Explore the trails with your fellow club members every Sunday (except for August 23, when the run/hike takes place on Saturday). Join the running group or the hiking group. See the locations for August below!
All club members are welcome to join in the following run/hikes in August:
Meet on site and be ready to go at 9:30am (not 10am!). Be prepared to spend the allotted time on the trails, and dress for the weather. Remember to bring your own hydration and snack.
Contact info@StrathconaNordics.com for more information. Check this website before you go to see if there are any run/hike updates!
Meeting location change for the Sunday, July 20 run/hike on Mt Washington! (The Raven Lodge is currently the staging area for a search and rescue operation going on in the park, so we are changing locations.)
New meeting location: We are now meeting at the main Alpine Lodge at the base of the Eagle chair lift at 10am.
Hope to see you there!
On July 6, we came together as a ski community to celebrate the truly marvellous life of Dave Battison. The memorial was heart-warming and many people paid tribute to beloved Coach Dave. We are grateful to those extended ski family members who traveled here from Quebec, Ontario, Alberta, and other parts of BC–many of whom were part of Dave’s ski family in the clubs and on teams that enjoyed his humour, joie de vivre, and expertise before he came to the Strathcona Nordics. We are all grateful to have known Dave Battison. Thank you to everyone who assisted with the memorial.
Junior Racers and Devos honour Coach Dave before their roller ski work out. Photo: L. Swift
The club would like to express its gratitude to Andrea Stapff who has stepped into the role of acting head coach at this difficult time and provided seamless continuity to the summer training program. Andrea will be responsible for implementing the summer program and continue to build on the program and goals that Dave had carefully laid out for the racing teams and other club programs through the summer, fall, and coming winter season. This will be a team effort, drawing on all members of the club coaching and support team that Dave has built up. Members of this team will be meeting in the near future to work together with Andrea to develop a solid continuity plan for the fall and winter.
The club is committed to continuing with the full-time head coach position in the 2014-2015 season and are currently initiating a process to assist us with filling that position by early September.
Additionally, thank you to Marilyn Atkinson for stepping in to lead the Masters summer dryland training sessions.
All club members are welcome to join in the run/hike next Sunday, July 20 on Mount Washington.
▪ Meet in the Raven Lodge parking lot, ready to go at 10am.
▪ Join the walking group or the running group.
▪ Be ready for 2-3 hours on the trails.
▪ Remember to dress for the weather, remember your sunscreen, and bring your own hydration and snack.
Check the website next week for a list of locations for Sunday run/hikes.
Congratulations to Avalon Wasteneys on finishing second in Canada at Nationals in the Junior Girls category and on being named to the National Talent Squad! Avalon was selected by Cross Country Canada as a top junior for the National Talent Squad program for 16- and 17-year-olds and offered extra training at National Development Centres to help prepare her for elite racing. Way to go!
Congratulations and best wishes to Alec Stapff who has joined the Winsport Training Academy in Canmore, BC as he prepares to train and compete in 2015 at the elite Junior Mens level. Alec, who will continue to call the Strathcona Nordics his home club, leaves the Junior Racing Team to join the new team in Canmore.
At eighteen, Alec has been racing and training on Mount Washington for more than 6 years. Moving to the training academy, where he’ll also be pursuing post-secondary studies, means Alec has additional costs in his pursuit of excellence at the elite level.
Alec has prepared a sponsorship package, which offers benefits to local businesses and individuals. For more details, contact Alec at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will miss you Alec!
Avalon, Coach Dave, and Alec at a training session in early June. Photo: A. Stapff
Donations in Dave’s memory be directed towards supporting young athletes achieve their goals and/or coach mentoring and development, two things Dave was passionate about.
