Nelson’s Bob Swan, who still races and compete at the young age of 75, was inducted into the Alpine Canada Ski Hall of Fame during a ceremony held recently in Banff, AB.
Swan, who goes by the nickname of “Swabber”, was joined by Thomas Grandi, John Kucera, builders John Fry and Russell Goodman and Nordic coach Marty Hall.
Swan was a member of the team from 1963 to 1969, competed for Canada in the 1964 and 1968 Winter Games. During those years, Swan help provide recognition to the national ski team program through his spectacular race results that set the stage for building a strong Alpine racing foundation.
“We’re proud of our alumni for their contributions to the sport of ski racing and for paving the way for future generations.,” said Vania Grandi, President and CEO of Alpine Canada said. “We’re grateful the Canadian Ski Hall of Fame recognizes the passion, hard work and resilience of those who make a positive impact to our dynamic ski and sports community. It’s people like Bob, Thomas, John, and Russell who help advance our sport and we look forward to honouring more special people in the future.”
Swan was introduced during the ceremony by former Nelson teacher Currie Chapman, who was a member of the first national ski team with Swan and later coached the National Women’s Team.
Swan first heard of the award during a surprise gathering of former ski team members in September at the Adventure Hotel.
Currie Chapman (left), who was a teacher in Nelson before going on to coach the National Women's Ski program, introduced his teammate, Bob Swan at the induction ceremony in Banff, AB. — Submitted photo
A team photo of many of the members of the National Ski Team. — Submitted photo