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WMSC Club Culture / Respect in Sport Reminder

Building on December’s Kick-off Meeting, Whistler Mountain Ski Club is continuing its drive to enhance and develop the positive culture that our athletes need to grow and succeed as “Champions in Life and in Sport”. The foundation of the WMSC Club Culture lies in our Teamship Values, and one of the key tools to reinforce the positive culture is Respect in Sport.

WMSC Teamship Values
The Club’s Teamship Values – Excellence in Behaviour, Effort, Communication and Reputation – are now posted prominently in the lobby of the Club Cabin.

Over the coming weeks the Club will be discussing these Teamship Values in detail with our athletes as well as parents, through direct sessions as well as by email. We recognize that the WMSC Club Culture is a product of parents as well as coaches, and we strongly encourage all parents and athletes to give these discussions the fulsome consideration that they merit.

Excellence in Behaviour – Respect Others, Feedback, Equipment, Time and Effort
Excellence in Effort – Uphold the High Standard and be Engaged, Positive, Focussed and Open
Excellence in Communication – Communicate Positively, Constructively, Honestly and Politely
Excellence in Reputation – Be a Role Model, Positive, Accountable, Supportive and Proud

Respect in Sport Online Parent Module
A key component our effort to foster a positive Club Culture is the Respect in Sport for Parents online course. Respect in Sport has been adopted by many of Canada’s leading athletic youth clubs, at both the local and provincial levels and across numerous disciplines such as hockey, soccer and volleyball. The course reinforces your role as parents in your child‘s activities, encouraging positive behaviours through effective communication and enthusiastic support. The feedback from parents who have completed the course has been overwhelmingly positive. Many parents, however, have not yet completed the course.

Parents are reminded that completion of the course is mandatory for all parents for athletes to continue to participate in club activities. The deadline for parents to complete the Respect in Sport for parents module has been extended to February 8th, 2019. The module is located at https://alpine-canada-parent.respectgroupinc.com/. The cost of the program is $12 and takes approximately one hour to complete. The Club requires that each parent take the course.

Athletes whose parents who have not competed the Respect in Sport for Parents online course by February 8th, 2019 may no longer be eligible to participate in the club’s on-snow activities.

We are sure that all parents share in our desire to provide the best possible environment for our children, and will do their part to take WMSC’s Club Culture to new heights.

On behalf of the Board of Directors of
WHISTLER MOUNTAIN SKI CLUB
John Legg, Chair

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Kitzbuehel, AUT (Jan. 25, 2019) – A weather-related change in schedule saw the legendary Kitzbuehel downhill moved to Friday, and Canadian Alpine Ski Team racers Ben Thomsen, Brodie Seger, and Jack Crawford gave the nation plenty to cheer about as they charged down the Streif.

Thomsen (Invermere, B.C./Windermere Ski Club) was the eighth racer out of the start gate, and laid down a lightning run of one minute, 57.88 seconds – 69 hundredths off the podium. Thomsen ended the day in sixth – his best World Cup downhill result since standing on the podium in 2012, and best-ever finish at Kitzbuehel.

“I’m really happy, but it is a little bit of a bittersweet moment. I was shooting for the podium today, (and) it didn’t quite happen,” said Thomsen after letting the day’s results sink in. “It was close, the skiing was there (but) the competition is also there too. It’s really competitive on the men’s circuit right now.”

Thomsen has posted two top-10s in World Cup downhill action this season, and was second in the first training run on the Streif this week.

The 23-year-old Seger (North Vancouver, BC / Whistler Mountain Ski Club) started 44th as part of the third wave, at which point the light snowfall that plagued some of the second-wave racers had ended and winds had calmed. Seger converted the opportunity into a 16th-place finish to earn his first World Cup top-30.

“That course is a wild ride and I’m really happy with the way I fought my way down,” said Seger who was all smiles as he crossed the finish line. “I knew right away I made a mistake in the middle section, but I kept pushing and I couldn’t be more excited about getting my first world cup points on this legendary hill.”

Crawford (Toronto/Georgian Peaks and Whistler Mountain ski clubs), 21, raced to his best-ever World Cup downhill finish with a 32nd-place result, falling just 22 hundredths out of the top-30. He recorded his first World Cup points on home snow earlier this season in the super-G at Lake Louise, where he finished 27th.

Action resumes at the Hahnenkamm Saturday with the slalom, being streamed live in Canada at AlpineCanada.org/kitzbuehel. The first run starts at 1:30 a.m. MT/3:30 a.m. ET, with the second run scheduled for 4:30 a.m. MT/6:30 a.m. ET. Canada’s men’s speed team will get another chance at the Streif on Sunday when they race in the super-G to close out Kitzbuehel weekend.

