Without coaches, we would not be able to compete against the best in the world. National Coaches Week is a time to celebrate the impact that coaches have on athletes across the country. Alpine Canada is lucky to have some incredible coaches working with the Canadian Alpine, Para-Alpine and Ski Cross Teams, supporting them in their quest for the podium.
We are excited to take this opportunity to recognize all ski coaches across the country who are helping skiers develop a love for ski racing, skiing and the great outdoors.
All week we’ll be highlighting some of the coaches who work with our Team Canada Ski Teams.
Name: Manuel Gamper
Team: Canadian Alpine Ski Team
Role: Women’s Head Coach
1. How long have you been a coach?
I started coaching in the late 90’s helping out with our local ski club before I spent a few seasons coaching in New Zealand for the Mount Hutt Ski Club as well as an academy in Wanaka.
2. Why did you decide to get into coaching?
I fell in love with it helping my father who has been also a long-time national ski team coach.
3. What is the best thing about your job?
I like the skiing as a sport per se. It is a culture where I grew up and it is just inspirational. I like to experiment with technique, trying to understand it and to deal with different characters of athletes. Unlocking their potential is a consistent challenge I like.
4. What is the best moment of your coaching career?
One of the best moments was the victory of one of our athletes winning a gold medal at Olympics which was not quite expected.
5. What’s the toughest part about your job?
Staying calm when things are getting tough.
6. What are you most looking forward to about this season?
Having our athletes healthy to race in good shape.