Blair Dunbar was recognized for his many contributions by receiving the Officiating Award at the 2017 Alberta Sport Connection Leadership Award Conference on April 29th.

Photo Credit: Mike Neary

Blair’s 46 years of involvement in cross-country skiing began while living in Inuvik and continued as he moved to Fort Smith, Yellowknife, and Canmore. Blair has been involved in organizing and officiating in club races, Western Canadian Championships, Arctic Winter Games, World Cup races, provincial, and national championships. He has achieved Level 4 FIS Certification and in 2013 became the Chief of Competition for the Paranordic World Cup.

Over the years, Blair has been a force in helping us create world class experiences for athletes and spectators at the many races that the Alberta World Cup Society organized.  He has performed diverse roles over the years on behalf of the Alberta World Cup Society, here is a list: FIS World Cup races 2005 (Chief of Controllers), 2008 (Chief of Stadium), 2010 (Organizing Committee), 2012 (Organizing Committee), 2016 (Ski Tour Canada – Organizing Committee) – IPC World Cup races (Chief of Competition) both 2013 and 2017.

Overall, a much deserved award for his immense contribution to the sport.  Thank you Blair!

Press release from Alberta Sport Connection