Being named Kinder Coach of the Year for Jorgen Anderson is an honour, but one he won’t take all the credit for it.
Anderson, who earned the award from BC Alpine for work with skiers aged 11 to 16, said it’s from “having a great group of coaches working with me.”
“The whole coaching staff, they are wonderful,” he said, adding that assistant Sarah Culver is a big part. “They are keen and make me keen.”
The award is a great achievement for Anderson, who was surprised by it. It’s also a tribute to the tremendous year the skiers had. Meg Cumming finished fourth in her age group at the Canadian championship and Reece Howden was third in K1 provincials. He was also a member of Team Canada at Whistler Cup and was joined by Cumming, Belle Grant and Elsa Knutson. It was the first time in Apex has had that many members participating. The club also won the Okanagan Zone on the strength of the K1 (11 to 12 year olds) and K2 (13 to 15).
“We just had an awesome year,” said Anderson, who told his kids he is lucky to have great athletes. “This is just icing on the cake for a nice year.”
Tom Cumming, president of the Apex Ski Club, said Anderson’s recognition is “pretty damn good.”
“A good award for him,” said Cumming, adding that Anderson has run a successful program. “It’s good recognition that shows that he’s done a top-notch job. There’s a top notch program at Apex.”
Cumming feels everything accomplished this season is a result of Anderson’s hard work and being organized, while making it fun for the kids.
However, the recognition bestowed on the club winning the BC Alpine Club Development of the Year award matters more for Anderson. The last time the club won this award was in 2003. Anderson has helped the ASC grow from 36 athletes to over 100, which allows the talent pool to move up.
“It says a lot for our program,” he said. “We are fortunate to have such a great ski hill (Apex Mountain Resort). They help us out a lot. That’s important for these things to happen. People have taken notice of our club.”
Cumming said the award recognizes development and that award is nominated by other clubs.
“There is a lot of good feedback,” said Cumming. “They feel we are going above and beyond.”
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