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Sault Ski Patrol Team Scores a First

Jeff Arbus for local2 sault ste. marie
March 11th, 2011 at 10:36am



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The Sault Zone of the Canadian Ski Patrol System scored big at the All-Ontario Ski Patrol Competition held on February 26 at Searchmont Ski Resort.

The Sault team, consisting of Ryan McLeod, David Pister, and Jennifer Poirier, and coached by Daphne Poirier, earned a first place result in the First Aid component of the competition.

“Our team excelled in the first aid skills competition. Their professionalism and dedication to their training shows the high standards our patrollers have for their work,” said Bruce Boynton, President of the Sault Zone.

The competition attracted teams from across Ontario, with about 60 visiting patrollers spending the weekend at Searchmont.

The annual event was co-hosted by the Sault Zone of the Ski Patrol and Searchmont Resort. “The visiting patrollers had a great time,” added Boynton. “ Searchmont staff were the perfect hosts and ski conditions were excellent. In addition to the challenges of the competition, the patrollers enjoyed the great skiing and hospitality of the Resort. Searchmont did a first-class job for us.”

Overall winner was the team from Central Zone (Collingwood/Huntsville/Barrie vicinity) which will go on to the national competition.

Background: Founded in 1940, The Canadian Ski Patrol System (CSPS) is a non-profit corporation comprising highly-trained volunteer and professional members. The CSPS is national in scope. Its purpose is to promote safe skiing, snowboarding, and related Alpine and Nordic activities. CSPS members provide advanced first aid service to injured skiers, snowboarders, etc. The CSPS provides, without charge, a uniformly highly-skilled and responsible service to the skiing public. Ski Patrollers must pass a rigid set of nationally-standardized examinations on all aspects of patrolling, including ski safety, advanced first aid, and related training topics. Funds required by CSPS Zones go directly to the training and education of its members, as well as to providing patrollers with the basic materials they need to provide their services to the public. All other items, such as skis and clothing, are the responsibility of the individual patrollers.

Locally, the Sault Zone provides these services, winter and summer, at Searchmont Resort, Stokely Creek Resort and Hiawatha Nordic Ski Centre. As well, the Sault Zone is the first aid responder at the Essar Centre (Greyhound games, concerts, etc.), Runway Park, Rotaryfest, the Santa Claus Parade, and other community events.

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