U16 Coaching Announcement for 2018-19
The National Ski Academy is thrilled to announce our dynamic new U16 coaching team. With countless years of racing and coaching experience between them, NSA Founder and former Canadian Alpine Ski Team coach Jurg Gfeller and World Cup winner, Olympian and Canadian Ski Hall of Fame member, Liisa Savijarvi will be working together this coming season.
“As the National Ski Academy soon enters its 32nd year I am excited to again coach the U16 team.” says Jurg. “This year Liisa and I will be working together to take great care of the team. I have known and respected Liisa since she competed on the World Cup and I was coaching the National Men’s team. We have a very talented group of athletes and it will be a pleasure to be a part of their development. Let’s ski Blitzschnell!”
“Ski racing has given me so much and continues to do so! I’m very happy to be working and collaborating with Jurg,” says Liisa. “With summer barely underway I’m already looking forward to being on snow and sharing my passion for this sport with the talented group of kid at NSA. The likes of which isn’t found at any club”
The Jurg Gfeller Award
The Jurg Gfeller Award was donated by the Wallace Family and will be presented annually at the Awards Banquet in June. The trophy designed by renowned crystal artist Mark Raynes Roberts depicts a mountain pinnacle symbolizing the high academic and athletic standards required of the National Ski Academy student athlete receiving the award. The multi-faceted shape of the crystal is reflective of the talent, flexibility and vision required of the student athlete to attain both substantial improvements and results in academics, alpine ski racing and their physical development. The engraved skier and alpine race course symbolizes the discipline, leadership and citizenship in the community required to “Stay the Course” for success in both education and life. All of the qualities Jurg has shown by example throughout his own life.
January 2017 – Larisa Yurkiw (NSA ’04), Canadian National Ski Team member and founder of Team Larisa Racing launched her post-racing career by interviewing NSA founder, Jurg Gfeller for the winter edition of Escarpment Magazine.