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Coming to Thunder Bay to pursue a teaching career in 1972, this exceptional builder brought his passion for cross country skiing with him. Upon his arrival he began conducting ski clinics throughout the region and introduced cross country skiing to his students.

Volunteering his time to such events and organizations as the Sibley Ski Tour, the Lake Superior Ski Division and Big Thunder, he developed his technical skills in event and course management, serving the region well as a Technical Delegate and Chief of Competition for a number of ski races.

Joining the Canadian Ski Association in 1980 he served as Chair of the Officials Committee for Cross Country Canada from 1983-85, and was named Canada's representative to the Fédération Internationale de Ski in 1985, a position he has retained to the present day. A certified FIS Technical Delegate and homologation expert, he is one of very few people in the world with the skill set and organizational capabilities needed to contribute to cross country events at the highest level.

His expertise saw him serve as Chief of Start/Finish at the 1988 Olympics in Calgary, Assistant Technical Delegate at the 1998 Nagano Olympics, Technical Delegate for the 2002 Salt Lake Olympic Games, jury member for the 2002 Paralympics, Chief of Competition for the 1995 Nordic World Ski Championships and Assistant TD at the 2005 World Championships in Sweden.

A strong voice in the formation of the National Training Development Centre, he has been instrumental in the organization’s development for more than a decade, which has served as a wonderful training ground for future stars. His exceptional contributions saw Cross Country Canada name him their 1990 Volunteer of the Year and 1996 recipient of the Dave Rees Award.

Recently appointed the Executive Director of Cross Country Canada, he has been charged with the responsibility of leading the Canadian ski team to the top of the podium at the 2010 Olympics, a task he no doubt will achieve, given his high level of dedication and expertise.

Inducted into the Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame, September 30, 2006

Al Maddox

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