Coaches

Program Director and Head Coach:  Jorgen Anderson

I was a racer for the Apex Ski Club in the 1980’s and went on to race many years at the FIS level. When I finished racing, I spent 5 years with the Club as an Assistant Coach and then Head Coach. Feeling the need to move on, I attended the University of Victoria. While attending university, I was a coach for the Mt. Washington Ski Club. After university, I followed my interest to work with developmentally disabled children, specializing in autism. During this time, I also discovered the world of fishing, and I continue to guide in areas all over the West Coast of British Columbia. My wife and I always wanted to return to the Okanagan, and in the summer of 2008, we moved with our daughter back to the Penticton area. This was the best move ever! Skiing, summer, four seasons. I started coaching again, managing the Nancy Greene program for the Club. At this time, the Club was very small but had many eager young skiers. I became Head Coach and Program Director in 2011 and have enjoyed every minute. I am very blessed to have such an amazing Club to work for. Always a believer in following your passion!

U14 Head Coach and Assistant Program Director:  Brent Schleppe

I started ski racing in Banff in the Nancy Greene ski program, moved up to the FIS program then raced with the Alberta Ski Team where I competed in the Canadian and U.S. National championships from 1979 to 1981.  I have been coaching with the Jasper Ski Team for the last 14 years and have spent the last 7 years as head coach for the club’s U14 and U16 Alpine Programs. I am passionate about promoting sports and healthy lifestyle for youth. I am on skis year round; coaching ski racers in the winter and waterskiing in the summer.  My other interests include racing triathlons and mountain biking.  Coaching U16 athletes at Westerns held at Apex a number of years ago was my first introduction to the Apex Ski Team, and the amazing race and training terrain the area has to offer. The opportunity to be a member of the Coaching Team with the Apex Ski Club this winter will be amazing and fits perfectly with our family plan to reside in the beautiful Okanagan Valley.  I feel very privileged to be able to coach the Apex U14’s and assist with directing the program this season. I am really looking forward to working with the Apex coaching staff in developing Apex athletes and building their passion for skiing and “Sports for Life”.

U12 Head Coach: Kristen Anderson

I have been skiing at Apex for almost my entire life. I moved to the Okanagan with my parents from Vancouver Island at the age of 6 and have been here ever since. From age 6-10, I was in the Carvers program, then moved onto the Apex race team, and then onto the Okanagan FIS Ski Team. My 6 years racing competitively have been some of the best years of my life so far. It has taught me many different life skills such as organization, time management, and much more. My favourite part of the race program is the people I have met and the places I have been. Over the years, I have been to many mountains across British Columbia, Alberta, and even Ontario for the U16 Nationals. I now attend Penticton Secondary School, in my Grade 12 year, studying hard, and soon to graduate in June 2019. After high school, I plan to attend Okanagan College for my first year studying astrophysics. I am very excited to be coaching U12 and look forward to an amazing season passing on what I’ve learned in my own racing journey.

 

Special Advisor:  Gary Athans

Special Advisor Gary Athans

 

Gary was a 1984 Olympic Downhill team member and 7 year National team member with numerous national titles. He was World ranked 17th in Downhill.  Gary is a level 3 certified ski coach.  He has 15 years of experience coaching juniors-adults, and was previously the Head Coach at the Dave Murray ski camps and special events at Whistler Mountain.  Gary is a full time real estate agent in Kelowna and loves volunteering for the awesome ski club at Apex! And getting into the back country! Apex Ski Club is very fortunate to have Gary working with the coaches and athletes as a Special Advisor