May 5, 2018

Outstanding ski racing talents recognized for results in 2018 season

Canmore, Alberta – For 30 years, promising young Alberta alpine ski racers have been named as 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.

The 2018 recipients are Ashleigh Alexander racing in her first year with the Alberta Ski Team, selected to receive the Dee Read Memorial Scholarship and Logan Dunn, a first year FIS athlete with NATC was selected to receive the Ken Read Scholarship.

Since 1989, Alberta Alpine has awarded Read Family Scholarships to female and male athletes who combine a love of skiing with outstanding competition results. The 2018 recipients will each receive $1,000 to support their future ski racing programs.

According to NATC FIS Head Coach, Lesley Firstbrook, “Logan has a tireless work ethic on and off the snow. His determination to succeed in anything he puts his mind to is an admirable trait.” Logan participated as a U16 athlete in Alberta Alpine Legends Camps and Alpine Canada Rising Stars Camps. At the beginning of this winter, he was a forerunner for the Lake Louise Nor-Am races, gaining valuable speed experience. His 2017-18 results have placed him amongst the top first-year athletes in the country.

Ashleigh was able to overcome a knee injury early in the season to post her first FIS win in a superG in Whistler as well as reaching the podium in the final slalom of the season at the Alpine Insurance Alberta Cup. “My knee injury helped me grow so much as an athlete and a person”, said Ashleigh. “Being back in the world of ski racing with my best friends was the final step in my two-month recovery. It made me realize I had done everything I could to be there and it felt rewarding. After only a few starts, I won my first FIS race (a superG) and it was probably the highlight of my season, not because of the win, but because of all the hard work. It showed me perseverance and dedication to your goals are the most important part of recovery.”

“To succeed at the international or FIS level requires focus, hard work and commitment,” said Alberta Alpine President, Rob McCloskey. “The dedication of these two athletes, along with the hard work of parents, ski clubs and coaches to support them in their journey is truly remarkable. Our goal is to encourage young athletes to aim to represent our country or to become student-athletes and keep strengthening our programs an we are very pleased to be able to help financially to keep motivation for ski racing high.”

In addition to the Read Family Scholarships, Alberta Alpine offers a number of athletic scholarships to athletes on an annual basis, to assist athletes and their families in ski racing. “Alberta’s legacy in alpine ski racing is remarkable, with successful athletes at every level including the Olympic Winter Games’, continued McCloskey. “Our investment in our athletes through our scholarship programs is to ensure we continue to inspire younger athletes to aim the Canadian Team and to aim for podium success.”

About the Dee Read Scholarship

For 30 years the Read Scholarships have 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. 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.

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