The Abby Award

Abby never won 1st, 2nd or 3rd, but she had fun. We never thought she would be an Olympic athlete but we had underestimated her before. Abby always showed up to the hill with a smile, did whatever the coaches asked of her, put in 110% and never said she didn’t want to go. She was amazing. The ski community has given us so much that we feel the best way to honour Abby is to give back.

The Abby Award is a snowflake medallion which will be presented to a U10 level ski racer. This award is for the athlete who shows up in the morning with a smile on their face. They try their best and give 110%, do what the coach asks, never complains and cheers on their teammates. It is meant for the athlete who is there because they want to have fun and they truly love the sport of skiing. Our plan for this season is to award a NASA U10 athlete with the first Abby Award at the end of this current season. Going forward, we will be putting together packages for all alpine clubs in Canada to award to one of their U10 athletes the Abby Award at the end of each season. The Coaches who work closely with all the children will have to decide which athlete is the one who exhibits the characteristics above.

We created the Abby Award Foundation to help us cover the costs associated with presenting the Abby Award across the country and to support those athletes with a passion for ski racing. Funding for the Abby Award Foundation will be achieved by selling Abby Badges. The Abby Badges are for sale, and we are also accepting monetary donations to the Foundation. We don’t yet have charity status and therefore can’t issue tax receipts but hope to in the future.

You will see athletes, coaches and parents wearing their Abby Badge on their ski jackets, ski pants, race suits and backpacks. These badges not only represent a memorial to Abby but also reflect a belief in the true passion and love of the sport of alpine skiing. We hope all those who purchase a badge will remember Abby and will reflect on what it means to love the sport of alpine skiing.

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The Abby Award Foundation is Incorporated in the Province of Alberta under the Societies Act as a non-profit society. Although we are extremely grateful for all contributions, we have not yet received charitable status from the Canada Revenue Agency and therefore cannot issue tax deductible receipts at this time.