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Circle of Excellence athletes recognized

Submitted by the Youth Winter Sports Alliance The Youth Winter Sports Alliance (YWSA) honored 86 outstanding junior athletes from 13 different winter sport programs at the 2013 Circle of Excellence Awards recently at Newpark Resort Hotel. The Alliance a

Bryon Wilson (left) and Jake Stocker pose at the 2013 Circle of Excellence Awards at the Newpark Resort Hotel. Courtesy of Youth Winter Sports Alliance

1. Don’t shirk the work

– It takes 10,000 hours or 10 years of practice to become an expert. The workouts, alone in the early morning, make champions.

2. Purposeful practice

– Always have something specific to work on at each practice. Working toward small goals will help you achieve the ultimate goal.

3. Imitate and steal from better athletes

– Analyze athletes in your discipline you look up to, take the things they do well and make them your own.

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4. Be willing to look stupid

– The only way to progress is to reach and reaching beyond your current ability will cause mistakes. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes because you are afraid of looking silly.

The Spirit of Service award winner, Caron Keim, was honored for her tireless efforts over the past 20 years supporting youth athletes participating in winter sports. Keim was a college skier who turned her passion for the sport into a career in Park City at JANs. Keim’s involvement with JANs Winter Welcome stretches back more than 20 years. She helped found the TWSA and served on its board almost since its inception.

The Circle of Excellence recipients were recognized at a private reception at Newpark Hotel, presented by Vinto, along with family members and coaches.

"These successful young local athletes represent the heart and soul of our community," says YWSA Executive Director, Aimee Preston.

PCTV, Savory Kitchen, Newpark Hotel, Top Shelf, Digital Technologies Sportswear and PSAV also provided support to the event.

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