• Alex 50km Lahti Champion
  • Women's Committee Members

    MADELEINE WILLIAMS, AB: Madeleine Williams is the Chair of CCC's Women's Committee and a 2010 Vancouver Olympian.  She was first named to the National Junior Team in 2000, and she spent 10 years in the National Team and National Training Centre system.  During that time, she represented Canada at 3 World Junior championships, 2 World u-23 Championships, numerous World Cups, and the 2010 Winter Olympics. Throughout her ski career, Madeleine was a student, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with Distinction from Athabasca University in 2009. Madeleine was also part of the group of young skiers who ran the very first Fast and Female event with the CCC Women’s Committee in 2005. She has remained involved with Fast and Female since then. Madeleine recently graduated from the McGill University Faculty of Law, with both Civil and Common Law degrees. During her time at McGill she published an article in the International Sports Law Journal making policy recommendations to improve gender equity in Canadian elite sport. She is now articling with Justice Canada in Edmonton. Madeleine and her husband, Graham Nishikawa, love to travel, enjoy delicious food and drink perfectly crafted coffee.

    MILAINE THERIAULT, AB: Milaine Thériault was part of the Canadian National Ski Team for 12 years (1994-2006). She participated in three Olympics and multiple World Cups and World Championships. After retirement, she was part of the Canadian Pacific Ski Tournament traveling across the country and encouraging children to cross country ski. She was also part of the Heroes and Mentors program encouraging female skiers to pursue the sport of cross-country skiing.  Wanting to pass down some of her abilities as a cross country skier, she was a Jackrabbit leader for two years for the Canmore Nordic Ski Club. After she retired from competitive skiing, she decided to exercise her brain by attending the Bissett Business School at Mount Royal University and completed a degree in Applied Financial Services.  This past January she decided to venture on her own as a financial advisor under Sun Life Financial.  One of her  past time is trying to keep up her 8 year-old son!

    BECKIE SCOTT, AB: Beckie Scott retired in 2006 with 2 Olympic medals, 17 world cup medals, and a second-place overall world cup ranking.  She is a member of the International Olympic Committee, the WADA Executive board, the Canadian Olympic Committee Executive board and Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame.  Beckie has worked for Right to Play, CTV and CBC Sports, and presently dabbles in a bit of freelance travel writing.  She lives in Canmore, Ab. with her husband Justin Wadsworth, youngsters Teo and Brynn, and golden retriever Henna.

    Sharleen Hoar is dedicated to assisting elite and aspiring performers of all ages to achieve personal and performance excellence. Internationally respected in her field for innovations in emotional control, she is a human performance specialist who has an expertise in sport and exercise psychology.  For the past 15 years, she has inspired Olympians, National team athletes, University athletes, youth athletes, and performing artists to maximize performance potentials through enhancing mental fitness, team functioning, leadership, and psychological well being.  She has been the World Cup Cross Country Ski team performance psychology consultant since 2010.


    Katie is a full time coach and club manager for the Chelsea Nordiq Ski and Biathlon Club in Chelsea Quebec. Growing up skiing and racing, her last five years being with team XCOttawa, Katie realized that her true passion in the sport came from coaching and helping others excel. Now in her fourth year coaching at the club level, Katie is finishing off her NCCP competition development levels and primarily works with T2T and L2C level athletes. As well, a recent graduate from the University of Ottawa's intervention and consultation master's program, Katie works on the psychological side of sport with athletes in a wide variety of contexts. With aspirations of coaching at the high performance level, Katie still enjoys and thrives on working with teenagers every day. Experiencing kids achieve their own personal excellence is the most rewarding job out there!

    Kathy is actively year round coaching with Canmore Nordic Ski Club, specializing in Train to Train Athletes, specifically focused on how to keep 13/14 year olds in the sport! She is currently finishing the advanced Coaching Diploma (level 4) at the National Coaching Institute in Calgary. She has attended the Canada Winter Games in Nova Scotia as part of Team Alberta, 2011 as well as the World Junior/U23 Championships, in Turkey with CCC as the female coach, February 2012.

    Sue was a competitive cross country skier in the 1970`s to present. She continues to be an active volunteer in our sport with active involvement in organizing workshops, multi-sport workshops and conferences, she is a key speaker at d Fast and Female Events, a leader for the Jack Rabbit program and club volunteer. She was awarded the 2011 ross Country Canada Firth Award presented to a woman who has made a longstanding outstanding volunteer contribution to cross country skiing in Canada. This Award was established in 1985 to honour Sharon and Shirley Firth. She is the first Canadian to compete in both Summer and Winter Olympics in the same year! (1986). Sue was an Olympic silver and bronze medalist in 1984 – women`s canoe sprit K2, K4 500 m. She was inducted into the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame in 1986.

    Pavlina Sudrich is a cross country ski coach currently living in the Yukon. After racing as part of the Yukon Ski Team Sudrich moved to Ontario where she pursued a degree in Political Science and History. During her University career Sudrich began coaching with Nakkertok Nordic, and eventually worked as the Ontario Provincial Head Coach for a number of years. Sudrich currently resides in Whitehorse where she happily works with anyone and everyone who wants to talk about sport and excellence.

    Colin Abbott is currently the Athlete Director on Cross Country Canada's board of directors. He will be racing for the Yukon Elite Squad this winter while completing his undergraduate studies in environmental science at Carleton University.