Constable Caroline de Kloet has a passion for outdoor winter activities.
When the Toronto Police Ski & Snowboard Club (TPSSC) made the decision to take part in the 26th annual North American Police Ski championships at the Aspen/Snowmass ski resort in Colorado this month, the Media Relations Officer was ecstatic.
Snowmass, which has the most vertical feet of skiing of any ski area in the United States, is part of the Aspen ski resort complex.
“I have skied in Switzerland and Lake Placid, but never before in Aspen,” said de Kloet, who is the TPSSC secretary. “I am certainly looking forward to the experience.”
She’s among a group of eight active and retired officers who will take part in the week-long competition, from March 21-28.
In addition to police teams from North America, officers from England, Austria, New Zealand, Germany, Italy and Australia will take part in the championships that includes slalom, giant slalom and super giant slalom events.
De Kloet will compete in the slalom event.
“It’s always an honour for me to represent the Service,” she said. “I have done so for the last six years and thoroughly enjoyed my time going to Lake Placid for the North Eastern Police championships and others events across Canada. The upcoming event in Aspen is going to be challenging, with competitors coming from European countries that excel in winter sports. I can assure you that Toronto Police will be ready for the challenge.”
The rest of the Service team is Staff Sergeant Brian Maslowski, Sergeant John Clarke, Constables Janice Woronchak and Mark de Lugt and retired members Phil Semple, Frank O’Doherty and Bob Burns.
Clarke has represented the Service in various ski events for 25 of the 27 years he has been on the job.
This is the second time he will be skiing at Aspen.
“The course is similar to Lake Placid, with the exception that the elevation is about 2,000 feet greater,” the 22 Division officer said. “I had a great experience on my first visit. The other officers who have not been there before will have a fantastic time.”