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Staff

WMSC Staff 2017 – 2018

WMSC 1718 General Org Chart

coaches 2018

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.
Rob Boyd Rob Boyd

Program Manager

Rob grew up in Vernon and moved to Whistler in 1982. He first started skiing at 2 yrs old on his Dad’s ski hill (Tillicum Valley) in Vernon. He raced local Molson Molstar races, competed in the Nancy Greene Ski League (NGSL) and then progressed into “C” class racing at Silver Star. Rob raced with the Vernon Ski Club until he was 16 yrs old then qualified for BC Team the same year he moved to Whistler. Three years later he qualified for the Canadian National Development Team and quickly progressed to ‘A’ team status as a downhill specialist on the World Cup circuit. Throughout his ski racing career Rob has had many highlights, but perhaps none more so than when he famously won the World Cup Downhill at Whistler in 1989. In all he had 3 World Cup downhill victories. Val Gardena was special with 4 of his 6 podiums coming from there as well as a podium (3rd place) in Kitzbuhel in 1991. Rob raced on the Canadian National team until 1997 after which he raced on the professional Downhill circuit in US for 3 yrs. Rob is a Level 3 CSCF senior coach and is working towards his Level 4. He is also a CSIA Level 2. Rob formally joined WMSC for two seasons (2002-2004) as the K2 head coach from before heading off to coach for 6 years with the ladies national speed team where he worked with, among others, WMSC alumni Britt Janyk. In 2003 Rob married Sherry Newstead and they have two boys – Dylan & Evan - both who are in U12 this season. It was the desire to stay home with his family and settle in his Nordic Estates home that was a deciding factor in Rob choosing to no longer coach at the National level, but instead work with the Club in developing all aspects of the racing program. When not skiing or looking after his boys, Rob likes to mountain bike, wind surf, rock climb and play the guitar
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.

Learn to Train (U12)

