July 11, 2021
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The Canadian Snowsports Association (CSA) family was deeply saddened to hear the news of the passing of former President Kasper.
Mr. Kasper was suddenly hospitalized in late May, just before the 52nd FIS Congress where he was to formally step down after 23 years as the FIS President, and pass the reins for the FIS Presidency on to an elected successor.
It is noteworthy that prior to his 23 years as the elected FIS President he was the FIS Secretary-General for 23 years - leaving an astonishing legacy of service to the FIS of 46 years.
Mr. Kasper had a very strong connection to Canada and a deep knowledge of Canadian sport, history and culture, having lived and worked in Montreal as head of the Swiss Tourism Bureau.
Dave Pym, CEO and Managing Director of the CSA noted "GFK (or Boss as I always called him when we spoke) had a unique understanding of Canadian issues and in particular he had a deep understanding of the Canadian sport system. He was able to offer commentary and advice to me as I moved through the system first as a volunteer and member of various Alpine Sub-Committees and then as the CEO and Managing Director of the CSA - and he did so with humor and grace. His presence will be missed. "
Chris Robinson, CSA President and Board Chair noted "Gian Franco was always approachable and engaging. Over the years I had many meetings and discussions with him on FIS matters. I also had the pleasure to spend time with him socially on a few occasions. Whenever we had a conversation, business or social, he listened intently and spoke openly. I particularly remember a time he invited Joe Fitzgerald and I to lunch in Portoroz. The three of us spent some hours relaxing and talking over a great meal, listening to stories of his many experiences. I admired him for his leadership, dedication and support for all FIS nations."
The CSA joins with the entire FIS family of National Ski Associations extends their deepest sympathy to Mr. Kasper's family.
Those who wish to reach out directly to share expressions of grief please contact Lillian Alderton firstname.lastname@example.org at the CSA for contact information.
le 23 fév 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
email@example.com at the CSA for contact information.
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