Good work on the snow dances, there’s a moderate snowfall in the forecast for the mountain today! Read on for lots more xc ski community news.
Teck Coast Cup 4 & 5
Our club is scheduled to host the Teck Coast Cup 4 & 5 races on March 7-8. On Monday, March 2, the Race Committee will make the call whether the event will run, be rescheduled, or cancelled.
Look for a bulletin in your inbox on Monday or check back here to the website. If the race is on, you’ll find links to registration and the race notice.
Mount Washington is still on standby, hoping for snow, so they can reopen. The Strathcona Nordics are also on standby, hoping for snow, so we can resume our regular programming.
Dryland for Rabbits and Devos
Last Sunday around 25 Bunnies, Rabbits, and Devos enjoyed the spectacular weather for some trail exploring, balance and strength work, and some fun games.
They report that there were lots of smiles and active kids throughout the session! Contact your Head Hare Marika or Devo Coach Berend for the scoop on this weekend.
Roller ski order
Any club member wishing to purchase skate roller skis — please get in touch with Head Coach Andrea at firstname.lastname@example.org ASAP.
Andrea will be placing a group order in the next few weeks, and the roller skis should arrive by May! Note: This will be the only group order for roller skies for the coming season.
We have added the Dave Battison Memorial Stadium dedication ceremony to our Dave Battison web page. If you missed the ceremony, you can read Laura Battison’s wonderful speech on the web page. You can share your favourite memories of Dave at the bottom of the page as well.
Canadian Masters Championships
Three Strathcona Nordic Masters Racers competed at the Canadian Masters Championships at Stake Lake near Kamloops February 9-14. There were four races in total – 10k and 20k in both classic and free techniques – with about 75 racers from across the country, BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, New Brunswick, PEI, and Newfoundland and Labrador.
Rick Morson raced in all four events – four races in six days!! Well done Rick!
Chris Bowlby competed in three of the races, and came away with three silver medals!
Marilyn Atkinson raced in the final two free technique races and got gold in both races!
“The Canadian Masters Championships is an excellent annual event held in all regions of the country over the years,” says Marilyn. “Definitely watch out for where it is held in the next few years and consider attending!” Canadian Masters XC Ski Association
BC Champs report
Thirty-six Strathcona Nordics racers travelled to Kelowna this past weekend in search of snow and podium finishes at the BC cross-country ski Championships – and the island racers did not disappoint. Over 500 skiers from 26 clubs from Alberta, Washington, and across BC were there. Mother Nature was kind and provided good snow conditions and very fast skiing.
Our island racers performed extremely well, despite the lack of local snow. The club earned a fifth place finish overall and 10 individual top five podium finishes, including four gold, six silver, and four bronze.
Podium finishes in the classic race: Evertt Wells, Peewee boys (Victoria), Hugo Henckel (Courtenay), Bantam boys, Aiden Noble, Midget boys, Tallon Noble, Juvenile boys (Merville), Gabe Gledhill, Midget boys (Cumberland), Luke Damery, Peewee boys, Stephen Lamon, Midget boys, Ross Lamon, Juvenile boys (Comox), Emmy Stapff, Midget girls, and Alec Stapff , Junior men, (Campbell River).
In the Skate race podium: Everett Wells, Hugo Henckel, Berend Henckel, Masters men, Aiden Noble, Tallon Noble, Naomi Swift, Bantam girls (Courtenay), Matthew Salmon, Juvenile boys (Merville), Luke Damery, Carson Damery, Bantam boys, Stephen Lamon, Ross Lamon (Comox), Marilyn Atkinson, Masters women (Royston), Emmy Stapff, Alec Stapff, Avalon Wasteneys, Junior girls, and John Andres, Masters men (Campbell River).
The final event of the championships was the much anticipated, hotly contested, fun, and fast Classic Sprint Club Relay. With 148 relay teams entered, in eight categories, Strathcona had twelve entries including two podium finishes: a bronze medal from the Midget boys team of Stephen Lamon, Aiden Noble ,and Gabe Gledhill and a fifth place finish from the Masters women’s team of Marilyn Atkinson, Patty Johnson, and Lynn Swift.
Head Coach Andrea Stapff says, “Every single racer came away with a goal accomplished and/or a best result!” The Junior Racing team now looks forward to the Ski Nationals in Thunder Bay, March 14 -21.