August 18, 2021
The Far West Skiing, Inc. Board of Directors is thrilled to announce that Kayla Wieczorek (“wi-chor-ek”) has been hired as its Divisional Manager. Kayla will be responsible for administering all aspects of Far West alpine racing in coordination with the division’s coaches, clubs, and volunteers in service to all Far West athletes and their families. Kayla brings a wealth of knowledge, experience, and passion to the position.
Kayla grew up ski racing in Minnesota and graduated from the University of Minnesota-Duluth with a Bachelor’s of Applied Sciences focused on outdoor leadership and team building. Kayla is committed to the importance of sport in the life-long development of our young athletes. She coached various age groups during her six years with the Diamond Peak Ski Education Foundation, taking on great responsibility with the FIS group during her inaugural year, followed by on- and off-snow coaching engagements with U10/12s, 14s, 16s and Masters as a Level 300 coach. Her experience and expertise as a coach, race official and jury member will serve her well. Kayla’s mentor and legendary coach Konrad Rickenbach says, “The opportunity to work with her has been one of the most rewarding experiences in my 45 years of ski coaching. Her positive attitude, work ethic and respect for others sets her apart from many other young people.”
The outgoing Divisional Manager, Lucy Conklin, has worked extensively with Kayla in recent years, commenting, “Kayla is an outstanding selection to lead the Far West going forward. She has a full package of coaching and officiating certifications, a positive demeanor, and seeks out answers to help all that are involved in the sport. I am excited to have her on board!”
Far West Skiing Board President Laurey Carlson extended a warm greeting, stating “We are so excited to have Kayla join Far West Skiing as our new Divisional Manager. She brings to the position tremendous experience from the world of Alpine Ski Racing. Her positive, compassionate nature and enthusiasm for a job well done make Kayla ideal for her new role. Welcome to the organization, Kayla!”
Kayla jumped right in, starting August 17th to learn the division’s procedures. She reports, “I am eager and excited for this opportunity to gain new skills and work with Far West officials, parents, athletes, and coaches.”
**All inquiries can be directed to the Far West via email: [email protected]