John Heilig Bursary

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The John Heilig Bursary is awarded annually to two deserving Nordic athletes. It has been put in place in 2023 by Whistler Sport Legacies to honour the late John Heilig’s passion and his commitment to winter sports, and to continue his efforts in developing the next generation of Olympians/Paralympians.

Each year, the two $2,500 bursaries are to assist athletes on their journey towards becoming high-performance athletes to represent Canada.

How To Apply

Interested athletes can apply by filling out an application form. After completing it, please email the form along with any supporting documents to the bursary committee. The 2024 application process is open from May 1st to August 31st, 2024. The recipient will be chosen on October 1st, 2024.

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John Heilig


The late John Heilig was one of the most passionate people in the Sea to Sky region for all Nordic sports, especially when it came to the disciplines of Ski Jumping & Nordic Combined. John was known all over the world for his knowledge and expertise in these two disciplines and was the go-to person when major international events were being planned. He passed away unexpectedly in spring 2021, while on assignment to prepare Beijing's Nordic venues for the 2022 Olympic Winter Games.
John was a key member of the team during the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, after the Games he became the Sport Manager at Whistler Olympic Park. During his time with Whistler Sport Legacies John focused on introducing new participants to the Nordic sports and advocating for all Nordic disciplines. He loved being on the snow, always passing on his knowledge whether teaching fundamentals to beginners or providing technical advice to seasoned athletes, or when working on sport events and program delivery.

2023 Recipients

We are pleased to congratulate the recipients of the inaugural John Heilig Bursary for 2023. On behalf of Whistler Sport Legacies and our Board of Directors, it is with great enthusiasm that we extend heartfelt congratulations to both Sofia Aragon and Jojo Ng on their outstanding achievements!

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Sofia Aragon

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Jojo Ng