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Our Christmas Wreath Sale is a major fundraiser!
The rain has been falling, but it won't be long (hopefully!) until the snow starts. With that in mind, it's time to
launch our annual St. Paul Ski Club Wreath Sale. Proceeds from the sale are used to provide valuable
training tools, equipment and suits for our young, developing skiers. We offer beautiful center pieces. And for
all your outdoor decorating needs, we have 25 inch wreaths, door swags, spruce tops and garland (in 15 and
25 foot lengths). For our Minnesota Wild Rice lovers, we also have half pound bags available. They make
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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!
Brrrringing in the New Year at the John R Lyons Tournament
70 jumpers on 4 hills … Results: small hills (K10, 20, 30) 46-meter Hill
New Year’s Eve Day and the lyrics, “Baby, it’s cold outside,” kept replaying in everyone’s heads. The John R.
Lyons Tournament brought plenty of red-cheeked, and smiling ski jumpers out to Harrington Hill. St. Paul Ski
Club’s amazing volunteers had the jumps in excellent condition. Everything was set for a great tournament.
We even had a little extra inspiration: cheering on the central skiers and hometown heroes competing in the
televised Olympic Trials.
The youngest jumpers eagerly strutted their stuff on the 10m and the 20m hills. The subzero temperatures
seemed to increase their competitiveness (as well as their appetite for Icees). Who knew that frozen treats
taste better in winter than summer? Not to be outdone, our older jumpers put on a good show on the 30 and
46 meter hills. Then our Masters took center stage to end the day.
The John R. Lyons Tournament is always a great time for catching up with all our friends from around the
division.The club would like to thank everyone who spent their New Year’s Eve traveling back home (or
staying until their van’s engine thawed enough to drive). We’d like to give a special thanks to our small, but
strong, core of volunteers who collectively put in over 300 hours to make our tournament happen. Shinola!
CLICK TO VIEW PHOTO GALLERY (credits to Chip Berniard)
The Masters Class begins with Masters 1 for jumpers age 30-39, then progresses in 10-year increments with
Masters 2 for jumpers age 40-49, etc. There is also a pre-Masters class for ages 25-29. Jumpers don’t have
to hang up their equipment after their early 20s, they can keep jumping for fun; it can be a lifetime sport!
2017 Wally Wakefield Beginners Camp a Big Success!
Annual Christmas week beginners camp renamed for SPSC Hall of Famer
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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