Selection: BC Alpine Awards Committee makes the final selection for this award
5. Moira Jaatteenmaki Officials’ Award
A continued dedication to the Officials’ program and the sport of ski racing by serving as a committed BC Alpine Official over a period of several seasons
As a result of his or her contributions, this Official has helped ski racing continue at the highest level in the province, offering participating athletes the best opportunities for advancement in their pursuit of excellence in the sport.
Selection: BC Alpine awards committee makes the final selection for this award.
7. Coach Awards
We know there are many outstanding and dedicated coaches who keep the clubs going and the athletes fit and motivated. We will be recognizing them too! A committee of Program Directors and Coaches, along with BC Alpine, will honour coaches in the following categories:
Sun Peaks Resort once again provided the perfect backdrop, plenty of snow, yet great training conditions when it hosted 52 female-identifying athletes from all over B.C., who participated in the high-productive 3-day Girls Fast Forward (GFF) camp.
The skiers all put in a solid effort on hill, according to GFF Head Coach Montana “Monty” Molyneux. The first day, they were put to the test in a GS training session followed by a snowy slalom/powder day, where they inspected new courses with alongside special guest World Cup ski racers. The final on-hill session featured a slalom and panelled dual slalom.
In total, seven GFF lead coaches worked with the four World Cup Canadian ski racers, as well as two coaches from younger age groups, to manage, inspire and instruct the lucky U16 and FIS racers. The overarching goal was to create stronger bonds within the racing community for incoming U16 and FIS aged athletes.
Off the hill, the athletes participated in video tech talks by Canadian World Cup ski racers Stef Fleck, Cassidy Gray and Britt Richardson. In addition, the full schedule featured a Mental Training session on empowering thoughts, goal setting and working through adversity, a “hardcore” core session & mobility, and a body scan and balance session. In the evening, they listened to an athlete panel with Canadian team athletes and BC Women’s Training group athletes as well as a coaches panel on the coaching pathway in BC with our Lead GFF coaches.
The GFF camp also had plenty of laughs and fun, including the camp wrap up Improv Skit Night and some camp take aways. “The last day was high energy with many campers and coaches in bright and retro gear!” said Coach Monty.
“Every year I look forward to the GFF camp, and from year to year it is a little different,” said Coach Monty. “This years group was so much fun to coach. They adapted to challenging environments and worked hard. Our athlete-coaches were awesome and our all-female coaching staff made the camp very special. It’s hard to pick just one memory from the camp. The video tech talk with Stef, Cass and Brit was next level. Our “hardcore Core” session was awesome and the improv coach skits were in my top activities. I’m so excited that we have been able to continue to build a community of strong female leaders and that we can have the chance to come together, connect and share.”
The Whistler Cup was back this April, after a three-year Covid-shut down hiatus, and Team Canada finished off where it did in 2019 by claiming the prestigious Nations Cup title.
Golden, BC, skier Roxy Coatesworth continued her impressively dominant season by winning both the super-G and giant slalom, keeping just ahead of the world’s elite U16 skiers. Earlier this season, Coatesworth claimed a whopping four gold medals at the Canada Winter Games in PEI and was named as Team BC’s flag-bearer for the closing ceremonies.
“Defending champions Team Canada keep the Cup at home!” said Whistler Cup representatives in a statement posted to social media. “Congratulations to all on a tremendous few days of racing.”
The hundreds of dedicated volunteers and dedicated race organizers were pleased with how the event unfolded.
“It didn’t take long for all of us on the organizing committee, coaches, and volunteers to be reminded of just how special this event is,” said Mike Janyk, the Executive Director of the Whistler Mountain Ski Club. “When the parade started, the sun was shining, the kids were running around meeting athletes from other nations and the flags were raised high with excitement. Not only were we able to offer a world class ski race with strong international competition, but the off the hill events, doubles and makes this one of the most cherished experiences in a young ski racer’s career.”
This years event saw the best U16 ski racers from seven countries around the world: Canada, Japan, Switzerland, Norway, USA, Chile and Czech Republic. In addition to the U16 Team Canada title, Team USA claimed the U14 Festival Cup.