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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

January 19th update

Posted by Whistler Mountain Ski Club at Jan 19, 2019 9:43AM PST ( 1 Comment )
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Hello WMSC athletes, members, & coaches

It’s hard to believe that we’re over half way through January! We’ve had a great start to the year, our programs are in full swing and we are now into the quality training period. The heavy snowfalls which made training difficult over Christmas have given us great surfaces on both the DNMTC and Gandy that should last us through the season. This update is also attached as a PDF and covers:

Respect in Sport

Event Recaps:
• Dec 30th Club Race
• U12 Skills event (postponed)
• U14 Teck races
• Western SX series
• U16 Sun Peaks Teck Open

Upcoming events:
• U14 Speed Camp this weekend
• U16 Speed Camp next weekend
• “Speed” Net Set Thursday, January 24rd and
• Net Set Appreciation/Whistler Cup Social Saturday, January 26th
• U12/New Member Mid-Season Information Session and Social Saturday February 2nd
• Club Race #2 Sunday, February 3rd (GS)

Respect in Sport
Respect in Sport is a Nationwide initiative across many sports, and is part of WMSC’s pledge to be a leader in the responsible coaching movement to drive the continued evolution of sport.
The Respect in Sport Parent Course reinforces your role as parents in you child‘s activities, encouraging positive behaviours through effective communication. Feedback from members who have taken the Course has been overwhelmingly positive. All WMSC coaching staff have completed the more-intensive Respect in Sport for Activity Leaders module and it is important that parents do their part to get us all moving forward together in the development of our club culture.
The Parent Course is a short online module that, once started, can be done in short sections so that you can fit it into your crowded schedules.
Unfortunately, looking at the list of the parents who have completed the Respect in Sport parent module there are many that have failed to complete this obligation.
Parents, please prioritize completing the Parent Course. For more information on how to complete the program please go to:
https://alpine-canada-parent.respectgroupinc.com/

Event Recaps:

December 30th Club race
Between the waves of coastal storms throwing copious amounts of snow at us we managed to get our first Club race off. A huge thanks to Rob Boyd, the WMSC timing team and all our volunteers who helped to run the race and to prepare and maintain the course. It was great to see our athletes fighting hard in bumpy conditions, and it especially good to see our newest racers rising to the challenge!
U12 Skills event postponed until March 16th
Unfortunately, the U12 Skills event was cancelled due to the heavy snowfall. We were not able to prepare and maintain a safe environment with the conditions. The January 5th event has been rescheduled to March 16th, the day before the Janyk Cup.

U14 Teck Coast zone races great start to our home races January 12th-13th
Conditions could not have been better for our first home race of the season. A huge thanks and congratulations to Chief of Race Scott Waldrum and Technical Delegate Bob Walton, the net-set and course crews who worked hard to get the piste in shape for racing, all of the race officials and our timing, race office, on-hill course and socials teams.
The event was a tremendous success, providing both elation and heartache to our young athletes, who to a fault gave everything that they could. Every ski race is a stark reminder that small mistakes have consequences, and seeing these young athletes stand up, brush the snow off and find the resolve to come back even more prepared reinforces how valuable the life skills that our sport teaches us are.

Western & FIS Edmonton Skicross races Jan 12th- 13th
While the u14 races were on here and the u16 athletes raced in Sun Peaks a group of 4 athletes went to Edmonton to compete in the Western Ski Cross series & FIS event. Congratulations to all four who had some great performances and also came away with a great haul of medals. For a full recap please see here: http://www.wmsc.info/organizations/3850/announcements/1426694-WMSC-SX-racers-head-to-Alberta-

U16 Sun Peaks races January 10th–13th
The Sun Peaks Racers did a brilliant job hosting the first races of this year’s U16 Teck Open series. The event was particularly challenging as this was both the season’s first race as well as the qualifier for BC’s Canada Winter Games team. However, our athletes rose to the occasion and gave their all, coming away with great memories and strong results.
Congratulations to all our athletes who competed in the event. The experience and lessons learned will be valuable to you throughout the rest of the season.
Congratulations and good luck to the seven WMSC athletes who qualified to represent BC at the Canada Winter Games at the end of February. See: http://www.wmsc.info/organizations/3850/announcements/1426871-BC-Alpine-names-14-U16-athletes-to-2019-Canada-Winter-Games-Team-BC

Please visit our homepage at http://www.teampages.com/organizations/3850 for full recaps on all events.

Key Upcoming Events:

U14 & U16 Speed Camps, Net Set Appreciation & Whistler Cup Social
We kicked off our speed camps on January 19th with a successful day of speed environments and free-skiing for our U14 athletes and, weather permitting, we will continue to build the environments progressively through the weekend.
Looking forwards to next weekend we will have 4 days of speed training for our U16 athletes again as a progression building from shorter sections to longer sections with more terrain.
A huge thanks again to the net setting teams who were out both last week and this week to ensure the safety of our athletes. We will have one more day of net setting this Wednesday, January 23rd to add nets for the greater speeds of the U16 athletes so please come out to help.
We are also holding a ‘Net Set Appreciation’ Social on Saturday, January 26th to quench the thirst that develops from the honest work involved! At the Social our tireless Whistler Cup volunteers will be on hand to share information about this year’s Whistler Cup and the volunteer opportunities.
Whistler Cup is a phenomenal event for the athletes, and it is a wonderful opportunity meet a diverse group of volunteers from around the world. We are now in the 27th year of the Whistler Cup, please join us by volunteering your time and make it a fantastic and memorably event.

U12/New Member Mid-Season Information Session and Social February 2nd
Building on December’s on-snow orientation, we are holding an information session for all U12 parents and new members at the Club Cabin at 2:00pm on Saturday, February 2nd. In the information session we will be sharing more information about the club, our philosophy, and our development programs.

Note that all U12 athletes will be ending their day on Saturday, February 2nd at 3:00 pm at the Club Cabin to coincide with the end of the information session, following which there will be a U12 après social allowing you to connect with other athletes and coaches.
In addition, for those U12 parents and any new members that missed the on-snow orientation in December, we will be holding another orientation session Saturday, February 2nd as well. Please meet at the Garbo hut at the top of the Garbanzo chair at 9:30am.

Club Race #2 February 3rd
The week after our speed camps we will have our next Club race which will be a GS on the training centre. Some of our athletes will be at away races, however it gives a great opportunity for the athletes still here to get some more race practice along with their training. More information will follow and again we will be looking for volunteers to help which is also a great opportunity to learn about running a ski race.

I hope to see you all on the snow or in the club soon!

Best regards

Mark Tilston
Whistler Mountain Ski Club
marktilston@wmsc.info

The document Update_2019-01-19.pdf was attached to this post.