About the BWTC
The Bill Warren Training Centre (BWTC) was opened by WinSport in January 1994 to provide dry-land training and support services to Canada’s nordic sport athletes. Construction of the facility was financed through $4.7 million in funds transferred to WinSport from the 1988 Olympic Organizing Committee. These monies were used to build both the BWTC and the Beckie Scott High-Performance Training Centre on the Haig Glacier for Canada’s elite cross-country ski and biathlon athletes.
The BWTC is located at the Canmore Nordic Centre, the host site of the cross-country skiing and biathlon events at the 1988 Olympic Winter Games. Canada’s cross-country skiers, biathletes and many Canmore-area alpine skiers regularly access the BWTC for training and technical support. In addition, the facility serves as the national headquarters for Cross Country Canada, and as one of two major national training centres for Biathlon Canada. It is also home to Alberta Alpine, the World Cup Academy and the Canmore Nordic Ski Club.
Due to intensive usage by athletes, coaches and officials, the BWTC underwent major renovations and upgrades undertaken by WinSport which were completed in the spring of 2008. The facility’s expansion included the addition of a new building that provides the latest cutting-edge training and athlete support services, as well as its continuing role as the hub location for nordic sport in Canada. The BWTC’s recently expanded weight room serves athletes as well as the general public.
Born a natural leader, Bill Warren was a devoted member of the Calgary Olympic Development Association. Warren acted as Chairman of Canadian Olympic Development Association from 1986-1988, was a strong presence of Canadian Olympic Association from 1981-2005 and was a part of Bobsleigh Canada operations from 1988-2009. Warren served as a Director and Member of the Executive committee of the Games Organizing Committee as well as representing them during attendance with the International Olympic Committee. Along with the Booster Club of 1977, Warren focused his efforts into brining the Olympic Games to Calgary, AB. Soon, the Booster Club was successful as the XV Olympic Winter Games came to Calgary in 1988. During the Olympics, Warren served as counsel to the Games Organizing Committee and in 1989 as part of OCOG,
Warren was awarded the Alberta Achievement Award amongst various other prestigious awards he was honored with. Warren has received several honorary titles including honorary life member of Canadian Olympic Development Association in 1992, member of the Canadian Olympic order in 2002, Member of the Order of Canada in 2003 as well as being inducted into the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame in 2008. Bill Warren’s contribution to Olympic sport in Alberta has brought important historical significance to Canada.
For his contribution, the Bill Warren Training Centre was named in his honor in 1994 as he acted as president of the Centre from 1994-2001. Warren was married to Margaret Graham in 1966. Together, they have three children: Dr. Robert Warren. Dr. Peter Warren, and Johnathan Warren. Today Bill and Margaret reside in Calgary.
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