Here are the links for the December 28 Club Race and BC Winter Games Zone 6 Trial Race:
We are nearing the end of November and the end of earlybird prices on programs; register before November 30 to save. If you love skiing, consider sharing the love by coaching or instructing this season.
Look for news below about multiple coaching opportunities, gear, national Sports Day finalists, the fantastic fundraiser, upcoming race camp, and more!
The last day for earlybird pricing on programs is November 30. On December 1, regular prices come into effect. You can view the Programs pages on the website for more program information. Register using the Register button on the website.
Dr Andreas Conradi presents a cheque to SNSC President Len Apedaile at the fabulous dinner event on November 9. Read about the event below! Photo: Laura Johnston
A note to Rabbit parents – We are very short of volunteer coaches this year. If we do not get more volunteer coaches coming forward, we will be unable to accommodate everyone that has already registered for the Rabbit and Bunny SDP. Priority will be given to children of families volunteering as coaches or assistant coaches.
Training is available; enthusiasm for skiing is the only training prerequisite. Please see the Strathcona Nordics website for more coaching information. Contact Head Hare Alixheadharewilson@gmail.com for more details.
Gear page – the page is open for business. You can post xc gear to buy, sell, or trade using the comments field at the bottom of the page.
Coaching pages – we have updated the coaching pages to give you more resources. Use the links on the sidebar or the bottom of the Coaching homepage to find all the information you need.
Coach Dave Battison and Guest Speaker Brian Culbert at the dinner event. Read about the event below. Photo: Laura Johnston
Let’s do our part in helping to make the Comox Valley the sportiest community in BC on Canada’s Sports day and show the community the activity level of our club members!
The Comox Valley was selected as one of four winning finalists across Canada for CBC’s “Get Out and Play” contest and will be featured on “My Town” as part of CBC Sports Day in Canada.
Here is a link to the video montage that was created by CBC about the Comox Valley: Sports Day My Town. To win the title of “Sportiest Community” in BC, Active Comox Valley has set a challenge to collectively, as a community, be active for one million minutes on Wednesday, November 27th.
See the following link for more information: Active Comox Valley Challenge.
You must be a resident of the Comox Valley to record your activity.
What you have to do:
1. Plan to do an activity for at least 30 minutes on Wednesday, November 27.
2. Complete your physical activity on that day.
3. Log your activity minutes on the form by 10 pm on November 27th.
4. Celebrate your awesomeness!
We will register our total number of minutes on behalf of our club. There are draw prizes available–and if we win one as a result of our club participation, we will re-draw the prizes for those people who signed up within our club.
The CIBC Wood Gundy School Program needs cross-country instructors. If you are interested and lack training, we will provide training for you! If you have time during one or more days during the week, for some or all of the the winter,
Mondays throughThursdays, during January 13 – March 13; mornings 9:30-11:30 and/or afternoons 12:30-2:30
Contact Lynda. 250-941-3579 firstname.lastname@example.org
Note: This program provides an honorarium to help compensate you for your time.
The Mount Washington Nordic Centre is looking for ski instructors for the coming season.
If you are interested or have any questions please email Marc Lyster at email@example.com
The upcoming Community Coaching (CC) workshop takes place December13-15 . Contact Andrea Stapff for details and to register. Andrea Stapff firstname.lastname@example.org There are still lots of spots available for this course!
