Sparovec, who assumed his role with the governing body of ski racing in 1996, oversaw management of the athletes and coaches who make up the Canadian Alpine Ski Team. His vision for the development of the national system, and his seven-year commitment to building on that vision led to a turnaround season last year that included two World Championships medals and a number of top-15 and best-ever finishes by Canadian athletes on the World Cup circuit.
“There is a great momentum and excitement around the team following last year's performances, and I am confident that the coaching and support team we have in place will help the athletes continue that momentum into the 2003-04 season,” said Sparovec. “It has been a great experience to work with Canada's ski racing program, and I will carry a lot of great memories with me. But for now, I'm going to take time to explore my opportunities as I move forward with my career. I look forward to moving back to Whistler full-time and spending more time with my family – the commute between Whistler and Calgary has been difficult on them and me these last seven years.”
Effective June 23rd, former national team coach and current ACA vice-president of Canadian development programs Max Gartner has assumed interim responsibility for Canadian Alpine Ski Team and athletics until a new vice-president of athletics is appointed.
“Joze has been a valued member of the Alpine Canada Alpin team and has committed a lot of time and energy into helping build our Canadian Alpine Ski Team,” said President Ken Read. “On behalf of Alpine Canada Alpin and the Canadian Alpine Ski Team, I wish him much success in his future endeavours.”