Flora’s club coaching experience includes: the Banff Ski Runners, Foothills Nordic Ski Club, Calgary Ski Club, Calgary Outdoor Centre Learn to Loppet and Learn to Birkie programs and XC Bragg Creek- hoot hoot!! Flora’s competitive team history was as a Banff Ski Runners, on the Alberta Ski Team, on the Canada Winter Games team and the University of New Mexico Ski Team. Flora is very approachable and thoroughly enjoys sharing her passion for the sport with all ages and abilities.
Fast forward a few years and I’m now starting my third season as a coach with XCBC, having completed several NCCP coaching levels as well as CANSI level 1 certification. I’m still working on technique of course―that never ends!―but it’s a challenge I’m happy to embrace.
I’m also very happy that my children continue to love the sport. What a great opportunity for our whole family to spend time with friends and teammates, enjoying each other’s company as well as the beauty of winter in Alberta.
I’m really looking forward to spending more time with the club kids and coaches this season, getting to know them and watching them hone their skills and have fun. I love this sport because it’s as sociable or as challenging as you want to make it. Best of all, it’s a great excuse to get outside in winter.
See you on the trails!
His competitive background is in sailing and adventure racing, but he has been skiing since the age of three, and claims to have one of the original mountain bikes from the late 70’s.
Along with other XCBC coaches, he has been upgrading his coaching credentials in order to provide the club with programming that your kids are sure to enjoy.
He feels that having fun is just as important as good technique, and that the two are often complimentary.
Also a cyclist my Racing and Coaching experience comes primarily from the various Mountain Biking disciplines having raced and coached XC, Downhill and Endurance events over the years. My love for mountain sports brought me West to Alberta in 2009, having a settled in the Okotoks and having first child I look forward to Joining the XC Bragg Creek ski and MTB programs as a coach and sharing my passion for the mountains and an active lifestyle.
“XCBC is an amazing program and very welcoming to new members and young athletes hoping to explore the outdoors with an experienced community of adventurers, my family loves our XCBC activities, Dwayne”
I’m excited to begin my first year of ski coaching!
My Mother, Flora, first introduced me to skiing. (She’s the lady in charge, the head ski coach!) Which she has been doing for many many years before me. I started skiing when I was around 3 or 4, and have loved it the whole time Iv’e been doing it 🙂 Just in these past years I have partaken in many ski races such as the Alberta Youth Championships (Iv’e competed for all 4 years of it), many Built for speeds and the Alberta Winter Games. (Which I think was a great experience and I loved so much! I definitely recommend trying out for it 😉 )
Before I trained with XCBC I was part of Calgary ski club, and I started that when I was 6 years old. Iv’e been training with XCBC for over 5 years now and it’s been some of the most amazing years of my life. Iv’e made so many new friendships and met so many beautiful people and I hope you newcomers feel the same way of XCBC as I do. I think of XCBC as my second family on snow 🙂
I can’t wait to meet and teach all of you younger skiers and I’m excited for the years ahead!!