Banff high school student Colin Elliott has been awarded the annual Tri-Area Alpine Scholarship for excellence in Nordic skiing and academics.
The scholarship uses funds raised during Community Ski Days at Sunshine Village Ski & Snowboard Resort and two other resorts.
“This is just one more way our resort is putting money back into the community,” said John Scurfield, Vice-President of Sunshine Village.
“Sunshine Village is very proud of our connection to the Bow Valley and to Banff National Park.”
To qualify, students are assessed on grades, sport performance and sport participation, including competing at a national or international level.
Elliott, 17, has been a member of the Canmore Nordic Ski Team for the past three years, competing at the National Cross Country Ski Championships. This year, he placed 20th in his year class.
In addition to his athletic accolades, Elliott has been the top student at the Banff Community High School in grades seven through 10 and he has achieved an amazing 100 per cent in Physics, Pure Math and French.
“It means a lot to me,” said Elliott, who indicated he will likely put the money towards post-secondary education in mathematics at the University of Waterloo and a new set of competition-level ski poles.
Elliott, who lives in Banff with parents Kevin Elliott and Deb Hornsby, is the first Nordic skier to win the award.
The scholarship was first awarded in 2008 and has been awarded to Tess Davies (Alpine), Will Laver (Alpine) and Lou Doyon (Alpine) of Canmore Collegiate High School. Banff student Cody Pederson (Alpine) has also won the award.