There are two options to direct donations:
▪ The Strathcona Nordics Dave Battison Memorial Fund. This fund will be used to provide annual cross-country skiing bursaries to promising young skiers within the club. It will be funded through direct donations as well as club fundraising activities. The club is currently setting up a charitable project so that eligible donations into the fund could receive a tax receipt. In the meantime, any donations or pledges (until the charitable project is ready) can be delivered at the memorial or sent by mail to Strathcona Nordics Ski Club, Box 3085, Courtenay, BC V9N 5N3. Please mark any donations in memorium to Dave Battison and indicate if you would like a tax receipt. For more information contact email@example.com
▪ The Sofie Manarin Memorial Fund which recognises the top juvenile male and female athletes each year at Ski Nationals. Sofie was one of Dave’s most promising athletes who was tragically killed in an accident while training in 2001. Donations to Sofie’s fund in Dave’s memory can be made through the Sudbury Community Foundation, 96 Larch Street, Suite 300, Sudbury, Ontario, P3E 1C1, [(705) 673-7770] or electronically via https://www.canadahelps.org/dn/2506 Donations to the Sofie Manarin Memorial Fund are eligible for a tax receipt.
Does your garden need a boost or some mulch to help prevent it from drying out? We still have bags of SkyRocket for you! Contact Chris to arrange pick up firstname.lastname@example.org
The club would like to thank SharKare for their whole-hearted support behind our SkyRocket fundraiser. SharKare made available their space and allowed us to bag, store, and sell the material over the period of a month. The logistics involved became much more simple as result of this location being available. We would like to thank Ken Wright, and his staff, for their support advice and guidance in helping this project become successful!
The Vancouver Island Biathlon Club invite you to join them for a Mountain Bike Biathlon Race.
▪ July 26, 2014
▪ Mt Washington Nordic Site
▪ $15/Biathlon BC members
▪ $20/non-members (covers insurance, ammunition, and use of rifle)
▪ Bring your own mountain bike
Register now to save with the early bird price, $5 off before July 17, 2014. The deadline for entry is 12 noon, July 23, 2014. Register on zone4.ca and visit their website for more info.
If you missed the email regarding Canada’s new anti-spam law, and/or you want to receive the monthly newsletter — email info@StrathconaNordics.com and write “subscribe” in the subject line. You can always unsubscribe by using the link at the bottom of the newsletter.
There will be a Celebration of Life Memorial for Coach Dave Battison to be held on Sunday, July 6, 2014 .
▪ Doors open at 1pm
▪ Celebration from 2pm to 6pm
▪ Potluck snacks + cash bar
▪ Native Sons Hall, 360 Cliffe Avenue, Courtenay, BC
If you would like to volunteer, please follow this link to the volunteer sign-up sheet. There are small and larger tasks, so scroll down the list.
Coming from out-of-town?
If you are coming to the celebration of life from out of town, we have club members with extra bedrooms. Please email Barb at info@StrathconaNordics.com to find a billet.
If you are a club member with an extra room, please email Barb at info@StrathconaNordics.com with the number and size of bed(s) and your phone number.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that any donations in Dave’s memory be directed towards supporting young athletes achieve their goals and/or coach mentoring and development, two things Dave was passionate about.
1. The Strathcona Nordics Dave Battison Memorial Fund. This fund will be used to provide annual cross-country skiing bursaries to promising young skiers within the club. It will be funded through direct donations as well as club fundraising activities. The club is currently setting up a charitable project so that eligible donations into the fund could receive a tax receipt. In the meantime, any donations or pledges (until the charitable project is ready) can be delivered at the memorial or sent by mail to Strathcona Nordics Ski Club, Box 3085, Courtenay, BC V9N 5N3. Please mark any donations in memorium to Dave Battison and indicate if you would like a tax receipt. For more information contact email@example.com
2. The Sofie Manarin Memorial Fund which recognises the top juvenile male and female athletes each year at Ski Nationals. Sofie was one of Dave’s most promising athletes who was tragically killed in an accident while training in 2001. Donations to Sofie’s fund in Dave’s memory can be made through the Sudbury Community Foundation, 96 Larch Street, Suite 300, Sudbury, Ontario, P3E 1C1, [(705) 673-7770] or electronically via https://www.canadahelps.org/dn/2506 Donations to the Sofie Manarin Memorial Fund are eligible for a tax receipt.
Dave Battison webpage
You can view the webpage to read a biography for our dear Coach Dave Battion, to see photos, and to read and share memories as well.
Dear ski community and friends of Dave Battison,
There will be a celebration of life memorial for Coach Dave Battison to be held on Sunday, July 6, 2014 from 1pm to 6pm at the Native Sons Hall, 360 Cliffe Avenue, Courtenay, BC.
The memorial is being organised by the Strathcona Nordic Ski Club together with Laura Battison and members of Dave’s family.
Doors will open at 1pm and there will be a formal program beginning at 2pm followed by an open mic, food and drink, music, and the sharing of fond memories, and things that Dave would say.
To this end there will be two options to direct donations: One will be the new Dave Battison Memorial Fund to be established within the Strathcona Nordic Ski Club to encourage and support bursaries for promising young athletes. The other option will be to make a donation in Dave’s memory to the Sophie Manarin Memorial Fund, which recognises the top juvenile athletes each year at Ski Nationals. Details about how to direct donations will be published next week on this website.
In addition to these two funds, the family and the club also intend to establish an annual, national coaching award in Dave’s name to recognise excellence in cross-country ski coaching at the club level. This will be a recognition award as opposed to a cash award, and it’s creation will come from part of the proceeds donated through the Dave Battison Memorial Fund.
Visitors from afar
The club will endeavour to provide as many billet opportunities as possible. Travel to the island is possible via ferry from Vancouver, or flights into Comox (YQQ) via WestJet, Central Mountain Air (AC), or Pacific Coastal Airlines.
For more information or enquiries about the memorial event, memorial funds, or travel to the island and local accommodation options (including billets) — please send an email message to firstname.lastname@example.org
Strathcona Nordic Ski Club
You can also share your memories of Dave on the Dave Battison web page.
Cross Country Canada has a nice tribute to Dave Battison with some fun photos on the CCC website.
Click this link to visit our web page for Coach Dave or use the link on the sidebar. You can share your memories of Dave on the webpage too.
Dear club members and ski community,
I’m writing with the unhappy news that our beloved ski coach Dave Battison passed away suddenly and unexpectedly last night in his sleep. His wife Laura was with him and the paramedics did everything they could for him.
I was with Dave yesterday afternoon after the club workout, and he was happy and upbeat about life and looking forward to a short holiday with Laura. Dave was also really excited about the club and about his athletes, coaching team, work with the CCC, VIMSS, and the summer training season.
We will be sending out more information regarding immediate activities and celebration of life in the near future. Messages to Laura can be sent through the club to email@example.com
There will be an informal gathering for athlete families and club members who would like to get together this afternoon at 4pm-6pm at the McGrady’s at 1111 Sandpines Crescent, Comox (off of Lazo Road).
With deepest condolences.
Strathcona Nordics Ski Club
How are your flower garden and lawn doing? Do you know a landscaping project that needs a boost? We still have some bags of Sky Rocket (a biosolids fertilizer from the Regional District with guaranteed amazing results) available!
You can pick up bags in Campbell River this Friday, May 9 and Saturday, May 10 — and you can email us to reserve bags in advance and/or make other arrangements for pick up!
At just $5/30 litre bag, Don’t miss this opportunity to help your garden and help the club’s young racers at the same time!
Contact: info@StrathconaNordics.com to pre-order or arrange pick up
Or just drop by:
Many thanks to Shar-Kare for their generous support!
Students from Nick Moore, Doug David, and Michelle Attfield’s classes at Ecole Puntledge Park were keen participants in the CIBC Wood Gundy School XC Ski Program.
In the photo above, students pass a cheque from Rick Morson of CIBC Wood Gundy to Lynda Magor, the school program coordinator, and Lynn Swift, club director of recreational programming. This past winter, the school program took local elementary students cross-country skiing 2139 times on Mount Washington!
In spite of challenging snow conditions, a load of Masters, Junior, and Devo racers enjoyed the 2-to-4-day Teck Regional Camp on Mount Washington this past weekend! This year, the camp was attended by 20 devo athletes, 25 devo+/junior athletes, 9 masters athletes – which is a record number of athletes with an especially a large cohort transitioning into the Junior program. It was a truly regional camp with athletes from Victoria, Parksville, Lantzville, Nanaimo, Courtenay, Comox, Cumberland, and Campbell River in attendance.
Masters, Devo+, Junior,and alumni athletes and coaches ready themselves to ski up to the snow for a training session. Photo: K. McGrady
All athletes enjoyed hill-climbing and skied to the base of the boomerang chair at least once during the camp and several juniors also skied to the top. Athletes and coaches saw a variety of snow and weather conditions during the camp; through sun, snow, rain, and dark clouds they skied on! Between on-snow training session, the coaches reviewed the comprehensive training program for the 2014-15 season and looked at team and individual goals for the new season. On Saturday evening, everyone enjoyed a fun, family BBQ, which was attended by 110 racers and families! On Sunday morning, the teams joined forces for a fun relay.
