Alpine pg 1 10-3-19

The Woodstock Academy is looking into starting an Alpine Skiing team this winter.
Head of School Chris Sandford said the school was approached by several parents last year who had interest in such a program.
The school held an informational meeting recently, attended by about 30 to 40 students and parents.
Among those interested were a number of boarding students.
Sandford said the next step is to ascertain the specific costs of such a program.
The team is not included in the school’s athletic budget this winter.
“We have no plans to add it (to the budget), but to compete in this league, (the athletes) need to wear our uniform and to do that, we have to sponsor it. If the parents raise the money or donate the money for their particular students to participate, it is something we would endorse wholeheartedly,” Sandford said. “Who knows what the future holds? In three or four years, it could become part of our program but it’s not in any plans at this time.”
The new team would be part of the Connecticut Interscholastic Ski League which competes at Mt. Southington.
The program, like girls’ ice hockey, would be an independent program since the sport is not sponsored by the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference.
The addition of an Alpine Ski team will just bolster the number of athletic programs already offered at Woodstock Academy which exceeds 50 currently.
“If there are 20 or 30 students who are not doing anything over the winter and we can do something to get them engaged, we’re going to do it,” Sandford said. “I’m a big believer in getting to ‘Yes.’ No one is going to get a perfect answer. It may not look like you want it to, but we will get to ‘Yes’ and provide the opportunity for the students. We’re excited about that.”
Marc Allard
Director of Sports Information
The Woodstock Academy


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