Athlete Recognition and Support Program

BACKGROUND

Foothills Nordic promotes and assists the fund raising efforts of qualifying athletes who have been selected to an Albertan or 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.

Qualification Criteria

The athlete must:

  1. Have been selected to represent Alberta or 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.
  7. Have the recommendation of their coach.
How to Donate

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

Qualified Athletes

The following five athletes have qualified for fund raising assistance in 2019.

  • Annika Klotz
  • Xavier McKeever
  • Anna Pryce
  • Jenna Sherrington
  • Tom Stephen
Annika Klotz – Biathlon

My name is Annika Klotz.  I started cross country skiing in 2006 when I was 5 years old. I started biathlon when I was 12, and I loved it. I continue to pursue my biathlon career as I move up in the levels in the Foothills Nordic Ski Club. I am currently in LC2 Biathlon. I have also been coaching biathlon for the past three years and enjoy passing on my love of the sport.

My improvement and appreciation of the sport is visible in my results. My short-term goals include making a successful transition into full-time training, qualifying for another Junior IBU tour, a top five at World Youth Trials next year, “podiuming” in our provincial races, Calforex Cups in Youth Women, and making it to Canadian National Championships in Youth Women. I’m not afraid to make these goals happen with hard work and determination. In the long run, I would love to keep skiing and competing in biathlon, as well as go to university and continue my schooling. Ultimately, my goal is to make Team Canada and race internationally.

Xavier McKeever – Cross Country

My name is Xavier McKeever. I’m 15 years old and am entering my fourth season with Foothills Nordic. I have been skiing since I was two years old and have been loving the sport ever since. Growing up, I have had a ton of support from my parents to pursue my passion. Having both competed in the sport at the Olympics, I have been very lucky to have them support me with things such as advice and little tips and tricks. Foothills Nordic has also helped me greatly in becoming a better athlete. I am so glad that I made the decision to join. Even though I’ve only been part of this club for three years, it has been a very big part of my life so far and I feel like our training group is kind of like a big family.

This last season was my best season yet.  I had the privilege to go to Finland for World Juniors and to Norway for a pre-camp beforehand. My time in Norway was really fun and I got to train with a lot of other great athletes. Finland was also a blast and I had a ton of fun gathering international race experience. My goal for the upcoming season is to once again qualify for World Juniors and improve my results from last year by achieving a top 20 finish. Of course with a goal, there is a cost and any bit of money I can receive through sponsorship and donations will help greatly. I’m very grateful that Foothills Nordic has this program to help out their athletes and I am so happy to be able to represent this club!

Anna Pryce – Cross Country

My name is Anna Pryce and I have been part of Foothills Nordic Ski Club since 2008. I started skiing not long after I learned to walk and started racing at age 7. I love to ski and train with friends and enjoy the excitement of competition. For five years, I have been a coach to younger athletes and find this very rewarding.

Skiing has brought me so many unforgettable experiences including competing at World Juniors in Finland, competing at Canada Winter Games, a trip to Gangwon Province, South Korea in 2017, and a trip overseas to Europe. I’ve been able to learn so much about my sport from these experiences and create so many friendships with my fellow teammates along the way.

This year, I qualified for the Canada National Ski Team, and will get to train with some of the best Canadian athletes and go on some awesome camps! I’m really looking forward to this season and another great year with ULLR!

Jenna Sherrington – Biathlon

My name is Jenna Sherrington and I am a 17 year old biathlete from Calgary. When I was two years old, I began cross country and downhill skiing, and have not stopped since.  At nine, I joined Foothills Nordic Ski Club for cross country, but quickly realized I loved the additional challenge that biathlon had to offer.  I’ve spent the last season working and developing a better ski technique with the intent to make both the Canada Winter Games, as well as the World Youth/Junior Championships in Slovakia. This goal allowed me to achieve some fantastic results.  This year, I hope to make the 2020 Canadian Youth World Championships team, as well as qualify for the Youth Olympics in Lausanne, Switzerland.  I am currently on Biathlon Canada’s Senior National Development Team.  Attending the camps will allow me the opportunity to further develop and increase my skiing technique, as well as work on my overall ski endurance and physical strength.  I can only do this with the support of my Foothills family.

I am very excited to have qualified for the Foothills Nordic Ski Club Athlete Recognition and Support Program.  I am very proud and happy to be a member of such a great club that promotes cross country skiing and biathlon, and a general love for the outdoors for all age ranges and capabilities.

Tom Stephen – Cross Country

My name is Tom Stephen. I am 17 years old and have trained with Foothills Nordic since I was five years old.  I started in Bunnies and am now enrolled in the most advanced FNSC program called Team ULLR.  My ski career started when I would put on my older sister’s pink downhill ski boots and strode along on the bike path while my mom walked with my younger sisters. I started to tag along with my older sister Alix in Racing Rabbits group (aka Track Attack) then on to Youth Racing Group (now known as T1). The ‘chasing Alix career’ eventually led to Elliot Steinberg coaching Micah and myself along with a few others in what would now be known as T1. I pride myself as someone who remained in Track Attack for eight long years!

Eric (Groeneveld) has helped me focus on and achieve my goals, access the training I need, and get to places I want to compete. World Juniors was my main goal for the 2018-19 season and I definitely achieved that by not only qualifying but achieving a 23rd place finish in the 30K mass start race. One thing to mention is that I was competing in a U20 competitive field and was only 16. This 23rd place finish was definitely the highlight for my season! As I look forward to the 2019-20 season, I aim to better this result at World Juniors and go for a top 10 position. This is a lofty goal but so was getting a top 30 at World Juniors when I was 16.

It has been an amazing journey so far!  A journey that is experienced as part of a team and a club.  This sort of experience is not possible as a single person. FNSC has made all of this possible. Thanks so much for the amazing support!