Sofie Manarin Memorial Fund

The Sofie Manarin Award was established in 2004 in memory of Sofie Manarin, a member of the 2000-2001 Junior National Ski Team.  Manarin passed away as a result of a traffic accident in 2001 in Sudbury while training for the upcoming season.  As a member of the Laurentian Nordic Ski Club, Sofie had won 13 Junior Championship medals in her short career and was the top North American women at the 2001 World Junior Championships at the age of 16, just prior to her training accident.

The Manarin Award is presented annually to the top male and female juvenile skier (age 15 or under) at the Canadian Cross-Country Ski Championships.  Previous Manarin Award winners are noted below and include National Senior Team member Alex Harvey of Mont Ste Anne.

 
Year Competitor Club
2017 Anna Pryce Foothills Nordic
Xavier McKeever Foothills Nordic
2016 Molly Miller Kimberley Nordic Ski Club
Remi Drolet Black Jack
2015 Molly Miller Kimberley Nordic Ski Club
Antoine Laforte Skibec Nordique
2014 Molly Miller Kimberley Nordic Ski Club
Antoine Laforte Skibec Nordique
2013 Katie Weaver Hollyburn Cross Country Ski Club
Philippe Boucher Skibec Nordique
2012 Megan Evans Revelstoke Cross Country Ski Club
William Dumas Chelsea Nordiq Ski and Biathlon Club
2011 Anne-Marie Comeau Club Nordique MSA
Emily Stewart-Jones Nakkertok Nordique
Ricardo Izquierdo-Bernier Fondeurs-Laurentides
2010 Frédérique Vézina Club Nordique MSA
Raphaël Couturier Skibec Nordique
2009 Dahria Beatty Whitehorse Cross Country Ski Club
Raphaël Couturier Skibec Nordique
2008 Michelle Workun-Hill Nakkertok Nordique
Geoffrey Richards Overlander Ski Club
2007 Raphaël Couturier Skibec Nordique
Janelle Greer Whitehorse Cross Country Ski Club
2006 Evan Bruce Banff Ski Runners
Laurianne Ouellet Skibec Nordique
2005 Evan Bruce Banff Ski Runners
Virginia Lehoux-Gagnon Ski Elite
2004 Natasha Kullis Porcupine Ski Runners
Alex Harvey Club Nordique Mont Saint Anne
Haakon Lenes Banff Ski Runners


 

“Sofie always found it was difficult to find corporate support during her early training years, commented John Manarin, Sofie’s father.  With this award our plan was to recognize young skiing talents in Canada and encourage them to pursue their dreams in the sport.”

Highlights of Sofie’s short ski career included:
2001 – Top North American and 28th at World Junior Championships
2000 – Selected to the Canadian National Junior Team
2000 – Junior Women Aggregate Winner – Canadian National Championships
1999 – Junior Girl Aggregate Winner – Canadian National Championship
1996 – Youngest girl to win a medal at Canadian National Junior Championships
1996-2001 – 13 individual Canadian Championship medals

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    December 8, 2004

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