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Born in Fort William in 1912, this builders passionate dedication to the development of skiing in northwestern Ontario, and throughout Canada, created many opportunities on the slopes. Competing in both alpine and cross-country skiing events from 1927-35, his interest in skiing led him to become one of the most influential builders in his skiing community.  He started as a minor official at the 1936 Canadian Ski Championships held in Fort William and he went on to become involved with the Lake Superior Ski Division in 1942, serving as President of the Port Arthur Ski Club from 1945-47. 

Spreading his talents outside of the region, he took on the role of technical Chairman for alpine, with the Canadian Amateur Ski Association (CASA) from 1950-59, a non-profit organization that encouraged both recreation and competitive skill development.  Unwavering in his dedication to improving the advancement of the sport, he advanced himself as well, climbing right to the top as President of the CASA, a position he held until 1969.  

In 1961 he qualified as a FIS (Federation de International Ski) jumping judge, becoming one of the first individuals in Canada to do so.  He performed duties as an FIS judge for 20 years.  In 1962, as manager of the Canadian Alpine Ski Team in Europe, he took part in officiating and, at the 1964 Olympic Winter Games held in Innsbruck, Austria, he not only managed Canada's ski team, but was Canada's official judge during the competitions.  From that point on he was recognized by the FIS as an official examiner and technical delegate for major international competitions.  He also conducted classes locally and due to his dedication and leadership, a number of Thunder Bay residents became qualified national and international officials.

In 1972 he was one of the first to initiate a movement to get the Ontario government to build Big Thunder and was instrumental in obtaining the consulting services of world renowned international ski jump builders and engineers to help with the development of the project.  The opening of this world class facility in his home town in 1975 was a testament to the dedication and vision provided by the local skiing community, including this skiing pioneer.

Inducted into the Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame, September 25, 1982

Mike Guzzell

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