Ken Read on the Junior Worlds 2013
Ken Read, member of the Canadian Alpine Skiing Team from 1974 to 1983, currently serves as the Chair of the FIS Coordination Group for Youth and Children’s Questions and also its member Sub-Committee. In his career, he competed at two Olympic Winter Games and, amongst others won the famous Hahnenkamm downhill race in Kitzbuehel (AUT) and the Lauberhorn downhill in Wengen (SUI).
While Ken Read attended the Junior Worlds in Quebec fulfilling various duties, FIS Newsflash took the opportunity to sit down with him for a quick update.
FIS Newsflash: What is your role in these Junior Worlds?
Ken Read: “As Chair of the FIS Youth and Children Alpine Sub-Committee, I oversee the Junior World Ski Championships. I also assist in the ceremonies by presenting medals and trophies to the athletes on behalf of FIS. Whilst supporting the FIS Bring Children to the Snow campaign with its two projects, FIS World Snow Day and FIS SnowKidz, for the even younger generation, the development of the Junior Worlds are one of the continuous agenda points of our Sub-Committee.”
FIS Newsflash: Would you have liked to compete in the Junior Worlds as an athlete?
Ken Read: “I certainly would have, but in my time this event unfortunately did not exist yet. It is a great way for the youth to find their place at the international high-performance skiing level and begin to move up to the World Cup events.”
FIS Newsflash: The event has now come to an end. What is your resume of the Junior Worlds 2013?
Ken Read: “The Championships have taken place here for the third time with the Organising Committee once again having done an outstanding job. The slopes were of very high standard and we saw lots of good spirit. Many young athletes were involved to run the event as forerunners, in piste preparation and by participating in the ceremonies. They have all helped to transport the good spirit and continue what is now a tradition - the annual staging of the Junior Worlds, where we see very high level of competition and help the younger generation move up towards the World Cup level.”