Devo and Devo+ racers and coaches took time out to relax between training sessions. Photo: S. Lee
The club would like to thank all the coaches, athletes, parents, and cooks for making the camp a great success. The club would also like to thank the camp major sponsor Teck and to thank Mount Washington and Strathcona Park Lodge for their support!
Devo+ and Junior racers had fun with their new Teck hats. Photo: Tim McGrady
On the provincial scene, congratulations go out to Alec Stapff who joins Avalon Wasteneys on the BC Ski Team!
In national news, we have two club members appointed to Cross Country Canada committees. Our Head Coach Dave Battison was appointed to the High Performance Committee, which oversees athlete development in our country. Club President Len Apedaile is in charge of the working group for Officials Development for racing in Canada. Congratulations to Dave and to Len!
Kudos to all the Strathcona Nordics members who participated in the snow to surf relay! In club news, our Junior Racing team placed first in the Junior category and 32nd overall, which is especially fabulous as 6/10 members were still under 15 years of age on race day. Way to go, team!
7/10 members of the Strathcona Nordics Junior S2S Team collected the trophy and medals at the Snow to Surf awards ceremony. Photo: L. Swift
We have some exciting club news for you this week. Look for a variety of news below.
The club is holding a Skyrocket fertilizer sale at Shar-Kare in Campbell River on Saturday, April 19! Look for the story below. Photo: W. Dan
This Saturday, April19 – you can pick up bags of SkyRocket compost for just $5 per 30 litre bag in the parking lot at Shar-Kare in Campbell River.
The Devos and Junior Racers will be selling bags of the high-nitrogen soil amendment, made of wood chips mixed with biosolids (which are cured, screened, and tested by provincial and federal regulatory bodies). SkyRocket is a nutrient-rich mulch for use in residential flower gardens and lawns and in large-scale landscaping and orchards.
▪ Saturday, April 19
▪ Shar-Kare parking lot
950 Ironwood Road
, Campbell River
▪ 8am until 2pm (or until supplies last)
The teams say you won’t even have to get out of your car to make your purchase. You can drive up in the parking lot, place your order for one or more bags, pay, and the team will load the bags into your trunk or truck for you!
Help your garden grow and help support the Devo and Junior racing teams!
Calling all racers – new and seasoned; devo, juniors, and masters! The start of the new training season is upon us. Time to get your skis, and gear ready. Come join us on the mountain for some great skiing, good food, and lots of fun and games.
Racers enjoyed perfect views at May Camp in 2012. Photo: S. Meckert
▪ See all the details and dates on the camp notice.
▪ Register for the camp on Zone 4.
▪ Register before the deadline, April 28.
The focus for this camp is FUN, fantastic skiing and time to bond with your teammates.
Families of camp participants can ski during the camp at no cost; a drop in fee of $10 per day applies for club members wishing to ski during the camp.
Congratulations to the Strathcona Nordics who were nominated to Cross Country BC teams! Avalon Wasteneys – BC Ski Team; Tallon Noble – BC Development Squad; Madeleine Guimond, Connor McGrady, and Ross Lamon – BC Talent Squad. Way to go, athletes!
Best wishes to all club members participating on Snow to Surf teams in the big relay on Sunday, April 27!!
Many club members have asked for news from the Henckel Family, who are off on an international adventure. If you would like to try to keep up with their escapades, you can follow their blog on this link. http://703780188348281414.weebly.com/journal-entries.html
“It was one for the record-books,” says Coach Dave Battison about this ski season. Join your ski community at the fun, season wrap-up, Banquet on Saturday. Find the details below.
We are moving to monthly newsletters, so stay tuned for invitations to some club activities throughout the spring and summer.
Join us this Saturday for feasting and fun at the Filberg Centre in Courtenay for the End-of-the-Season Potluck Banquet. All club members are welcome! Admission is free.
