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April 16, 2021
From: CSA Awards Committee
RE: 2021 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 2021 award:

Mac Marcoux

Mac Marcoux
Alpine Canada Alpin

Please see attached news release (pdf)






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SAD NEWS

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.

John Heilig

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
lillianalderton@hotmail.com at the CSA for contact information.

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Mike Delich

January 17, 2021
From: CSA Awards Committee
RE: 2020 Dee Read Memorial Award


Mike Delich, 2020 Dee Read Memorial Award Recipient

The Dee Read Memorial Award is presented annually in honour of Dee Read (1926-2004), who left a remarkable legacy in Canadian Snowsports, as an athlete, coach, administrator and a dedicated FIS Technical Delegate. She was one of the first women named as a FIS TD by the International Ski Federation and was well known for her dedication to athletes and to fair play. The Canadian Snowsports Association is pleased to announce Mike Delich as recipient of the Dee Read Memorial Award.

Please see attached news release (pdf)

Al Maddox

January 17, 2021
From: CSA Awards Committee
RE: 2020 Patricia Ramage Outstanding Volunteer Award


Al Maddox, 2020 Patricia Ramage Outstanding Volunteer Award Recipient

The Canadian Snowsports Association, today announced Al Maddox as recipient of the Patricia Ramage Memorial Award, which recognizes outstanding contribution to snowsport as a Canadian FIS committee volunteer.
This award honours Patricia Ramage, a remarkable volunteer for Canadian snow sports who worked tirelessly for over 35 years as an administrator, technical advisor, team manager, organizer of many events and CSA representative to the FIS for Nordic disciplines.

Please see attached news release (pdf)


CSA News – June 15, 2020
U.S., CANADIAN NGB/NSOs FORM NORTH AMERICAN FLUOROCARBON FREE POLICY WORKING GROUP

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PARK CITY, Utah (June 15, 2020) – National Governing Body's and National Sport Organizations (NGB/NSOs), and snow sport organizations from the United States and Canada today are announcing the formation of a Fluorocarbon Free Policy Working Group.

With representation from U.S. Ski & Snowboard, USA Nordic, U.S. Biathlon, U.S. Paralympics Nordic Skiing, U.S. Paralympics Alpine Skiing, Alpine Canada, Canada Snowboard, Freestyle Canada, Nordiq Canada, Biathlon Canada, Nordic Combined Canada and Ski Jumping Canada in addition to industry wax representatives, the working group is tasked with setting policy to eliminate the use of fluorinated ski wax from all sanctioned levels of snow sports competition in North America beginning with the 2020-21 season.

In 2019, the International Ski Federation (FIS) and International Biathlon Union (IBU) decided that the use of fluorinated ski wax will be banned for all FIS and IBU disciplines beginning with the upcoming 2020-21 season. In addition, U.S. Ski & Snowboard voted to eliminate the use of fluorinated ski wax from all levels of competition at it's May 2020 meeting. The Canadian Ski Association (CSA) has adopted the FIS Council Ruling and is extending it to all programs that fall under its authority.

Fluorinated wax, and the raw perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) compounds that make up these wax products, have been scientifically studied for their negative environmental and health impacts. In the United States, many of the compounds found in fluorinated wax products contain ingredients listed in the Toxic Substances Control Act. In July 2020 the European Chemicals Agency will ban the sale, manufacture, and import of all products containing PFOAs.

The Fluorocarbon Free Policy Working Group began meeting on a regular basis to facilitate the many facets of developing policy and rules that will harmonize all levels of domestic competition and training with FIS and IBU rules and regulations, and will lead to a complete ban of fluorinated wax products at all levels of sanctioned competition. The Working Group is committed to:
  1. o Asking manufacturers to work toward providing a list of waxes where the manufacturer represents that the wax is free of fluorinated products
  2. o Working with FIS and the IBU to coordinate the testing process and thresholds below the World Championships/World Cup level
  3. o Establishing rules, deterrents, and appeals process
  4. o Establishing clear and concise stakeholder communications
While key questions remain, including testing, enforcement, and ultimately sanctions for using fluorinated products, all participating NGBs in the United States and NSOs in Canada are fully committed to banning the use of fluorinated wax from all levels of sanctioned snow sports competition starting with the 2020-21 ski and snowboard season.

For Further information, please contact:
David Pym, Managing Director
dpym@isrm.com

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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.


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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:

Mikaël Kingsbury
Freestyle Canada

Please see attached news release (pdf)