Ski Fit North Alberta Program Director
Beckie Scott is a three-time Olympian and two-time Olympic medalist, participating at the 1998 Winter Olympic Games in Nagano, Japan, the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, Utah, and the 2006 Winter Olympic Games in Turin, Italy. Beckie won a gold medal in cross-country skiing at the Salt Lake City games and a silver medal at the Turin games. She became the first Canadian and first North American woman to win an Olympic medal in cross-country skiing.
Beckie Scott retired from competitive skiing in 2006 as Canada’s most successful cross-country skier and one of the world’s best all-around cross-country ski racers. She is also an Olympic broadcast analyst, elected member of the IOC, Canada’s Chair of the World Anti Doping Agency (WADA) and recent honorary doctor of laws degree recipient from the University of Alberta.
Beckie has been the Program Director for Ski Fit North Alberta for the last seven years. Through her efforts the program has expanded successfully into Indigenous communities throughout Alberta, where she has passed on her passion for skiing and a healthy, active lifestyle.
Community Outreach Leader
Les comes to Ski Fit North Alberta with an extensive background in cross-country skiing, coaching youth, outdoor leadership, and Aboriginal relations.
Graduating from the University of Alberta with a Degree in Physical Education, Les worked as Head coach of Club Nordique Mont-Ste-Anne, Quebec from 2002-2007, and Head Coach of Edmonton Nordic from 2008-2011, before most recently working as Head coach of the Augustana Vikings and Camrose Ski Club in Camrose, Alberta.
Throughout his career, Les has demonstrated enthusiasm and genuine interest in the development and achievement of children and youth. Les has a long history of relationships with Aboriginal communities across Alberta and throughout Canada’s north. His volunteer activities as they relate to Aboriginal youth have recently included being a witness to the Aboriginal Residential School Truth and Reconciliation Commission hearings, and coaching Aboriginal youth in central Alberta.
Laura has been a recreational skier for most of her life, enjoying both the recreational and competitive benefits of the sport.
Laura has a degree in Recreation from the University of Alberta, and has been involved with Sport For Life programs throughout her career.
Michael Neary has been the Sport Manager for Cross Country Alberta for ten years, and has seen the success of the Ski Fit North Alberta program grow from the start. Coming from Nova Scotia originally with many years as a competitive skier, Michael worked for years up in the North West territories coordinating cross country ski programs.