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    • Cross Country Skiing Loses a Great Father and Friend

      December 7, 2016

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      The cross-country skiing community in Canada has lost one of its great ambassadors with the passing of Walter Scott on December 5. The father of two-time Olympic medallist, Beckie Scott, and husband of Jan Scott, Walter had an immense passion for the outdoors which he always considered his playground.

      One of cross-country skiing's greatest fathers and friends, Walter shared a passion for the sport that inspired so many others to simply have fun on the nordic ski trails in Alberta, while living a healthier and more active lifestyle.

      Born and raised in Europe, Walter chased a life of opportunity when he immigrated to Canada – a place he considered to be a land of no limits. He instilled a similar belief into his only daughter Beckie, encouraging her to ski a path where no Canadian cross-country skier had ever gone before – to the top of the Olympic podium.

      Walter represented everything his daughter, and the trail of great Canadian cross-country skiers that followed her, strived to be: respectful, humble, fair, tough, and driven to succeed.

      With the Provincial Park at his doorstep in Vermilion, Alta., Walter certainly made a mark of his own on the Nordic community in Canada throughout his wonderful life. A tireless volunteer, coach and Masters skier himself, it wasn’t hard to tell by his infectious enthusiasm, and friendly personality when in the outdoors, Walter's paradise was found on the ski trails.
       
      Our thoughts and prayers are with Beckie, her husband Justin Wadsworth and their kids, along with Jan at this time. The family will be holding an Open House at their residence in Vermilion on December 10.

      For those not able to join the Scott Family in Vermilion, Cross Country Ski de Fond Canada is encouraging the Nordic community to remember Walter the best way we know how – to head for the outdoors, and go for a ski with your family on Saturday.