Congratulations to all of the participants in our annual HoliMont Snowsports Phoenix Program Race! Six teams participated in our “Rise to the Challenge” race including: The Milton Ontario Special Olympics Team, The Mississauga Dream Team, Buffalo Ski Club Adaptive Program, Swain Ski Area Shared Adventures, and HoliMont’s Phoenix Program. The 52 happy skiers all received medals and certificates at the awards ceremony in the main chalet.
This year’s race was again, the highlight of the Phoenix Adaptive Program, which is made up of athletes from the US and Canada. The race brings out the best of the racers abilities in adaptive skiing. The thrill of speed and overcoming the fear of racing.
“Rise to the Challenge”
A very special thanks to Carianne Herrich, a Phoenix Volunteer, who stepped up and organized the event. Thanks to Wendy and the HoliMont Snow Sports staff; especially Dianne for the pre-race documentation. Tina Dillon organized breakfast and lunch for the race teams, Cheryl Green made sure that registration went smooth and orderly. Bruce Heine chaired the event and organized the teams on the hill with the help in Eric and Gail Niparts and their course volunteers. Travis Widger and the HoliMont Race Program made sure the racers got to their starting gate. Ski Patrol and Safety kept the event safe. Al Stocker once again provided popcorn in the chalet. Tina Dillon held a 50/50 raffle – the winner donated their winnings back to the Phoenix program- thanks! We also want to thank all the volunteers and parents for their help to make this year’s event a success. Thanks to all that donated items in the “goody Bag”. Our MC, Dan Balkin did a great job of announcing the award ceremony. Another special thanks to the Romanowski family for the generous donation to help support this year’s race. And a big thanks to all that cheered the racers onto victory. They all had a great day.
At the awards ceremony, Chuck Richardson, Phoenix Program Director, alone with Carianne, handed out the medals while Dan Balkin introduced each team. After the ceremony, participants enjoyed the Après Ski party in the main chalet.
After this year’s terrific job, Carianne, Bruce, Tina, Al and all their helpers plan to return for the 2015 Phoenix International Adaptive Race. Save the date, February 7, 2015. Thanks again to everyone involved.