Solar Valley Ski Training Basis Tabs New Nordic Coach

BY HEATHER FOSTER

Becky Woods will step into the position of Cross Nation Program Director at Solar Valley Ski Training Basis (SVSEF) on Aug. 1.

Woods involves SVSEF from Bates School in Lewiston, Maine, the place she served because the Head Males’s and Girls’s Nordic Ski Coach alongside further management roles from 1994 to 2022.

She is going to change longtime Cross Nation Program Director Rick Kapala, who will assume the brand new position as SVSEF’s director of Sport Growth. That position will embrace occasion administration and fundraising for the cross-country neighborhood.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Becky Woods to the workforce at SVSEF and to embrace her distinctive management and training expertise on the helm of our Cross Nation applications,” mentioned Scott McGrew, SVSEF’s Govt Director. “Her confirmed potential to information athletes within the pursuit of excellence each on the paths and locally, alongside together with her deep appreciation of the Nordic tradition and the eagerness behind the game, will make Becky an amazing asset for our cross-country groups and for our higher ski neighborhood within the Wooden River Valley.”

Woods’ management as a collegiate coach, mentor, administrator, and trainer supply a novel skillset and steadiness to the Cross Nation Program Director place at SVSEF. In her position as Head Males’s and Girls’s Nordic Ski Coach at Bates School, Woods was accountable for main and managing all features of a profitable Division I Nordic Ski Program, whereas bringing in workers, athletes, and volunteers alongside to hold out a transparent mission as a prime precedence.

She attributes a lot of her success in her profession to fostering a tradition of belief, respect, and help and understands the significance of imparting a real love of snowboarding and a respect for the method it takes to achieve success.

“I’m humbled to have the chance to steer this nice group of SVSEF coaches and athletes,” mentioned Woods. “It’s evident there’s experience, expertise, and help inside the group—and a real sense of neighborhood. Having hung out within the Wooden River Valley, I’m honored and excited to develop into a member of the workforce and assist SVSEF Cross Nation proceed to develop and excel as a ski neighborhood.”

In Woods’ position as SVSEF Cross Nation Program Director, she’ll present program-wide management and day-to-day administration whereas supporting the general imaginative and prescient and mission of the group. She’ll be instrumental within the profitable recruitment, coaching and retention of a world-class teaching workers and the continuing improvement of a program that helps every participant in reaching their private and athletic potential.

Based in 1972, the SVSEF Cross Nation Program has constantly been acknowledged as top-of-the-line within the nation; most just lately because the 2021 USSA Cross Nation Membership of the Yr. In 2022 the Junior Women introduced dwelling their third consecutive Nationwide Championship workforce title.

From the youngest Devo youngsters to elite athletes on the Comp Workforce, Submit-Grad {and professional} stage, this system is 250 athletes sturdy and steeped in Nordic traditions pushed by a robust sense of household, neighborhood, competitors, and camaraderie.

Throughout the 2021/22 season, three members of the XC Gold Workforce competed within the Beijing Olympics and Paralympics, and two further SVSEF alumni had been named to the US Cross Nation Ski Workforce. For the upcoming 2022/23 season, 5 athletes from the SVSEF Cross Nation Program have been named to the US Cross Nation and Para Nordic Ski Groups.

Since its inception in 1966, the Solar Valley Ski Training Basis has been a longstanding pillar locally, offering snowsports applications and providing tutorial help to help student-athletes in reaching their highest potential. SVSEF gives an array of applications for athletes ages 5 and up, from learn-to-ski-and-ride by FIS and different nationwide and international-level competitors. The group gives monetary help to households, in order that anybody who needs to might take part.

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