by Cross Country Nova Scotia Staff, June 20, 2020
Cross Country Nova Scotia is proud to announce that provincial ski team athlete, Milo Sircom-Brown, is the recipient of our 2020 Sue Hill Award, for most improved skier. The high performance committee determines the award winners, by calculating the ski team member with the greatest improvement on the Canadian Points List, in comparison to the previous season.
Milo is a member of Halifax Nordic Ski Club, and trains year round as an athlete on the provincial team. Seven athletes earned a spot on the 2019-20 provincial team, varying in ages from 12 – 17 years. The provincial program is under the direction of Daniel Murray, who completed his twelfth season as head coach.
This was Milo’s first year as a U16 racer, which is a big competitive jump, developmentally speaking. Milo embraced the challenge in stride, however, and now demonstrates a lot of athletic maturity for his age.DANIEL MURRAY | HEAD COACH (2007-present) | NS PROVINCIAL TEAM
Milo competed in races held in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Quebec. Coach Murray notes, “This was Milo’s first year as a U16 racer, which is a big competitive jump, developmentally speaking. Milo embraced the challenge in stride, however, and now demonstrates a lot of athletic maturity for his age.”
Then & Now
Milo as a young skier just starting out at Martock Nordic.
Milo competing at the 2019 Eastern Canadian Championships.
He started as a young skier at Martock Nordic. Milo’s parents weighed in on his commitment to the team, “Yes we are very proud of Milo! He has trained very hard over the past year and really dedicated himself to the team. I think it has really paid off, in both his ability as a skier, and in his personal growth. His trip to the Easterns with his team allowed him a degree of independence that he had not previously experienced, and we were pleased to hear how responsible he was, both on and off the course. Being on the ski team has been a real motivator, and he continues to look to the future.”
Training is ongoing for Milo, who was named to the 2020-21 provincial “A” team. Currently, the team is taking part in virtual training sessions, online meetings, and roller-skiing. The objective of the provincial team is to build esprit de corps, develop friendships, and provide competitive learning opportunities and challenges.
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On behalf of Cross Country Nova Scotia, we would like to congratulate Milo Sircom-Brown on receiving our 2020 Sue Hill Award. All the best in your training for the upcoming season, Milo.
History – Sue Hill Award
The Sue Hill Award was created to acknowledge the many years of dedication to the ski team by Sue Hill, an exceptional volunteer, who supported the provincial program from 1988-2011. The CCNS board of directors initiated this annual award in 1999. Ike Whitehead, long-time administrator for CCNS from 1977-2008 recalls, “There are certain people in the world and your association… we had to do something to remember Sue. She was a true top-notch volunteer. We created this award in her honour.”
There are certain people in the world and your association… we had to do something to remember Sue. She was a true top-notch volunteer. We created this award in her honour.IKE WHITEHEAD | ADMINISTRATOR (1977-2008) | CROSS COUNTRY NOVA SCOTIA
A dedicated volunteer, Sue performed the gamut of volunteer tasks for the provincial team, from 1988-1990 she was the driver, cookie-maker, and general gopher. Sue served as manager from 1991-92, head coach from 1992-1999, assistant coach from 2006-2011, para-nordic coach at the 2011 Canada Winter Games, and also coached the Dartmouth High team. Sue competed as an athlete on the provincial team.
Thank-you to Sue Hill, for your perseverance to developing skiers and helping to build the provincial team program.