First Name: Stephen
Last Name: Fairbairn
Sport: Snowboarding
Inductee Type: Builder
Year Inducted: 2013
Home Town: Fall River
County: Halifax County

Steve Fairbairn started his snowboard involvement in Nova Scotia in 1990, long before it was considered a legitimate ‘sport’ by anyone. Despite a lack of major ski hills and a relatively short snow season in Nova Scotia, Steve grew the sport and the NS Snowboard Association to the point where Nova Scotian athletes were able to compete in national and international competitions. There has been a NSSA member participating at every Winter Olympics since snowboarding became an event in 1998 (four consecutive Olympics).


At Ski Martock, snowboarding now accounts for 35% of total visits. He started the Canadian Association of Snowboard Instructors which went from a few members in 1992 to over 20,000 today.


Steve also initiated training for a provincial team that included future snowboarding stars such as Olympian Trevor Andrew. He organized instructor certification and became the Atlantic Canada regional coordinator for CASI (Canadian Association of Snowboard Instructors), traveling to remote communities like Wabush, Labrador to certify instructors on their local hills.

From the introduction of a new sport, bringing it to the hills of Nova Scotia, to creating National Champions and Olympians, all in only 20 years (18 of which was as a volunteer), and with a resume too long to mention everything, Fairbairn is one of the very few sport people in Canada who can say they’ve had such an impact on the initial development of any sport as a coach, administrator, developer, and ambassador.


• Hometown: Fall River
• Developed beginner snowboard lessons Martock
• 1990-1991 organized first snowboard competition NS
• Founder 1st president NS Snowboard Association
• Coached and managed many athletes and teams
• Assistant Team Manager 2006 Winter Olympics
• Board member Canada Snowboard for 20 years
• Head coach NS Snowboard Association 2 years (2008)
• Awarded Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal