Brent Bottomley Inducted to Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame

August 2, 2023 (WINNIPEG) – On behalf of its Board of Directors and Selection Committee, the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame is pleased to introduce its Class of 2023.

This year’s class encompasses six sports, including three individual athletes, two builders, and one team.

“It is an honour to recognize these athletes and builders, not only for their achievements in sport but their contributions to their communities,” said Brittani Lutz, Chair of the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame. Each individual has done so much for Manitoba, and I cannot wait to thank them in person at our Induction Ceremony.”

“Storytelling is a fundamental part of history and who we are. And sport is no exception,” said Janet McMahon, President & CEO of Sport Manitoba. “ This November, we are honoured to gather at the annual Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony to journey back through the inspiring careers of four individuals and one team who’ve made incredible impacts in sport. Congratulations to the class of 2023! We can’t wait to celebrate with you as our passionate sport community recognizes your stories and accolades.”

The inductees will formally be inducted into the Hall of Fame on Thursday, November 2nd.

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Brent Bottomley, Builder, Cross Country Skiing

Brent Bottomley, Builder, Cross-country Skiing
In the political world, Winnipeg’s Brent Bottomley was an advisor to the likes of former Premier Gary Filmon and Prime Minister Brian Mulroney; but in sport, Bottomley was a force in cross-country skiing. His impact can be felt locally from his 14 years as the Chair of the Cross Country Skiing Association of Manitoba and a founder of groups like the Red River Nordic Ski Club and the Prairie Storm, Canada’s first all-women’s ski team. He also coached Olympians such as Jim Carrabre and Paget Stewart.

More on Brent Bottomley here: Brent Bottomley 1955-2018

Brent Bottomley Awarded Dave Rees Award by Nordiq Canada

Congratulations to this year’s Nordiq Canada’s award winners that were presented at this year’s AGM and Annual Awards Banquet in Saint-Sauveur, Quebec. Thanks to all for their outstanding support of cross-country skiing over many years.

Dave Reese Award
Awarded to a man or woman who has made a long-term, outstanding commitment to the sport of cross-country skiing in Canada at all levels (local, regional and national) and in any of the many ways in which volunteers or professionals give of themselves to our sport.

Winners: Brent Bottomley (Manitoba) and Len Apedaile (British Columbia)

Kym & Michayle Bottomley were able to attend and accept the award, presented by Karin McSherry on behalf of Nordiq Canada.

Firth Award
Presented to a woman who has made an outstanding volunteer contribution to cross-country skiing in Canada.

Winner: Amanda Deulling (Yukon)

Volunteer of the Year Award
Presented to a man or woman to recognize significant achievement in the regional or national development of cross-country skiing in Canada.

Winners: Dave Moore (New Brunswick), and Gerry Brenemen (British Columbia)

Media of the Year
Awarded to an individual, a newspaper publisher, television station or scribe in social media who has effectively highlighted and portrayed athletes in our sport, and/or our sport in a positive and exciting manner, continuously throughout the year or at one significant event

Winner: Carl Tardif, Le Soleil in Québec

Sponsor of the Year
Awarded to a sponsor or supplier who goes beyond the scope of their sponsorship agreement with Nordiq Canada by making a significant commitment and support to the sport and to the National Ski Teams.

Winner: Fischer (Lanctôt domestic and Fischer International)

Congratulations to Downtown Nordic for earning 2 2018-2019 Club Podium Awards (Small Club category):

  • 2nd place OVERALL RANKING
  • 3rd place MOST IMPROVED CLUB

Donate to Windsor Park Nordic Centre Capital Campaign

Thanks to our partnership with Cross Country Canada, donations made to Windsor Park Nordic Centre are now eligible for charitable donation tax receipts.

Donations must be sent to Cross Country Canada using this form:

CCSAM has a long term agreement with the City of Winnipeg to operate and maintain the Windsor Park Golf Course and Clubhouse as the Windsor Park Nordic Centre during the winter months.

Our intention is embark on an ambitious $1 million capital campaign starting this year to raise funds for the following projects:

  • $175,000 Snow making
  • $400,000 Building – Annex to existing clubhouse facility – for clubs/programs including waxing (proper ventilation)
  • $150,000 Ski trail lighting
  • $100,000 Grooming equipment & course signage
  • $175,000 Marketing/Promotion & Project Management

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Tribute to Brent Bottomley

Tribute to Brent Bottomley

Brent Bottomley, past Chairman of the CCSAM Board of Directors, died suddenly on September 15th, 2018 while competing in a mountain bike race in Wisconsin.

Brent was instrumental to the development of cross country skiing in Manitoba. Indeed, his contributions are incalculable. For 17 years, Brent served as Chairman of the CCSAM Board of Directors, he designed the Grand Beach Provincial Park ski trail system, championed the creation and maintenance of the Windsor Park Nordic Centre in Winnipeg and coached many Provincial, National and World Cup athletes, including two Biathlon Olympians. In 2013, Brent received a Long Term Service Award from Coaching Manitoba.

Brent was a level IV instructor with CANSI (Canadian Association of Nordic Ski Instructors) and was an ardent supporter of that organization, contributing to the first edition of the CANSI Instructors manual and representing CANSI on the Cross Country Canada Board of Directors.

In the mid 1990s, Brent formed a women’s ski racing team called Prairie Storm (the first of its kind in Canada), now known as Team Windchill. Brent was an excellent coach and he loved coaching Prairie Storm. He was also a beautiful skier himself with unmatched grace and technical skill on a pair of cross country skis.

With more than 30 years of significant contributions, to say Brent was a driving force behind the ski community here in Manitoba is truly an understatement. 

In his work life, Brent was a widely respected investment banker helping to build some of the province’s most successful companies over the past three decades. Prior to serving as CFO of Delta 9 Cannabis Inc. Brent held senior positions at Wellington West Capital Inc, and Merrill Lynch Canada and was a partner at Osprey Capital Partners. Brent also served as a financial advisor for Manitoba Premier Gary Filmon and took part in the Meech Lake Accord.

Brent was a charming man with an exceptional sense of humour. He was a devoted father and husband and was immensely proud of his daughter Michayle and the love of his life, Kym.

Brent leaves a lasting and profound legacy in our community and he will be sadly missed.

A funeral service for Brent will be held soon.
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Brent, in his element. Credit: M. Druwé

Team Windchill