A message from Bob Armstrong
I wanted to let you all know that as of the end of the month I will be retiring from WMSC and Whistler Cup. To say that the last ten years have been an incredible and satisfying journey would be an understatement. This coming from a family that left the inner city of Toronto (go Leafs go) to come to Whistler. The relationships and lifelong friends both Anne and our kids (Maddie/Harry) have met while being in Whistler are very meaningful and we look forward to the next chapter of life in the mountains with all of you.
The legacy that I believe we all have created at WMSC is one that I am very proud of. Some of my fondest memories are centered around all that we have accomplished as a club: a culture of ensuring everyone that walks through our doors feels welcomed and part of this great community we call WMSC, the ski racers that have come and gone and live our vision of “developing champions in life and sport”, the new logo/brand which we developed several years ago that now has significant recognition/relevance both domestically and around the global community of ski racing, the dollars raised from our sponsors over the past decade which has been very humbling as I reflect on the over $5m raised in cash or in kind. The majority of these partners are people or organizations that have a deep commitment to our sport and we will be forever grateful for their contributions. To our partners and suppliers with whom we could not operate, a personal special mention and thanks! To the coaches that are part of the team and those that may have come and gone over the past decade, you are all incredible people; the hours spent and dedication to the athletes is truly remarkable and inspirational. To the volley community the likes of which I have never experienced before, you all are our heroes!
Whistler Cup has returned to its glory this year after its start some 30 years ago. Knowing that the club and the community can produce a world class ski race for 400 plus athletes from around the world is beyond satisfying. I will look forward to attending the 50th anniversary!
To the Board of Directors both past and present, I respect each and every one of you for your unwavering commitment to WMSC. Your time and dedication to the club often goes unrecognized, however I truly understand the efforts put forth all year to enable WMSC to be seen as a leader in the industry. Passion drives behaviour and your collective passion is contagious.
To all the coaches I have had the privilege to work with and for, thank you. You all have made WMSC a better place for each and every athlete that has passed through our doors.
I want to thank all the kids that I have had the privilege and delight to coach over the past ten years. You have made me laugh, cry, scream and almost every other emotion that transcends our sport. Most importantly you have made me proud to be a part of your ski racing adventure. Your enthusiasm and desire to do your best has kept me youthful and invigorated each and every day!
There is a special group of people that truly make this club sing, their unwavering dedication, enthusiasm, and passion towards making this the best ski club in North America is absolutely remarkable. No job is ever too big to complete, and they do it without hesitation or pushback. The calibre of these individuals is extremely rare, and we are lucky to have them as part of our team. You know who you are and without you this club does not function, thank you!
Finally, to Anne, Maddie and Harry, thank you for being with me on this adventure. The past ten years have been remarkably gratifying and fulfilling.
Bye for now, until we meet again on the mtn,