Sandy Proctor


The 4th Annual Sandy Proctor U10 Invitational at The Heights Sunday February 5th

by Kathryn Henkenhaf, Heights Race Communications
It started with a conversation on a Saturday afternoon in The Heights' Race Office, with an idea from Heights' Head Coach, Geoff Booth, and turned into what will become an annual invitational event that will honour Sandy Proctor's legacy for years to come.

Sandy Proctor was an extraordinary man. He was the Alpine Ontario (AOA) Manager of Race Experience and worked with sponsors to encourage young racers all over Ontario. He worked with the Under 10 racers sharing his passion for skiing with every athlete he met. When Sandy passed away on April 11, 2014, he left behind his passion for the sport of skiing and his tremendous spirit to support young athletes to be the best they could be.

That Saturday afternoon conversation led the Heights' Head Coach and Race Admin staff to work together with AOA's Robyn Skinner, Brad Lashley and Zach Matthews (now AOA's Manager of Race Experience) to create this exciting day for U10's that included a dual terrain fun race in the morning, a BBQ lunch, followed by a GS race in the afternoon, followed by awards and, of course – Sandy's favourite – the bib draw!

We, at the Heights, were very fortunate that one of Sandy's sons, Kent, along with Zach Matthews, AOA, were available to attend the event to take part in the bib draw and awards ceremony. With the help of U10 sponsors Mackenzie Investments as well as AOA, Gates & Boards – among many others, the bib draw proved a fitting finale to the day.

At the bib draw, Kent presented The Heights with a limited print of a young skier walking up the road of a ski-town. This had been given to Kent and his family on the occasion of Sandy being posthumously honoured with AOA's Spirit Award. The print will grace a wall of The Heights chalet in tribute to the fine example that Sandy Proctor set for us all. Sandy's words of encouragement to young athletes will remain with us - “Always be the best you can be. Be well and ski well.”

The Heights looks forward to welcoming racers to this terrific event in 2017!!