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SPORTS SWAP -THANKSGIVING WEEKEND IN BANFF

The snow has arrived and we are excited to provide an opportunity to clear out your storage, and get all your new winter gear! We have over 6 retailers, and anyone is welcome to bring their gear for our volunteers to sell.

  • GEAR DROP OFF – Saturday October 12th, 10am-6pm
  • EARLY BIRD SALE – Sunday October 13th, 9-11am – tickets $10 available on Saturday
  • FREE ENTRY – Sunday October 13th, 11am-5pm
  • UNSOLD ITEM & SALE PICK UP – Monday October 14th, 9-11am

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DO YOU have any questions? SKI & SPORTS SWAP
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CONTACT US: bvq@banffalpineracers.com

Complete your 2019/2020 Registration today!

Alpine Canada’s Club of the Year will be hitting the slopes in 3 months for the 2019/2020 season.  Be sure to sign up today!

Online registration:

Bow Valley Quikies – Athletes aged 5-12
https://banffalpineracers.com/bvq/
Register: https://zone4.ca/register.asp?id=21495&lan=1&cartlevel=1
Or Search “Bow Valley Quikies” on www.zone4.ca

Banff Alpine Racers – Athletes aged 12-20
https://banffalpineracers.com/bar-programs/
Register: https://zone4.ca/register.asp?id=21410&lan=1&cartlevel=1
Or search “Banff Alpine Racers” on www.zone4.ca

Please send any questions to – bvq@banffalpineracers.com

 

 

End of another great BAR/BVQ season.

This past weekend over 200 members joined the End of Season celebrations at Mt Norquay Lone Pine Lodge.   The evening began with  BVQ U10/U12 athletes awards.

U10 – Most Improved – Stella
U10 Sportsmanship – Miller
U10 Abby Award – Riley Moran – http://abbyaward.com
U12 Outstanding Female – Rebecca P
U12 Outstanding Male – Nicholas
U12 Most Improved – Molly
NGSL Sportsmanship – Nolan & Georgia
Cary Mullen Award – Nicholas Berthiaume – Alberta Alpine

Following a fabulous dinner, we had the honour of Ken Read introducing our Alumni that have excelled past Banff Alpine Racers FIS Program.  Erik Read followed with an inspirational speech about his career up to date and his pathway to World Cup level ski racing.

U14 Outstanding Female – Shae
U14 Outstanding Male – David
U14 Most Improved – Alice & Will
U14 Sportsmanship – Claire & Mathieu
U16 Top Female – Cydnie
U16 Top Male – Colin
U16 Most Improved – Casey
U16 Rob Bosinger Sportsmanship Award – Anya

Isla and Bella were recognized for 13 years of ski racing with Bow Valley Quikies & Banff Alpine Racers.  We wish these athletes the best at university next year.

Jim Tracy long time coach at BAR, was recognized as coach of the year.  Jim has trained many exceptional athletes over the years, this season sent 3 athletes to Canada Winter Games and 2 athletes represent Alberta, 1 represent Canada at Whistler Cup.

Top Junior Female – Katrina
Top Junior Male – Konstantin
Most Improved FIS athletes – Madalyn & Cody
FIS Sportsmanship Award – Jessie

Finishing the athletes awards for the evening, Bella was recognized by her peers as the recipient of the Tiger Cup.  This athlete shows commitment, team spirit, courage, passion and the desire for excellence in ski racing.

Cam was awarded with a ‘BAR Maid’s’ belt buckle, recognizing his volunteering over the years, and most of all this year, coming out for just about every BAR hosted race throughout the season.  Executive Director Pete presented past president Gina with Club Builder award, thanking her for her endless hours making BAR/BVQ the Club it is today.

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14th Annual Bozo Cup Memorial Weekend

March 30/31 marked the 14th year of the Rob Bosinger Memorial Race hosted by Banff Alpine at Mount Norquay. Rob was a prominent athlete, mentor, friend and father who carried his passion for ski racing through all walks of his life. In May 2005 Rob passed away due to cardiac arrhythmia at the age of 38, leaving behind his wife and son. In honour of his legacy his friends, family and community dedicated the Bozo Cup in his memory.

The knockout style race features head-to-head racing in a panelled slalom format. Each person continuing based on the winner of each race. Obstacles include two jumps, screaming commentators and less than practical costumes.

Registration saw the women’s pro category sell out for the first time in years following strong numbers in the amateur category. Men’s pro, amateur and masters categories were also close to capacity. Money raised from this weekend goes towards a set of scholarships for two young Alberta Alpine athletes and research and support for the Canadian Sudden Arrhythmia Death Syndromes (SADS) Foundation.

This year Alberta Alpine hosted the first practice night at COP for retired enthusiasts who may have needed more than one run to get back into it (cough* most of us). Coaches retired athletes and business professionals came out of the woodwork in preparation for the big day.

The spring weather graced its presence yet again as past, present national, provincial and local athletes queued up to support the cause. Cowboys, Retro and the Canadian Tuxedo were amongst many costumes paraded on the track. We’re pretty sure we saw a Kim Kardashian inspired costume amongst others! Coaches (sometimes) gave their past athletes a run for their money, while dads and moms arced like they hadn’t missed a race in years.

As part of tradition, Pete Bosinger opened the race by hosting a toast to everyone in attendance, celebrating the legacy of his brother as well as the community we continue to value.

