-Building Strong Skiers for Life-
The Poley Mountain Racing Club is a not-for-profit organization established in the early 1980’s to develop, support and deliver quality alpine ski racing programs. Based at Poley Mountain in Sussex, New Brunswick, the mission of the PMRC is to promote broad-based participation and the pursuit of excellence in alpine skiing in a positive, safe environment.
The PMRC is enjoying a resurgence of interest and participation in alpine skiing in southern New Brunswick. The entry level program, Snow Stars, had over 65 young skiers in the winter of 2013 with the competitive racing team reaching the best levels in ten years with close to 30 athletes.
This renewed level of activity is guided by a team of ten coaches. One of the key points of pride for the PMRC is the quality, depth and commitment of the coaching team. The coaching team is anchored by Toby Bourque as program director who has been coaching since 1994 with his most recent accomplishment being one of New Brunswick’s cycling coaches for the 2013 Canada Summer Games. New energy has been brought to the club by two seasoned Atlantic Canadian skiers, Ian Banks and Nicole Laughlin. Ian has coached across Canada as well as three years in New Zealand. Nicole, a Canadian Nationals and Canada Winter Games participant, returned from Fernie, B.C. to join the PMRC in the winter of 2012.
The growth in the entry-level and junior ranks is supported by a well balanced group of seasoned coaches complimented by former racing team members, now focusing their talents on the skills development of the younger athletes. This team consists of Sidney Piekarski, Kevin Belyea, Charity Coates, Christy Bourque, Joffre Theriault, Dick Daigle and Nicole Smith, a coach for over 25 years and currently the President of NB Alpine.
Both the Board and the coaching staff of the PMRC have a shared philosophy in their approach to the pursuit of ski racing. First and foremost is a love of skiing. From that, the focus is to assist young athletes to realize their personal best in a positive, challenging and fun environment.
The PMRC is very proud of current and former members who are excelling on the national and world stage. These include Robin Overing, attending Dartmouth College and recently named to Alpine Canada’s Prospect team and Mark Fawcett, head coach of the Canadian National Alpine Snowboard team and winner of 14 World Cup events in snowboarding. In the most recent Canada Winter Games, PMRC was pleased to place athletes, coaching staff and management to the New Brunswick Canada Games Team.