2023 Volunteer of the year - kryztle shewchuk
Kryztle Shewchuk’s dedication to the sport of cross country skiing and her commitment to our community and club is nothing short of spectacular. Her 2022-2023 season was successful and memorable in both her coaching and racing pursuits.
Kryztle’s background is in racing. She is a multi-sport athlete that has participated in
national events for both sailing and skiing. She is a competitor at heart. She came into the sport
through the help and coaching of Colette Bourgonje. Colette had previously found an elite athlete
in Brittany Hudak and noticed the same capability in Krystle. They trained, travelled, and raced
together for many years, and Krystle developed into an avid racer and lover of the sport.
Para-nordic skiing is a defining aspect of our ski community. It is something that the
Prince Albert area is consistently recognized for. When you look at the sport on a national level,
Saskatchewan doesn’t seem to be a dominant figure. However, para-nordic athletes from this
province, and more specifically this region, have always made up a large part of our national ski
community. Colette is largely to credit for that. Over the course of the past few years, Colette has
built up a strong team of youth para-nordic racers.
Unfortunately, in early December of last year Colette went through a medical emergency
that left her in the hospital for almost 2 months. There was a hole temporarily left in our
community. In her absence, Krystle stepped up in a big way. She trained with the team multiple
times a week for the entire season and coached them to great things. Krystle is a natural born
coach. She is very knowledgeable about skiing and racing, but it doesn’t end there. Even early in
the season when she was new to coaching the team, she picked up on the smallest details in
regards to her athletes and was able to use this understanding to give them effective and precise
Last winter, her athletes represented Team Lakeland at the Saskatchewan Winter Games
in Regina. Each one of them brought home multiple gold medals. As much as she would have
loved to be in Regina with her team Krystle wasn’t able to attend because she was representing
Team Saskatchewan at the Canada Winter Games in P.E.I. during the same week. She battled
tough competition and brought home a bronze medal which led to her being chosen to be Team
Saskatchewan’s flag-bearer for the closing ceremonies. The athletes she coaches were
undoubtedly inspired by seeing her perform and succeed at the highest level. The effects of her
efforts will be seen within these kids for years to come.
The Prince Albert Nordic Ski Club acknowledges the ski trails are on Treaty 6 Territory. We pay our respect to the First Nations ancestors of this land and reaffirm our relationship with one another as we continue on the path of reconciliation together
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