Dinner event patrons peruse the excellent silent auction items at the dinner event. Photo: Laura Johnston
The fabulous fall fundraisers were a fantastic success! The raffle for the paitnings and the dinner evening netted a total of $22,000 for the newly established athlete enhancement fund. This would not have been possible without the generous support of the sponsors. We express our heartfelt gratitude to the following individuals and businesses for their support:
Dr. Andreas A. Conradi
Shoreline Orthodontics, SkiTak Hut, Spirit Bear Lodge, Westjet, CE Consulting – Rupert Wong
Jerry Van Photography, Riverway Dental – Dr. Wade Luksay, Kean Automotive, Leo McGrady
Trail Bicycles, Blue Toque Sports, Mountain City Cycle, Broken Spoke, ELM- Fitness, Ski & Surf Shop, SweatPea Toy Company -Dan Lemay, Bruce Kirby, West Coast Expeditions, Alberni Outfitters, Active Living Physiotherapy, Lordco Autoparts CR, Sarah and Berend Henckel, Be – Clothing Boutique, The Joint Physiotherapy, Discovery Passage Therapeutic Massage, Mountainside Lodge – Leanne Webster, Mosaic Vision, Travel Lodge, Best Western, Brian McLean, Finneron Hyundai, Strathcona Park Lodge, Salomon, Marcoux Family
Extreme Runners, Graham Jewellers, The Butcher’s Block, Peddle Your World, Outdoor Addictions, Wild Play Element Parks, Starbucks, Sure Copy, Action Sports CR, Intersport CR, Sportsplex CR, Trousers, Blue Heron Books, House of Colour – Benjamin Moore, Simon’s Cycles, Royston Roasting Company, Brian Scott, Nordic Shop Squamish, Steiner’s Bakery CR, Simply Divine Body Care, Rocky Mountain Chocolates, Coho Bookstore CR, Len Apedaile, Kask Graphics CR
We would also like to extend a big thank you to Berend Henckel for his tremendous work in organizing the raffle and the dinner event, and thank you to all the people who supported the event by attending and volunteering their time.
Berend Henckel presents Betty Harper with the Gretschen Markle painting that she won in the raffle. David Dasilva won the Lucy Schappy painting, and Dave Lawrence won the Brian Scott painting.
All racers are welcome to join us for the annual Teck Regional Snow Camp December 27 to 30 in the nordic area of Mount Washington Resort. See the camp notice for details. Register using this link.
Note: The second day of the camp is a race day. You must register separately for the race.
On Saturday, December 28, we are hosting a classic technique, individual start race, which will begin at 11am in the Nordic Stadium at Mount Washington. Skiers of all ages are welcome to take part in this event!
The event is also the Zone 6 Trial Race for the BC Winter Games 2014. If you are born in 1999 or 2000, you are eligible to participate in the BC Winter Games 2014. In you live in Zone 6, to qualify for the games, you must race in this event. Contact info@StrathconaNordics.com for more information about the Zone 6 BC Winter Games team.
The race organizers are finalizing the race notice, and registration will open soon. You can check the website later this week or watch for the news bulletin!
Our new season has officially begun! NOTE: To take part in run/hikes or in racing team training – you need to be registered for the 2013-14 season. Read on for the latest in cross-country skiing on Vancouver Island!
Don’t wait to register. Time seems to be progressing at warp speed and the early bird deadline will be here before you know it! Register before November 30 to take advantage of early bird program prices.
Racing team members – your new season has begun! Racing team members must now be registered in order to participate in dryland training.
Brian Culbert will be speaking at Dinner Event next Saturday. See “Dinner event” below.
If you have some Cansi or NCCP coach qualifications and you have some availability during weekdays this winter — consider becoming an instructor for the School Program. It’s great way to introduce children to cross-country skiing, and you will receive an honorarium. Contact Lynda to learn more about the School Program! Lynda email@example.com
If you haven’t bought tickets yet, for yourself or others, don’t delay. This stellar dinner event is taking place on Saturday, November 9. For just $35, you’ll be treated to a delicious dinner catered by Tria Fine Catering, entertainment, silent and live auctions, and a truly inspiring guest speaker, Brian Culbert.
Brian Culbert is an elite multi-disciplined athlete, investment advisor, and first vice president at CIBC Wood Gundy; Culbert is also the founder of a highly successful charitable foundation Racing4Lives, which fundraises for SickKids International.
For the past 9 years Brian Culbert has combined his love of endurance racing with his passion for raising funds for children’s charities. He has dedicated his races towards children’s charities — to date he has raised over $600,000 for various Canadian and International children’s causes. Culbert’s latest project in support was to race for 43 hours in the grueling Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc, a 168km race over the French, Suisse and Italian Alps. The UTMB is considered to be one of the toughest ultra marathon races in the world.
Brian says, “I am not a runner. But somehow I’ve come to qualify for the world’s most prestigious and toughest ultra-marathon trail running race. The 165km Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc which takes place in Chamonix France.”
Brian Culbert is coming to the Strathcona Nordics dinner evening to share his story. Tickets are only $35. You can purchase a ticket by cash our cheque at Ski Tak Hut in Courtenay or contact Berend Henckel at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our Head Coach Dave Battison received an NCCP National Coaching – Coach Developer Award sponsored by Investors Group; Coach Dave is one of 12 recipients across the country and across all sports to receive the award for the development of coaches in the community; Coach Dave was awarded the Coach Developer award for going “above and beyond” his role as a coach developer. Congratulations to Dave Battison on a well-deserved award!
Head Coach Dave Battison receives a national coaching award from Chris Nagle, Rabbit Coach and Investors Group Division Director.
All Club run/Hike this weekend – 10am Snowden – meet at logging bridge at 10am to carpool to Snowden trails. Renew your membership before you come out!
Here are just a few of the club members who participated in the Perseverance Creek Trail Run last weekend.
On Sunday, October 27th a large contingent of Strathcona Nordics lined up to take part in the annual Perseverance Run in Cumberland. The race was organized by the Community Forest Society of Cumberland in conjunction with ELM and Extreme Runners. The event, which consists of a 3KM race and 10KM race, is becoming very popular and was sold out at least two weeks in advance.
Our hard training over the summer and fall has paid off. We had some stellar performances from our young athletes. In the 3KM, Stephen Lamon took first place overall, and the Strathcona Nordics dominated the field with 10 Strathcona Nordics in the top 15. Quite a number of young Devo’s left their coach Berend in the dust. “Apparently fundraising is not a good cross-training activity or maybe it is just natural decline,” says Berend.
In the 3km race, there were 1st place finishes for Stephen Lamon, Gabe Gledhill, Hugo Henckel, Naomi Swift, and Emma Wong; Silver medals for Ella Prager, Rachel Beech, James Posey, and Berend Henckel; and 3rd place finishes for Aiden Noble, Viviane Lemay, Eva Salmon, and Avik Bakshi
In the 10KM event, Strathcona Nordics member Andrew Pape-Salmon took first place overall. Andrew ran the very demanding 10KM in a time of 52. Equally impressive was the performance by his brother-in-law, young Matthew Salmon. Matthew had a very strong finish, out-kicking his teammate. Tallon Noble on the last straight away. Matthew and Tallon placed respectively 2nd and 3rd in the under 19 division. James Posey placed second in his competitive category. Madeleine Guimond and Maya Swift ran fast times in the 10km under 19, and these young racers took second and third place in their categories.
Quite a number of club members took part in the race. Well done everyone!! Our club was very well presented on this lovely sunny fall Sunday. Place this event on your calendars for next
year. We had lots of fun, it was well-organized, and the proceeds going towards protecting the forest around Cumberland. http://www.perseverancetrailrun.com/results.htm
The annual AGM and gear swap happened last weekend. It was another successful event thanks to all those who came out and special thanks to Sue Bloxsome for organizing and to the small army of volunteers who helped out in so many ways to bring it all together!
We’ll have the numbers for you next newsletter. To everyone who sold gear at the swap–your cheques will be in the mail soon!
Many people enjoyed chili at the swap and AGM.
Introducing the Strathcona Nordic Ski Club Board of Directors for 2013-14 season:
President – Len Apedaile
Vice-President – Alison Stocks
Treasurer – Scott Prager
Secretary – Patty Johnson
Membership Director – Richard Barry
Communications Director – Barb Kelly
Chair Rabbit Skill Development, Director – Alix Wilson
Chair Athlete Development, Director – Berend Henckel
Chair Coaching Development, Director – Doug Herchmer
Chair Recreational and School Program – Lynn Swift
We’ll be updating their bios and photos on the website over the next few weeks. Currently, you can reach a director through info@StrathconaNordics.com.
The Hollyburn Cross Country Ski Club invites you to join them for this year’s Teck Coast Cup #1 at Whistler Olympic Park – the site of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games!
The race is designed as an introductory race to start the season off, with relatively short distances ranging from just under one kilometre for Atoms to 7.5 kilometres for adults. They are offering race courses that can be enjoyed by children, their parents and both recreational or dedicated racers.
Date: Sunday, December 1, 2013
Time: 11:00AM start
Race Notice: http://www.hollyburnxc.ca/files/race/cc1_2013_racenotice.pdf
We hope everyone is finding time to get outside on this beautiful long weekend. Look for updates below on coaching courses, run/hikes, the Swap & AGM, events, and more.
To register for club membership and programs – use the “Register” button on the sidebar! See the Programs pages to learn more about programs.
L2T on-snow course 2013. See information for coaches below.
Calling all new, returning, and prospective coaches – we have exciting opportunities for you to learn the latest on the coaching front and develop new skills!
If you are a returning coach, a new coach, or thinking about coaching – this meeting is for you! Get the latest information on coaching with the Strathcona Nordics at the meeting.
Sunday, October 20
Native Sons Hall (dining room), Cliffe Ave in Courtenay
We need you! All our programs rely on volunteer coaches, and coaching is a great way to improve your own ski technique, learn some skills, and have fun outdoors with your ski community. You don’t need to be a great skier to coach – just be ready to learn and have fun in the snow.
Introduction to Community Coaching (ICC) (12 hours)
The first course in the NCCP and the qualification for coaching children under 6yrs or in the school program.
Friday, November 1, 6-9pm
Saturday, November 2, 8am-5pm
Registration deadline October 24. Email Andrea to register, above.
Community Coaching (CC)
prerequisite – ICC
Learn to Train – Dryland (L2T dryland)
prerequisite – CC
Learn to Train – On Snow (L2T on snow)
prerequisite – L2T dryland
Mount Washington – VIMSS Mountain Centre
Sunday October 13 - All club run/hike, 10am – Perseverance trail run route – #6 Mine Park, Cumberland
Sunday October 20 - All club run/hike cancelled due to coaches and race team meetings
Sunday October 27 - No all club run/hike – club member/athletes are encouraged to participate in thePerseverance Trail Run, Entries are still open – adults and children, 10K or 3K. Strathcona Nordics has a club team entered – all members welcome to register.
Have you taken inventory – What items are you going to sell at the gear swap this year? Which items are you looking to buy? Mark the date on your calendar and take advantage of some great deals and information at our annual AGM and Gear Swap.
Saturday, October 26
9:30 – 11:30 Cross-country ski equipment drop off
11:00 – 11:30 Waxing clinic with Coach Dave
11:30 – 12:15 Join us for lunch!
12:15 – 1:00 AGM
1:00 – 3:00 Cross-country ski gear swap
3:00 – 3:30 Gear (unsold) pick up
Note: People attending the AGM get in first to the ski swap. Everyone welcome!
Contact Sue to volunteer at the swap. email@example.com
Join us for an evening of fine food and inspiration!
Saturday, November 9
Native Sons Hall, Courtenay
Doors will open at 5pm and dinner will begin at 6pm.
Tickets only $35! Purchase tickets by cash or cheque at Ski Tak Hut in Courtenay
or email Berend Henckel firstname.lastname@example.org for tickets
Win one of three original works of art by popular artists! Tickets are 3/$5 – which gives you three chances to win! You can view the beautiful paintings on the club fun-raising webpage. Don’t delay in buying your raffle tickets. The draw takes place at the dinner event on November 9.
Contact a young racer for raffle tickets, or email Berend email@example.com to find the raffle ticket-seller who’s nearest you! If you are in Campbell River on October 19, you can purchase tickets at the Canadian Tire store, where the team will be selling tickets between 9am and 3pm.
This fundraiser is made possible through the generous assistance of Dr. Andreas Conradi.
The CIBC Wood Gundy School XC Ski Program is in need of Instructors for January through March. Instructors need CANSI Level 1, NCCP – ICC, or NCCP-CC to instruct Tuesdays, Wednesdays. and Thursday, primarily, but some Mondays and the rare Friday as well.
Instructors can indicate their availability for both morning and afternoon or just morning or just afternoon Instructional times. These are paid positions @ $20/session. One session is approximately 2 hours in length. Students are usually grade 4-6 ages.
Interested candidates should contact Lynda Magor by email firstname.lastname@example.org with their contact information and availability.
Registration is open for winter 2014 Strathcona Nordics programs! Register early to take advantage of earlybird pricing and ensure your spot in a program. View program information on the website and click the register button there or use this link to register now.
The Vancouver Island Mountain Sports Society cordially invites you to attend their
10th Anniversary AGM/BBQ and Social
Friday, October 25th 2013
AGM 5to6pm; BBQ6to10pm
at the Vancouver Island Mountain Centre Mount Washington
Admission is by donation. Your generosity is greatly appreciated!
RSVP to email@example.com by October 23rd. We hope to see you there!
Sunday October 13 - All club run/hike, 10am – Perseverance trail run route – meet at #6 Mine Park, Cumberland
Sunday October 20 - All club run/hike cancelled due to coaches and race team meetings
Sunday October 27 - No all club run/hike – club member/athletes are encouraged to participate in the Perseverance Trail Run, Entries are still open – adults and children, 10K or 3K, http://www.perseverancetrailrun.com, Strathcona Nordics has a club team entered – all members welcome to register
It’s already October! It’s been snowing on the mountain, and many people are working hard behind the scenes to prepare for a new season of programming and fun. Learn more about up-coming events, registration, gear, fun fundraisers, a new video — and more, below.
Many thanks to Jay Dahlgren for helping to keep roller skiers safe with the donation of these two awesome new signs!
Registration is open for winter 2014 programs and membership! We have updated the programming information and included a registration button on the sidebar as well. Use the button to access registration on Zone4.ca for winter 2014 programs.
Now’s the time to take inventory. What items are you going to sell at the gear swap this year? Which items are you looking to buy? Mark the date on your calendar and take advantage of some great deals and information at our annual AGM and Gear Swap.
This fall the Strathcona Nordic Ski Club is holding two exciting fundraising events. The first is a raffle for three beautiful paintings, and the draw will take place at our second event a catered dinner evening with loads of entertainment.
Win one of three beautiful works of art from local artists Brian Scott, Lucy Schappy, and Gretchen Markle. For just $5, you can purchase 3 tickets for three chances to win. The draws will take place at our gala dinner event on Saturday, November 9.
Contact a young racer for raffle tickets, or email info@StrathconaNordics.com to find the raffle ticket-seller who’s nearest you! If you are in Campbell River on October 19, you can purchase tickets at the Canadian Tire store, where the team will be selling tickets between 9am and 3pm.
Sales are going well, so don’t miss out on this great opportunity to win a beautiful work of art! You can see photos of the paintings on the Fun-raising page.
Dinner and Auction
Join us on Saturday, November 9 for a fantastic evening of catered food & drinks, music, a motivational speaker, a silent auction, and a live auction at the Native Sons Hall in Courtenay. The doors will open at 5pm and dinner will begin at 6pm. Tickets cost $35. You can purchase tickets by cash or by cheque (made out to “SNSC”). Contact Berend Henckel firstname.lastname@example.org for tickets.
These fundraisers are made possible through the generous assistance of Dr. Andreas Conradi.
Raffle ticket sellers with the paintings in Courtenay last Saturday. Photo: Amitabh Bakshi
We are continuing the run/hike series this fall. Every Sunday, you can join your fellow club members and explore the local trails. Join the running group or the walking group. Dress for the weather and bring your own hydration and snack. Be prepared for approximately 3 hours on the trails. Be at the location and ready to go at 10am.
Check the club website StrathconaNordics.com before you go in case there are run/hike updates!
“What have some of our Devos been up to?” As many of you know, we have very talented athletes in our Devo group. We encourage that they take part in various sports during this stage of their athletic development.
Lots of our team members are in soccer, sailing and swimming. This past weekend coach Berend cheered on some of the Devos during a cycle cross race in Cumberland. This race is part of an Island Series: Cross on the Rock. The recent rains made for interesting conditions.
Evan Luksay, Carson Damery and Luke Damery competed in the Men Beginner Division, right along side adults and they held their own, with respective placings of 14th, 20th, and 30th. Devo coach Devo Damery, also known as “Double D,” put the hammer down and placed 3rd in the very competitive Master Men Division. Another member of our club, Wade Luksay, placed 19th in the same division. Look for these athletes, once we hit the snow. They are going to well prepared.
If you were in the cycle cross event and we missed you, email us info@StrathconaNordics.com.
Race team coaches would like to meet with parents of Junior team racers and Devo team racers on Sunday October 20, from 10am-11am at the Native Sons Hall in Courtenay (in the dining room).
This is a busy but important time of year in the planning of the upcoming season. The intent of this meeting is to go over the competitive calendar for the 2013/2014 season for the respective teams among other things. This meeting will follow directly after the coaches meeting that is occurring from 9am-10am.
The Gear page on the website is currently closed and all items from last season have been removed. We’ll make a fresh start when our new season begins after the Swap and AGM on October 26.
For now, you can bring your gear to the swap to sell and try to find the gear you need at the swap.
Check out Double D’s fun video from the September race camp!
We are finishing updates to our web pages this week. On October 1, you will be able to find all the latest program information. Registration also opens on October 1, and at that time you will find a “Register” button on the sidebar that will take you to the Zone4.ca registration form. There will also be a “Volunteer” button that links to a form for families registered in the Rabbit program.
Check out our new Fun-raising web page – and take advantage the opportunity to win one of three beautiful paintings from popular local artists!
Look for more photos and news next week from the successful Teck Regional Dryland Camp that we hosted from September 13-15!
Happy campers at the Teck Regional dryland training camp that we hosted at Miracle Beach Provincial Park.
Happy September to everyone! Look for some impending deadlines and other news below.
Join in the fun at race camp. Photo: Andrea Stapff
All racers are invited to attend a 2.5 day fall regional camp sponsored by Teck at the beautiful Miracle Beach Provincial Park in Black Creek. The camp begins on Friday, September 13 at 4pm and ends on Sunday, September 15 at 11am.
On Friday, families are welcome to attend a potluck dinner (more details coming soon). Masters, Devo, and Junior racers will be staying at the group campground. The cost is $50/Juniors/Masters and $40/Devos. This fee includes accommodation, training, and meals.
Registration deadline is extended to September 9th. However, you can still register now, so you don’t miss out.
Click here for the Camp Notice.
Use this link to Register.
Join us this fall as we continue the Sunday run/hike series and explore trails around the island.
Hope to see you there!
The club website updates are still in the works. We’ll have all the latest information for you here by mid-September.
Here is the Calendar preview, in case you missed it last month. We’ll have more dates to add, but it looks like a fun season already! Look for special events, race camps, races, and coaching clinics.
Note: Some of the dates, such as Mount Washington’s deadline for earlybird pricing on Season’s Passes are just 3 weeks away!
Strathcona Nordics 2013-2014
Here’s a new contest from Cross Country Canada as our national athletes prepare for an Olympic season. Checkout the prizes – they look pretty good! CCC contest link
Despite the rain, summer is still in full swing, but many of us are beginning to think about fall. Look for news below about an upcoming race camp, the year-at-a-glance, a CCC contest, and more!
See the Cross Country Canada contest below!
This Sunday, August 18 - we’re doing “The Cross Over” from Mount Washington to Forbidden Plateau. It is an approximate 4.5- to 5-hour run and a 6.5- to 7.5-hour hike. All participants should be ready for the longer challenge–ready for the terrain and weather with appropriate clothing, food, and water. Meet at the Starbucks parking lot on Cliffe Avenue at 8am in Courtenay to join the running group or the hiking group and to carpool to the trail head/tail (depending on which group you join).
This month we are reviewing this website, and we will be updating web pages. At the end of the month, you will be able to find updated program information here.
Here is a preview of the upcoming ski season. We’ll have more dates to add, but it looks like a fun season already! Look for special events, race camps, races, and coaching clinics.
Note: Some of the dates, such as Mount Washington’s deadline for earlybird pricing on Season’s Passes are just 6 weeks away!
All racers are invited to attend a 2.5 day fall regional camp sponsored by Teck at the beautiful Miracle Beach Provincial Park in Black Creek. The camp begins on Friday, September 13 at 4pm and ends on Sunday, September 15 at 11am.
On Friday, families are welcome to attend a potluck dinner (more details coming soon). Masters, Devo, and Junior racers will be staying at the group campground. The cost is $50/Juniors/Masters and $40/Devos. This fee includes accommodation, training, and meals. Register before September 6.
We hope everyone is enjoying these hot, sunny summer days! Look for updates below about run hikes, September Race Camp, Bike for YANA, and the November fundraiser evening.
Many club members enjoyed the recent run hike on Mount Washington!
