Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club hires new mogul coach
July 22, 2015
With summer training soon transitioning into the fall, the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club announced Tuesday the hire of Australian mogul coach Kate Blamey.
Blamey will take over for Tim Meagher, who decided recently to retire after a successful career coaching the High Performance group of mogul skiers. As head coach of the High Performance group, Blamey will coach post-graduates, many of whom are en route to joining the U.S. mogul ski team.
She brings to the SSWSC an impressive and unique background in mogul skiing and sports education. Blamey has skied on the North American Mogul Tour, as well as other International Ski Federation events. Since 2012, she has coached on the Nor-Am Tour. Most recently, she coached for The Mogul Skiing Academy, an Australian mogul skiing school.
Highlights of her repertoire, according to SSWSC's Freestyle Program director Bobby Aldighieri, were her bachelor's degree in sports science, her master's degree in nutrition and her professionalism.
"There are certainly bonuses to having someone with higher education, not just coaching experience," Aldighieri said. "She's a professional who takes her job seriously and looks after the fine details of the job. You can tell she wants to achieve high levels of success as a coach."
Blamey also sees her role as a female coach in a male-dominated sector an advantage in her role.
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"I think one of my best attributes is that I'm a female coach in this sport," Blamey, who will work directly under Aldighieri, said. "There aren’t a lot of female coaches out there, and I think that I'll be able to coach females here well, especially since, as an ex-athlete who just retired a couple years ago, I know what it's like to get on the hill every week."
Although Blamey can find common ground with regard to gender, the differences in her nationality and the ski culture she grew up in offers the SSWSC an opportunity to evaluate its skiers and strategies through another lens.
"Having someone who has an outside perspective from the U.S. perspective, that's huge," said Aldighieri. "Sometimes, you can get caught in your certain paradigm, and I think it's good to have someone come from the outside to offer something else."
Blamey has already jumped into her role, joining the High Performance group in Whistler, British Columbia, during a three-week training camp that ended earlier this week. She will continue traveling with the group during other snow trainings in Zermatt, Switzerland, and Apex, British Columbia, in the fall.