Cable, WI (October 26, 2015) – Central Cross Country Ski Association hosted the inaugural Chairman’s Award Dinner and Reception at Lakewoods Resort on Saturday October 24th to recognize and honor individuals who have contributed so much to the sport of cross country skiing.
The awards presented included the Igor Badamshin Coach of the Year Award, Wayne Fish Volunteer of the Year Award and John Hugus Leadership Award. These awards are named after individuals who exemplified the energy, persistence, passion and commitment to carry out a vision to better the sport of cross country skiing.
Honoring Igor, Wayne and John’s legacy, CXC acknowledged three individuals in the Midwest ski community who have shown the same selflessness and passion to the sport and community as coaches, volunteers and leaders. The three award recipients are Piotr Bednarski for Igor Badamshin Coach of the Year Award, Gerald Hanson for the Wayne Fish Volunteer of the Year Award and Don Becker for the John Hugus Leadership Award.
Piotr Bednarski from Minneapolis, MN and recipient of the Igor Badamshin Coach of the Year Award, is the head coach of the Loppet Nordic Racing Team (LNR). Upon two of the Twin Cities clubs merging in 2012, LNR has been unstoppable. In their inaugural year LNR qualified 19 athletes for the 2013 USSA Junior National Championships in Fairbanks, Alaska – more than any other Midwest club, ranking as the #1 Men’s program and #2 Combined Men’s and Women’s program in the United States. In March 2014, LNR sent 23 athletes to Junior Nationals and won all three National Championship Club Titles.
Gerald Hanson from Hayward, WI and recipient of the Wayne Fish Volunteer of the Year Award has been contributing to the ski community for many years. Gerry’s most recent volunteer contribution was serving as a Chief of Operations on the Organizing Committee of the 2015 IPC Nordic Skiing World Championships at Mt. Telemark in Cable, WI. Gerry along with many volunteers spent countless hours preparing the course, planning and working the event.
Don Becker from Madison, WI and recipient of the John Hugus Leadership Award, has become an advocate for adaptive nordic skiing with his mission to create affordable sit-skis to allow anyone an opportunity to partake in adaptive Nordic skiing. With the support of Don Becker, CXC has produced and donated over 300 sit-skis all around the U.S, introduced over 1,000 individuals to recreational and competitive adaptive Nordic skiing and sent 4 athletes to the 2014 Winter Paralympic Games in Sochi, Russia.
CXC is proud to recognize these outstanding contributors and we thank them for their tireless service to advancing our sport throughout the region.
For more photos from the event visit CXC’s SmugMug page.
Mary Kozloski is CXC’s Communication and Media Coordinator. Mary has a Bachelors degree from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay where she majored in Public Relations with a minor in Business Administration, competed as a member of UW-Grean Bay Nordic Ski Team and was team captain for two years.