SNSC News — May 4, 2014

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SkyRocket!

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:

  • Shar-Kare parking lot, 950 Ironwood Road, Campbell River
  • Friday, May 9, from 3pm – 6pm
  • Saturday, May 10, from 8am to 2pm (or until supplies last!)

Many thanks to Shar-Kare for their generous support!

School program

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.

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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!

Camp

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

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

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

Devo+ and Junior racers had fun with their new Teck hats. Photo: Tim McGrady

CCBC and CCC

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!

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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

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