News and Announcements
An enormous thank you to those of you who came to the 50th Anniversary Gala and to the team of volunteers who worked incredibly hard to put the event together.
Patrick, Corrie, Sarah, Suzanne, Gill, Stephanie, Geraldine and Carol Anne, thank you and congratulations on a great event!
There was a great turnout of members ranging from the current day to the early days of the club with a strong representation of alumni athletes and parents who enjoyed an evening emceed by club alumni Mike Janyk & Jeff Hume and familiar music to all Whistlerites, The Hairfarmers. Another thanks to Jeff & Mike!
Finally, thank you our beer and wine sponsors – Blackcomb liquor store and Gibbons Life.
And to all of our sponsors who provided auction items:
Adele Campbell Fine Art
Anissimoff Fine Art
Burrowing Owl – Wyse Family
Kathi Jasiartisit – Lianne Gilka
Nita Lake Lodge
Red Door Bistro
Westin Resort and Spa
Whistler Contemporary Gallery
Whistler Village Sports
World Cup Supply
As this marks our 50th year we are going to build on this momentum to engage more and more of our alumni and to make a concentrated effort to get the community together again. There were a lot of people at the Gala who had not seen each other for many years, and many more who we are not connecting with. So, one of our goals for this year, is to improve our database and get contact details for the members who were a part of the club before computers, email and mobile telephones.
I hope you have noticed that we have just launched a new website and we will be building in an alumni sign-up feature for those who are no longer involved in the club but would like to hear what is going on.
Our club’s vision of ‘developing champions in life and sport’ still stands strong! We believe that while we celebrate the champions in sport, there are many many champions in life who we need to celebrate more often and engage with. It is the entire community that makes our collective passion possible through our sport, our community and our values.
To all, please remember that if you are no longer part of the program as a racer, parent or volly, you are always welcome at the club cabin and we hope to see you at our social events and races throughout the season.
Congratulations to Mollie Jepsen, the Para Alpine breakout star who is receiving the award for Best Female Athlete at the Canadian Paralympic Sport Awards for her remarkable achievements in PyeongChang.
“It is a huge honour to be recognized with this award from the Canadian Paralympic Committee. I was thrilled to represent Canada at the Games and compete alongside so many amazing athletes. I will never forget listening to the Canadian anthem on the podium with a gold medal around my neck.”- Mollie Jepsen
It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing of Mauro Detassis who had been an incredible proponent of FIS children’s skiing http://www.fis-ski.com/news-multimedia/news/article=passing-mauro-detassis.html
While we are all aware of the dangers presented by head injuries, as well as whiplash-type injuries that may also result in concussions, our understanding of and protocols for potential concussion injuries is continually evolving.
Alpine Canada has recently adopted an extensive and comprehensive Concussion Protocol for ski clubs which covers the recognition, medical diagnosis, and management of athletes who may sustain a suspected concussion during a sport activity. The Alpine Canada Concussion Protocol aims to ensure that athletes with a suspected concussion receive timely and appropriate care and proper management to allow them to return back to skiing safely. WMSC is implementing this Protocol for the upcoming season.
The Alpine Canada Concussion Protocol includes the Concussion Recognition Tool 5 developed by Parachute Canada http://www.wmsc.info/organizations/3850/documents/198384 and our coaching staff are trained to use this Tool as part of the Club’s Emergency Action Plan. However, it is important to note that our coaches are not certified to make medical assessments of concussion injuries, and the Club will follow the Alpine Canada Return to Sport protocol (including requiring a clearance letter from a health professional prior to returning to training).
The Alpine Canada Concussion Protocol states that “current evidence does not support the use of baseline concussion testing” for youth athletes. Parents/Athletes who wish to utilize baseline testing are recommended to consult with their health professionals.
Further information can be fount at: http://www.parachutecanada.org/injury-topics/item/concussion.
I would like to thank all of you for your incredible efforts to bring together the 2018 Whistler Swap. The Swap has been the largest fund raiser for the ski club for the past decade and it is not possible without the dedication and support of our amazing ski club. I do not wish to miss out on anyone, but would like to extend a special thanks to Abbie for the efforts to recruit and organize the over 100 volunteers, Michelle who has taken the lead role on check in and check out of the equipment, Ian our magical IT specialist, Maria for making sure our “care packages” were ready on site and finally the parents, children and ski coaches that made the effort to help out. Steve Fleckenstein has organized to coordinate the left over and abandoned skis to be donated to the Alberta Handicap Ski Association, this is a god send as we do not have a home for these skis at the end of the sale. Thank-you Steve for undertaking this important role. I’d also like to thank Whistler Blackcomb and their team of staff that made our jobs so much easier.
The Club can take great pride in knowing it was the vision of the WMSC to create the first swap at the Myrtle Philip School over 30 years ago, we then moved to the Convention Center for years and moved at the invitation of Whistler Blackcomb to the Tents over a decade ago. A proud history that spans over 30 years.
I would like to Thank everyone again, it has been a pleasure to be part of the Swap Team for the past 10 years and an honor to be the Swap Manager for the past 7 years.
All the best,