We hope everyone is asking Santa for snow on Mount Washington this Christmas and letting him know that he could deliver it early. We have news for you below about coaching, Strathcona Nordics in Italy, the first club race, an opportunity to roll with the Olympic team, how sporty we are, and more!
Registration is still open for winter 2013 programs! Use the Register button on the sidebar to register. Visit the Programs pages to learn more about the programs.
La dolce vita
Thursday, December 12 is the first cross-country ski event at the Universiade in Trentino, Italy. Our ski club has the honour of having three members representing Canada at this prestigious international event, which runs from December 11 to 21!
- Club member Andrea Lee has been named as one of six female racers on the team that will represent Canada at the games.
- Head Coach Dave Battison has been named by Cross Country Canada as the Head Coach for national university team.
- Our club president Len Apedaile has been appointed by the International Ski Federation (FIS) as Technical Delegate for the cross-country ski race events.
Andrea Lee says she is looking forward to racing in the games and to being reunited with her former coach Dave Battison. She says, “When I found out that Dave is coming on the trip, I was pretty excited to say the least. I’ve really missed working with him over the past few years that I’ve been out in Ontario. I’ve always had the utmost confidence in Dave’s coaching and waxing ability, so it is reassuring to know that our team is going to be very well taken care of over in Italy! It’s very cool that Len will be there too!”
Dave says, “I’m thrilled to be coaching Andrea again. We have such a good rapport, and she’s competing at a level where she could be top 10 or be a medalist on the world stage. This is great opportunity for her to shine.”
Len won’t get to spend much time with Dave and Andrea at the games as he’ll be busy as Technical Delegate. Len has become a seasoned race official over the years, working his way up to become a level 5 cross-country ski race official and a licensed FIS and IPC Technical Delegate. Len regularly officiates at National and International level FIS and IPC cross-country events. Len has been the chief of race for cross-country events at several IPC World Cups and the Paralympic Winter Games in 2010. In 2014, Len will oversee the cross-country events at the Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi.
Dave says, “It’s pretty exciting that three people are going from our little club on the island! We are competitive with the super clubs (who have 1600 members). It’s exceptional! This event is second only to Olympic Games in terms of size and numbers; it’s bigger than Pan Am Games.”
Best wishes from the whole club to Andrea, Dave, and Len. We are so proud of all of you!
You can follow the Universiade on the official website.
Calling all coaches (Bunnies, Rabbits, Masters, School Program), new and returning – join us for a Coaching Refresher workshop on Saturday, December 21 from 9:30am to 12pm. Meet at the VIMSS Centre across the parking lot from the Raven Lodge at 9:30am. Bring skate and classic equipment. For more information, contact Marilyn. firstname.lastname@example.org
This weekend is the Community Coaching (CC) workshop. Thank you to everyone who is signed up! You received an email message with the logistics for the weekend, and if you have any further questions, you can contact Andrea. email@example.com
Last season’s backcountry tour to Mt Brooks. photo: A. Pape-Salmon. Look for details next month about this season’s first backcountry tour, which will take place at the end of January.
School program instructors
Share the joy of skiing this winter! The CIBC Wood Gundy School Program needs cross-country instructors. If you are interested and lack NCCP or CANSI training, we will provide training for you. Contact us, 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.
Race notice and registration
The race organizers have been busy planning for our first club race, which takes place on Saturday, December 28.
There are race categories for all ages — but for cross-country skiers born in 1999 and 2000 and living in Zone 6, this is the qualifying race for the BC Winter Games.
- See the race notice
- Register for the race on Zone 4
- Contact Andrea for info about the BC Winter Games Zone 6 team email@example.com
Last December, racers of all ages had fun at the Teck Regional Snow Camp. photo: B. Henckel
Teck Regional Snow Camp – Vancouver Island
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.
Note: The second day of the camp is a race day. You must register separately for the race.
Active Comox Valley
Active Comox Valley 30 minute challenge collected a total to 670,892 minutes of activity, so kudos to the Comox Valley for an awesome day of activity! Our Strathcona Nordics members who registered through the club tallied a whopping 4300 minutes and that was only about 15 families. Thank you to everyone for your participation and commitment to a healthy lifestyle. Draw prizes and the decision on whether we are the sportiest community are still pending. Stay tuned!
Roll with Us
Did you know that if you donate $20.14 to support Canadian cross-country skiers on the road to the Olympics – $5 of your donation will be directed back to our club and you’ll receive some fun stickers, cards, and a coupon for the CCC store!
The deal is too good to pass up! Visit the Cross Country Canada website to donate today!