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Year end Awards BBQ and Coaches Appreciation

April 22, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Join us to celebrate another successful ski racing season at WMSC! Everyone welcome.

There will be a BBQ and refreshments by donation.


The following awards will be presented to WMSC member athletes:

 Sportsmanship Awards:

U12 one racer, one each gender

U14 one racer, one each gender

U16 one racer, one each gender

FIS one racer, either gender

Most Improved Skier Awards:

U12 one racer, one each gender

U14 two racers, one each gender

U16 two racers, one each gender

FIS two racers, either gender

Top Skiers of the year:

U12 two racers, one each gender

U14 two racers, one each gender

U16 two racers, one each gender

FIS two racers, one each gender

Joel Aston Award (U16 athlete) U16 one racer, either gender

Dave Murray Bursary (FIS athlete) one racer, either gender

Jordan Schick Bursary (U16/FIS athlete) one racer, either gender

Crash of the Year generally a FIS racer

Recognition also for:

  • Kinder athletes selected for unique opportunities such as the Mike & Manny Cowboy Camp, retiring FIS-level racers who are going on to other pursuits, WMSC athletes who have been selected for Provincial, National & NCAA teams, including alumni
  • Coaches who have received recognition for excellence during the past year, those who are taking on a new leadership role within the club and retiring coaches who are moving on to other roles outside our club
  • Club Chairman & Directors on the WMSC Board
  • Chiefs at races during the season, plus our WMSC Volunteer of the Year

Criteria for WMSC awards

Sportsmanship award, one racer at each level

Criteria includes:

  • Attendance at training, both on snow and at dry land opportunities
  • Arriving prepared with correct gear, equipment tuned, and with a good attitude
  • Being punctual, focused, positive and demonstrating leadership qualities
  • Showing respect for coaches, other racers, race officials, W/B staff & public
  • Assisting in any ways appropriate to age level of racer
  • Coach and peer group nomination is based on above criteria.

Most improved racer of the year, one male & one female at each level

Outline criteria: selection based on improvements through the season in the areas of :

  • results – difference in race points & ranking from the start of the season to end
  • physical – improved results at dry land testing
  • technical – improvements in ski techniques  tactical – obvious improvement through season in both training and racing
  • Coach nominates racers based on above criteria.

Racer of the year, one male & one female at each level

Outline criteria:

  • hard data based on results for Kinders at zone races, Provincials, Nationals & Whistler Cup and for FIS-level at BC Cup, NorAms, Canams or other
  • National Race points or FIS points & ranking among WMSC racers.
  • Coach nominates top racers based on above criteria.

Special Awards:

Joel Ashton Award (U16 racer)

This award is given in memory of former WMSC racer Joel Ashton. His passion for ski racing, love of his friends and unconditional support for his team mates are just some of the many reasons he will always be in our hearts.

The recipient of this award displays some of these same qualities:

  • Passion for the sport
  • Unconditional support of team mates
  • Always giving that extra 10%
  • Always willing to listen and learn from coaches

This racer has chosen to participate in summer programs and plans to continue racing beyond the U16 level. Racer receives a plaque (or trophy).

Jordan Schick Bursary (U16/FIS J1 racer)

Jordan was a former member of the WMSC. During his last year as a J1 he was involved in a car accident and lost his life. The family of Jordan Schick awards a bursary to a racer at WMSC in Jordan’s memory.

The recipient must be:

  • a younger member of the J1 program, or entering J1 with a perceived financial need
  • a good all-round athlete
  • an athlete who has shown significant improvement
  • an athlete who has shown a strong commitment to the sport
  • an athlete who relates well with other team members

This award includes a plaque (or trophy) and $750 is put into the WMSC athlete’s account for the following season.

Dave Murray Bursary (FIS J1 racer)

Dave Murray grew up in the Vancouver area and ski raced on the same hills that our kids race on today. Dave’s love of the sport of ski racing was exemplified by the manner in which he attached a race course. He rose to the challenge and achieved a sport on the Canadian National Ski Team, becoming one of the Crazy Canucks. Due to illness we lost Dave when he was still young. His memory remains with us in many ways: WMSC racers train on the DMNTC. Dave has left us another legacy: each year the Dave Murray Bursary is awarded to a J1 racer, male or female, who meets certain criteria:

  • a younger member of the J1 program with a perceived financial need
  • Commitment to the sport, with plans to race at least one more season
  • Athletic ability and potential to rise to the top in alpine ski racing as assessed by coaches
  • Results at races and dry land testing which demonstrate commitment and potential

One award is presented by WMSC and another is presented at the provincial level by BC Alpine. A racer nominated to BC Alpine for the award is eligible for the WMSC award if not selected by BC Alpine for the provincial level award. The award includes a plaque (or trophy) and a bursary of $750 which is put into the racer’s account for the following season.


April 22, 2017
3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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