Our mission is through fitness, competition and fair play, to provide a safe and friendly environment for all and represent the sport at Provincial, National, World Championships and ultimately, the Olympics. We will promote the growth and development of the sport (be it racing or recreational) and seek funding and support to move forward with this cause. Our accountability is to the Board of Directors and to the participants at large.
History of Snowshoeing
The use of snowshoes dates back over an incredibly long span of human history. Archaeologists have been unable to date the origin of either skis or snowshoes, but the best evidence suggests that the first device to serve as a foot-extender for easier travel over the snow was originated in Central Asia about 4000 B.C. Thus the snowshoe/ski is one of the oldest inventions of man, ranking in importance with the wheel.
Without the snowshoe/ski, aboriginal peoples would not have been able to expand over, and occupy, the northern hemisphere. Once this important contribution to technology had been made, certain human groups began their northward migrations which eventually enabled them to move from a central point somewhere in Asia into what are now known as Scandinavia, Siberia and the Americas.
It is thought that Asia and the Americas were once joined by land at the place where the Bering Strait now separates the United States from the Soviet Union. It was then that the various predecessors of the American Indian and the Eskimo moved into the Americas. This eastward migration bridge apparently became the demarcation point between the use of snowshoes and skis for there is no good evidence that skis were ever used in North America by these aboriginal peoples, except among the Aleuts. The westward moving peoples, however, evidently favored the ski for, in the course of human history, skis became the favored means of transportation in northern Asia and Europe. Interchange between Asia and the Americas in the region of the Bering Strait evidently declined and these two human populations developed independently each with its own culture. Interestingly enough, the snowshoe became a major part of the North American cultural heritage.
Today, snowshoeing is a winter recreational pursuit of thousands of people who enjoy winter activities in the northern hemisphere countries. The sale of snowshoes is growing rapidly and many of the winter recreational venues are seeing a marked increase in trail passes for snowshoe participants. Snowshoeing is easy to learn and provides excellent low impact cardio exercise. The equipment is affordable, ultramodern, light weight and easy to use. Snowshoe racing events are growing rapidly and the participation is increasing every year.
Board of Directors
PRESIDENT MONIKA OWCZAREK
Monika has been a snowshoe athlete and ambassador of the sport since 2008. She has snowshoe raced across Canada and competed at World Championship races, and is very passionate about the sport and sharing it with the world. Monika is currently also the President of the World Snowshoe Federation — www.worldsnowshoe.org. When not snowshoeing, she enjoys trail running, road biking and hiking. Her email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
VICE PRESIDENT DAVID ROBINSON
Dave is a lifelong recreational athlete having participated in hockey, track, baseball, triathlon, skiing, golf and windsurfing to name a few. On the administration side he has invested 1000’s of hours and a volunteer, sponsor, marketing manager and most recently as an executive director in triathlon. Dave’s business background is in commercial general insurance where he spent 30 years as a broker. Dave lives in Mississauga, Ontario with his wife Janice who is also a recreational athlete.
Dave is excited to be part of Snowshoe Canada and wants to do everything possible to make it successful.
Dave’s email is: drobinson.sports @sympatico.ca
SECRETARY GAB LEMIEUX
Always seeking new adventures, Gab has been involved in many aspects of sports. Included in his endeavors are leading an expedition to Mount Everest, organizing the Mammouth! mountain challenges and founder of the “Coupe des Neiges” The Quebec Provincial snowshoe racing series. He now leads Quebec’s Outdoor Challenge Corporation. His email is email@example.com.