Athlete Recognition and Support Program


Foothills Nordic promotes and assists the fund raising efforts of qualifying athletes who have been selected to a Canadian team and need to travel internationally for competitions. These international trips can cost up to $3,500 per athlete to attend.

The Club has set up a Zone4 donation page to support the qualifying athletes. All money received through this donation page will be divided equally between the qualifying athletes before their departure. Departure is typically mid February for the international competitions.

Fundraising Goal

The goal is to raise $3,000 to help offset travel costs.

Update and Thanks (2017)

In the first year of the program and with three weeks notice our Club raised $1,500 for Megan, Thomas and Élise (see below), a successful start.

All three athletes were very grateful for the support and thanked the Club.  Élise Sauvé writes:

As the 2016-2017 season comes to a close, I would like to send out a special thank you to all Foothills supporters who helped me (and the other FH athletes) to travel to the World Youth Junior Championships in Slovakia, and compete internationally for the first time. Being nominated to the Canadian team was a very pleasant surprise for me, but an opportunity that I was really excited about and didn’t want to pass up. Everyone’s support and encouragement was truly inspirational for me. The whole experience was fantastic, from travelling out of Canada for the first time, to being in Europe, training and racing against some of the best youth biathletes and learning from my experience, making new friends and getting to know old friends better, as well as seeing some teammates race to gold! A highlight of my season for sure this year and with lasting memories!

Though the coming short recovery break is very welcomed, I am also looking forward to the next season with great anticipation and with what has transpired over the last year, I am really motivated to getting to that next level!

Thanks again for all your support!

Qualification Criteria

The athlete must:

  1. Have been selected to represent Canada at an international competition.
  2. Be a Foothills Nordic member.
  3. Be under 21 years old.
  4. Want to participate in fundraising (and their parents too).
  5. Provide a short biography, picture, event information and background information.
  6. Use the money received to travel to an international competition as part of a Canadian team.
How to Donate

Please visit the Zone 4 donation page to make donations. All the money received will be divided equally between the qualified athletes prior to their departure. Thank you for your support.

Qualified Athletes (2017)

The following three athletes have qualified for fund raising assistance in 2017.

  • Megan Bankes
  • Thomas Hulsman
  • Élise Sauvé

Megan Bankes

Megan_BankesMegan started cross-country skiing when she was 3 years old. At age 11 she decided she was looking for something more competitive, and a little different, so she decided to start biathlon in the Foothills Nordic Racing Bears program. Since then, Megan has competed in biathlon provincially, nationally, and internationally.

Originally from Calgary, AB, Megan now resides in Canmore, AB, and trains with the Biathlon Alberta Training Centre.

In her spare time, Megan coaches the Foothills Nordic T1 Biathlon program, enjoys baking tasty treats, and takes some post secondary courses.


Thomas Hulsman

Thomas_HulsmanMy name is Thomas Hulsman and like most youth I enjoyed sports growing up. I hadn’t found one I loved until I watched Biathlon during the 2010 Winter Olympics. I dreamed of someday wearing the maple leaf and representing Canada. I joined Foothills Nordic Ski Club at the age of 12 and started learning to ski and shoot. Being outdoors, learning new things from the coaches and having fun racing is great. For the past two winters I’ve been lucky enough to coach the Foothills Nordic Racing Bears program where I get to see young athletes doing the same thing.

Through hard work and dedication, I’ve been able to have success locally, nationally and most recently at World Youth Trials where I was selected to Team Canada. The Team will be travelling to Osrblie, Slovakia on February 13th to prepare for the IBU World Youth Junior Championships on February 22-28, 2017.

I’ve always relied on my parents to support me and my earnings from coaching, but this exciting opportunity comes at a cost. I’ve started to identify sponsors and sincerely appreciate FNSC in promoting the three of us from the Club while we embark on this journey. Any assistance is greatly appreciated and I thank you for the opportunity.

Élise Sauvé

Elise_SauveMy name is Élise Sauvé and I am a competitive biathlete. I train with the Foothills Nordic Ski Club in Calgary, Alberta. I started when I was 9 years old and have grown to love the sport. I love being outside training with my teammates year round and competing at the races.

I am now 16 years old and I feel like I am hitting my stride. I have been selected for the Canadian World Youth Team and will represent Canada in Slovakia at the World Youth & Junior Championships in February 2017. I have competed in a few different places across Canada, one being the Canadian Biathlon Nationals Championships in Valcartier, Quebec in 2016. I balance my school work and training; knowing that they are both important. I enjoy history, reading, music and anything active, like road biking and running.

After high school I would like to train with the Biathlon Alberta Training Centre with a goal to join the National Team. I plan to also continue with my post-secondary education on a part time basis.