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    • The Athlete community elects Colin Abbott as the new CCC Athlete Director

      April 24, 2013

      Colin-Abbott---Portrait-Cristian-Kuntz-jpg.jpgElections for a new Cross Country Canada Athlete Director took place on March 25th in Whistler, BC at the annual Athlete Meeting held during the 2013 Haywood Ski Nationals.

      We are pleased to announce that the athlete community has elected Colin Abbott. Colin started skiing in Jackrabbits and raced throughout high school with the Yukon Ski Team. After graduating, he moved to Ottawa to attend Carleton University and continue racing, this time with XCOttawa and Carleton. In 2011 Colin decided to train full time for skiing and moved to Whistler to join the Callaghan Valley Training Centre. After a year with CVTC he joined four other Yukoners to form the Yukon Elite Squad in Whitehorse where he continues to train and race. 

      Colin will be keeping the athlete community updated on various topics of interest via regular email updates.

      We would also like to take this opportunity to thank Greg Kilroy, who represented the athlete community as the CCC Athlete Director from 2011-2013. Greg is stepping down as he is returning to university life and many of the meetings he needs to attend as the Athlete Director would conflict with his exams. Greg will continue to be an active member of the racing community.

      The Athlete Director who is elected by the athletes at Ski Nationals (subject to ratification at the CCC annual general meeting) sits on the Board of Directors for Cross Country Canada, as well as the High Performance Committee (HPC). The Athlete Director’s term is for 2 years, up to a maximum of 6 years upon re-election. The primary role of the Athlete Director is to represent the interests of the entire athlete community at CCC Board meetings and the HPC.

      As a member of the CCC Board, the Athlete Director is responsible for overviewing the CCC budget, receiving and questioning updates from the Executive Director, and contributing insight to CCC policies, business and operational plans at monthly meetings. In addition to being a member of the Board, the Athlete Director also sits on the HPC. As a member of the HPC, the Athlete Director responsible for:

      • Representing and contributing to the NST/ Para- NST and NDC selections in April
      • Review and critique Para and able bodied selection criteria
      • Participating with selection committees for various trips
      • Provide athlete feedback to the director of high performance.