#51: Mark Sharp (Team Panorama & Artist) - Building a Business, Creativity & Ski Racing in Canada
Mark is an artist and the Head Coach & Program Director of the Team Panorama Ski Club.
Along with his wife Sigrid, Mark has built the Team Panorama Ski Club from a small program with a dozen kids to one with hundreds of athletes and a budget approaching seven figures.
Before Team Panorama, Mark coached at the World Cup level for the Canadian National ski team for over a decade, and was one of the original coaches for the Banff Ski Academy.
Some of Mark's coaching highlights are as follows:
-Alpine Canada Coach of the Year 2000 & 2002
-Canadian Coaching Association Coaching Excellence Award 2003
-Coached Alison Forsyth and Genevieve Simard to 6 World Cup Medals and a Bronze Medal by Forsyth at World Championships St. Moritz 2003
Born in England, Mark grew up in South Australia where he obtained his Bachelor of Product Design at Adelaide University. Mark's distinctive style of intense colors, brings to life the Canadian Rocky Mountains and the Columbia Valley, where he has lived with his wife and family since 1989. His most recent works can be viewed and purchased from the “About Canada Gallery” in Banff Alberta, Effusion Gallery in Invermere, BC or at his studio titled the “Alpine Gallery”.
Mark's work can also be found at www.marksharpart.com where you can learn more about his art and upcoming shows.
Having known Mark since I was a kid, it was an awesome episode as we talked about Mark's evolution from local ski clubs to the World Cup, the current state of ski racing in Canada, athlete development, creativity, Mark's career as an artist and a lot more.