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This is an ideal position for people who are handy with equipment and tools, don’t mind early morning uploads, have a bit of a “MacGyver” talent, and might like to stay out of the weather. This volunteer position is based out of Garbo Hut during all major club races (U14 Teck Race, Parsons, FIS Races and Whistler Cup).

While the Garbo Hut has no running water or bathrooms, it does have some heated rooms, WiFi, music, an old but serviceable barbeque and perhaps the best sun trap on the mountain. There is a surprising amount of bustle up at the hut, with course workers, dye-pack crew and others coming and going all day. And you get to be right in the middle of the action working with parents and coaches. With WiFi it is now possible to watch many races on your smartphone or iPad. Ideally we would have 2 or 3 people share the position so you can also get out on the hill and watch your child race!

Duties include Dye Pack preparation/maintenance, Drill distribution and battery charging, Water drum refilling, Equipment sorting and storage, gate sorting and repair, keeping track of equipment and its whereabouts, responding to equipment requests from Course Chiefs during races, attendance at ROC Meetings when needed, general Garbo Hut tidying and garbage removal.

Our goal is to have a team of Garbo Gods who can spell each other off so that commitments remain flexible and family friendly. We have an experienced crew that can train anyone who wishes to volunteer and become “godly”.

Interested? Need more information? Please email volunteers@wmsc.info.

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Its order time – samples are at the club to try on for sizing so please stop by.

*New this season is 4 way stretch vest! Same material as the Whistler Cup jackets – perfect for another layer or spring skiing. Available in red or black, and will come with logo’s.

The deadline to order is February 17th.

Email info@wmsc.info for order forms or questions

WMSC U18/U21 Program Update - Jan. 21-Jan. 27

Posted by U18/U21 Program at Jan 21, 2019 6:15PM PST
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Dearest U18/U21 Team,

This week in WMSC Ski Racing marks the last week of our mid-season training block, and the start of what will essentially be two and half months of racing! Starting at Christmas Camp, the past four weeks have been incredibly productive. In all manner of variable conditions and environments, you all dug deep and squeezed as much out of every run as possible, and it shows. If any of you have doubts, I encourage you to watch video of yourselves from the end of December and this past weekend. There are a lot of very different skiers on this team now – engaged, focused, deadly – who look more race-ready than ever before.

Here are the important points for this week (Jan. 22 – Jan. 27):

Kimberley Speed
Jan. 27 – Feb. 6: The annual (National) U18/U21 Speed Week. WMSC will be sending a team of 14 athletes/adrenaline-junkies out to the famed Dreadnought Speed Track, located in peaceful Kimberley, BC, for nearly 2-weeks of pulling G’s and getting wind in the face. Last year’s trip served as a much-needed break from short turns and a big mid-season motivator to find more speed across the board so, needless to say, we’re excited to be going back. Details for travel plans and packing advice will be sent out tomorrow (Jan. 22).

More Gandy
In preparation for their own crack at the Dreadnought the week after us, WMSC U16 will be hosting a Speed Elements Camp on the Training Center this weekend. This means we will be taking advantage of the perpetually sunny terrain-haven known as Gandy-Dancer on Blackcomb. TeamPages will be updated by tomorrow evening, but a general outline for weekend plans looks like this:

Thursday (Jan. 24) – AM: GS Gates, PM: Aerobic Intervals, Core Endurance
Friday (Jan. 25) – AM: GS Gates, PM: Metabolic Conditioning, Balance/Proprioception
Saturday (Jan. 26) – AM: SL Gates, PM: Aerobic Power, Core Strength
Sunday (Jan. 27) – AM: SL Gates, PM: Strength Maintenance, Recovery

Kike Guerra Cusi will be the man in charge this week. If any of you have any questions, he’s your guy! Kike@wmsc.info is the easiest way to reach him.

Grouse Training
As mentioned (briefly) earlier, Grouse Night Training sessions have started up again. Every Tuesday from 4:30pm to 8:30pm there will be SL and GS training available, set to the backdrop of Vancouver’s sleepless city lights. Details for these sessions will be updated on our Division TeamPages Calendar, with U18/U21 sessions beginning next week. If this training option interests you please let me know so we can make sure you’ve got a coach present.

Teamship Values
At the risk of our Club Teamship Values Document being brushed aside as “just another set of papers” needing signed, we are doing something new starting this week. Moving forward, each week will have a “theme” taken straight from our Teamship Values, that we as coaches, athletes, and parents will do our best to practice and uphold. Many of the values listed are things we already do, but there is always room for improvement and fine tuning. This week’s U18/U21 Teamship Value is:
Excellence in Reputation – Being Professional as a Team, Club, and Ambassadors for the sport

One Team, one Dream. Even though we will be splitting up this week to do battle at both ends of the Province, we are a strong team made stronger by our common goals. Let’s get better, get stronger, and GO FAST.

Conrad Pridy
U18/U21 Lead Coach
conrad@wmsc.info
+1 (604) 935-0985