Local firm FSC Architects and Engineers has agreed to sponsor Whitehorse’s cross country skiing siblings Team Nishikawa.Whitehorse, YT (July 30, 2010) – Graham and Emily Nishikawa, brother and sister, are recognized athletes in Whitehorse and active members of the national ski team community. Their biggest sponsor is FSC Architects & Engineers, who is helping them reach their goal of representing Canada at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games.
“We are proud to provide sponsorship to Emily and Graham for the upcoming ski season,” says Timothy Turner-Davis, Whitehorse Branch Office Manager at FSC. “We wish them all the best as they pursue success on the world stage of Cross Country Ski Racing.”
In order for amateur athletes to reach their potential, they have to spend their time training and cannot hold a traditional job. Without sponsorship, it becomes impossible to put in the time required.
“We are both rising stars in Canadian skiing,” says Graham. “We are looking for financial support from northern businesses to help us continue with our dreams of becoming Olympians.”
Born and raised in Whitehorse, the siblings started skiing as young children in the Jackrabbit and Yukon Ski Team programs. They moved up the ranks from there, and are now senior skiers representing the Yukon and Canada at national and international events.
The Nishikawa siblings are both recognized athletes in Whitehorse, and participate and volunteer at many local events. Their career goals have them living abroad, however.
“We are currently training out of Canmore, Alberta, and are members of the National Training Centre.” Graham competes at the top level of International cross country skiing on the World Cup circuit, and Emily is a rising star both nationally and internationally.
Graham has represented Canada at seventeen World Cup races all over the world, and is a three-time Overall North American Cup Champion. Emily represented Canada at the 2010 World U23 Championships in Germany, and was a medalist in the Canadian Winter Games of 2007. Their other goals include racing in the 2011 World Championships and becoming the 2011 Male and Female National Champions.
FSC Architects & Engineers is a professional consulting practice based in Canada’s North with offices in Whitehorse, Yellowknife, Iqaluit and Edmonton. They specialize in cold climate and remote location projects, and sponsor northern athletes in the belief that such local support gives Arctic youth positive role models to admire.