May 1, 2019
Outstanding ski racing talents recognized for results in 2018-19 season
Canmore, Alberta – Two promising young alpine ski racers have been awarded the Read Family scholarships for the 2019 season. Kiara (Kiki) Alexander of the Sunshine Ski Club and Ben Walters of the Kananaskis Ski Club have been recognized for their commitment and will receive a financial boost to assist them for the coming ski competition year.
The 2019 recipients have aleady made great progress towards their goals.
Kiki Alexander capped her season winning the U19 Canadian Championship title in slalom and has now moved up to the Alberta Ski Team Training Group. Her goal is to one day represent Canada internationally and to be named to the Canadian Alpine Ski Team. This strong performance throughout the season earned high praise from Sunshine FIS Head coach Jim Read. “We feel that Kiki is one of the most promising athletes coming up and has a strong potential to represent Canada in the future.”
Ben Walters had some fast runs but was having trouble finding the finish until the end of the season where he finished the Sporting Life U16 Alberta Cup Series with a 2nd in slalom and 4th in GS. He is now looking forward to moving up to the FIS level. Kananaskis U16 Head Coach, Milan Arsovski, speaks highly of the dedication and development of Walters over the ski season. “One thing that has really impressed me the most about Ben this year is his growth as a leader and great work ethic. Through ski training, he has learned how to lead others through his words and actions. You can also always count on him to give you 100% of his effort.”
For over 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. Alberta Alpine has awarded Read Family Scholarships to female and male athletes who combine a love of skiing with outstanding competition results.
“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.”
About the Dee Read and Ken Read Scholarships
Since 1988 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 FIS Technical Delegates 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. Her son, Ken, was the first Canadian male to win a FIS Alpine World Cup race, also adding wins on the classic races of Kitzbuhel, Wengen and Chamonix. Ken is currently Canada’s senior FIS representative in alpine skiing, as the Vice Chair of the Alpine Executive Board and Chair of the FIS Alpine Youth subcommittee.
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