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 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
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.
Strength and Conditioning
Strength & Conditioning 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.
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 – there was even a jump hill at Seymour! 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 years old. She began racing in the Nancy Greene Ski League at Mt Seymour when she was 8 years old. Chris raced for Mt. Seymour until 1968, after which she joined WMSC. She skied for the Vancouver Ski Team from 1969 – 1973 (along with Dave Murray), the highlight of which was winning the Pontiac Cup overall speed title in 1972.
In 1974 Chris moved to Whistler. She coached the NGSL for WMSC in 1975/76 and then coached K2/FIS for the 1976/77 season, where Jordan Williams was one of the athletes.
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 graduated from Montana State University in June 2011 where she was on the ski team competing in NCAA Tier 1, and currently doing her Family Practice residency in Ft. St. John.
Chris was a WMSC Board member in 1994 and 1995, and started working in the office in 1996.
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.
Jo Norrstrom moved to Canada from Sweden 18 months ago, she has a Canadian mother and therefor is lucky enough to have a Canadian passport. She has a Masters in Biology from Stockholm University, since she graduated has mostly been traveling. Jo did not grow up skiing, she learnt to ski when she went to live in the Italian Alps for 10 weeks 2015 and after that she was hooked for life. She has never been involved with ski racing before but she is excited to learn about the sport from all the incredible knowledgeable people here at the club.
Whistler Cup Administrator