Ski & Snowboard Club Vail hands out year-end awards
Friends and families of athletes and coaches gathered for the Ski & Snowboard Club Vail’s annual President’s Dinner at Vail Golf Club on Tuesday to recognize outstanding performances on and off of the slopes this past winter.
The 2016-17 President’s dinner award winners are as follows:
Volunteer of the Year Award
Freestyle Female Athlete of the Year
Freestyle Les Streeter Award: Outstanding Performance in Freestyle.
Snowboard Female Athlete of the Year
Snowboard Male Athlete of the Year
Snowboard Les Streeter Award: Outstanding Performance in Snowboarding.
Nordic Female Athlete of the Year
Nordic Male Athlete of the Year
Nordic Les Streeter Award: Outstanding Performance in Nordic Skiing.
Park & Pipe Male Athlete of the Year
Freeski Female Athlete of the Year
Big Mountain Female Athlete of the Year
Big Mountain Male Athlete of the Year
Freeski Les Streeter Award: Outstanding Performance in Freeski.
Alpine Male Athlete of the Year
Alpine Les Streeter Award: Outstanding Performance in Alpine Skiing.
The George Rau Coach of the Year
Lower and Middle School Student of the Year
Upper School Student of the Year
Terresa Herbst Teacher of the Year Award
Gaynor Miller Award: Presented annually to the Ski & Snowboard Club Vail athlete who exhibits the highest standards of sportsmanship, teamwork and dedication. This athlete’s overall performance is an example to be followed.
Freestyle Nominee: Matt Leseur
Freeski Nominee: Sammy Schuiling
Snowboard Nominee: David Retzlaff
Alpine Nominee Jake Dippy
Nordic Nominee: Andrew Rogers
Gaynor Miller Award Winner: Jake Dippy
Craig Kelly Memorial Award: Presented annually to the Ski & Snowboard Club Vail snowboard athlete who demonstrates the finest combination of athletics, citizenship and academic excellence.
Adrian Kearney Award: Presented annually to a graduating Alpine Age Class athlete who exhibits a true passion for skiing and a love for life in the mountains.
Thomas Pitcher Award: Presented annually to the Ski & Snowboard Club Vail athlete who demonstrates the highest level of commitment to the sport of ski racing and academic excellence.
Zeke Pierce Memorial Awards: The Zeke Pierce Scholarship is awarded annually to an SSCV member who exhibits a love of skiing and riding that transcends their competition discipline. The recipient has a passion for skiing in all of its many forms, pushes limits while taking responsible risks and embraces the variables of weather, terrain and conditions that makes skiing and riding so special — a passion so deep that it exhibits a way of life, love for the environment and respect for all who share this love. A $750 program fee scholarship is awarded with this scholarship.
3C Monthly Winners: The core values of SSCV are Character, Courage and Commitment: the three Cs. The 3C athlete and staff awards were established several years ago to recognize outstanding displays of these character traits by our athletes and staff, both on and off of the snow. A total of 12 3C Awards — six athlete and six staff — were given out this past season, one winner for each month from November through April.
Walter Kirsch Award: Sammy Schuiling
Zella Gorsuch Award: For the greatest contribution to advancement of skiing in the Vail Valley
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