Robbin Gibson to Succeed Joe Hurley as Executive Director of the Bart Adaptive Sports Center
Manchester, VT - July 24, 2023 — The Bart Adaptive Sports Center today announced that Robbin Gibson has been appointed Executive Director, effective September 1. Robbin joins Bart Adaptive from the Stratton Winter Sports Club, the organization that manages the mountain’s competitive alpine ski, freestyle, and snowboarding teams. She will succeed Joe Hurley, the founding Executive Director of Bart Adaptive, who is retiring this fall after 21 years of distinguished service.
Bart Adaptive provides nearly 600 lessons in year-round adaptive sports to children, adults, and veterans with disabilities at three mountains – Bromley, Stratton, and The Hermitage Club – and surrounding areas in Southern Vermont. A dedicated staff and 80 volunteers provide people with disabilities the opportunity to enjoy outdoor sports, including skiing, snowboarding, cycling, golf, hiking, and martial arts.
Robbin Gibson joined Stratton in 1998 as a coach, progressing to Program Administrator and Program Manager before assuming the Program Director role in 2017. She began her career as a ski instructor at Bromley and has held a PSIA Level 3 Certification in Alpine Skiing. In her role at Stratton, Robbin has been responsible for 300 athletes, 60 staff, and the financial management of the organization. Robbin and her family reside in Jamaica, VT.
“I am sincerely grateful to the Board of Directors for entrusting me with the role of Executive Director,” Mrs. Gibson said. “I thank Joe Hurley as his visionary leadership and tireless dedication have been instrumental in shaping the organization. I am honored to carry on this mission, build upon the foundation he laid, and take the program forward with pride and determination. My vision is to expand the reach of our programs, enhance accessibility, and empower individuals with disabilities to fulfill their potential. I am eager to collaborate with the staff, Board of Directors, volunteers, and broader community to develop innovative strategies, forge new partnerships, and secure the resources that will enable us to provide even more impactful services.”
Daniel Mon, President of the Bart Adaptive Board, commented on Robbin’s appointment: “Her leadership qualities, vast experience in winter sports, and passion for helping others stood out during a national search process,” Mon said. “We believe Robbin can build on Joe Hurley’s highly successful tenure as the founding Executive Director and bring our mission to even more athletes at Bromley, Stratton, and The Hermitage Club. We look forward to working with Robbin and celebrating Joe’s many accomplishments in the coming months. I would like to thank the staff, Board, volunteers, and our Advisory Board who have all been so generous with their time during this exhaustive search process.”
As Robbin moves into the world of adaptive sports and earns her certifications, Bart Adaptive will strengthen its on-snow instruction and training by retaining Augie Young as a part-time Director of Training, beginning in December.
Augie is a leading adaptive ski instructor who has served in multiple roles for PSIA, including as Alpine Examiner, Adaptive Examiner, and Head Coach of the Eastern Division’s Adaptive Educational Staff. He began his instructional career at Windham Mountain’s Adaptive Sports Foundation where he volunteered from 1993 until 2018. Augie holds PSIA Level 3 Certifications for both Alpine and Adaptive Skiing. He will help coordinate Bart Adaptive’s volunteer and staff training in addition to conducting lessons.
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