News and Announcements
Calgary, Alta. (Jan. 9, 2019) – Paralympic medallist and 2018 IPC Crystal Globe super-G champion Mollie Jepsen (West Vancouver, B.C./Whistler Mountain Ski Club) will be adjusting her training and racing schedule this year following her diagnosis of Crohn’s disease during the off-season.
Jepsen, 19, took home four Paralympic medals in 2018, including a gold medal in the super combined. She attended a training camp in Chile over the summer, and found herself in hospital where she was diagnosed with Crohn’s – one of the most serious inflammatory bowel diseases – just days after returning home from camp.
“It’s been a huge learning curve,” said Jepsen of the disease whose symptoms and side-effects include difficulty in absorbing nutrients, nutritional deficiencies, and extreme fatigue and pain – less than ideal for a high-performance athlete. “I’m still learning every day. It’s really hard to manage on the road – I’ve had to change my diet completely. But the help and support of my family, our team doctor, and my coaches and teammates has really helped me get through this.”
Jepsen is hoping for a return to competition this season as she stabilizes her condition through medication and lifestyle changes. While this is different from earlier injuries suffered in her career since joining the national team in 2017, Jepsen is viewing this latest setback as “just another hurdle to work through.”
“I feel confident in my ability to return to racing,” she said.
The race season is about to begin! Calling all volunteers to help with the first net set of the season! Please meet at Garbo Hut at 9:30 a.m. on Friday January 11th to help with the net set up for the U14 Coast Zone Teck Race. With lots of hands, this initial net set up shouldn’t take more than 3 hours. First time parents – this is a great opportunity to learn what needs to be done for race days. There is something for everyone to do. Don’t worry if you can’t carry nets – there are plenty of other things to help with. Meet at Garbo Hut and you will be paired with someone to show you the ropes!
For those of you with athletes training on the 11th, this isa perfect opportunity to help make the course safe for the race weekend!
For many years I have wanted to give back to the WMSC racing community in a greater way than coaching and sweat equity. Now that I’ve stepped back somewhat from my past role(s) with the club, I find myself in a position to do just that, by contributing monetarily to athletes who are deserving of the recognition and support for their ski racing endeavors.
The Rob Boyd Bursary will be funded through my Real Estate business. A portion of any commissions generated by WMSC members (or referrals from club members) who utilize my services for Real Estate needs will be contributing directly back to WMSC athletes, at a stage when they often need the support the most – the early years of FIS level racing.
The ‘Rob Boyd Bursary’ will be awarded annually, to the next seasons U18 athletes, making current 2nd year U16’s eligible for the award as well.
Beginning this April 2019, 1 female and 1 male athlete will be awarded $1000 each, which will be credited towards their WMSC account. In time, as the fund grows, additional bursaries may be awarded.
Candidates should embody the ‘WMSC Teamship Values’ and include (but not limited to):
- Passion for the sport – ski racing as well as knowledge/skills/desire to ski all aspects of the mountains.
- Sportsmanship – showing positive attitude, assisting fellow athletes and appreciation for officials/volunteers (on or off the slopes).
- Be a role model/mentor/ambassador for the sport (yet perhaps have a bit of a wild side?!?).
- Work ethic – arrive early, stay late (to take one or two more runs – off piste?), show a willingness to assist coaches, collect/transport training equipment and gear when necessary
- Show potential and desire to be successful in racing, and when appropriate, give back to the sport.
Nominations should be submitted by their teammates or coaches directly to me, explaining why the individual should be considered for this award. Submissions should be in letter form and include anecdotes or examples that exemplify the individuals’ character and/or actions deserving of recognition and support.
Please submit by March 31 to:
Rob Boyd – firstname.lastname@example.org
2629 Whistler Rd
Thanks, and I look forward to reviewing the submissions!
We are hosting a ski around day for all our new families and everybody else that would like to tour the Dave Murray National Training Centre and see what the Garbo Hut is all about.
It is this Sunday, December 23rd.
Meet at the Club Cabin at 8.30 am or at the lightboard at 9 am.
Hope to see you all there!
Our season has officially kicked off!
Many thanks to all of our members who attended our first ever Kick-off Meeting last Saturday. It was fantastic to see so many of our members, athletes and coaches in one room, and I’ve been overwhelmed by the positive feedback I’ve received from new and old members alike.
Getting everyone together was a great way to start the season, and is a model that we will build on in future years, using the knowledge gained to enable us to keep advancing how best to support our athletes.
And a big thank you to Anders Hestdalen for sharing the vision of BC Alpine with us. It was reassuring to see that we are all working on the same page. We will be posting the slides from the presentations to the website, and for those who could not make it I encourage you to go to the website and review the slides.
I’m aware the volume of information may seem overwhelming, but we have posted everything you need to know on the Club’s website. Please refer to the Member Guidelines* as a starting point.
Again, a huge thanks to you all for your ongoing patience and support throughout the launch of the new website and mobile App. We feel that once all of the pieces are in place it will be a more user-friendly interface and a great resource for us all I encourage you all to try it, familiarise yourself with it and please pass on any thoughts of how to develop it.
As a reminder, the Whistler Mountain Ski Club has signed onto the Responsible Coaching Movement pledge. Among other steps, this means that we have committed to have all our staff and parents complete the Respect in Sport program**. The feedback from parents who have taken the Parent Module has been tremendously positive.
If you have not yet completed the Respect in Sport Parent Module please do so by January 1st. We have had great uptake so far but need to see 100% participation to save us having to follow up with individual parents.
The other big change for 2018-2019 is that we are using the natural split of gender to group athletes with coaches, save for 1st year U12 athletes, who will be a separate group.
Parents, the Head Coach for your athletes group will be your first point of contact, to discuss your athlete’s progress through the year. Please contact your age group Lead Coach for questions regarding the scheduling and programming.
We will be building up technical skills assessments for each athlete through the season, in order to have some clear process goals. This will also serve as a measure of your athlete’s advancement, and that, combined with the fitness assessments align, with our long term athletic development model.
As we move into mid-December, we are still struggling with limited snow here at home. However, most of our U16 team is away at Panorama or Sun Peaks this week, and Henry is investigating taking a group of U14s to Sun Peaks next weekend for additional on-snow training as we do not expect to have sufficient snow coverage on the training centre.
However, there is precipitation and cold temperatures in the forecast, and our partner Whistler Blackcomb has been working hard blowing snow, so we are hoping to have terrain for training in the near future and to be able to run our first club race, scheduled for next weekend.
*Members Guidelines http://www.wmsc.info/organizations/3850/documents/200352
- Respect in Sport Parent Module https://alpine-canada-parent.respectgroupinc.com/