April 28, 2017

Outstanding ski racing talents recognized for results in 2017 season

Canmore, Alberta – Two promising young Alberta alpine ski racers have been named recipients of the Read Family Scholarships which recognize excellence in alpine skiing for athletes who one day hope to represent Canada at the highest levels of competition.

Sixteen-year old Brielle Souter of the Rabbit Hill Ski Club and currently with International Racer was named recipient of the Dee Read Memorial Scholarship. Adrien Grabinski, an 18-year old FIS athlete with the Sunshine Ski & Snowboard Club, was selected to receive the Ken Read Scholarship.

For 29 years Alberta Alpine has been recognizing athletic excellence through the Read Family Scholarships, awarded to top ranked female and male athletes who combine a love of skiing with outstanding competition results. The 2017 recipients will each receive $1,500 to support their future ski racing programs. “These two promising talents will be athletes to watch in the near future,” said Canadian Olympian, Ken Read.

Several podium results in the Sporting Life U16 Alberta Series earned Brielle a spot on Team Alberta for the U16 Canadian Championship. “This was my first chance to represent Alberta outside our province” said Brielle. “I had the best experience with an amazing group of people.” Competing against the best U16’s in Canada, she placed twice in the top 10 to earn a spot to attend Whistler Cup where she gained even more experience racing against an international field from 20 different countries.

Adrien worked hard all season long, overcoming injuries. He was able to build throughout the season, posting some of the best results for the U19 age category in western Canada, including a win in the Western FIS Spring Series. “Adrien has shown a great passion and talent for ski racing and he loves to ski”, said his coach, Jim Read. “He chose to stay back from the Alberta Ski Team this Season to finish off his grade 12 so he could then give full attention to his ski racing career going forwards. He is one of the top ranked athletes in the Country in the Speed disciplines and has qualified for the Alberta Team once again.”

“The level of commitment to be successful requires enormous dedication from the athletes, parents, ski clubs, coaches and the province” said Alberta Alpine CEO, Nigel Loring. “We’re very pleased to be able to help financially to keep motivation for ski racing high and to encourage these young athletes to keep focused on the goal of one day becoming a member of the Canadian Alpine Ski Team.”

Alberta Alpine offers a number of athletic scholarships to athletes on an annual basis, to assist athletes and their families. “We want to retain our athletes and give them the best possible program to be successful,” continued Loring. “Alberta has a tremendous legacy with our internationally successful athletes in World Cup and major championships, which includes a number of medalists. It is our objective to be a leader in putting Alberta athletes onto the Canadian Team and to continue to achieve podium success on the world stage.”

About the Dee Read Scholarship

The Read Scholarships were established in 1989 and are dedicated to supporting young athletes who show both a passion for the sport and who aspire to represent Canada at the highest level. Dee Read was an athlete, coach, volunteer, parent and one of the first female international officials in alpine ski racing. Known as the “Mom of all the ski racers, her dedication reached far beyond her family to influence athletes, parents, coaches and sport administrators right across Canada, who benefited from her knowledge, generosity and warm spirit in lending a firm but insightful hand as a sport leader in Alberta and Canada in the 1970’s and 80’s as we built a reputation as one of the leading ski racing nations in the world.

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