SWSC Board




Message from the Board

Thank you for visiting our website. Whether your reason is to join one of our programs, be a patron, or purely for informational purposes, we appreciate your interest.

The Sunlight Winter Sports Club was established in 1972 with the goal of developing young athletes, who with the confidence and discipline learned from training and competition, will better represent themselves and their communities. SWSC is a non-profit organization that is operated by a volunteer board of directors.

The SWSC operating budget is comprised of team fees but relies heavily on outside contributions for the support it provides nearly one-hundred young athletes from throughout the Roaring Fork Valley each year.

Thanks to the support of Sunlight Mountain Resort we have a home to train and race at. Again, we appreciate your interest in SWSC and would welcome the opportunity to show you how you can be involved in the club—as a racer, volunteer, or loyal sponsor. Our athletes need and appreciate your support.

Jason Turner-President and Member of Executive Committee of the BoardSunlight

Jason joined the SWSC Board in 2012 and has been the Board president since October of 2014. Jason is Senior Counsel for the Colorado River Water Conservation District. He and his wife, Sonya, and their two boys (Alden and Chapin) moved to Glenwood Springs in 2008. Both boys are current SWSC athletes.  



John Partch, Vice-President

John is an avid skier and outdoor enthusiast, and a structural and civil engineer. He’s lived throughout Colorado and the Northwest and spent 10 years in his youth working in the ski industry in Summit County and Telluride. John and wife, Terri, have two boys and one girl, all of whom have been SWSC athletes. 


Leigh Sheldrake-Head Coach


Leigh raced up to the NorAm level and has coached all levels of ski racing: Youth Ski League up to World Championship-qualified athletes. Competing in the Waterski World Cup he gained valuable knowledge in training/recovery and mental aspects of sport.

Leigh is Level 1 certified with USSA, and holds a CPR/first aid and referee certificates, and was the Chief of Course for the 1996 Breckenridge World Cup.



Michael K. Baumli-Ski Patrol Liasonmike baumli

Mike has worked in the ski business as a Ski Patroller. Ski instructor, & Snowmaker, since 1983, @ A-Basin,Keystone, Breckenridge ,Aspen Man,Sunlight & My. Jeans ( Japan ) Currently, a Ski & toboggan instructor for the Sunlight Ski Patrol, & in charge of fundraising for the Volunteer Patrol. “I am all about the kids having a good time. Learning how to ski correctly, in a safe manner. Kids are our future.”  

Chris Adelman, Past-President, Member-at-Large

Chris has a passion for the outdoors and joined SWSC in 2007 as a volunteer Buddy Werner coach and parent. Chris, a healthcare attorney in Glenwood Springs, has served on the SWSC board for 5 years. His goal as a board member is to continue assisting in making ski racing accessible and affordable to all young athletes in the Roaring Fork Valley who have a desire to compete. Chris and his wife Holly, have two children (Skylar & Orion), both of whom were SWSC athletes in the Buddy Werner Program and then became Full-time SWSC Age Class Athletes. Their daughter now attends school at a ski academy, where she continues to race at a high level, building upon the strong foundation she received from SWSC and it’s coaches.


Shannon Francis-Pienaar, Secretary, Buddy Werner Director16684_10152629965478800_1417190631699593575_n

Being a native of the Roaring Fork Valley, naturally Shannon has been on skis since she was a quite young.  Shannon skied with AVSC until she started high school, at which time her athletic career turned to Volleyball.  Beginning during her college years, she started working for the Aspen Skiing Company in their children’s division, teaching every season for roughly 10 years.

After moving to Glenwood Springs, she enrolled her son in the Buddy Werner program and became actively involved on the Board for Sunlight Winter Sports Club.  Shannon spends her summers working with her husband at Adventure Paragliding, thereby leaving her winter to devote to the programs offered by Sunlight Winter Sports Club.  She looks forward to growing and further developing the Buddy Werner program, feeling it is a valuable asset to the youth of the Roaring Fork Valley.

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