WNDC Cross Country Skiing

John Heilig Bursary

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.

Apply Now for the 2023 bursary!

Interested athletes can apply by filling out the form below. After filling it out, please email the form plus any supporting documents to the bursary committee. Applications for 2023 have to be submitted by August 31, 2023.

John Heilig working at a sport event at Whistler Olympic Park
Nordic sport advocate & visionary

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.