Drew Hetherington Drew Hetherington

U12 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.
Sammy Kent Sammy Kent
Sammy is a life-long ski racer, originally from Whitehorse, Yukon. Ski racing took Sammy around the world training and racing as the Yukon Ski Team, racing FIS with Vancouver Ski Team and attending the National Sport School In Calgary and Racing for the National Alpine Training Center. Working for Own the Podium in 2010, Sammy helped to test skis and waxes prior to the games and ended up as a track tester and forerunner for the Olympic Ski Cross events at Cypress mtn. Now living on Vancouver Island, Sammy makes the trek to Whistler to share his love and experiences in Alpine Skiing with the next generation
Jason Fink Jason Fink
Started skiing at the age of 5 on a small hill skirting Toronto - with a whopping 70ft vertical drop, a couple of T-bars and a rope-tow. Thought the mountains were conquered at Blue and Georgian Peaks until first trip to Whistler in 1981. It didn't take long to make the move to BC. After an Engineering degree at UBC, and a rewarding career as an engineer & technical trainer, the city was out and the Creekside was in. Started teaching for Whistler Adaptive Ski Program in 2002, then became BC Sitski coach and a member of the coaching staff for the BC ParaAlpine Ski team from 2006-2014. I am excited to work locally with young athletes here in Whistler and talented staff at WMSC.
Jonathan Kellock Jonathan Kellock
Jonathan grew up in Toronto, Ontario and raced on weekends in Ellicottville, New York for Holimont Ski Club. From the first time he clicked into a pair of race skis he knew this was the sport for him and took it as far as he possibly could. Once he outgrew the weekend racing program it was time for something bigger, that is when he went to Northwood School in Lake Placid, New York. He spent three years at Northwood training at Whiteface Mountain and began his FIS career. Just before he graduated from Northwood School in 2010 he earned himself a spot on the Ontario Ski Team. He spent three years racing the Nor-Am circuit in pursuit of his goal to race on the World Cup, with that goal just out of reach he looked to the NCAA to continue racing at a high-level while working toward a business degree at Plymouth State University in New Hampshire. Going into his final year at Plymouth, Jonathan endured a health scare that forced him to leave school and move home to Toronto. Now that he is healthy, Jonathan is very excited to be a part of the program at WMSC and share the knowledge he has acquired over his own career as a ski racer.
Claudia Lamontagne Claudia Lamontagne
Claudia grew up minutes away from Mont-Sainte-Anne in Quebec. Having a ski instructor mom and a ski bum/racer dad, it’s only normal she was on her skis at the age of 3. Since then, she has trained with the MSA ski club and the Laval University team and raced the University and FIS circuits. During fall, she studies at University in Quebec and Whistler is home during the winter season. She is looking forward to share her passion for ski racing and have fun on the slopes!!
Brooke Milne Brooke Milne
As an alumni of WMSC it is awesome to be back with the family! I started skiing when I was 2 with my parents in Ontario. I started racing at 7 for Caledon Ski Club and continued my racing career with Whistler Mountain Ski Club until I was 17. After hanging up my racing boots I became a ski instructor and taught 3 year olds to fall in love with my favorite sport .. and of course snow! Now many years later I am a level 3 certified ski instructor and level 2 trained ski coach and excited to be back coaching this year!
Matthew Ng Matthew Ng
Matthew was born in Vancouver and grew up skiing in Whistler. He started skiing at the age of 5 in Whistler Kids in Blackcomb. At the age of 10, he joined WMSC in the E2 (now U12) program. Matthew raced with WMSC until his last year of U16 (2016) and decided to further his skiing career as a coach. Still in high school, he attends St. George’s School in Vancouver and also skis for the high school team. When Matthew isn’t skiing or studying, he loves playing tennis and video games.
Alexis Dion Alexis Dion
Hey, I am Alexis, or Alex (it is really up to you), I started skiing on the small hill of the Mont Lac-Vert in Quebec when I was about 2 years old. Since that time, I never stopped skiing and I don't think I ever will. My goal as a coach is to share my love for skiing to your kids and to push their limits. I believe that the most important thing, why we ski and wake up at 6:30 am, is to have fun. If the kids are smiling at the end of the day, then we are on the right path. As a skier, I raced until U18, I did a bunch of provincials and Can-Ams. I coached two years in the Club de Ski Stoneham, and I also got my Development Level. Beside skiing, I also like to fly planes and climb some walls. I am very thankful to be here this winter and I am probably sure that it won't be my last one with you guys !

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.
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.
Lucas Byrne Lucas Byrne
Born and raised in Halifax Nova Scotia. I have been skiing since I was two and competitively skiing since the of five. My home hill is Wentworth which comes in at a whopping 800 vertical ft. I have been coaching for 4 years now and I’m excited to be joining the WMSC for my first year.
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.
Rob Dennison Rob Dennison
Rob grew up racing and then coaching near Toronto ON, starting at a hill with 240 vertical feet of terror. After coaching at the club level in Ellicottville NY and the NY State Team at eastern Junior Olympics, he moved to Collingwood ON to coach the Southern Ontario Ski Team. While running the Southern Ontario Division women’s FIS program Rob coached his team through numerous Nor-Ams and National Championships (both Jr and Sr), with many top 100 world rankings by age and several athletes graduating to the Ontario Ski Team. Rob eventually moved to Alberta to take over a FIS program for a year before retiring from full-time ski coaching in 1998, when he took on a non-skiing role in Vancouver. Throughout this coaching career Rob achieved his Level 3 CSCF coaching and Level 3 CSIA instructing qualifications. Rob’s first year of retirement included a 1yr part-time stint coaching the Blackcomb FIS team while starting his "real life" including software development, an MBA at Western, a marriage, two kids, three years with a Swiss bank and more than a decade on Bay Street. Rob's kids are now in the WMSC program and he is very excited to help the WMSC U14 racers become champions in life and sport.
John Evely John Evely
John Evely grew up skiing in Quebec and Vermont before moving to Banff Alberta at 19 where his first job was washing dishes at “Silver City”. John started coaching for the Banff Alpine Racers in 1984 and worked on and off for the club until 2017 when he won the Banff Alpine Racers “Coach of the Year” award. He re-located to Whistler in December 2017 to be closer to his two “kids” attending UBC and Emily Carr Universities in Vancouver. From 1986 – to 1991 John studied a variety of subjects at McGill University while supporting his academic habit creating and coaching the “Young Dudes Ski Team”, and as the Head Coach of the McGill University Alpine Ski Team. Returning to Banff in 1992, John continued coaching U14 and FIS skiers for the Banff Alpine Racers and Banff Mountain Ski Academy. John is also a professional photographer working a broad mix of assignments since 1997 for clients such as the Canadian Press, Red Bull and CMH Heli Skiing.  John photographed the 2010 Winter Olympics in Whistler (for Snowsports Media, Red Bull and Visa).  His varied photo work can be seen at johnevelyphoto.com or @ johnechrome on Instagram.
Julian Brumec-Parsons Julian Brumec-Parsons
Following in his family's footsteps, Julian is starting his coaching career with the WMSC U14's this year. Julian grew up racing at Grouse and also spent time at Cypress and Seymour before doing 3 years of FIS at Whistler. After retiring at 17, Julian attended the University of Calgary, studying business before starting to coach. His racing career was highlighted by forerunning the Lake Louise World Cup. Julian is excited to develop the next generation of WMSC racers.

