March 15, 2017
On behalf of Jessie and David Wunch, Alberta Alpine would like to share an update on the Abby Award. See below for a note the Wunch family:
We thought we should send out a quick note to let you know how the Abby Award is progressing. As you know last year on February 27, 2016, what would have been Abby’s 10th birthday, we launched the Abby Award Foundation, that was created to present an award to a young athlete in honour of our daughter Abrielle. In 2016 we awarded about 16 athletes in Alberta and BC with this special award.
This year we have had the custom neck medallion crafted and will be sending out to over 60 athletes in every province across the country, from coast to coast. From Vancouver Island to Newfound Land. We also created a one of a kind trophy to present to our home ski club, The Nakiska Alpine Ski Association.
We have had great response from everyone who wants to honour Abby, and also reward young athletes who have similar attributes, who otherwise may not necessarily be recognized.
This year we were lucky enough to be noticed by and partnered up with Brady Leman, Canada’s top male ski cross racer, who proudly wore the Abby Badge on the world cup circuit and spread the word about the our daughter and the special award we have started in her honour.
We have had great support in our journey from near and far. We are working through our difficult times
with caring people like you, who have helped us through these dark days. We often see, and maybe you have too, a skier – possibly a young racer, with a heart shaped
badge or sticker remembering Abby. For our perspective, they seem to be popping up on many ski hills. It is a nice feeling to know that so many people are standing by us.
We appreciate your continued support and in the coming weeks, please do stop into our website to see some updates, which should include a page that lists all the athletes who have received the award.
Jessie & David Wunsch
“We will carry her legacy one turn at a time, fearless down every mountain we conquer. Each arc we carve into the snow will resemble her smile and her genuine passion for the sport.”