Maine Winter Sports Center is finalist for international award

Posted May 07, 2010, at 7:20 p.m.

PARK CITY, Utah —The Maine Winter Sports Center is among eight finalists for the International Ski Federation’s first FIS SnowKidz Award, which will be announced June 4 at the FIS Congress in Antalya, Turkey. Its ongoing “Healthy Hometowns” program introduces nearly 5,000 new participants to Nordic skiing each year.

The new award was launched to recognize and promote the best examples of bringing children to the snow in varying national circumstances around the globe. The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association awarded its 2009 Russell Wilder Award for contributions to youth to the MWSC, one of more than 425 USSA clubs across America. FIS member national ski associations worldwide were invited to submit projects for consideration. A total of 22 applications from 18 national associations were received along with nine others from aid and promotion causes for developing ski nations.

Healthy Hometowns provides programming for nearly 5,000 youth participants each year, in addition to providing seasonal equipment rentals to an additional 2,000. The program has a presence in clubs and schools in 96 different Maine communities. A pair of portable trailers make rounds during the winter throughout Maine. The program also conducts leadership workshops to bring winter-sport teaching skills to Maine communities.

“Our program provides an exciting introduction to skiing as well as tools for communities to build sustainable ski programs,” Andy Shepard, MWSC president said. “Best of all, it’s a model that consists of easily replicable components, which any other state, region or nation could implement.”

Other finalists are from Norway, Pakistan, Germany, Estonia, Italy, Hungary and Finland.

Pro bass angler coming to Bangor

Professional bass fisherman Mike DelVisco will share tips and sign autographs at the Texas Roadhouse restaurant in Bangor on May 20. The program will run from 6-8 p.m.

DelVisco has been a full-time angler on the Bassmaster tour for 20 years and is currently in fifth place in the Bassmaster series.

Guests can register to win fishing prize packages at the event.

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