Last year’s Fernie ski race season launched with a new tradition – a kick off event for families with food, a look at the upcoming season and prizes – including a free FAST registration for the year.
The Scarff family were the lucky winners who in turn, generously donated their winnings back to the club through the Emily Brydon Youth Foundation. This donation enabled a local athlete to participate in FAST for the 2019/20 season.
The Scarffs have been involved with FAST since 2011, when their eldest was just four years old and the main goal was getting on the Deer chair without incident. Today, both kids are active in the program in U14 and U12, participating in local BC races. “We joined FAST because we wanted our kids to learn to ski well, develop solid skills and passion for the sport,” says Carrie Scarff. “Skiing is such a great life sport that we wanted them to learn to be able to enjoy for the rest of their lives, wherever their paths take them.”
“We like FAST because of the top quality instruction and great families that are involved with the organization,” said Ryan Scarff. “FAST appeals to families who have a shared passion for quality family time, the outdoors and skiing.”
Their kids enjoy the coaching, with their daughter remarking how coaches treat kids with compassion. “Coaches are hardworking, kind and smart. They teach you really useful skills you wouldn’t know about before,” she says. Both kids have met new friends, learned responsibility and how to work hard.
“FAST has a special sense of community between the athletes, coaches, parents and volunteers,” says Carrie. “It not only brings people together in the ski community, but it also develops a sense of belonging to their team.”
“It’s important for our family to give back to the community in which we live, work and play, so this was an easy decision,” says Ryan. “We also support volunteer programs personally such as Canadian Association for Disabled Skiing and professionally through our Calgary-based hearing care clinics Audiology Innovations. Besides assisting our patients with their hearing protective and augmentative devices, we provide support and expertise as a longstanding volunteer to Deaf and Hear Alberta, a non-profit agency helping individuals with hearing loss.”
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