News and Announcements
Our condolences once again to Mikayla Martin’s family
Her family has started a memorial fund, if you would like to support, please visit Mikayla Martin Memorial Fund
_ Mikayla has been taken from us much too soon. We want to use her shining example to encourage others to live an extraordinary life. We hope that you will help us to do that, and when you do, to take those words to heart and live them every day.
“Do your thing. Do it every day, and do it unapologetically.”_
It is with profound sadness that we inform you of the passing of one of our WMSC alumni, Mikayla Martin, “Miki”. Our collective condolences go out to her entire family during these most difficult times. Miki will always be remembered for her incredible smile, infectious enthusiasm, determination, work ethic and of course her role as a mentor to so many young WMSC athletes.
We are all grieving this immeasurable loss. RIP Mikayla.
WMSC – Executive Director
Hello U12 parents and racers to the 2019-20 winter season. Even though we are still 57 days away from the opening of Whistler and Blackcomb it’s time to get out some information that will help you prepare for your year with the WMSC.
There’s lots to learn here and you’ll need some help. If you have any questions before purchasing skis and boots, please contact me.
Many of you will be looking at the Ski Swap (Oct 12-13) to gather equipment but please know what you need in mind and have a backup plan in case there’s little available to you.
The ski shops are starting to stock their winter selection, and there’s lots to choose from. U12s will need a pair of GS and SL skis. Typically, racers at our age range from 135-142cm in SL and 151-158cms in GS.
The smallest of the group could use smaller but please contact me if you believe that’s the case a ski that’s too small can lead Athletes to put themselves in awkward positions. You maybe surprised how much they can handle.
New skis are un-prepared for skiing and need to go through a process that Prepares them before starting this season. The base bevel and side edges need to be set and the sidewall removed. We will have tuning Clinics before and throughout the season
Ski boots are a top priority at this stage. They need to fit and they need to flex. When you’re at the shop listening to the ‘the pros’ trying to sell you boots give me call if you have questions.
My key Priorities are: Can the athlete Flex the boot over the toe, do they stand centered in the cuff, Are there any major pressure points or pinches.
Our club uses Team Pages for communicating with parents and racers. Their mobile app connects everyone together to see training plans, the meeting times and what equipment needed that day. It also has dryland and extra curricular activity planned as well. To use Team Pages you’ll have to download the app and simply need to let us know what your availability in advance of the session. There’s one for parents and a different one for athletes to use on their phones (if they have one).
Team Pages Tutorial
Ski Swap and Turkey Sale will be hosted at the ski club October 12-13th
This will be the best place to meet other parents early in the season, and we need the help! You also get the best look at all the equipment for sale. Contact the office to volunteer. Volunteering@wmsc.Info
There’s lots more detail to come but at the moment you can view the 19-20 Fridge Calendar U12
We will be having Sports Saturdays until -October 19th
Dryland assessments Nov 16th planning to do a Hike or skate day November 17th To be determined by weather and Numbers.
Thanks for your time, I look forward to seeing everyone soon.
WMSC U12 Lead Coach
Source: Alpine Canada Alpin
Calgary, Alta. (September 21, 2019) – In the world of Ski Cross, Marielle Thompson reigns supreme. Today, the current World Champion is being recognized outside of her sport, as Female Athlete of the Year for Winter Sport Performance in the 42nd Canadian Sport Awards hosted by AthletesCAN.
The Sport Performance Award is selected by a jury of peers and media (40%), and Canada’s own national team athletes (60%). With 60 other winter sport female athletes in the country, Thompson was nominated as a finalist alongside other decorated athletes; her teammate Kelsey Serwa and Slopestyle Snowboarder Laurie Blouin.
“Becoming World Champion has been a goal of mine for a long time so to realize that goal this season was amazing. It feels great to have my accomplishments acknowledged outside of Ski Cross and by other Team Canada athletes. Thank you to everyone who voted, it means a lot to have the support of my peers. I’m honoured to be recognized!” said Thompson, who was unable to attend the Awards ceremony in Toronto, ON.
This iconic awards show was first established 46 years ago to showcase excellence in Canadian sport and quickly evolved to become the premier event for national sport achievement and leadership recognition. Thompson was recognized alongside others in the categories of Winter and Summer Sport Performance, Influencers Corporate Excellence.
Stanley Hayer, Canada Ski Cross Team Head Coach has been working with Marielle for close to a decade. "Marielle is a fierce competitor and is always focused on winning. She had an amazing year, highlighted by winning the World Championship title. I’m extremely proud of the athlete that Marielle is and the effort she continually puts in to stay on top of her game. As a team, Canada Ski Cross is very proud of Marielle and we’re excited that she is being recognized for her outstanding performance over this season.”