This could be a long one, so you might want to grab your caffeine of choice and get comfortable. Have a sit!
YEAR END RABBIT TOURNEY
The Year End Rabbit Tourney will be held Saturday, March 19 from 10-12 for all Rabbit families.
There will be lunch to follow the tournament and stations will provide hot dogs and hot chocolate for the hungry leporidae (according to Wikipedia, that’s science for “rabbits.”)
There will also be a potluck to round out the meal, in an attempt to provide more than just one main food group. Therefore, all families with last names beginning with A-L are asked to bring a healthier side dish (such as fruit, veggies or cheese and crackers), while families with last names beginning with M-Z are asked to bring a tasty dessert treat to share. We also ask that families bring their own plates, cutlery and cups to cut down on waste!
We are still looking for some volunteers to help with station set-up and food. Please contact Marika Galik (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Jeff Fretts (email@example.com) if you have not already signed up.
Thank you to all our Rabbit families for making this such a wonderful season!
THANKS TO OUR WOOD GUNDY INSTRUCTORS
Thank you to all club members who stepped up and helped out with instructing or assisting in other capacities (VISAS) for the Wood Gundy Ski Program this season! It has been another great winter, with 17 schools joining the program and sampling our great sport!
If any of you are interested in becoming an instructor for next season, please consider taking a CANSI Level 1 Course being offered by Karla Wikjord on March 19 & 20. Taking this course will give you the required certification, and the basics for instruction in the Wood Gundy Ski Program.
If interested, please contact Lynda Magor as soon as possible to ensure there are enough people to run the course (firstname.lastname@example.org / 250-792-5330).
Thanks again for your support!
During the last few weeks of the Strathcona Nordic Adventure Program (SNAP), the group of 10-14 year olds was very busy practicing their skiing, orienteering and biathlon skills.
The group enjoyed trying their hand-eye coordination on the biathlon range, under the expert tutelage of Chris Wilson and the Vancouver Island Biathlon Club’s very own Pat Douglas.
Orienteering was also given a challenging twist when guest coach and long-time orienteer, Stewart Lamon, blindfolded the crew in a new sport which he has deemed “dis-orienteering.” Needless to say, the crew had fun, but found orienteering much more satisfying. Thanks Stewart for setting up such a fun course!
And last but not least, thanks to Leanne Webster and coach Dan Lemay for their tireless enthusiasm and organization. It’s been a great season!
Athletes practice proper “dis-orienteering” technique. Photo provided by Lynn Swift
VI BIATHLON FINAL RACE OF THE SEASON
The last biathlon race of the season is coming up on Mar 13th at Mount Washington!
Come and join us at the biathlon range for a fun day of racing! As it is close to St Patrick’s Day why not dress in green…
Please see the attached race notice, and don’t forget to get your registration form in by Mar 10th (that’s today)!
If you are able to help out at the race, please let Pat Douglas know as soon as possible. We need lots of volunteers!
Gritty racing by a bold Strathcona Nordics crew! Despite warm conditions, Masters and Seniors raced hard and enjoyed their well-earned chili at the finish line.
In the 30 km event, Chris Bowlby placed 2nd in her category, Lynda Magor was 5th, and Susan Denny won her age category! In the men’s 30 km, Neil Holm placed first within a competitive category, and even beat a certain famous hockey player who go unnamed (ahem: his name rhymes with “Tindon”).
Marilyn Atkinson also raced, but took on the 50 km loppet. She braved deteriorating snow, won her category, and came 9th overall!
Congrats to all the Masters (and Senior) racers — way to represent!
More excellent results from our tireless racing team! The crew went once more to the Whistler trails, where they raced in the BC Championships and placed 4th in the Club Aggregate.
Athletes worked hard, and several Strathcona Nordics athletes even came home with coveted aggregate awards within their categories. In the 2002 Boys, Aiden Noble came first, and Stephen Lamon took a close second place. In the 1999 Boys, Tallon Noble also took first, as did Rupert Wong in the Master’s Men 50-59 category.
Meanwhile, more hardware was gleaned from the weekend, starting with Friday’s skate sprints. In the Pee Wee Boys, Luke Damery took first, while in Midget Boys, Stephen Lamon and Aiden Noble took first and second respectively. In the Midget Girls category, Emmy Stapff was second, with Emma Wong coming third. The two girls were very close, with both girls only milliseconds apart in the qualifier. In Juvenille Boys, Ross Lamon was in second and Matthew Salmon came fifth in the competitive A Final. In Junior Boys, Tallon Noble fought hard in his A Final and came in fourth.
Saturday’s distance classic race brought more victories, with Pee Wee Boys’ Luke Damery taking home another gold medal. Aiden Noble and Stephen Lamon were, once more, inseparable, earning a second and third respectively in the Midget Boys, while Tallon Noble brought home a bronze. In Masters Women, Marilyn Atkinson won her category by an admirable margin.
Sunday, the final day of racing, saw the athletes compete in skate technique relay races. In Midget Boys, Aiden Noble, Stephen Lamon and Zander Swift teamed up to form what proved to be an unbeatable team. Within the same category, Carson Damery, Hugo Henckel and Taz Oldaker also joined forces and brought home a well-earned bronze! In Midget Girls, Emmy Stapff, Annelies Henckel and Emma Wong all posted ripping fast times, and came away with a shiny silver medal. Emmy Stapff also managed to post the fastest time within the Midget Girls category, completing her 2.5 km lap in 7:29.7. Yowza!
And of course, the weekend would not have been complete without the ever-keen Gabe Gledhill! A shout out to Gabe, who broke his foot the day before the departure to the Western Canadians, and who, according to his coach Andrea Stapff, was out training in the sit-ski almost before his cast was in place. Gabe took home two silver medals! Go Gabe!
According to Andrea Stapff, it was “a great weekend to round out an incredible season — rain, rain and more rain notwithstanding.”
Gabe Gledhill on the podium. Photo by Barb Matson