to challenge and inspire/motivate our athletes as we move into the competitive part of the season. It will no doubt be a ton of fun and create some new friendships between athletes that share a common commitment and passion for this great sport.”

This camp would not be possible were it not for Panorama Mountain Resort for their generosity in opening their slopes pre-season to host the next generation of alpine athletes from across the country. The project is partially funded by the NZ Foundation, ACA and 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 grass roots level to the elite level.


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



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