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Elite class was split into E1 and E2. Next, we added Super
Vet, I think it was around 50 years old. Since then, the age
splits have been raised. By 2000, the classes were again
changed to the " Skill Level " system. The classes are S0 thru
S10 with Vet and Super Vet in each. Recently, we added Legions
(75 years or older). There is just one Legion's class, no
handicap range. " - George Eachus
There is one event in Far West league racing
which warrants further detail. ROKKA league in
the early 1980s was successful and looking to expand
using sponsorship money.
Until 1983 the Far West Ski Association/
USSA-Sports had a staff that secured sponsorships
for programs, including the leagues. At the Annual
Convention, a chairman was elected to run the Far
West Championships. Rokka had a sponsor, but no
one was very happy with the arrangement, including
the league and the sponsor. The sponsor wanted a
new arrangement that could include ten racing
groups in cities in California and Nevada. His bottom
line: give yourself a name and we can go with it.
Karen Tablada and Ellen Loe, representing
ROKKA, immediately drew up a sponsorship
agreement in a cash and in kind supplies over a
several year period. This was negotiation of a scale
and skill never seen by ROKKA (or any league). The
beer sponsor signed off on the new sponsorship
agreement. Racing news travels fast. Rokka and
other leagues became the Far West Racing Association,
with Tablada and Loe the " founding mothers " .
Race chairmen gathered in Los Angeles on
Memorial Day of 1983, and decided that they were
the Far West Racing Association, made Ellen Loe
the President and started the Far West Racing Association.
Each league is still independent with each
President being the voting members of FWRA.
" FWRA and FWSA remained independent until
1995. I worked with FWSA to arrange an agreement to help
both our mutual interest. FWRA was given a seat on the
FWSA Board of Directors, with the President joining the
board in 2003. The FWRA agreed to have its Racer Awards
at the FWSA Convention. FWRA also agreed to sanction
FWSA Ski Week races if they followed FWRA rules for
handicapping. At the same time, FWRA also sanctioned
USRSA Ski Week races. " - George Eachus
Today, demographics and competing interests
within the people expert in conducting races have
taken their toll on league racing. Race chairmen
now can conduct races involving multiple leagues.
League racing had great years in the three decades
after 1964. It probably reached its zenith in the
1990s but it served a great purpose in the history of
recreational skiing. Any club member could participate
in racing among friends and it's relatively inexpensive.
Its scheduling required only an arrangement
between the league and the host ski area. It has
used dual and other different racing courses. Today
it has sophisticated timing and data support and it
remains an uncomplicated attraction for the weekend
club skier. n
AJ Hurt, a FWSA Scholarship recipient through Sierra League and Council, is from Carnelian Bay,
California and skis for the U.S. Ski Team. racing photo of Ameliia Josphine Hurt provided by David Krupp
FWSA Athletic
Scholarship Program
by Randy Lew
Past President, FWSA
The Far West Ski Association Athletic Scholarship
Program was approved by the Board of
Trustees and Board of Directors in 2003 and took
roots under the leadership of Robb Margrave,
growing from an initial $1,000 and 2 scholarship
recipients in 2004 to $13,750 and 16 scholarship
recipients in 2019. The total awarded since the
program's inception is now $165,000 to 116 different
athletes.
The FWSA Athletic Scholarship program
has had three very dedicated team leaders since its
inception: Robb Margrave the program founder
from 2004 to 2008; Dick Shawkey who grew the
program through community visibility and
club/council partnerships from 2008 to 2014; and
David Krupp, who continued to expand the program
through the Far West Ski Foundation from
2014 to 2020. Debbi Kor, FWSA VP of Marketing,
has also been instrumental in the growth of
the program through increasing the number of
program specific sponsors who have contributed
auction/raffle items or cash.
The program is designed to provide financial
assistance to junior ski racers throughout the western
United States where FWSA has a presence.
Applicants must be junior alpine ski racers affiliated
with the United States Ski and Snowboard
Association (USSA) in the U16 through U21 age
brackets and must participate in racing programs
in states where FWSA has regional councils or influence.
These include Alaska, Arizona, California,
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Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, South
Dakota, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming. The Athletic
Scholarship Committee evaluates applications
based on financial need, athletic performance, academic
achievement, and community service and recommends
scholarship grants based on objective
judging.
Skiing is an expensive sport and the costs involved
in ski racing cannot be left up to the parents
alone to incur. For younger athletes, the costs are
modest. However, for 15 through 20-year old's,
where competition becomes national and even international,
the costs can be significant. Without the
help of outside resources, many junior racers simply
cannot compete. For a top competitor, expenses can
reach $20,000 per year. This is not a seasonal sport
for these racers; it includes a full year of ski-related
involvement. After the winter race competition has
concluded, competitors engage in dryland training;
then off to summer camps. Camps typically run
about $1,200 per week, not including transportation.
Winter training costs range from $1,000$1,500
each season. Most applicants work part time
to offset expenses. The demands on their time is significant.
They must balance their time between
training, competition, school, work, and community
service. Despite these demands, the average GPA for
these recipients consistently exceeds a 3.9 average.
Our scholarships are modest compared to the need,
but they do make a difference in the overall scope of
the resources they require.

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