ALBERTA ALPINE NAMES FOUR BUILDERS TO CLASS OF 2015 : Alberta Alpine
Canadian Rockies Ski Racing Hall of Fame Induction November 10
Canmore, AB (October 20, 2015) – Athletes from the Canadian Rockies once again left their mark on Canadian sport in the winter of 2015, with two Alberta athletes taking home World Championship silver in the Nations Team Event. These results at the World Championship and Olympic level have been made possible thanks to an enormous investment of time and energy by thousands of officials, volunteers, parents and sport leaders.
The Canadian Rockies Ski Racing Hall of Fame is a project intended to recognize individuals who have made a life-long contribution, lifting alpine ski racing in Canada. The Class of 2015 includes four leaders who have been tireless contributors of our sport.
The Friends of the Alberta Ski Team and Alberta Alpine are pleased to recognize:
- Mike Irwin – Honoured Canadian & Alberta Team Athlete Alumnus
- Phyllis Kennedy – Honoured Lifetime Official
- Jack Sandercock – Honoured Lifelong Volunteer
- Mike Wiegele – Visionary Builder
Each Honoured Inductee has made a unique contribution to ski racing in Canada. Mike Wiegele emigrated from Austria in 1965 and built core ski club programs at the Lake Louise Ski Club and Banff Alpine Racers that produced multiple Alberta and Canadian Team athletes, three of which went on to win World Cup races. Mike Irwin graduated from the Lake Louise Ski Club to become a top 15 athlete on the World Cup and following his athletic career continued to support the Alberta Ski Team through numerous leadership positions and sponsorship. Phyllis Kennedy has been the lynchpin of the race office for decades working events from U14 to the World Cup, ensuring the nerve centre of any ski event operates efficiently and at a world-class level. Jack Sandercock invested enormous amounts of time as volunteer, official and parent to lift race quality and ensure the race environment would positively influence thousands of young athletes throughout western Canada.
“Recognizing our dedicated officials, volunteers and builders is a way we can link our storied past to our future champions” said Alberta Alpine President Nigel Loring. “These remarkable individuals have made a difference – profoundly lifting our sport. We want the current generation to appreciate their hard work, which has given them great opportunities to succeed. We are thrilled that this event can ensure the impact of our Honoured Inductees on our sport can be acknowledged and celebrated!”
The 2015 Class will be inducted at the 47th annual Return of the Champions Celebration, hosted by Alberta Alpine at the Calgary Petroleum Club on Tuesday, November 10th. As part of the legacy to support future champions in the province, Return of the Champions will have a number of fundraising options including silent auction with all proceed invested into Alberta Ski Racing programs.
“Programs in our ski clubs and provincial ski ream in the Canadian Rockies continue to lead Canadian ski racing and this is the outcome of the strong foundation, thanks to the builders of our sport,” said Selection Committee Chair, Ken Read. “Their passion, leadership and dedication over many years has inspired subsequent generations of leaders, ensuring we have good programs for athletes and well-run races. These sport leaders set the standard, aiming for world-class as the only outcome for our athletes. Each has made our sport better, given athletes more opportunity and selflessly given their precious time to allow us to aim higher.”
The Class of 2015 will be inducted Tuesday, November 10th between 5-8pm at the Calgary Petroleum Club at the 47th “Return of the Champions”. This is a free event for all supporters of alpine ski racers.
Class of 2014:
- Jeff Durand (Lake Louise Ski Club) – Canadian & Alberta Team Athlete Alumnus
- Darrell MacLachlan – International Official, Technical Delegate for the Sochi Games
- Ken Marchand (Calgary Skimeisters) – Coach, Leader and Sport Builder
- Patty Schwartz (Sunshine Ski & Snowboard Club) – Lifelong Volunteer
Class of 2013:
- Joe Irwin (Calgary) – Lifelong Sport Builder
- David Kent (Edmonton) – Volunteer Builder
- Lynne Richardson (Canmore) – Athlete Alumnus
- Ron Measures (Calgary) – International Official