COLLINGWOOD, February 1, 2018 –– Alpine Ontario Alpin and the Southern Ontario Division welcome Pizza Pizza as the new title sponsor of the SOD Ski Team. The title sponsorship builds on a 2017 partnership that saw Pizza Pizza become the presenting sponsor of the Road to the OCUP Finals – a fruitful partnership that afforded Canada’s leading pizza chain a platform to serve and connect with hundreds of families throughout the province. This season Pizza Pizza has opted to support the SOD Ski Team, the only team in the region that is registered with the Federation Internationale de Ski, pulling competitors from 27 clubs located in the Southern Ontario Division, which includes the Greater Toronto Area.
“Supporting events in the communities we serve is a big part of our culture and very important to us,” says Paul Goddard, Chief Executive Officer, Pizza Pizza Limited. “We are excited to be partnering again with Alpine Ontario Alpin and look forward to connecting with participants and spectators in a fun and engaging way, on and off the slopes.”
The SOD Ski Team is the premier ski team in the Southern Ontario Division and now in its fourth season back under the Alpine Ontario Alpin umbrella. The team replaced the former Escarpment Team and has grown from four athletes to a group of 28, composed of 10 women and 18 men. Like other divisional teams (NOD, LSDA and NCD), the SOD Ski Team is one of the development paths to the Ontario and Canadian Alpine Ski Teams.
“The SOD Ski Team has considerable expenses to support the travel and competition requirements of its members,” says T.E.S. Hynes, SOD Program Director. “We are extremely grateful to the team at Pizza Pizza for its generous support of alpine ski racing on our road to excellence and athlete development.”
The SOD Ski Team offers a year-round program starting in May of each year that includes dry land and on-snow camps. The team works with specific dry land trainers, both in Collingwood and in Toronto with the Canadian Sport Institute Ontario, and has close relationships with ski manufacturers and local race retailers to tend to the equipment needs of each athlete.
About Pizza Pizza Limited
For 50 years, Pizza Pizza Limited has been guided by a vision of “Always the best food, made especially for you”, with a focus on quality ingredients, customer service, continuous innovation and community involvement. With more than 750 locations across Canada, the company is Canada’s pizza pioneer and a quick-service restaurant leader, operating two banners – Pizza Pizza and Pizza 73 – that deliver quality food choices, diverse menus and exciting promotions for all tastes, lifestyles and budgets. Please visit www.pizzapizza.ca and www.pizza73.com for more information.
About Alpine Ontario Alpin
Alpine Ontario Alpin is the provincial governing body for the sport of alpine ski racing in Ontario. Alpine Ontario’s newly refined mission is to provide leadership and structure for high quality, sustainable and affordable programming and to communicate the competitive, recreational and lifestyle benefits of ski racing to the community. AOA represents four divisions, 44 member clubs and over 30,000 active athletes, coaches and officials (volunteers). AOA coordinates several successful programs across the province and continues to foster the development of “state of the art” ski-racing programs from the grass roots level to the elite level.
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Pizza Pizza Limited
Alpine Ontario Alpin
Alpine Ontario Alpin (AOA)