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John R Lyons Tournament & Masters Nationals Held Jan 6
From little kids to old guys, it was a great event! Results: small hills 46 meter
It’s our biggest weekend of the year, and a week of warm weather put
some crimps in our plans, but our volunteers worked long and hard to
preserve good conditions for Sunday’s event on our four jumps.
Approximately 70 skiers came to our annual John R Lyons Tournament!
The St Paul Ski Club wants to thank our hearty group of volunteers that
spent countless hours getting our hills in shape and all our volunteers
behind the scenes! Thank you to all the Central Division jumpers who
competed today and brought their families to cheer them on. Special
recognition to our 5 Master Ski Jumpers who just aren’t ready to hang up
their skis! We APPRECIATE all of you!
Click photo to enlarge … Masters jumpers (L-R): Tim Denisson, Tony Benzie, Lane Wilkinson,
Patrick Kruegel, Joe Berens.
Annual Hall of Fame Banquet Held November 9
This year’s inductees are Tim Schwartz and Scott Smith - please visit our HOF page
The SPSC HOF selection committee has named Tim Schwartz, long-time dedicated club member and
worker, as the 2018 inductee. Our honorary inductee this year is Scott Smith, for his years of service to
the athletes of our club, in his role as a coach in the Central Division.
The annual HOF banquet is one of two main social events held by the club during the year. In an attempt
to gain wide participation by SPSC members, their families, and friends, the St Paul Education Foundation
generously subsidizes a large portion of the cost of the banquet.
We’ll post a full write-up soon!
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Brian Wallace Named USA Nordic Coach of the Year
Began as youngster at SPSC, competed at all levels, now coaching here!
Congratulations to our very own Brian Wallace on receiving
the 1st Annual USA Nordic Coach of the Year award!
We are lucky as a club to have Brian as our head coach.
He was nominated by several of our skiers and parents
for his hard work and dedication. Brian has helped
develop our skiers, coaches, and program.
Congratulations, Brian! We are honored to have you
as our coach! Click photo at right to enlarge the view.
Annual Junior Awards Banquet Held Tuesday April 3
It’s our night to recognize the season-long achievements of our junior jumpers!
Snow in April? What a fitting backdrop for this year’s Junior Banquet. While the roads iced over, the 2018
winter season melted into the memory books. NEW … PHOTOS FROM THE BANQUET … CLICK HERE!
Over 90 people attended this year’s banquet. It was a night to recognize achievement and say a heartfelt
“thanks” to everyone who made this season a success.
As usual, the awards presentation was the highlight of the evening. One by one, the smiling faces of our
junior jumpers received their age class trophies from the coaches. Each skier also received a new St. Paul
Ski Club printed buff and a club cowbell.
So many of our young jumpers made huge improvements under the care and instruction of our dedicated
coaching staff. In recognition of their commitment, the coaches were given gifts as well. Head Coach Brian
Wallace, and Assistant Coach Mary Lu Kavanagh-Beltman were given personalized photo blankets.
Assistant Coach Joe Berens, who also judges and competes at our Friday night tournaments, was given a
plate decorated with photos that commemorate his special role in our club.
The evening concluded with the traditional singing of the ski jump song and a group photo. Snow is still in
the forecast well into April. Hard to believe we’re now hopng it melts in time for summer jumping on plastic!
2017 Wally Wakefield Beginners Camp a Big Success!
Warm weather forced cancellation of 2018 camp - this is what it’s like
The St Paul Ski Club just wrapped up the 2017 newly named Wally Wakefield Learn to Jump Camp
(December 27-28, 2017). Click links at right to view photo galleries … WEDNESDAY … THURSDAY
New jumpers and several returning jumpers took many rides on Wakefield
Hill (10m jump/bunny hill) thanks to the new tow rope! Many THANKS to
Tim Schwartz and Jack Myhra for their work in building and installing the
tow rope; it was a HUGE SUCCESS! We also want to thank our coaches:
Brian Wallace and MaryLu Kavanagh-Beltman
The skiers enjoyed both days despite the frigid temperatures. No one
asked for hot chocolate, the biggest request was for Icees!!! You know
we have a hearty group of jumpers when they ask for a cold treat after
being outside in the cold! CLICK PHOTO AT RIGHT TO ENLARGE
We can't forget to send a GIGANTIC THANK YOU to ALL our hill crew who got ALL our hills ready for
jumping. You guys are the BEST!
St Paul Ski Club Promising Skier Scholarship Fund
Learn more about our education program … SPSC EDUCATION FUND
The primary purpose of the St Paul Education Foundation, Inc and the St Paul Ski Club is to provide
facilities, equipment and training for young athletes interested in the sport of ski jumping.
Throughout its 131 years, the St Paul Ski club has developed a number of ski jumpers competing at the
national, international and Olympic levels. When a young ski jumpers rises to the level of a top national
competitor, the opportunity exists for competing in ski jumping tournaments throughout the United States and
Europe. There is a short window of opportunity for these skiers to compete at this level and the St Paul
Education Foundation strives to give them that opportunity. Fortunately, the St Paul Education Foundation is
now in a position to provide additional skier support through the 2 to 1 donation match.
Hopefully our skiers can count on your loyal support.
Bill Mahre’s 1980 Olympics Uniform on Display in Red Wing
Long-time SPSC member and officer served as Chief of Start in Lake Placid
Visitors to the American Ski Jumping Hall of Fame banquet on Aug 6
were greeted by a blue uniform with yellow trim, worn by Bill Mahre in
his capacity of Chief of Start for the 1980 Olympics. Here’s a photo,
captured from a Wide World of Sports video, showing Bill with Canadian
sensation Steve Collins, who’s preparing to head down the inrun. If you
get a chance to visit the museum, in the mezzanine level at the St
James hotel, you’ll find a lot of wonderful ski jumping memorabilia.
CLICK PHOTO TO ENLARGE
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