Jamie StirlingJamie Stirling first learned to alpine ski in his hometown on Ontario. It was at the age of 27, when he moved to Vancouver, that a friend encouraged him to try Nordic skiing on Cypress Mountain. He was surprised at how challenging it was, and was determined to improve and advance. It was after several more attempts that his friend decided that he needed “professional help”. They joined the Nordic Racers Ski Club and participated in their ski camps and Learn to Loppet programs. Jamie enjoyed the challenge of pushing himself, and after only a few years with the club, he began coaching adults and children, and was a member of the club executive.
Jamie participated in his first loppet after a few seasons of skiing. He finished close to the end, however this pushed him further to increase his training and build his technique. Through his experience as a CANSI instructor and NCCP coach, he was able to further improve his race results. Jamie has participated in many local, provincial, and BC Cup races. He also competed in international races with the Nordic Racers including the Vassaloppet in Sweden, one of the oldest, and largest loppet in the world. He has also participated in the Arctic Circle Race, a 150km 3 stage rage in Greenland, and the Border to Border Race in Finland, a 450km stage event over 7 days from the Russian border to the Swedish border.
He met Alexei at Silver Star in November of 2008 when he was asked if he would be able to guide him at the NORAM race. They work very well together and earned a bronze medal, qualifying them for the World Cup races in March 2009 in Callaghan and Mt. Washington. After a successful performance at the World Cup in Europe 2010, they are excited for the Paralympic Games in Vancouver.