Meet the Team

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Ljubomir (Gogi) Kaludjercic

Grouse Tyee Alpine Chair
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Ljubomir (Gogi) Kaludjercic began skiing at age five and joined the Ski-Mountaineering Society Jahorina in Sarajevo, Bosnia, at age 11. He raced until he was 18, having clinched national titles in both slalom and GS, and participated in the first para-ski championship for Yugoslavia in 1987. Gogi joined Grouse Tyee in 2008 and began coaching in 2009, coaching athletes in the U8, U10 and U12 groups. Having two daughters in the program, he joined the Alpine Committee in 2011 and has been it chair since 2013. His primary duties include: project initiation, slope design consulting, and timing infrastructure design and lead. Gogi is Alpine Canada/CSCF Development Level certified.
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Erik Bowkett

Safety Manager, Grouse Mountain
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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.

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Chris Pretty

Grouse Tyee President & Project Lead
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Chris Pretty started ski racing for the Grouse Tyee Ski Club in the ’80s at age 11 and retired from racing at 18. He coached at Grouse for several years and also for the Silver Star Ski Club. As a professional forester, he plans and supervises resource development projects across BC while respecting the environment. Planning and scheduling a rebuild of Blazes seemed like a perfect fit, especially given the club’s partnership with the forward-thinking GMR management team.  The race centre was designed to take Tyee athletes to the next level and provide coaches with a full spectrum of terrain on which to teach. Chris is looking forward to serving as Tyee club president this upcoming season, and to this race centre legacy project benefiting generations of athletes in the years to come.
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Nesho Plavsic

Grouse Tyee Race Organizing Committee (ROC) Chair
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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.

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Bob Walton

Grouse Tyee ROC Advisor
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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.

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Michael Janyk

Grouse Tyee Performance Director
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Member of the Canadian Alpine Ski Team (CAST) for 14 years, including nine racing on the World Cup circuit, Michael grew up on the North Shore and moved to Whistler at age 13 to pursue ski racing. He competed in three Olympics—Torino 2006, Vancouver 2010 and Sochi in 2014—and his career is highlighted with four national slalom titles, one World Cup podium, and one World Championship Bronze medal, all in slalom.
Michael retired from competition following the 2014 season and since then has enjoyed some down time mixed in with coaching at all levels of the sport. Most notably, for the past two seasons, he has been running a three-day program offered to ski clubs across the country where he works with athletes, coaches the feelings of skiing, and shares his experience. He calls these a World Cup Dream. For nine years, Michael and fellow CAST teammate, Manual Osborne-Paradis, have been running the Mike and Manny Cowboys Camp, which has evolved into the Mike and Manny Foundation and its mission to “inspire kids to believe.” Michael is a current member of the FIS Athlete’s Commission, serving in his final of four years as a representative.
“I have a love for the sport of skiing and performance,” Michael says. “For me skiing is founded in community, challenging oneself and having fun, all for the pursuit of freedom.”
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Gavin Preziosi

Head Coach, Vancouver Ski Team
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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!

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Dustin Koepke

Grouse Tyee U16 Head Coach
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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.

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Gord Roth

Grouse Tyee U14 Head Coach
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 Gord Roth grew up racing in Ontario, first at Mount St. Louis Moonstone and then with the Craigleith Ski Club near Collingwood. He has been an U16 and U14 head coach for various clubs on the West Coast for the past 11 years, and has been Grouse Tyee’s U14 head coach since 2011. Gord’s professional certifications include: Alpine Canada/CSCF Level 2, Level 2 Official, EL Mentor, and Ski Cross Certified.

                              

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Nebojsa (Frankie) Miljkovic

Conditioning & Nutrition Specialist
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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.