SNSC Talent at Paralympics
Rob Trainor–You may have seen the story in the newspaper about Strathcona Nordic member Rob Trainor assisting the Chinese Paralympic Team. The Chinese Team were so impressed with the help they received from Rob Trainor at the IPC World Cups on Mount Washington in 2006 and 2009 that they asked him to be a coach for the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Games. Rob will attend the Friday Opening Ceremonies as part of the Chinese Team and will stay with them in the Athletes Village in Whistler. Rob enlisted the help of Ski Tak to outfit them with all of the equipment they will need to wax competitively at the Paralympics. Rob will be coaching their team of six standing skiers and one sit skier. Marilyn Atkinson will be assisting Rob with waxing.
Officials–Another large group of Strathcona Nordic officials left this week for the Paralympic Winter Games. They’ll be working in a variety of positions in the cross-country events. These officials are very committed to the Paralympics. All have worked as officials in the last two IPC World Cup Finals that took place at Mt. Washington Nordic. Some officials have worked for both the Olympics and now the Paralympics and have been training for up to three years for their roles at the Vancouver 2010 Games.
They are anticipating the Paralympics to be a less stressful atmosphere than the Olympics. Susan Denny said, “Everyone will be happy to be there. Athletes and officials. It’s very awe-inspiring to see the para-athletes. I am certainly heading over to the Whistler Olympic Park with less pressure — and to really enjoy the achievements of the athletes.”
Susan Denny joins Carol Bell, Susan Cormie, Jay Dahlgren, Jerry Feniak, David Gibson, Lo Lanning, Marianne Muir, Kate Pierce, Colleen Roy, Harriet Rueggeberg, and Bruce Stevenson as course marshals. Becky Stewart and Val Wootton are working in the race office. Doug Herchmer is part of the biathlon range crew. Joe Bajan is working in the biathlon. Len Apedaile is Assistant Chief of Competition. If we have missed you on this list, please let us know firstname.lastname@example.org
You can learn more about the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Games at Vancouver 2010
Curious about the Devos?
The Devo Team will be holding an open session on Saturday, March 13th from 10am-noon for all interested skiers aged 10-14. Bring your skate skis and come meet our current Devo Team members and incoming coach Tim McGrady. The Devo Program is a developmental group for keen skiers in the 10-14 age range and is presented in a fun format. Our focus is on personal ski technique development, having fun as a team and introducing kids to racing. We present the idea of racing as a personal challenge and help young skiers to see the steps involved in preparing for a race.
In the fall we have group dryland training after school on Wednesday afternoons, and we often participate in some weekend all-club hikes. Dryland activities include light run sessions and games with strength and balance exercises. In the winter we ski after school on Wednesdays and on Saturday and Sunday mornings. Most members ski with us once during the week and then attend either the Saturday or Sunday session although attending both is also an option. For more info contact Tim McGrady 250 890 1061 or email@example.com
Congratulations to all the Rabbit skiers who participated in the Sprint Races this past weekend. There were many very fast times for this short sprint races, with almost half of the skiers earning the top Gold Beckie Scott Sprint award.
There is only 1 more instructional session for Sunday Rabbits, and two for Saturday before the annual Rabbit Tournament on Sunday March 21st. We are still in need of approximately 4 parents volunteers to run activity stations. No experience necessary, all instructions provided for a great time. Please contact Laura Johnston at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are able to assist with the Tourney.
Back Country Trip
Interested in exploring the back country on your skis with an experienced guide? Conact Andrew Pape-Salmon about the Sunday, March 28 Mount Becher ski tour. email@example.com
BC Midget Championships
The coaches were extremely proud of our young racers in Salmon Arm over the weekend. Our club was very well-represented by our team of Max Brown, Darien Walker, Jared Jones, Connor McGrady, Sally Brown, Sylvie Stewart Grantham, Sofia Conradi, Morgan Meckert, Avalon Wasteneys, Andy Walker and Austin Long . Each and every one of them showed great spirit and determination. Cross-country skiing is often considered an individual sport, but our team spirit shone through at every race as the kids cheered each other on in both the team relay and individual events.
Even though we were only 11 racers in a crowd of 200, our kids clapped and thumped the tables the loudest when our own Andy Walker and Avalon Wasteneys went to collect their second place medals for the 2 km classic race at the banquet. It was a good night to be a Strathcona Nordic. And congratulations to Sylvie Stewart Grantham and Sofia Conradi for placing first and second respectively in the intraclub handstand contest in the swimming pool before the banquet! On Sunday in the individual skate sprints, congratulations to Andy Walker on his third place medal and to Morgan Meckert on her fourth place medal.
BC Winter Games
Photo of "Alec battles for Fifth Place" from Terrace2010BCWinterGames.org
Ten racers and two coaches headed to the BC Winter Games in Terrace on the weekend where they skied on the low snow pack at the Onion Lake trails and were hosted by the Snow Valley Ski Club. Excellent race results and personal bests were achieved by all of the racers.
In Classic long distance – Ariel Becherer received a silver medal in the Juvenile Girls and Emalee Vandermale was in a strong fourth place, just 3 seconds out of bronze. In Midget Girls Malia Irvine placed fifth, Sarah Stewart Grantham seventh, and Sydney Vandermale ninth. In Juvenile Boys, Jamie Wasteneys was a strong fifth, and Sheridan Meckert ninth.
In the sprint races – Ariel placed fourth in Juvenile Girls. Three skiers placed first in B Finals for fifth place overall: Alec Stapff, Emalee Vandermale and Malia Irvine. Congratulations to Michelle Boham for a strong seventh in Juvenile Girls.
In the 4×2.2km relay the Juvenile team of Jamie, Ariel, Emalee and Sheridan was just edged out of the medals, finishing in a very strong fourth place. The Midget team of Alec, Sarah, Malia and Alex Brown finished ninth, with Alex running a speedy skate leg.
We were proud of the maturity, focus and spirit of all the racers. They were all great ambassadors for our team. In addition the team enjoyed some of the special events including the hypnosis performance and the sumo wrestling!
Thanks to Marilyn Atkinson and Dave Battison for coaching and leading the group!!
The Strathcona Nordics will be represented at the Canadian National Cross-Country Ski Championships in Whitehorse next week by the team of Freya Wasteneys, Sylvia Watkins, Sarah Peters, Willie Herchmer, Michael Ravensbergen, Ariel Becherer, Emmalee Vandermale, Sydney Vandermale, and Sheridan Meckert. Coach Dave Battison will lead the team and be assisted by Brian Vandermale — and our own ANDREA LEE will be racing at the Nationals with the BC Team. Go Andrea!! Go SNSC Team!!
There are 2 weeks remaining to register for the 28th Annual Vancouver Island Loppet. See the Race Notice on the bulletin Board in the Raven Lodge, or find it on the Races page. Register on Zone 4. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to volunteer.