On Friday March 24th, 21 racers showed for the final race of the season. It was their last chance to burnish their records before the medal ceremony on Saturday evening. Conditions were boilerplate corduroy following the freeze Thursday evening. Rick Duckworth was in high spirits and when he was teased that he had a target on his back. “I love competition it makes me ski even better” he said as he came in first, winning a platinum. Anne Halvorsen had the best time in the Women’s Group and beat all but four of the men. Cheryl Brayman was behind her by two second. Rick Duckworth was a “blur” on the course with Garrett Bergey a close second. Garrett has returned to racing after many years off, so we are looking forward to his results next season, now that he has his legs under him. Dan Towle and Peter Menkes had very good times in keeping with the progress they have made all season. Jula Fender and Gil Edwards battled it out with hundredth of seconds separating them, one winning on the green course the the other winning on the orange course. Some members burnished their season results and others tarnished their records in anticipation of the Medal Awards at the Annual Banquet.
Saturday evening, 44 members attended the annual Banquet and Medal Ceremony at the Warren Town Hall. Ray Bollerud , SRC President opened the evening noting this was a year for celebration following 3 years of “racing drought” with Covid, bad weather and broken pipes in the last few years. We held all 8 races, and no member was injured on the course. The dinner was a highlight of the year capping a wonderful season. The banquet was catered by the Kitchenette who served great appetizers and a meal “fit for a king”. Four members were honored for their years of service to the club, Howie Whittle, Kate Murray-Jones, Barbara Brady and Dave Goldstein. New members, Elizabeth and Richard Swartz won the 50-50 raffle. The proceeds for the year will be donated to Vermont Adaptive Sports.
Racers competed in six categories this year with each category awarding Gold, Silver and Bronze. All told, 18 racers won medals. It was a finale for the club. While the race season is over, skiing will continue. The Club has several summer and fall outings planned and looks forward to the 23-24 season.
The attached photo includes the seven medal winners who were present at the awards dinner. They are Rick Duckworth, Rich Jones, Gil Edwards, Cheryl Brayman, Jula Fender, Barbara Brady and Anne Halverson.
Photo by Gregg Shupe