Erik Bowkett is a true local. He has been working at Grouse Mountain since the early 1980’s and has been skiing there for more than four decades. Over the past 25-plus years, he has worked closely with Grouse Tyee in his operational and safety managing roles, and has been part of Grouse Mountain’s continuing support of the club. Erik joined the Grouse Tyee board of directors four years ago, and helped support and table the initial plan for the Grouse Mountain Tyee Race Centre.
Nesho Plavsic comes from a skiing family in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, where his dad used to race and coach for many years. Nesho started ski racing at the age of 10 and raced until 18 when he started working as a ski coach while pursuing his university degree, also in Sarajevo. Nesho joined Grouse Tyee in 2009 as a part of his family commitment to ski racing and resumed coaching in 2010, coaching mainly U10 athletes. He is accredited as an Alpine Canada/CSCF Development Level Trained coach. As the incoming Race Organizing Committee (ROC) Chair, his responsibility is to organize ski racing events for the club.
Bob Walton grew up racing out at Red Mountain, skied up to the Nor-Am level and was a member of the UBC Ski Team while going to school. He has been a Grouse Tyee member since 2005 and was the club’s Race Organizing Committee (ROC) Chair from 2007 to 2016. “It was a pleasure working with such a hard working team on the Race Center over the past few years,” Walton said. He most recently led the club’s race organizing committee and member volunteers to host the U16 Teck Open Series “Slalom Derby” event in this past March. He will continue to support the club as its ROC advisor.
Gavin comes to the VST with 16 years of high performance coaching experience, including FIS coaching experience with major clubs in BC and Alberta where his programs have placed many athletes on the Provincial and National ski teams. More recently, he has been the U16 Head Coach at Cypress SC, and was recently recognized as BC Alpine U16 Coach of the Year. He has achieved high levels of coaching certification from CSCF and NCCP in Canada, and is currently completing a degree in kinesiology from Simon Fraser University. He is a career coach with a great future. Welcome to VST, Gavin!
Dustin Koepke is a retired ski racer who competed for two years at the FIS level as part of the Kelowna Ski Club. Development Level certifies, he has been coaching for nine years and is currently pursuing Performance Level certification from Alpine Canada. Koepke joined the Grouse Tyee club in 2014 and, after working as part of the U16 coaching staff in his first season, stepped into the Head Coach position. His plan is for the U16 squad to use the training center to get a leg up on the competition in BC.
Nebojsa (or Frankie, as he is usually called) Miljkovic is Professor of Physical Education and Sport science. Nesh holds Certified Strength and Conditioning (CSCS) designation from National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). He is a ski instructor certified by International Ski Instructor Association (ISIA) and a ski coach Development level certified by the Canadian Ski Coach Federation (CSCF). He is currently a Grouse Tyee U16 coach and the club’s conditioning/nutrition specialist.