Feb 23, 2021
The Canadian Snowsports Association is mourning the loss of our dear friend and colleague, John Heilig.
The Canadian, and indeed the International FIS snow sports Community, was shocked to learn yesterday of the sudden passing of CSA’s Board Member and its FIS Nordic Committee and Sub-Committee Member whilst working in China assisting in the commissioning of the Ski Jump facility for the upcoming Olympic Winter Games.
It would appear that John suffered a medical emergency during dinner after putting in 12 hours on the Ski Jump hill.
Olle, a Finnish cat driver on John's crew took this photo earlier in the afternoon of John working at the ski jump complex in China.
This photo captures John's hands-on teaching method of sharing his passion, discipline and expertise: rake in his hand, while on a radio giving instructions to the people as he taught them how ski jumps work and shared with them the best way to complete the hill preparations.
John will be greatly missed by the CSA and the FIS snow sports Family.
Those who wish to reach out directly to John's family to share expressions of grief including cards, notes, photos or flowers etc., please contact Lillian Alderton
firstname.lastname@example.org at the CSA for contact information.
Nominations are being accepted in the categories of athlete, coach/instructor and builder.
For information on eligibility, the voting process and how to submit a nomination go to: http://skimuseum.ca/nomination_process.php
The submission period for the 2020 Canadian Ski Hall of Fame nominations is open now and ends on July 20th 2020.
April 28, 2020
From: CSA Awards Committee
RE: 2020 John Semmelink Memorial Award
Established in 1961, the John Semmelink Memorial Awards is the highest recognition within Canadian snowsports, intended to recognize the athlete who has made the most significant contribution to snowsports.
Athletes are nominated by the Athlete Representatives within each member discipline of the Canadian Snowsports Association. This year, we received four exceptional candidates, nominated by the athletes of Alpine Canada, Freestyle Canada, Canada Snowboard and Ski Jumping Canada. We are pleased to advise the independent Selection Panel for the John Semmelink Memorial Award has reviewed the nominations and selected the following athlete as the recipient of the 2020 award: