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    • The National Winter Sports Association announces funding support for 2015-16

      May 27, 2015

                                The National Winter Sport Association (NWSA) was established through the foresight and donation of the Disbrow family. This generous support of the NWSA is aimed at assisting coaches, athletes and competitive racing programs in Canada; the long-term goal is focused on boosting and sustaining Canada’s performance level and ranking at the international level. During the past seven seasons, the NWSA funding has contributed over one million dollars to enhancing the delivery of high performance club programs and assisting athletes with financial assistance. The NWSA’s platform of support has a primary target to help professionalize and expand Canada’s network of cross-country ski coaches who can lead quality high performance club programs. The NWSA is also committed to allocating some funding support to selected developing athletes who demonstrate potential towards long-term international level development.

                  The NWSA is very encouraged with the outcomes of their support for clubs and athletes and is pleased to award seven athletes and nine clubs a total disbursement of $157,500 for the 2015-16 season.

                  The Association’s order of priorities for funding assistance includes:

                          1. The hiring of full time professional coaches to lead year round athlete development programs. The coach is required to adapt an inclusive approach to Cross Country Canada’s Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD) Guide, “Cross-Country Skiing – A Sport for Life.”

                          2. Advancing the education of professional coaches and cross-country ski racers who want to become professional coaches; this may include assisting them in their education at the National Coaching Institute (NCI), NCCP Certification or other career enhancing opportunities.

                          3. Funding assistance for athletes who have demonstrated athletic excellence at the national and international level.

      Organizations & Athletes Selected for Funding:


                  Cross Country Yukon (Whitehorse Ski Club)
      Nakkertok Nordic/Nordique
      BlackJack Ski Club
      Fondeurs Laurentides
      Skibec Nordique
      Rocky Mountain Racers
      Team Hardwood
      Canmore Nordic
      Big Thunder Ski Club


      Philippe Boucher                       Skibec/CNEPH/Jr NST
      Joey Foster                                 Team Hardwood/CNEPH/Jr NST
      Ricardo Izquierdo-Bernier         Fondeurs-Laurentides/CNEPH
      Julian Smith                               Georgian Bay Nordic/TBay NDC/Jr NST
      Frédérique Vézina                      MSA/CNEPH
      Sebastien Townsend                   Nakkertok Nordique/AWCA
      Edouard Reed-Metayer              Skibec/Jr NST