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Staff

WMSC Staff 2018 – 2019

Management Staff

Mark Tilston Mark Tilston

Executive Director

Having retired from ski racing at 19, Mark started coaching in the Scottish clubs and progressed to the Scottish Team while studying Applied Sports Sciences at Edinburgh University. Subsequently he coached for the British national ski team and then into the role of Performance Director for the British Ski & Snowboard Federation. From 2009 - 2015 he was the Head coach for the Spanish national team.
Robert Armstrong Robert Armstrong

Marketing/Sponsorship

Prior to moving his family to Whistler, British Columbia to pursue is lifelong dream of living in the mountains; Bob was the Executive Vice President of the Toronto office of Global Executive Search firm DHR International, based in Chicago. Bob is the past  Chairman  of  the  Board  of  Special  Olympics  Ontario,  and  was  an  active member  of  the  Board  of  HealthyMinds  Canada (formerly the  Canadian Mental Health Commissions Foundation) He  has  been involved with other non-profit organizations throughout his career such as Toronto’s Ronald McDonald House , The Asthma Society of Canada and Fusion Learning. As a former ski racer, Bob was very involved in coaching U16 athletes in Western New York State, with several of these athletes achieving podium finishes in many North American championships. Additionally, he was an active member of the Holimont Racing Club Board. Mr. Armstrong graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Economics. He lives in Whistler with his wife Anne, their son Harry is at U Vic, while his daughter Madeleine is studying at Queens.

Train to Train (U14)

Henry Yeigh Henry Yeigh

U14 Lead Coach

Henry grew up Caledon Ontario and on the shores of Georgian Bay at the family Cottage. Having a father as the Alpine Director at the Caledon Ski Club it is only natural that he clicked into his first pair of skis at the tender age of 2. Spending every second he could on the hill growing up he developed a true love for the sport. After retiring from racing at the age of 17 Henry decided that Coaching was the natural thing to do. Now 22 he had coached at the Caledon Ski Club for the past 4 years, working with the U14 Performance program. After having great success there he is looking for new challenges on the West (best) coast. Henry has his Level 3 CSIA, and Development Level Coach working toward his Performance Level over the next couple years.
Sarah Culver Sarah Culver
Sarah started skiing at the age of 2 up Mount Seymour on the Goldie rope-tow.  When she was 7 years old, her family bought a cabin at Apex Mountain where she trained for the next 7 years.  At the age of 15, Sarah joined the Vancouver Ski Team where she trained and raced 3 fun years of FIS.  After graduating from high school, Sarah decided to segue from racing into coaching. She coached for many years with the Apex Ski Club, coaching mostly U14 and U16, a year with FIS and a year or two with U10 and U12.  She then moved back to the city and coached two years with the Cypress Ski Club, coaching U14 and U16.  After coaching with the Cypress team, Sarah went back to school and graduated with her CNP in Nutrition and started a plant based company with her sister in Vancouver.  Her passion in sports and nutrition has lead her to further pursue her interest in optimizing athletic performance with nutrition. Sarah is excited to be back coaching and thrilled to be with the WMSC this season.

Train to Train (U16)

Drew Hetherington Drew Hetherington

U16 Lead Coach

Drew grew up in Whistler and started skiing at a young age. He clearly had a natural talent for it as he went heli-skiing at the age of 6. He only raced for a short time with WMSC as the lure of a brand new skating rink at Meadow Park drew him away. However, he was soon back on the slopes and started coaching and instructing at the age of 16. Drew is a Level 3 Instructor and a Level 2 coach. He also has his Level 1 Pipe and Park certification. Many of the club’s current FIS and K2 athletes first met Drew when he was a J4 coach. Drew coached J4 with Denis Ebacher for 4 years. In 2009 he joined WMSC as the BCSX and WMSC SX head coach. Drew continues to call Whistler home and when not coaching he works as a carpenter.
Richard Jagger Richard Jagger

U16 Coach

Richard Jagger is a coach with a very experienced history in ski racing in Canada. Since 1990, Richard has worked as a club coach, club director and head coach of the Men’s Alberta Ski Team. The past three years Richard has been a coach with the Canadian Ski Team with the men’s world cup group. Richard is a Canadian Ski Coaches Federation, Level 3 High Performance Coach and a Canadian Ski Instructors Association Level 3 Ski Instructor. Now after three years of coaching at the highest level in ski racing, Richard welcomes the opportunity to be working with youth again at the Whistler Mountain Ski Club.  Richard’s belief that it is crucial to the development of excellent skills and performance in young athletes that they are provided the experienced and passionate people leading their sport development. Although Richard’s home has been in Alberta’s Rocky Mountain’s, he has been living in Whistler for the past three years with his wife Lucinda. When not working and skiing, you can find both of them sailing, climbing or enjoying all the opportunities for adventure the coast and the mountains have to offer.
Mike Turnbull Mike Turnbull
Hey! My name is Mike Turnbull and I was born and raised in Oakville, Ontario. I got into skiing around the age of 3 and raced with the Georgian Peaks Ski Club, in Thornbury, and later the Ontario Men's Ski Team until my second year of FIS, when I left competitive ski racing to pursue the sport of rugby, which I later played at Western University, as I completed my BMOS degree in Consumer Behaviour over the past 5 years. Throughout my time alpine racing, there were so many memories that impacted my life in positive ways. My favorite memory came at the end of my competitive career, when I competed in the J1 Nationals at Whistler and ended up coming away with the overall medal. I have coached at various clubs in between school over the last several years, starting at Georgian peaks, moving to Revelstoke and finally I have ended up in Whistler, where I am eager to help out the young athletes in obtaining their personal goals in skiing and life!
Bob Armstrong Bob Armstrong
Prior to moving his family to Whistler, British Columbia to pursue is lifelong dream of living in the mountains; Bob was the Executive Vice President of the Toronto office of Global Executive Search firm DHR International, based in Chicago. Bob is the past  Chairman  of  the  Board  of  Special  Olympics  Ontario,  and  was  an  active member  of  the  Board  of  HealthyMinds  Canada (formerly the  Canadian Mental Health Commissions Foundation) He  has  been involved with other non-profit organizations throughout his career such as Toronto’s Ronald McDonald House , The Asthma Society of Canada and Fusion Learning. As a former ski racer, Bob was very involved in coaching U16 athletes in Western New York State, with several of these athletes achieving podium finishes in many North American championships. Additionally, he was an active member of the Holimont Racing Club Board. Mr. Armstrong graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Economics. He lives in Whistler with his wife Anne, their son Harry is at U Vic, while his daughter Madeleine is studying at Queens.
Fredrik Sars Fredrik Sars
Fredrik is from Vasteras, Sweden and joins WMSC after coaching over four different continents during 2017! As a ski racer with the Vasteras Ski club - he was 3rd in the Swedish National Cup in 2011. He started his coaching career in 2010, and he is ambitious and dedicated to help the skiers become better and overcome obstacles in their technique. Fredrik has good theoretical knowledge which he teaches athletes in an easy and understandable way. When not coaching, Fredrik enjoys golf and travelling. He is also studying law at Uppsala University.

