Mr. Malcolm Hunter was the Canadian leading male cross-skier at the 1972 Olympics. He won the 1969 Junior Championships and also won the Canadian Senior Championships that year. The sport remains a big part of Mr. Hunter’s life; he has been a ski coach, a trail consultant for the National Capital Commission, Executive Director of Cross Country Canada, an active volunteer with the Gatineau Loppet and a former member of its Board of Directors. He has been a true ambassador of the event for several years. Mr. Hunter’s book The Trail Beckons: 100 Years of Cross-Country Skiing in the Gatineau recounts the history of cross-country skiing over the past 100 years in the Gatineau region.
Mr. Richard Weber is one of the world’s pre-eminent polar explorers with more than 60 completed Arctic, North and South Pole expeditions. He is the Founder of Weber Arctic. Mr. Weber’s long and diverse list of polar firsts and record-making accomplishments include: the first surface crossing of the Arctic Ocean from Russia to Canada; the first snowshoe trek to the North Pole; and in 1995 the first (and only) unsupported return trip to the North Pole. He began working in Arctic tourism in 1993 when he guided the world’s first commercial trek to the North Pole, and conducted hiking and kayaking trips on Baffin Island. Mr. Weber has to his credit the distinction of having the most successful treks to the North Pole of anyone in history.
Mr. Pierre Harvey distinguished himself in cycling prior to experiencing success on the Cross-Country World Cup circuit. In 1984, he became the first Canadian to take part in two Olympic events in the same year competing in both the Sarajevo Winter Games and the Los Angeles Summer Games, where he did his last road bike race.
Mr. Claude Laramée has been involved in the Gatineau Loppet since 1994, and has held several key positions in the organization, including those of President, Treasurer, Course Leader and Race Director. His passion, his leadership, his tremendous skills and, most of all, his perceptiveness, have contributed to the development of the Gatineau Loppet and of cross-country skiing in general in the area. It is worth highlighting, among other things, Mr. Laramée’s role in the development of the 51 km linear classic, in connecting clubs and associations together with the Gatineau Loppet and in bringing Ski Tour Canada to Gatineau.
Ms. Evelyne Stone was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma in January 2000, and a year later she received a stem cell transplant. In order to help with her recovery, she decided to train for the 10 km race in the 2002 Gatineau Loppet. Ms. Stone soon realized that she could turn this initiative into a fundraising event for the Little Angels Blood Cancer Fund. The Fund provides financial support to patients undergoing treatment for blood cancer or a stem cell transplant at the Ottawa Hospital and helps patients experiencing financial difficulty by funding non-medical expenses such as travel, accommodation, childcare and food.
Club Skinouk, Mr. Jacques Dumont, Mr. Pierre Trudeau and Mr. Michel Pellerin
- Club Skinouk, launched countless initiatives that have greatly benefited the Gatineau Loppet and cross-country skiing in the Outaouais.
- Mr. Jacques Dumont, vice-president and highly involved volunteer with Club Skinouk since the late 1980s.
- Mr. Pierre Trudeau and Mr. Michel Pellerin, two active volunteers who have worked tirelessly to bring about the Relais plein air project to the Gatineau Park.
Ms. Sheila Kealey, the first legend in the history of the Gatineau Loppet, has made it to the podium six times, including twice to the top for long distance races in the event. In 2010, she also won the 27 km freestyle. Ms. Kealey finished 16 times among the top 5 in the women’s races, and took part in 25 Gatineau Loppet races. She is an avid sportswoman, with a particular fondness for endurance sports, and a promoter of healthy living. Ms. Kealey is grateful for the support of the XC Ottawa racing team and Rossignol, which enable her to do the NorAm Canada Cup races. She is particularly keen on the longer races, such as those of the Gatineau Loppet. Ms. Kealey also runs, cycles, and is a triathlete who eagerly promotes physical activity among young people as a coach with the Nakkertok cross-country ski club.