The Alberta World Cup Academy/AWCA will further the development of cross-country skiing as a sport, through the development of programs and services for athletes, coaches and officials enabling them to
- deliver and
at international standards of excellence.
Athletes, Coaches and Officials from the Alberta World Cup Academy will be recognized leaders of and contributors to Canada's national cross-country ski program, competing with the best in the world.
To initiate and augment development opportunities in Alberta that target nationally competitive Athletes, Coaches and Officials, preparing them for subsequent levels of success.
The Academy will:
- Deliver an athlete development system that supplements existing local, regional and national programs
- Develop new long term coaching apprenticeship opportunities
- Expand development opportunities for officials
|Every athlete is faced with obstacles from time to time, whether it is injury, sickness, or something else. Dealing with such obstacle can be very challenging, but it is important to remember a few things... » more »|
|My first summer of training with the Alberta World Cup Academy has come to an end. It has been exciting to train, travel and get to know a new team over the past few months. Prior to racing with the Academy, I raced for the Canmore Nordic Ski Club... » more »|
|Academy athlete and Canadian Junior Team member Heidi Widmer was awarded as 2010 Mountain Idol last Tuesday night at the Banff Mountain Festival. Presented with the award in front of an enthused crowd after the screening of Radical Reels, Widmer joins an illustrious... » more »|
|The Academy concluded their testing week with an uphill running time trial on Saturday, using the same 7.5km and 5km courses that are gaining legendary status. Just over a month after last running the test, the majority of the athletes posted personal bests along with new course records... » more »|
|As we hurtle towards race season, my team mates and I have just concluded our last high volume block with a fantastic three-hour session up Highwood pass and have descended into our second week of testing for the year... » more »|
|Patrick Moore, who is now the Head of Technical Services for the Alberta World Cup Academy, has put together a very thorough and informative presentation on the building and managing of ski fleets... » more »|
|The Academy's senior athletes are back in Canmore after a four day camp on the Haig Glacier for their final volume training block prior to physiological testing at the end of October. After running into the camp early Tuesday morning, the team took a short rest before hiking up... » more »|
|This fall, for a change of pace, I decided to finish my hard block of training by competing in Vancouver’s infamous Grouse Grind Mountain Run. After a block of big volume and high intensity I flew to Vancouver to spend three days relaxing in beautiful Kitsilano and run the Grind... » more »|
|I just got back from a short two-day camp in Lake Louise with some of my great teammates on the Alberta World Cup Academy. Here’s how it went... » more »|
|The Academy team would like to remind everyone to stay safe while out training this fall. Below are some safety tips provided by the staff and athletes... » more »|