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

     
2016 Molly Miller Kimberley Nordic Ski Club
2016 Remi Drolet Black Jack
2015 Molly Miller Kimberley Nordic Ski Club
2015 Antoine Laforte Skibec Nordique

2014

Molly Miller

Kimberley Nordic Ski Club

2014

Antoine Laforte

Skibec Nordique

2013

Katie Weaver

Hollyburn Cross Country Ski Club

2013

Philippe Boucher

Skibec Nordique

2012

Megan Evans

Revelstoke Cross Country Ski Club

2012

William Dumas

Chelsea Nordiq Ski and Biathlon Club

2011

Anne Marie-Comeau

Club Nordique M.S.A.

2011

Emily Stewart-Jones

Nakkertok Nordique

2011

Ricardo Izquierdo-Bernier

Fondeurs Laurentides

2010

Raphaël Couturier

Skibec

2010

Frédérique Vézina

Club Nordique M.S.A.

2009

Dahria Beatty

Whitehorse Cross Country Ski Club

2009

Raphaël Couturier

Skibec

2008

Michelle Workun-Hill

Nakkertok Nordique

2008

Geoffrey Richards

Overlander Ski Club

2007

Raphaël Couturier

Skibec Nordique

2007

Janelle Greer

Whitehorse Ski Club

2006

Evan Bruce

Banff Ski Runners

2006

Laurianne Ouellet

Skibec Nordique

2005

Evan Bruce

Banff Ski Runners

2005

Virginia Lehoux-Gagnon

Ski Elite

2004

Alex Harvey

Club Nordique Mont Ste Anne

2004

Haakon Lenes

Banff Ski Runners

2004

Natasha Kullis

Porcupine 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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