The 2019 World Para Nordic Skiing Championships has its own song. Know my Name was written specifically for the Games by Prince George artist Sage Bialuski, who performed it, accompanied by Judy Russell’s Enchainement Dancers, for athletes at the opening ceremonies Friday night.
Bialuski began skiing and playing piano when she was three years old. She became a competitive skate and classic skier on the Caledonia Nordic Ski Club’s race team and had dreams of skiing in the Olympics.
Sage dedicated as much time to piano repertoire and studies as she did to skiing. It resulted in her representing Prince George at the provincial level in piano four years in a row.
At age 15, Sage won the Prince George Integris Youth Concerto Competition and performed Mozart’s Piano Concerto No 21 in C Major, K 467, as the guest soloist with the Prince George Symphony Orchestra.
Not long after, Sage was hit by a car while training on her road bike. She suffered multiple injuries that halted her athletic and musical aspirations. It required three years of physical rehabilitation for her body to heal.
Unable to ski or play piano during her injury, Sage struggled with a loss of self-identity. Composing became her coping mechanism and a way to channel her emotions.
Sage wrote “The Finish Line” which was chose as the theme song for the 2015 Canada Winter Games athlete celebration ceremonies.
“Know My Name” was written specifically for the 2019 World Para Nordic Skiing Championships. It draws on her personal experience as a competitive athlete. The inspiration for the song comes from her love of the discipline and dedication that it takes to complete, the love, devotion and passion for their sport.
Sage is now 20 years old, is working on her debut album, completing her Associate of the Royal Conservatory of Music diploma in piano (ARCT) and has her own teaching studio, Bialuski Studios. She has also returned to skiing and spends countless hours at at the Otway Nordic Centre and roller skiing around Prince George in the off season.