WORLD CUP CLUB REPORT ABOUT THE WORLD CUP CLUB From the WCC Chair Of the 40 members of the Canadian Alpine Ski team in 2005, only 2 were from Ontario. Why, with our passion for racing and huge population, was our province so poorly represented? Climate and geography have a lot to do with it. So does the reduction of funding from the provincial government. Together these elements had made Ontario the most expensive place on earth to develop world-class skiers. In 2005 myself and a few other concerned ski persons founded the World Cup Club to increase the investment in our young athletes. In just three short years we have begun to see record performances from our athletes. Ontario is now on its way to becoming the powerhouse in Canadian Ski racing. With your help, we will see more Ontario athletes at the Olympics in 2010 and 2014. The athletes greatly appreciate your support. And we’ve come a long way. But to reach our goals requires investment in more athletes at all levels from as young as 8 years of age. As a fellow member of the World Cup Club I look forward to cheering with you for our Ontario athletes at the World Cup and Olympics. When that day comes, you can proudly say that it happened because of your support. Sincerely, Jeffrey S. Ryley World Cup Club Chair From the Athletic Director Through contributions from World Cup Club members, the Ontario Ski Team has been able to develop one of the strongest programs in the country. For example, Ontario now has one of the biggest men’s teams ever, with eleven members. Each of these athletes is ranked within the top 5 in the country in their age categories. Without funding, some of these potential Olympians would have been left behind. This larger and more successful team clearly shows the increased value of investment at the younger levels. The Ontario women’s program is also getting stronger. We have developed a large second tier of women racers, many of whom are vying for spots on our A team. This system of development teams allows us to create opportunities for the athletes based on their performance within the programs. I would like to personally thank all the World Cup Club members who have made this fundamental change possible. We could not have accomplished these positive results without your help. And with your continued support, we will get even stronger. Sincerely, Joseph Lavigne Alpine Ontario Athletic Director Our First Two Years - Success Stories 2006 Canadian Junior Men’s GS Champion, Pat Wright 2006 Canadian Junior Men’s SL Champion, Chris Barber 2006 Canadian Junior Women’s SL Champion, Meg Ryley 2006 Canadian J1 Men’s GS Champion, Jesse Shepherd 2006 Canadian J1 Men’s SL Champion, Kelby Halbert 2006 Canadian Junior SG Champion, Kate Ryley 2006 Canadian Men’s K2 Overall Champion, Richard Long 2006 Canadian Women’s K2 Overall Champion, Shannon Campbell 2006 Selected to World Junior Championships Team for Canada: Pat Wright and Larisa Yurkiw 2006 Selected to the Canadian Alpine Ski Team : Scott Barrett, Meg Ryley, Pat Wright, Larisa Yurkiw. 2007 Canadian J1 Men’s GS Champion, Phil Brown 2007 Whistler Cup / Canadian K2 Champion, Richard Long 2007 Canadian K2 Overall Winners - Ontario 2007 Men’s Overall NorAm GS Champion - Scott Barrett 2007 Selected to World Junior Championships Team for Canada: Larisa Yurkiw, Paul Atkinson, Tyler Nella 2007 7 medals at Canada Winter Games -Chris Barber, Cameron Wickham, Kelly Singer, Krystyn Peterson 2007 Overall Canada Games Alpine Champions - Ontario 2007 Selected to the Canadian Alpine Ski Team: Kate Ryley, Tyler Nella 2007 Selected to attend the Canadian Alpine Ski Team training program: Krystyn Peterson, David Donaldson Our First Two Years - WCC Projects Enhanced Coaching As Bobby Knight said, “The will to win is not nearly as important as the will to prepare to win’. That’s where coaching comes in. Our Ontario athletes are just one step away from selection to the Canadian Alpine Ski Team. These athletes need world-class coaching to compete at the highest level. Coaching is a time-intensive job. It takes a lot of time to find small incremental speed gains. In our sport, those small increments make the difference between a podium finish and the middle of the pack. With your help, this year Alpine Ontario hired an additional coach for the Ontario women’s development team. The new coach brought the athlete/ coach ratio to a strong 6.5:1. The deeper coaching staff also allows Alpine Ontario greater flexibility across all of its teams. For example, coaches can now more freely move from one Ontario team to another to support intensive coaching blocks, such as speed training. World Cup Club funding brings the Ontario team one step closer to the staffing and resources it needs to succeed without additional costs to the athletes and their parents. Education Too many young athletes have been faced with