April 21, 2016
Outstanding Ski Racing Talents Recognized For Results in 2016 Season
For 28 years Alberta Alpine has been recognizing athletic excellence through the Dee Read and Ken Read Scholarships, awarded to top ranked female and male athletes who combine a love of skiing with outstanding competition results.
The 2016 recipients of the two $1,500 scholarships are Georgia Burgess (Banff Alpine Racers Ski Club) and Jamie Casselman (Team Panorama).
The 2015-16 season will be one to remember for 16-year old Jamie Casselman. The Team Panorama athlete earned the privilege of representing Canada in the Longines Future Champions event (which featured one U16 athlete from each country that hosts a World Cup event) at the FIS World Cup Finals as well as racing in the prestigious Topolino ski races in Folgaria, Italy. He capped his season with three gold medals and overall U16 Champion in the western Canada Can-Am Championship and then went on to take silver and bronze in leading Team Canada at the annual Whistler Cup International races. Next season Jamie will move to the FIS level of competition, competing in the U18 category.
Georgia Burgess represented the Alberta Ski Team with distinction in Nor-Am and FIS competition. The season highlights for the 18-year old Calgary native included a 4th place in the downhill at the Canadian Championships and 10 Nor-Am point results. Georgia is one of the leading young talents in the speed events of downhill and super G, with her focus to become a student-athlete competing with an NCAA Ski Team and then to represent Canada in the Olympic Winter Games.
“Georgia and Jamie represent a bright future for ski racing in Alberta and Canada” said Canadian Olympian, Ken Read. “The level of commitment to be successful requires enormous dedication from the athletes, parents, ski clubs, coaches and the province. We’re very pleased to be able to help financially, to keep motivation and enthusiasm for skiing high and the focus on aiming to become a member of the Canadian Team.”
Alberta Alpine offers a number of athletic scholarships to athletes on an annual basis, to assist athletes and their families. “We want to retain our athletes and give them the best possible program to be successful,” said Alberta Alpine CEO, Nigel Loring. “Alberta has produced many internationally successful athletes and it is our objective to be a leader in putting Alberta athletes onto the Canadian Team and to achieve podium success on the world stage.”
About the Dee Read Scholarship
The Read Scholarships were established in 1989 and are dedicated to supporting young athletes who show both a passion for the sport and who aspire to represent Canada at the highest level. Dee Read was a life-long advocate for the sport of alpine ski racing, one of the first female international officials world-wide and passionate about skiing in the Canadian Rockies. Dee Read’s dedication reached far beyond her family to influence thousands of athletes, parents, coaches and sport administrators who benefitted from her knowledge, generosity and warm spirit in lending a firm but insightful hand as a sport leader in Alberta and Canada in the 1970’s and 80’s as we built a reputation as one of the leading ski racing nations.
Below left to right: Jamie Casselman, Georgia Burgess