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National Winter Sports Development Association Teams Up with AltaGas to Provide Funding Support to Four Athletes and Nine Clubs Across Canada in 2020-21

June 18, 2020

CANMORE, Alta.—The National Winter Sports Development Association (NWSDA) is joining forces with AltaGas to award $96,000 between four athletes and nine clubs for the 2020-21 season. 

The NWSDA, which has been graciously investing more than $1.5 million into Nordiq Canada’s community over the last decade while enhancing the delivery of high-performance programs and providing financial assistance to Canada’s Nordic athletes, will be directing its funding to the following athletes and clubs this season:

Annika Richardson (Alpine Insurance Alberta World Cup Academy, Lappe Nordic Ski Club)
Elizabeth Elliott (Alpine Insurance Alberta World Cup Academy, Revelstoke Nordic Ski Club)
Sam Hendry (Canmore Nordic Ski Club)
Michael Murdoch (Whistler Nordic Ski Club)

Foothills Nordic Ski Club
Whitehorse Cross Country Ski Club/CCY
Nakkertok Nordic/Nordique
Black Jack Ski Club
Skibec Nordique
Canmore Nordic
Big Thunder Ski Club
Revelstoke Ski Club

For the 2020-21 season, the NWSDA funding will be complemented by a matching grant from AltaGas to assist the goals of the NWSDA. 

The NWSDA was established through the foresight and donation of the Disbrow Family with the goal of assisting coaches, athletes and competitive racing programs in Canada with the long-term goal focused on boosting and sustaining Canada’s performance and ranking at the international level.

Since its creation 10 years ago, the NWSDA platform of support has been focused on providing and expanding professional coaching and the quality of club program delivery through Canada’s network of high-performance cross-country ski coaches. The NWSDA is also committed to allocating funding support to selected development-level athletes who demonstrate potential towards long-term international podium success.

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