Toronto Skiers Shred Snowmass

By TPSnews Staff,
Toronto Police Service
Published: 12:06 p.m. April 10, 2017
Updated: 1:44 p.m. April 10, 2017

Last month, four Toronto Police Service officers represented city, country, and Service at the North American Police Ski/Snowboard Championships in Snowmass, Colorado.

A ski racer turns around a gate
Sergeant John Clarke competes in Aspen
  • A ski racer turns around a gate
  • People in ski helmets holding a TPS flag
  • A snowy ski run
  • An Audi FIS World Cup sign

The Canadian contingent also consisted of officers from the Calgary Police Service and the RCMP while Australia, Austria, Germany, Great Britain and, of course, the United States were also represented.

The Toronto Police contingent consisted of Caroline de Kloet, Corporate Communications; John Clarke, 22 Division; and retired officers Philip Semple and Jim Hutcheon.

“It was another amazing opportunity to ski the mountains of Aspen,” said Caroline de Kloet, noting they got the chance to take in the Audi FIS World Cup Finals that coincided with their trip. “It was a chance to meet officers from around the world with a common interest.”

The event begins with an initial seeding race which places officers in one of four divisions. Each division is then further divided by age category for the men, while all the participating women choose to compete in one group, regardless of age.

With no surprise, the Toronto Police Service had another successful year, bringing home three gold and five silver medals.

  • Gold - Giant Slalom - Jim Hutcheon - B Division, Bracket H
  • Gold - Super G - Jim Hutcheon - B Division, Bracket H
  • Gold - Super G - Caroline de Kloet - A Division, Women’s
  • Silver - Giant Slalom - Caroline de Kloet - A Division, Women’s
  • Silver - Giant Slalom - John Clarke - A Division, Bracket G
  • Silver - Giant Slalom - Philip Semple - A Division, Bracket I
  • Silver - Super G - John Clarke - A Division, Bracket G
  • Silver - Super G - Philip Semple - A Division, Bracket I
  • John Clarke and Philip Semple came in 3rd overall in the Dual Slalom.

Finally, when the snow had settled after days of racing, it was time to announce The Nation’s Cup.  With glowing hearts, Canada took home the first place prize, followed by Austria and the United States in second and Australia in third.

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