Brian Berry

Brian Berry has skied for nearly 30 years after being introduced to cross-country skiing by a friend. He enjoyed skiing so much that he left his hockey team to focus on skiing. At first he skied for fun, however in the 1980s he met a local Finnish Ski Club and began training with them throughout the 1990s. In 1998, he began a small landscaping business that slowly took up more and more of his time and he turned his focus from the ski hill to his business.

In 2006, Ontario hosted the Nationals in Thunder Bay. It was the first time that Para-events were included in the National competition. A visually impaired athlete arrived without a guide, and Brian volunteered to assist him without knowing exactly what would be involved. The competition went well and he was asked to assist a local visually impaired athlete who was interested in learning more about cross-country skiing. Brian has been a guide ever since.

Brian met Robbi Weldon in the fall of 2006 and they began training together once a week. Their first race together was at Sovereign Lake. They had used and borrowed equipment, but did very well for a first time team. They were asked to compete the following week in Canmore. Since then, Brian and Robbi have competed at the World Cup in 2007 and 2008.

In the off-season, Brian enjoys kayaking, golfing, and trekking through the bush.