Spokane Nordic Ski Coach Bryant - PNSA Ski Coach of the Year
Spokane Nordic Ski Association is happy to announce that ski team coach George Bryant has been selected as the Pacific Northwest Ski Association (PNSA) Nordic Coach of the Year! The PNSA Nordic Coach of the Year award is an annual nominated award with nominations made prior to the PNSA convention, which was held June 3-5 in Hood River, OR this year. The nomination for George included the following supporting reasons: “He is a great leader of the team and gives so much of his time to the kids, beyond his job description. He motivates his athletes to push hard and has produced some high caliber performers. He has been a coach for many years and brings a wealth of experience.” For nearly a decade George Bryant has worked with teenage skiers and their families to take their Nordic skiing to a higher level.
George Bryant and his spouse Alison Weiner were together honored this February as the recipients of the Gary Silver Award for their dedication to the sport of cross-country skiing at Mt. Spokane. Their combined efforts have extended beyond the connection to youth racing team and includes years of service to the community of skiers, facilities and programs at Mount Spokane.
Although Nordic skiing is a winter sport, coach George Bryant works with Spokane area team members all year long training for competition. The team regularly practices roller skiing on area trails, as well as combining lifting weights and endurance training. It was noted in a February article about George Bryant by Rich Landers that athletes from Spokane Nordic’s ski team regularly earn their way onto the Pacific Northwest Ski Association’s Junior Nationals team. This year was no exception, with 4 skiers attending Junior Nationals in Telemark, WI.
Andrew Potyk Wins Male Non-High School Athlete of the year
Spokane Nordic Ski Association is proud to announce Andrew Potyk as the recipient of the Spokane Sports Commission’s 2016 male non-high school athlete of the year. Andrew Potyk is a senior at Ferris, and has been skiing with the Spokane Nordic Ski Team since 2009. This winter, his successful season culminated with a top 10 finish at the Nordic Junior Nationals, earning him All-American status. It has been over 15 years since a home-grown Spokane skier has earned a spot on the All-American Team. He handily won the 2016 Langlauf 10K ski race this February, the largest ski race in our region.
He has shown consistent dedication and leadership during his skiing career. Andrew’s training has been intense and time-consuming, with both on-snow and dryland sessions in a variety of disciplines – weight-lifting, competitive climbing, biking, and roller-skiing as well as on-snow training. In addition to his time spent skiing Andrew is also a varsity runner on Ferris’ state cross-country team. He also dedicates time to mentor the youth skiers on Mt. Spokane. Despite the high training volume, Andrew has maintained top grades and will graduate as a valedictorian.
Andrew’s Nordic ski coach, George Bryant, had this to say about him, "Andrew is a talented, intelligent athlete who has put in the hard work, both physically and mentally, to compete with the best in the country. His rise through the ranks of Nordic skiers in our division and in the national races in the last two years has shown the dedication and motivation to achieve his success."
While seemingly an individual sport, Nordic ski racing does require the camaraderie and competition of teammates and other skiers to progress for any single skier. Andrew developed with a core group of teammates that provided a foundation for his success and that continue to support him in his endeavors, now and in the future. Andrew hopes to carry his passion for Nordic skiing with him into his future as a college student this fall.
Mark Your Calendar - Trail Work Days Planned
Although it seems like a long way away, summer will be here before you know it. We will again continue our annual tradition of eight planned work parties through the summer and into fall to prepare the ski trails again for next winter. Please mark these dates in your calendars, as we hope to see as many Spokane Nordic skiers there as possible.
Saturday July 16th
Sunday July 31st
Saturday August 13th
Sunday August 28th
Saturday Sept. 10th
Sunday Sept. 25th
Saturday October 8th
Sunday October 23rd
Spokane Nordic is committed to creating, developing and delivering programs and facilities
to foster cross-country skiing within the greater Spokane community.
Spokane Nordic Ski Association is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
P.O. Box 501, Spokane, WA, 99210