September 10, 2018

Recognizing the Class of 2018

Wednesday, August 22, 2018 (Canmore, Alberta) – For more than 90 years alpine ski racing has crowned champions and supported athletes across Canada. Many of our best have developed their skills in the Canadian Rockies. This is the purpose of the Canadian Rockies Ski Racing Hall of Fame: to recognize the athletes, coaches, officials and volunteers – builders who have lifted our best to Olympic, World Championship and World Cup podiums.

Launched from a fundraiser supporting the 1968 Olympic Ski Team by Joe Irwin (2013 Honoured Lifetime Builder), Jack Simpson and Allister Ross, the Canadian Rockies Ski Racing Hall of Fame Celebration of Excellence has become Canada’s longest-running ski fundraising event.

From the early days on riverbanks or small cleared slopes near mountain communities, of riding rope-tows or using hand timing watches, ski racing has grown through the vision and determination of our many volunteers. These efforts have lifted in Albertans to proudly represent Canada, including Olympic, World Championship and World Cup medals.  Volunteers have become indispensable supporters of our own annual World Cup as well as leaders within organizing committees at World Championships and Olympic Winter Games. Technical leaders have been part of the digital revolution. Coaches and Team alumnus have firmly established a culture of success and a pipeline that consistently gives thousands of young athletes the fundamentals of a life-long sport, a deep appreciation for the outdoors and mountain environment, the thrill of ski racing and a passion to aim to represent our country.

To ensure appropriate recognition in our community to those who have invested countless hours of time and to ensure the sport continues to provide the resources and support to develop future champions, Alberta Alpine and the Friends of Alberta Ski Racing are calling for nominations for the Class of 2018 to the Canadian Rockies Ski Racing Hall of Fame.

This annual event recognizes deserving individuals who have made a significant, life-long contribution to the improvement of the sport of alpine ski racing in the province, Canada or Internationally.

“The Canadian Rockies Ski Racing Hall of Fame is a truly meaningful way to honour those who have worked so hard for our athletes,” said Alberta Alpine President, Rob McClosky. “Every winter, thousands of young athletes get the chance to enjoy ski racing and to aim for the podium, thanks to the determined effort of our supporters. Through their hard work, our athletes have developed into champions, life-long ski enthusiasts and good citizens. The leadership of our Honoured Inductees and so many more is a living example to all of us who aim to build strong sports programs across the province and Canada.”

Any member may nominate an individual in the following categories:

  • Builder
  • Volunteer
  • Official
  • Alberta Ski Team or Canadian Ski Team alumnus

Nominations will be accepted until September 24, 2018.

To nominate a deserving individual, provide a brief summary of accomplishments, as well as contact information for both nominee and nominator. Email information to memberservices@albertaalpine.ca

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For more information:
Canadian Rockies Ski Racing Hall of Fame
Email: memberservices@albertaalpine.ca

  

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