Train to Train (U16)

Katie Findlay Katie Findlay

U16 Lead Coach & Academic Coordinator

Katie grew up skiing at the Georgian Peaks club in Collingwood, Ontario, then continued her racing career at the National Ski Academy. After completing her BA and MA in English, the lure of the mountains drew her to Revelstoke, where she coached for three years - two as head of the FIS program. She moved to the coast to get her BEd, and after teaching high school for a few years, Katie is thrilled to be blending her passions for ski racing and education at WMSC. She is excited about supporting our student-athletes as they strive for excellence in skiing and in academics. Katie has coached for 15 seasons at various clubs in Ontario, New Zealand and B.C. Katie is a Level 3 coach and a Level 2 instructor.
Richard Jagger Richard Jagger

U16 Performance Pathway Head 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.
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). He arrived in Whistler last year and worked as an assistant coach in U12. This year he's coaching the U16 Performance group.
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!
Jim Parsons Jim Parsons

U16/FIS SX

Jim grew up in Burnaby and Whistler and first started skiing at the age of 4. His racing career started at Mt Seymour at the age of 7. He ultimately raced for WMSC for 8 years, the highlight of which was winning the Bob Parsons memorial downhill, named after his father. At the conclusion of his racing career, Jim immediately got his Level 2 Instructor and Level 2 coach certifications and started coaching the Nancy Greene Ski League and K1s at Whistler and Blackcomb. After moving back to Vancouver, Jim took a few years off skiing and he was then drawn back into the sport in the late 1990s and has coached for the last 16 years. 4 years of this was spent coaching the FIS Vancouver Ski Team and other 9 years was spent coaching K2s at Grouse, Seymour and Cypress. Jim’s family was one of the early families with the WMSC. Both of his parents were very involved with the club and his sister (Chris Leighton) is still involved in the office. Jim went to BCIT trade school and is a journeyman carpenter. He calls North Vancouver home, where he lives with his wife Suzanne and kids – Julian and Griffin (FIS). When not skiing or coaching Jim works as a carpenter and enjoys a host of other sports.
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.

Train to Compete (FIS)

Conrad Pridy Conrad Pridy

FIS Head Coach

"My name is Conrad Pridy and I’m your new FIS head coach! For those of you that don’t know me, I grew up here in Whistler and made my way through the WMSC all the way to Canadian Ski Team.  My road to the World Cup was not the smoothest, but through it I learned a lot about the value of hard work, perseverance, and love of the sport. I think this gave me a unique and much more relateable perspective about what it takes to become a professional ski racer, and I look forward sharing what knowledge I have to help your kids be the best ski racers they can be. Whistler made me the skier I am, and I am very excited to be back. Let’s go fast!
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.

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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