Younger athletes even took some time off their training schedule to come and cheer on their coaches, parents and mentors (while giving some much-needed racing advice).

The award for best Costume was awarded to Ross McKercher for his exquisite hand-made ‘yipyip’ design.

A big thank you to Damien and Maggie Mills who designed and curated new medals for this year’s participants. Thank you to the volunteers whom we all rely on the make this special day a success.

Sunday followed with Kinder Cup, U14 & U16 athletes battling it out on the course for top spot.

Story by Hannah Willinger, Photos by John Evely

2019 Bozo Cup Results

Women’s Pro

  1. Mikayla Martin – Current Canadian Alpine Team Member
  2. Georgia Willinger – past New Zealand Ski Team Member
  3. Emma Carmichael – Current BAR FIS athlete

Women’s Amateur

  1. Mariana Tellez – Past BAR athlete and current BAR coach
  2. Lara Kattler – Past BAR athlete and current BAR coach
  3. Emily Coles

Men’s pro

  1. Paul Stutz – Past Canadian Ski Team Champion
  2. Louie-Pierre Helie – Past Canadian Ski Cross
  3. Cedric Gangon

Men’s Amateur

  1. Cole Lamoureux – Past FIS athlete
  2. Adam Matejko – Past FIS athlete
  3. Cody Pederson – Past Alberta Ski Team Member

Men’s Masters

  1. Andre Quenneville – Mt Norquay GM, past alpine racer
  2. Pete Bosinger – Past Canadian Ski Team Member
  3. Matt Hyndman – Past Alberta Ski Team Member

 

 

 

U of C Faculty of Nursing clothing drive

Head’s up! For those of you who are already transitioning into summer mode and stashing away your kids winter clothing, please keep an eye out for any winter jackets, snow pants etc they may have outgrown! The University of Calgary’s Faculty of Nursing is supporting a warm winter clothing drive with a local Calgary elementary school during the fall of 2019.
We would be grateful for your contribution! Please bring your gently used warm winter clothes for children, pre-Kindergarten to 6th grade, to the BAR end of season banquet, where there will be a collection bin with a sign ‘U of C winter clothing donations’.
We are looking specifically for:
• Jackets
• Hoodies
• Sweaters
• Snow pants
• Toques or warm hats
• Gloves or mittens

For any additional information or alternative drop-off locations, you can contact Ann-Marie Carroll at University of Calgary at amcarrol@ucalgary.ca or Chelsea Holmes at University of Calgary chelsea.holmes@ucalgary.ca.

Thanks for keeping our young Calgarians warm next winter.

 

Lucky Day at the Quay

The spirit of St. Patrick was alive and well March 16/17 for the annual Caribou Cup hosted by Banff Alpine at Mount Norquay.

The warm weather brought a long-awaited spring vibe that was perfect for the weekend race. The sun radiated through the panels as over 200 athletes from over 18 clubs participated, including teams from Saskatchewan. Since the race came to fruition in 1978, thousands of athletes have launched out of the start gate in this U12 championship. Making this year the 41st installment of the Caribou Cup!

Saturday hosted 4 GS (giant slalom) raced runs on Rob’s Run showcasing some wickedly fast skiing from across the province. Athlete results were chosen on the best/fastest run of two in the morning and best of two in the afternoon. Three teams tied for first in the girls’ division, followed closely by the boys who had solid first through third finishes.

Sunday saw some more spectacular weather with the team event commencing in front of the Mount Norquay lodge. Many parents could be seen cheering on their children from the sidelines or from the patio (the best view, from our biased opinion). Many even dawned their St. Patrick’s day spirit with lucky green hats and dazzling glasses.

The team event witnessed a record-breaking 1800 starts and 9 race runs in the Round Robin style race. Racers were mixed and paired with athletes from different clubs and put into groups, each group totaling 10 athletes each. This was done as an opportunity to contribute to our racing community by meeting children from other teams while racing in a team environment.

Many athletes stuck around after their runs or raced up to the start to cheer on their teammates, embodying the team spirit many coaches and parents actively encourage. There was never a dull moment in either area!

Adding to the energy was Coach Ross and parent Betty Jo could also be heard commentating the race in live time, everything from reminding everyone to wear their sunscreen to introducing each athlete and their team, with a few jokes tossed in between.

At the end of the rainbow finish line was a photo for each athlete provided by Malcolm Carmichael, our local photographer.

A big thanks to the clubs who traveled to attend the race, to the volunteers, Mount Norquay and our sponsor Caribou Lodging Company for making it possible to continue to host such a monumental tradition.

Story by Hannah Willinger, Photos Malcolm Carmichael

Our own Crazy Canuck Ken Read recently wrote about the history of the Caribou Cup. Find that story here:  https://skierone.com/2019/03/17/the-caribou-albertas-premiere-u12-alpine-ski-race/

 

3 BAR Alumni representing Canada at FIS Alpine World Championships

– Eight men, seven women to represent Canada in Are, Sweden, Feb. 4-17, 2019 Calgary, Alta. (Jan. 31, 2019) – Alpine Canada is sending a mix of experienced veterans and up-and-coming racers to the first FIS Alpine World Championship of this Olympic…

https://alpinecanada.org/news/alpine-canada-names-15-athletes-to-fis-alpine-world-championship-team

 

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