First female hired to lead Canadian Para Alpine Ski Team

Posted By: Selma Al-Faqih on April 12, 2010 9:16 am

Brianne Law, a World Cup coach with Canada’s Para-Alpine Ski Team for the past three years, will guide Canada’s para-alpine ski team (CPAST) as CPAST Athletic Director, the country’s national governing body for ski racing has announced.

Brianne Law begins her job today as the first female to lead Canada’s para-alpine high performance program. She takes over for Jean-François Rapatel, who was recently hired to oversee all aspects of Canada’s able-bodied development ski racing system.  She is 29.

“JF has done great job of building a successful program over the past five years, and I look forward to being able to continue with the momentum he has built,” added Law, a McGill graduate in psychology with a minor in kinesiology.

Law joined the national para-alpine ski team coaching staff in 2007 after two seasons with the Ontario Ski Team, will focus on building off the momentum created following the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games in which the team captured 13 of the host nations 19 medals. The CPAST team also won the overall Nation’s Cup title in 2009 and was the top nation in terms of medals won at the 2009 IPC Para-Alpine World Championships.

“A group of focused and determined athletes achieved a record number of medals at the 2010 Paralympics and I feel fortunate to have been a part of the team the last three seasons,” said Law. “I look forward to the challenge of leading the para-alpine team, using the experiences of the past three years to build on our success as we shift the focus to sustaining excellence beyond 2010.”

“Brianne is an ideal person to take on this role given her skills, experience and knowledge of both para-alpine and alpine ski racing as well as her academic background. Her last three seasons with the para-alpine team will ensure a quick and seamless transition in her new role and make sure the program continues to improve and move in the right direction,” said Rapatel.