Join us Sunday, July 28 to run or hike on the trails around Nymph Falls park in Courtenay. Meet in the parking lot at Nymph Falls Park and be ready to go at 10am. The route will climb into the lower Forbidden Plateau trails. Bring water and light snack. All club members are welcome to join the running group or the hiking group!
On Sunday, August 4 – we’ll run and hike to the top of Sunrise from the Raven Lodge. Meet in the Raven Lodge parking lot, ready to go at 10am and ready for 2-3 hours on the trails.
On Sunday, August 11 – we’ll meet back at the Raven Lodge and run or hike to Circlet Lake and back. Join the running group or the hiking group. Be prepared for the weather and for several hours on the trails. Remember to always bring your own hydration and snack. Hope to see you, ready to go, in the Raven Lodge parking lot at 10am!
Heads up for the North Island Orienteering Festival, running August 10-11! There are 3 events:
one each at Cumberland Lake Park and Nymph Falls, Courtenay on the Saturday and one at NE Woods in Comox on the Sunday. See the flyer for more details.
There will be courses for all levels of skill. There is also a social/BBQ on the Saturday evening. Contact Stewart Lamon 250-890-0983 or email@example.com and Carl Coger 250-592-4944 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact your Strathcona Nordics coach if you are taking part in the YANA bike ride on August 18th.
For more information and to register, visit their website.
All Devo, Junior, and Masters racers note – there is an upcoming race camp at Miracle Beach from September 13th to 15th with overnight camping at the Miracle Beach group camp site.
Mark it on your calendar–We are hosting a fundraising dinner on Saturday November 9th at the Native Sons Hall in Courtenay! It’s an event that shouldn’t be missed.
In addition to dinner and refreshments, there will be live music, a motivational speaker, and a silent auction. The funds raised during this event will be used to assist our racing teams (Devos and Juniors) with preparation and participation in various races as they represent our club at provincial and national level.
Members who like to be on the organizing committee for this event, please contact Berend Henckel. We will also need volunteers for the day of the event.
Lets make the 2013 -2014 season our best season ever!!
We have exciting news for you below about international and local events, activities to choose from, three new welcomes, and more!
Junior racers recently enjoyed a 3-day training camp at the beautiful Strathcona Park Lodge. Photo: Andrea Stapff
Sunday, July 21 - the Elk River Trail – located in Strathcona Provincial Park – Buttle Lake entrance. The trail head is well marked, at the 70km point on the Gold River Highway (Hwy 28) to Gold River. Travel time is approx 60 min from the junction of Hwy 19 and 28 at the north end of Campbell River. Meet at the trail head at 10am. Andrea will be leaving from the parking lot of Strathcona Park Lodge at 9:30am if anyone wishes to follow and/or carpool from there.
The trail is a 22km round trip to Landslide Lake, with an elevation gain of 500m over 11km. All club members are welcome. It is an out and back trail so anyone can join in and walk/ran at their own speed – there will likely be several groups at various speeds. Bring plenty of water and snacks and expect the run/walk to be at least 3hours.
Sunday, July 14 – all club members are welcome to join the Run/Hike on Mount Washington. Meet in the Raven Lodge parking lot – ready-to-go at 10am. Join the running group or the hiking group. Be prepared for 2.5 to 3 hours on the trails. Dress for the weather and bring your own hydration and snack. Hope to see you there!
Check back here for future Sunday Run/Hike locations and details – after this weekend.
Our club is very proud to learn that we will have three members from the Strathcona Nordics at the FISU World University Games in Trentino, Italy in December 2013!
You can learn more about the event on the official website and catch up the latest cross-country ski news on the Cross Country BC website.
On July 7, we had many club members run in the Gutbuster trail run in Ladysmith. From the Juniors, Matthew Salmon and Sally Brown came in first – with Eva Salmon finishing a fraction of a second behind Sally to take 2nd place. Sara Pape-Salmon enjoyed a stellar 1st of 7 in her category.
On the long course, Andrew Pape-Salmon finished 2/12 and 6th overall. In their categories, Dominick Nadeau came in 2nd, Andy Brown 6th, and Louis Nadeau 8th. The next and final Gutbuster run takes place on Mount Washington on Sunday, August 11.
The Strathcona Nordics Board of Directors is excited to announce the appointment of Andrea Stapff to the brand new part-time position of club program coordinator.
