The Youth Winter Sports Alliance (YWSA) will honored 75 accomplished junior athletes from 13 different winter sport programs at the 2012 Circle of Excellence Awards on Thursday, May 24 at Newpark Resort Hotel. The Alliance awards Athletes for Achievement, Leadership, and Showstopping Moments. The Alliance will also induct two people, an athlete and a coach, into the Hall of Fame and will honor two volunteers with the Spirit of Service Award.
The Alliance is extremely proud of the successes the athletes in our member clubs are achieving within their sports. Top young athletes in so many different sports hail from our community, creating a winter sports hub like few other places in the world. The Circle of Excellence recognizes and celebrates both the community’s junior athletes’ successes and to shows our appreciation for Park City’s winter sports programs and coaches that provide the training for these youth – all who are outstanding role models for the community.
Hall of Fame inductees, Park City Freestyle Team’s Nate Roberts and AXIS Freestyle Coach & Founder, Chris “Hatch” Haslock joined Ted Ligety (PC Ski Team) and Brett Camerota (PC Nordic Ski Club) who were inducted in 2011.
Eight time World Cup winner, Nate Roberts was on the PC Freestyle Team from 1996-2002 He was World and National moguls Champion in 2005, Bronze Medalist at 2007 World Championships, 2010 Olympican, and was an on the US Freestyle Ski Team from 2001-2012. He continues to live in Park City competing in golf and has fallen in love with fly fishing over the last few years. “He is truly an inspiration to those around him”, says former coach, Mick Berry.
Coach “Hatch”, Chris Haslock, was an amazing Freestyle skier in his own right, competing in the 1988 Olympic Freestyle Aerials competition. After retiring in 1989 at the top of his career, Hatch started coaching. He has coached two Olympics, four World Championships, and his own team, AXIS Freeride, right here in Park City for the last six years. He was named 2011 USSA Freestyle Domestic Coach of the year & Development Coach of the Year and in 2012 awarded the USSA Freesking Club of the year.
Spirit of Service honorees were Bill McGrath with the Summit Ski Team and Jim Gaddis, one of the original founders of the YWSA.