a choice between continuing their education and pursuing their ski racing careers. Together with Alpine Ontario, the World Cup Club is tackling this dilemma. Our goal is to ensure that our athletes have the academic support they need in order to train and compete at a high level without compromising their education. Starting in the 2005/06 season, Alpine Ontario began to integrate education into its high performance programs. Through partnerships with educators, Alpine Ontario now provides mobile tutoring and academic coordination with the athlete’s home schools. Now these athletes don’t have to quit their racing careers to stay in school. We will have more competitive teams as a result. Our First Two Years - WCC Projects Equipment One of the key reasons that Ontario’s results have improved is that we have expanded the number of participants on the Ontario teams. Specifically, we increased the size of our development programs for the 2005/06 season from 5 athletes per gender to 15-20. By reaching down to create teams for athletes who had just graduated from K2, we are ensuring that the best athletes train together. This creates an atmosphere that pushes them all to succeed. More athletes = more costs. The costs stem from increased infrastructure, more coaches, and more equipment. The equipment costs are especially problematic, because all of these had to be addressed in the first year of the program. Alpine Ontario relied on support from the World Cup Club to support the proper equipping of these teams. Dryland Training Alpine Ontario has traditionally worked to provide clubs with many of the resources they need to implement a successful dryland training program. These programs pay off in better results during the race season and in lower rates of injury. Alpine Ontario supports the club’s dryland programs in three ways: • Organizing and subsidizing a fitness testing day in the spring and fall for athletes of all ages. • Providing direct programming for clubs and athletes who do not have a dryland program in place. • Publishing information on www.alpineontario.ca and through Starting Gate magazine to help educate parents, coaches and athletes regarding dryland training. Athlete Assistance The World Cup Club provides financial assistance to those athletes who need help to manage the high cost of the sport. ““The World Cup Club has allowed me to pursue my dreams to be the best in the world. Without it’s support, I would not be ski racing today.” Patrick Wright - Canadian Alpine Ski Team Snow Valley Ski Club Financials World Cup Club Financial summary for the years ended April 30th 2006 and 2007 2007 World Cup Club Athletic Fund Individual pledge revenue Athletic funding Grants $128,399 $102,000 $26,399 World Cup Club Operations Corporate donations and other revenue activies Operating and promotional expenses $80,940 $105,137 ($24,197) $45,785 $25,372 $20,413 $126,725 $130,509 ($3,784) $79,710 $100,000 ($20,290) $208,109 $202,000 $6,109 2006 Total Governance The World Cup Club was established in 2005 through Alpine Ontario to facilitate fund raising for high performance ski racing. To date, the World Cup Club has been managed by Alpine Ontario and its Board of Directors. The Board of Directors has now established a mandate for the independent governance of the World Cup Club. This new committee will be responsible for the overall fundraising strategy, allocation of funding to various ski racing projects, and approval of operating expenses. The five member World Cup Club committee will include a minimum of three Alpine Ontario directors. The selection of committee members will ensure that a majority of the committee are independent of participants on the Ontario Ski Team and Development Team. One of the financial committments of the World Cup Club is that operating expenses be funded from corporate donations while ski racing projects be funded from individual tax receipted donations. Although Alpine Ontario provides certain administrative services to the World Cup Club, all funds are segregated. A Look to the Future - Plans for 2008 Here is an overview of some of the activities planned for the World Cup Club in 2008... • Direct support for Ontario based athletes on the Canadian Alpine Ski Team. Direct investment in AOA Nancy Greene (entry level) skill development camps. Direct investment in AOA K1 Skill development camps. Financial support for athletes in need who qualify for the K2 National Championships. Additional coaching enhancement projects with the Ontario Ski Team. More than ever before, financial assistance for high performance athletes who need financial support to pursue their dreams. • • • • • A Look to the Future - Mission Statement The World Cup Club will raise and distribute funds annually to support the goals of Ontario ski racers as they reach for the 2010 Olympic Games and beyond.