At the Vancouver 2010 Olympics, Manitoban Jon Montgomery captured gold in skeleton. Canadians remember his icon come-from behind win, and his maybe even more iconic celebration: Montgomery strolled through Whistler village, singing the national anthem with a pitcher of beer in hand and a wide grin on his face.
Montgomery’s gold-medal win came just one year after Brandon, Manitoba native Cassie Hawyrsh’s start in skeleton. Prior to skeleton, Cassie was a national level track athlete and volleyball player who had just graduated with a journalism degree. After her first run down the Calgary Olympic Park track in 2009, she fell in love with the sport of skeleton and hasn’t looked back. In her first season, Cassie made it clear she was a natural; and was named Rookie of the Year. Cassie broke onto the international scene in 2011, and made her World Championship debut in 2012.
The following season in 2013/2014, Cassie became the Canadian Champion. Rising quickly through the rankings and turning out consistent results on the World Cup circuit seemed to put Cassie in a good position to compete at the 2014 Sochi Olympics Games, but she was named alternate for the team and never made the trip to Russia. Cassie has spent the last four years training and competing with the goal of making her Olympic debut in PyeongChang.
The Canadian Sport Centre Manitoba acknowledges that our offices are situated on Treaty 1 Land, the original lands of the Anishinaabe, Cree, Ojibway-Cree, Dakota, and Dene Peoples, and on the homeland of the Métis Nation.
The Treaties made on these territories are respected by all those who work at CSCM. We acknowledge the harms and mistakes of the past that were made. In a spirit of collaboration and reconciliation, we dedicate ourselves to continually move forward in partnership with Indigenous communities for ongoing education and learning.
We understand that acknowledging this truth, though important, is only a small part in cultivating the strong relationships we strive to build and maintain with Indigenous communities. We continue to work towards this, with particular attention being paid to the sport specific calls to action #87-91 from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
We recognize we are not the first to live on this land, and thank these Nations for allowing us access to their land and water.