Ottawaskiclub.com has produced over 65 competitors who have gone on to represent Canada in alpine and Nordic
events. Some of the more famous names include: John and Harvey Clifford, Art and Andy Tommy, Anne Heggtveit
(1960 Olympic Gold Medalist and World Champion), Betsy Clifford (1970 GS World Champion), Ken Read (winner of 7
World Cup Downhills) and Horst Bulau (winner of several World Cup Jumping events).
Our most current OSC alumnus to
represent Canada is Pat B..
OSC's Pat B
Canadian Alpine Ski Team (2004-present)
Pat B who has been a member of the Canadian Alpine Ski Team
since 2004, he will be part of the 2006 Olympics in Torino, Italy.
Pat started with the OSC when he was 6 years old, went through the
program, won the Skimeister and had decided, then and now, that
he wanted to be the best in the world, he is on his way to fulfill his
Members of the Club wrote their best wishes on a
banner which his parents will bring to him in Torino.
'As I learned at Camp
the size of the hill is not the most important element in the development of a racer. What is important? Skiing
must be enjoyed for what it is. An enthusiastic program in which participants enjoy lots of camaraderie and
bonhomie, can go a long way towards making up any shortcomings in vertical drop.'
'They may not have had the mountains of Europe or the North American West, but Camp and the
Ottawaskiclub.com had a structured racing organization which involved hundreds of kids ...... the kids at Fortune
were divided so that no child ever felt at a disadvantage because of his weight. Best of all I got to know a
bunch of kids who loved to bomb down the hill. We built bumps and executed spread-eagles in masses of 10 to 15
kids. We chased one another everywhere. To test our mettle, we'd schuss slalom, ..... out of such foolishness
are formed the skiers, who become racers and the racers who become champions.'
'The Fortune program was varied. We were not obliged to concentrate solely on Alpine skiing, but we were
involved in a regime which also included ski jumping, slalom, downhill and cross-country.'
'For a time this small club in the Gatineau Hills may have run the best racing system in Canada. It
turned out racers such as Currie Chapman, who now coaches the women's team, and the Clifford sisters, world
champion Betsy, and former national team member, Susan.'