Passing of a Special Athlete

With deep sadness, the Camrose Ski Club shares news of the passing of our young teammate, training partner and faithful friend, Ole Heie. Ole died suddenly on Saturday, July 10, 2021 at the age of 12 years old, doing what he loved, running and training throughout the lands where he grew up.

Ole’s accomplishments throughout his young life were immeasurable. He was extremely musical, where his talents extended to the ukulele, guitar, flute and piccolo. He was a proud and independent farm kid, exploring the family land with full imagination at every opportunity. He was a conscientious student, studying in French-Immersion. A lifelong member of the Camrose Ski Club and Jr. Vikings, nothing made Ole smile bigger than heading down the trail chasing the ‘big kids’ on an after-school practice! A driven and dedicated athlete, Ole recently crushed some impressive goals, powered by gummies, of course – reaching 1000 km in just the first 54 days of the last ski season, making national news with his one-day 100km ski, and completing his first ultra marathon this spring. Whether he whizzed by, blond hair flowing, on his roller skis at Mirror Lake, down the dipsy-doodles, or at a race in the mountains, Ole’s adventurous passion and pure joy was infectious to all who had the honour of sharing the trail. 

Ole’s kind character and love for the outdoors will be missed by all. Our thoughts are with his loving parents, Rob & Leigh, and sister, Ava, who are beyond proud of the young man he became. As we all navigate the heartbreaking grief of Ole’s passing, we hope that you will find comfort with Ole’s spirit on the trail and by sharing some gummies and memories of Ole with friends.

A celebration of Ole’s amazing life will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, July 21, 2021 from the Stoney Creek Centre. To attend, buses will start a shuttle service at 9:00 a.m. from the CRE parking lot. They will return to the CRE following the service for fellowship and refreshments. Please wear comfortable running clothes to participate in a short run in honour of Ole. If family and friends so desire, in lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Camrose Ski Club here in Ole’s memory.

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