Lauren Woolstencroft to lead team into World Cup season
CALGARY, AB (December 3rd, 2007) – Last season’s Para-Alpine globe winner Lauren Woolstencroft (Vancouver, BC / Calgary, AB) will be joined by the largest team in Canadian history as they pursue more globes in the the 2007/08 ski season.
Alpine Canada Alpin today named 17 ski racers to the national para-alpine ski team including two high two high-potential development athletes as well as six development team invitees that will compete in World Cup and Nor-Am Cup races this season.
“We are building this program to be the best in the world by focusing on every single aspect,” said CPAST High Performance Director Jean-François Rapatel. “We expect our veteran athletes to build on last season’s success while our younger athletes push the veterans every step of the way. This should allow us to continue our progression towards the top of the sport in our quest to become the best alpine ski nation”
Canadian champions from last season Kathleen Forestell (Ottawa, ON) with guide Emily Glossop (Ottawa, ON), Carly Grigg (Victoria, BC)with guide Shannon Morley (North Vancouver, BC), Josh Dueck (Vernon, BC), Chantal Fowler (Ottawa, ON), Morgan Perrin (Vancouver, BC), Mathew Hallat (Coquitlam, BC), Arly Fogarty (Montréal, QC), Brad Lennea (Whistler, BC) are all returning for the 2007/08 season.
Karolina Wisniewska, a member of Canada’s Para-alpine ski team from 1995 to 2004, is also returning this season. Wisniewska inducted in the Canadian Ski Museum Hall of Fame in 2006 and earned the unique distinction of becoming the first Canadian alpine skiing athlete in either the Paralympic or Olympic Winter Games to win four medals at the 2002 Paralympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City.
“A significant increase in support from Own The Podium 2010 has enabled us to add coaches, increase the number of camps and do many things that previous only the able-bodied team had the resources to do. Building the human, financial and technical resources within para-alpine team is equally important to aim to become a world leader. The increasing size of the team is critical to ensuring we achieve our goal,” said ACA Chief Executive Officer Ken Read.
The Para-alpine World Cup season begins January 7th, 2008 in Abtenau / Salzburg, AUT.
The Para-alpine Coupe Nor-Am Cup season, which includes a stop in Kimberley, BC in March, gets underway Dec. 6th and Dec. 7th in Breckenridge, USA while the 2008 TELUS Canadian Para-alpine national championships take place from March 10th to 13th in Sun Peaks, BC.
CANADIAN PARA-ALPINE SKI TEAM
Nick Brush (Vernon, BC) Guide
Josh Dueck (Vernon, BC) LW 11
Andrea Dziewior (Nanaimo, BC) LW 2
Arly Fogarty (Montréal, QC) LW 5/7
Kathleen Forestell (Ottawa, ON) B 3
Chantal Fowler (Ottawa, ON) LW 12-1
Emily Glossop (Ottawa, ON) Guide
Carly Grigg (Victoria, BC) B 2
Mathew Hallat (Coquitlam, BC) LW 2
Kimberly Joines (Edmonton, AB) LW 12/1
Brad Lennea (Whistler, BC) LW 12/1
Shannon Morley (North Vancouver, BC) Guide
Morgan Perrin (Vancouver, BC) LW 3/2
Chris Williamson (Markham, ON) B 3
Lauren Woolstencroft (Vancouver, BC / Calgary, AB) LW 3/1
CANADIAN PARA-ALPINE DEVELOPMENT TEAM
Luke Donavan (Dalhousie, NB) LW 11
Karolina Wisniewska (Vancouver, BC) LW 3/2
CANADIAN PARA-ALPINE DEVELOPMENT TEAM INVITEES
James Binsfeld (Toronto, ON) LW 9-1
Chris Erfle (Ottawa, ON) LW 9-2
Vivian Forest (Edmonton, AB) LW 2
Gabriel Perreault, (Mont-Tremblant, QC) LW 2
Arnaud Rajchenbach (Montreal, QC) Guide
Melanie Schwartz (Ottawa, ON) LW 2
Andy VanGrusven (Kingston, ON) LW 10-1