Saturday, April 5
Filberg Centre in Downtown Courtenay, near the 5th Street Bridge
Here’s the schedule:
* 5:30pm – arrive
* 6:30pm – eat
* 7pm – awards
This is a Potluck, so please bring enough to feed 10 people, and according to your last name:
* A – H – bring main course
* I – P – bring salad
* Q – Z – bring dessert
Hendrik de Calvares hands off to Gavin Johnston at the last transition in the 3 x 10km Relay Loppet. Photo: L. Johnston
Last Saturday, we hosted the 32nd Annual Vancouver Island Loppet. Approximately 150 racers began the Loppet at 10am under cloudy skies and on lots of fresh snow. The word on the trail was that most people had a great time in spite of challenging snow and weather conditions.
In Loppet highlights, we were very pleased to have para-nordic skiers in the loppet this year and to once again have participants from off the Island. We hope you’ll all come back next year when the weather and snow conditions may be better. In additional highlights, you may have missed it if you were in the forest on Lake Trail, but the sun actually came out for a few minutes during the race before the storm blew in.
Congratulations to all who participated and many thanks go out to the hard-working race organizers and volunteers! Thank you also to the folks at Mount Washington Raven Lodge!
On Saturday, April 19, the racing teams will be selling bags of SkyRocket fertilizer in the parking lot at Shar-Kare in Campbell River. For just $5 per 30 litre bag, you can purchase the high-nitrogen soil amendment, made of wood chips mixed with biosolids (which are cured, screened, and tested by provincial and federal regulatory bodies). SkyRocket is a nutrient-rich mulch for use in large-scale landscaping and orchards or in residential flower gardens and lawns.
On Saturday at Shar-Kare, you won’t even have to get out of your car to make your purchase. They say you can drive up in the parking lot, place your order for one or more bags, pay, and the team will load the bags into your trunk or truck for you.
Saturday, April 19
Shar-Kare Campbell River
950 Ironwood Road
8am until 2pm (or until supplies last)
All profits will go to support the Devo and Junior athlete enhancement fund.
You are welcome to join the teams for a work party to bag the fertilizer on Thursday, April 17. Contact Chris for details. firstname.lastname@example.org
You belong to a good ski club. It’s made up of a lot of active members who volunteer their time and energy to deliver a wide range of programs. We’d like to hear what you like about the programs and what ideas that you might have for improving programs.
We want to hear from you! You will find a survey in your inbox later this month.
If you are thinking of joining a racing program next year, or you are already in a racing program – your training season begins in May. Kick off the new season at our annual race camp on Mount Washington: May 2-4 for Devo & Masters; May 2-5 for Juniors.
If you are thinking of joining a racing program 2014-15, you can contact Coach Davebattison.email@example.com to learn what’s involved in dryland training. If you are already on a racing program team list (Devo, Junior, Masters Racing), a coach will contact you soon with May Camp details.
An invitation from the Vancouver Island Mountain Sport Society (VIMSS),
On Saturday, April 12th please join us for dinner, drinks and a fun evening of Olympic entertainment at the Comox Valley Curling Club. There will be silent auction items, live auction items, and plenty of games.
All proceeds will go toward supporting our local emerging Island athletes and future Olympians & Paralympians! Dress in red and white – prizes for the best dressed.
TIckets are $50 for adults and $25 for children. Doors open at 6 PM.
To reserve your tickets or to make a donation to our silent auction please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
From our friends at the Vancouver Island Spine Trail Association (VISTA),
We want to hear your stories, hear how you think we should build trail connections up and down this Island. How best to build a legacy of trails, of adventure tourism, and adventurous local trail users.
We would love to see you at the inaugural Vancouver Island Trails Network Conference, and, given spaces are going quickly, if you want yours to be one of the first stories shared, to be a founding builder, register soon.
And if you can’t join us at the conference, please join us on this journey to build the largest trail building community this province has ever seen by:
▪ Following us on Twitter and sharing your stories with #vanisletrails and #alegacyofstories
▪ Joining our community on Facebook
▪ Sharing your visual stories on Instagram, tagging your Van Isle trail pictures with #vanisletrails and #alegacyofstories
▪ Asking your friends to join our list and stay connected by forwarding them this message (button at the top of this email) or asking them to send their contact info to email@example.com (we’re renovating our web presence and will have a new way to connect to our list soon)
You can learn more about VISTA and the conference on their website.