1980, Father Mouchet (Cross Country Skiing)

fathermouchetFather Mouchet, founder of the T.E.S.T program (Territorial Experimental Ski Training), was inducted to the Hall of Fame for his contribution to cross country skiing.

An Oblate priest from eastern France, Father Mouchet came to Canada in 1946 on a mission. He was first posted to Telegraph Creek, B.C. and then in 1955 he transferred to Old Crow where he stayed until 1982. Before coming to Canada, Father Mouchet developed a love for cross country skiing while serving on the French Ski Corps during World War II and wanted to share this love with the community of Old Crow. He began by organizing an informal ski program for youth and by 1967, with the support of the Yukon Territorial Government and the education system, he founded T.E.S.T.. He later travelled to Whitehorse and Inuvik to set up the same program in those communities. The benefits of the T.E.S.T. program enabled some youth to become competitive skiers. Two skiers from Old Crow and two from Inuvik, N.W.T. qualified for the Canadian National Cross Country Ski Team. The two from Inuvik qualified to compete in the 1972 and 1976 Olympics in Sapporo, Japan and Innsbruck, Austria.

The history of cross country skiing in the Yukon owes much to the vision, strength, character and wisdom of Father Mouchet.