An active club member, Andrea has become progressively more involved in the club over the past several years generously contributing her energy and wealth of experience in sport (below) to the club and now through the new position of program coordinator.
As program coordinator, Andrea will be responsible for supporting organisational and logistical requirements for the club racing programs and will play and integral role in coach and program development for all of the Strathcona Nordics programs. She will become the glue that holds us together as we continue to grow and develop. This growth has enabled the club (after several years of trying) to fund this position and this represents an important milestone in our development.
Andrea has stepped down from her Board of Directors role of club secretary to accept this position, but will continue in her volunteer role of assistant coach to the Junior Team.
Bio – Andrea Stapff
Master’s Degree, Exercise Physiology, University of Victoria, 1989
Physiologist, Western Australian Institute of Sport, Perth, Australia, 1990-1997
Physiologist, Australian Women’s National Basketball Team, 1993-1997
NCCP Level 3, Rowing
Head Coach, Shawnigan Lake School, Rowing, 1997-2003
Canada Summer Games, BC Provincial Team Coach, Rowing, 1989
Western Canada Summer Games, BC Provincial Team Coach, Rowing, 1999
NCCP T2T, Cross Country Skiing
NCCP ICC/CC Learning Facilitator, Cross Country Skiing
BC Winter Games, Zone 6 Head Coach, Cross Country Skiing, 2011
Two- time Olympian, 1980, 1984, Rowing, 4th place, Woman’s Single, 1984
Commonwealth Games, 1986, Rowing, Gold, Women’s Pair
Six- time World Championship Finalist, Rowing
Lucerne International Regatta, 1980, Rowing, Gold & Bronze, Women’s Single
The SNSC Board welcomes the appointment of Patty Johnson to the Club Board of Directors. Patty joined the board in May and has assumed the role of Secretary.
The Board would also like to recognise and thank Shannon Reynolds for her work on behalf of the club. Shannon served two years on the board and stepped down from her role as sponsorship director at the close of the ski season. The club deeply appreciates both Shannon and Larry’s contributions to the club during their tenure.
The club is seeking new board members to join us in continuing to build and improve the club’s programs and deliveries. Our club is growing quickly and needs interested board members to help manage this growth and oversee the delivery of club programs. These include apprentice positions in several areas for board members who will retire after next season as well as to assist with vacant portfolios such as events & officials development, school program, sponsorship and fundraising. For more information contact Len Apedaile email@example.com
The Junior Racing Team enjoyed a 3-day training camp at Strathcona Park Lodge from July 7 – 10. In addition to dryland training and testing, they also enjoyed team-building exercise and camaraderie with their teammates and coaches in the beautiful Strathcona Park Lodge area and facilities.
The coaches of the Devos, Juniors and Masters are inviting all athletes to take part in the YANA bike ride on August 18th.
The Devo’s will be cycling 50 K and some of the coaches will join the kids. Juniors should consult coach Dave to see if they should sign up for the 100K ride or the 50K ride. For more information and to register, visit their website.
Please sigh up and support this great cause! It’s also an excellent event for our club to promote themselves in the community.
Junior racers after a cool roller ski session at Miracle Beach park on a hot day. Photo: Tim McGrady
Does anyone in club has a Serving it Right (SIR) number? We are looking for a licensed server the November fundraiser night. SIR is a requirement when you put on a fundraiser where alcoholic beverages are served.
If we have somebody in the club that wants to be present at the fundraiser on November the 9th, then we can use there SIR number on the application.
Otherwise we have to get an outsider or take an online course/quiz for $ 50,– If you have a number or are interested in taking the course, please contact Berend firstname.lastname@example.org
Welcome to our new sponsor Active Living Physiotherapy! They are located in the beautiful Oyster River and offer a modern, paperless clinic with a ’boutique style’ approach, which emphasizes longer than average appointment times in an atmosphere of unhurried caring.
Physiotherapists Sophia Sauter, Gillian Clayton, and Dean Clark provide one-on-one physiotherapy services including a 10% discount on the Functional Movement Screen (your “body check-up”) for all Strathcona Nordics masters, devo, and junior athletes. Active Living: Quality. Time. Expertise.
You can learn more about Active Living Physiotherapy on their website.