Who was Blair Chandler?
Blair Chandler was a friend, dedicated volunteer and most of all the father of Amy Chandler.
In 2006 when the Freestyle Nova Scotia Committee was incorporated into a committee of Alpine/Alpin Ski Nova Scotia, female freestyle athletes in Nova Scotia were missing from the sport. Blair Chandler and his family were avid skiers. The athletes training to represent Nova Scotia at the 2007 Canada Games caught Blair’s attention. Blair thought this snow sport would be perfect for Amy as she was not interested in pursuing a career in the “alpine” environment. The feeling and vibe was perfect for Amy’s personality. So, after the 2007 Canada Games, Amy was enrolled in the freestyle program at Ski Wentworth. She thrived in her surrounding even though, at the time, she was the only female in the program. Amy was the first female to represent Nova Scotia at the Canadian Freestyle Junior National Championships. Blair couldn’t understand why more females didn’t want to join in such an environment as freestyle skiing. Blair took every opportunity to sing the praises of the sport to any young female skier to try and win them over to the sport. It was a passion he held for his daughter and wanted more females to join in her pursuit, maybe even have a chance to fill the female quota for the 2011 Canada Games to represent Nova Scotia. Blair worked tirelessly as a volunteer to make all our events the best they could be to showcase what we could provide our youth in this province.
Blair, passed away unexpectedly on December 25th, 2010. He never had the chance to see Amy compete at the 2011 Canada Games. The Blair Chandler Bursary was created in his memory.