The Peter Witter Award - Freeski

Kayla Hansen

The Peter Witter Award

For Outstanding Sportsmanship

Kayla Hansen

Skiing is an individual sport, done with a team.  You have to be able to focus on yourself when the time comes, but your life will be so much more enjoyable if you embrace your team around you.

Kayla has always gone one step further, from embrace to create; and this team she has created spans outside of Team Summit.  It helps that she's naturally social, but she's also genuine in her desire to create a cohesive group of skiers.  In doing so, a lot of our team dinners grew from 10 people to 15 people as Kayla would drag in younger athletes, and athletes from other teams.  Add banquet chef to my resume.

The biggest impact that Kayla has made over these years though, is teaching the next generation what it means to be a good teammate.  For us that means helping with inspection, pushing each other on snow, tackling each other in the finish corral, and being there for anything and everything at any time.  It's going to be a bit quieter on the chairlift with Kayla moving to Montana, but I know she'll come say "Hi" on her breaks.


Peter Witter Award For Outstanding Sportsmanship
This award is presented to 1 athlete in each discipline who has shown a consistently positive attitude towards the Team and the community. Peter Witter was a founding Summit Race Team parent, and architect involved with the initial planning and development of Keystone Resort.  His son, Ian, has a home in Frisco and was himself on the Summit Race Team, as well as "an all-around super nice kid" epitomizing the qualities of Outstanding Sportsmanship.

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