Train to Compete (FIS)

Conrad Pridy Conrad Pridy

FIS Head Coach

Conrad is returning as head FIS coach this year.  For those of you that don’t know him, he grew up here in Whistler and made his way through the WMSC all the way to Canadian Ski Team.  Conrad's road to the World Cup was not the smoothest, but through it he learned a lot about the value of hard work, perseverance, and love of the sport. This gave him a unique and much more relateable perspective about what it takes to become a professional ski racer, and he looks forward sharing what knowledge he has to help your kids be the best ski racers they can be.
Shannon Smith Shannon Smith

Strength & Conditioning Coach/FIS Coach

Shannon started skiing in Whistler at the age of 2. She skied with the Whistler Mountain Ski Club for the duration of her ski racing career, retiring after racing 4 years of FIS. After a brief stint of ski cross training, during National Team selection camps, Shannon decided to move to Alberta to study Kinesiology at the University of Calgary. After a few years away from the sport, she began to feel the need to become involved in ski racing again. Shannon spent 3 years coaching for the Calgary Alpine Race Club, while completing her degree at U of C. Shannon is happy to be working with the athletes both on and off snow as a development level coach and a certified strength and conditioning specialist. Her passion for sport and performance propels her to motivate athletes towards achieving their goals and potential in skiing and in fitness.
Enric (Kike) Guerra Enric (Kike) Guerra
Kike grew up in Barcelona and learned to ski at the age of 2 years old in Masella, a resort in the Catalan Pyrenees. He started racing at the age of 9 and joined the Catalan team when he was 13 until he was 19, when he left ski racing. His highlights in ski racing are junior Spanish champion in SG and GS (2011 Sierra Nevada), 3rd in alpine combined Spanish Championship (2010 Candanchú), provincial champion in U18 and U21 in SL, GS and SG and many races around the Alps. Kike has been coaching since then in La Molina Club d'Esports in U18, U14, U12 and U16 respectively, and was the head coach in the last three categories. Kike is Development Level certified in Canada and graduated in Business Administration for IQS University in Barcelona (2011-2015).

Admin Staff

Chris Leighton Chris Leighton

Administrator

Chris has a long history with WMSC having been a racer, coach, parent of a racer, board member and now office administrator. She comes from a family committed to skiing with her father, Bob Parsons, competing in alpine which at that time included nordic and jumping. Bob went on to found the Weasel Workers – the annual Parsons speed race is in his memory. The family tradition continued with brother Jim joining the WMSC coaching staff as a coach. Chris grew up in Burnaby and started skiing when she was 3. She began racing in the NGSL at Mt Seymour at 8. She raced for the Vancouver Ski Team from 1969 – 1973 (along with Dave Murray). In 1974 Chris moved to Whistler and coached the NGSL for WMSC in 1975/76 and then K2/FIS for the 1976/77 season. Chris is married to Brian who currently works as a consultant and fishing guide. Chris and Brian's daughter  Alison, skied for WMSC, was a member of the BC ski team from 2003-2007 and was the overall Pontiac Cup winner in 2006. Alison raced NCAA with Montana State University from 2007-2011.  
Maria Cecutti Maria Cecutti

Finance

Maria was born, raised and learned to ski in Sudbury, Ontario. After graduating from the University of Guelph with a Bachelor of Commerce she spent 6 months in Norway then 3 years across Southern Ontario working for a restaurant chain. Since 1990, she has called Whistler home where she enjoys hiking with her dog Mugs summer and winter, digging in the dirt in her garden, boating & swimming in the summer and snowshoeing or skiing in the winter. Maria has spent most of her working life in the hospitality and tourism industry both on the front line and in the back office keeping things organized. Maria has been an active member of the Whistler Weasel Workers since 1999; having traveled to Lake Louise for World Cups, Bormio for World Championships and of course here at home for the 2010 Olympics and Paralympics.
Christine Cogger Christine Cogger

Whistler Cup Administrator

Christine has over 15 years of event operations, production and marketing experience and has been with the Whistler Cup for the last 3 years. In addition to the Whistler Cup, she is also the race director for IRONMAN Canada and works on several other local events. A resident of Pemberton, she has 3 active kids, loves skiing and endurance sports. She adores coffee and hates tomatoes.
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