After the challenges of the pandemic, I am thrilled that GKHAT is able to continue fostering strong starts in alpine skiing for children and youth at KHMR. Established in 1990 as the Whitetooth Race Team, our club has been delivering ski racing and alpine ski programming for over 30 years now. Our mission is to increase skier confidence, ability, and promote a healthy attitude to competitive sports through inclusion, team spirit and fair play. Although skiing is an individual sport, we work as a team to encourage and support participants at every level.
The 2021 club executive is comprised of parent volunteers: Tracy VanZalingen (Vice President), Eric Poulin (Treasurer), Rhonda Laurell (Secretary/Parent Liaison), Helen Page (Registrar), Ed Van Wieren (IT), and Sue McRoberts (Fundraising) and myself. The board meets monthly and minutes can be found on the GKHAT website along with our club constitution, bylaws, and policies.
GKHAT has approximately 100 athletes registered in the club for the 2021-22 season. While our club numbers have decreased during the pandemic, we plan to continue offering the best possible experience for our members. GKHAT is committed to following provincial and organizational health and safety guidelines; thus our program will continue to look a little different than previous years. As we experienced in 2020, with great coaches, committed families and plenty of fun turns, our athletes can continue having a wonderful time while developing as skiers.
As a club we communicate regularly with members with monthly newsletters, emails and via our website (www.gkhat.ca
). Give us a follow on social media (Instagram, Facebook) to stay up to date and catch some great photos of the kids on snow. BC Alpine, our provincial body, provides guidance and support for club policies, club races, coach training, and athlete development. BC Alpine’s website is an excellent reference to review age specific athlete development goals, race schedules, official training and other ski racing resources.
Our parent information meeting will be held online this year on November 23 for new families (“Welcome to GKHAT”) and November 25 for returning families (“Welcome back to GKHAT”). All are welcome at both events and an event link will be sent out in the coming weeks to attend the sessions to discuss the program and address any questions you may have prior to the start of ski season.
If you have any questions regarding registration, please don’t hesitate to contact Helen Page (firstname.lastname@example.org
). If you have any coaching or equipment related questions, Ryan Ford is the guy (email@example.com
). If you would like to get more involved with the club as a volunteer or a director, please don’t hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I look forward to seeing you at the parent meeting and on the hill!