of Proctor Academy
"Tim Norris established the Andover Outing Club over thirty years ago so that local kids could learn Nordic Skiing and Ski Jumping. His efforts have created one of the most successful programs in New Hampshire. To date, six athletes from the Andover Outing Club have competed in world class events including the Olympics. No coach has done more to promote combined Nordic events in the state of New Hampshire than Tim Norris."
The six world class athletes include Nordic Combined Olympians Jed Hinkley and Carl VanLoan, cross country Olympian Kris Freeman, and present members of the USA Ski Jumping team, Chris Lamb and Nick Fairall, who have both gone ski flying!
The program also gave a brief history of the award:
"In 1995, the grandchildren of John W McCrillis partnered with the Mt. Sunapee Area Ski
Club to recognize and show appreciation to those in our area who have dedicated their
time and effort to support the sport of skiing. As each year's recipient is recognized, we are
reminded of the dedication and commitment that Mr. McCrilllis had to this great sport.
We feel fortunate to have the opportunity to honor these individuals who carry on with the
Master of Ceremonies for the evening was Bill McCrillis (right), one of the grandchildren, who recognized the previous award winners in attendance and introduced a small list of speakers.
Wendy and Skip Nolin spoke for the Mt. Sunapee Area Ski Club and General Manager Jay Gamble represented Mount Sunapee Resort. The next two speakers had particular connections to Tim Norris, and then Bill McCrillis invited anyone else to share memories or reflections on Tim and his decades of good works.
Councilman Ray Burton presented an official resolution signed by the Governor of New Hampshire, recognizing Tim and his good works. At right, Burton holds the signed resolution while David McCrillis holds the plaque which hangs in the lodge at Sunapee Ski Area displaying the names of all Award recipients.
Letters were read from Carl VanLoan and Jed Hinkley, as well as from the first recipient of the McCrillis Award, Roland Tremblay, and others.
When the time came to present the McCrillis Award, Bill McCrillis handed the microphone to brother David (below) who called up, to do the honors, two members of the generation between the grandchildren who initiated the award and their honored grandfather, John W. McCrillis.
The MC made sure to prepare the ground for the next presentation by recalling the "Candy bar meets" organized by Norris when things got a little slow in the Eastern junior competition schedule. He also described Tim's practice of writing bits of skiing advice on paper plates to be given to individual junior jumpers. The present generation of Andover Outing Club junior jumpers was represented by Matthew Doyle, just back from the Junior Olympics, Warren Bartlett, medalist in the Lebanon Mud Meet earlier in the day, and Cooper McCrillis, son of presenter David, and great-grandson of John W.
R-L: Matthew Doyle, Warren Bartlett, Cooper McCrillis and Tim Norris
Cooper and Warren each presented Tim with carefully a gift-wrapped chocolate bar, while Matt Doyle bootlegged a paper plate, inscribed with the words "World Greatest Coach".
Read more about the McCrillis Award and see a list of the previous sixteen honored recipients.
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