Junior Race

The fantastic Junior Racers on their home turf in January 2013.

The Junior Racing program guides dedicated youth toward the pursuit  of excellence in nordic sport. It follows the Sport Canada – Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) model; athletes are at the “Training to Train and Learning to Compete” stages of development. The aim of the program is personal challenge where competition is seen as a process through which athletes learn to be prepared, participate with intention, be supportive of teammates, do their very best, and reflect on what has been learned. This team consists of 12-18 yr old athletes interested in pursuing the skills necessary to become competent skiers and competent competitors, whether at the local level or the provincial and national Junior level and beyond.

Juniors work hard and follow a monitored and comprehensive program that is designed to meet each individual’s goals.

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Tuesday evening training. Photo: S. Meckert

Juniors learn that through hard work, perseverance, and teamwork anything is possible.

Juniors use general, multi-sport and specific training modalities to achieve exceptional fitness. Team members develop self-discipline and a great work ethic as they continually challenge themselves.

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Summer training roller ski. Photo: A. Stapff

This year round program consists of both summer and winter sessions including 3 regional training camp opportunities in May, September and December, as well as 2 summer training camp opportunities: a multi-club, inter-provincial camp in early July in Kaslo, BC and a late August camp where we aim to take advantage of the sport and adventure options available on the island. Past camps have included an outdoor adventure camp at Strathcona Park Lodge, a track cycling camp in Victoria and in the summer of 2016, a very successful exchange with Team Hardwood from Barrie, Ontario, through Experiences Canada. Juniors at the Learn to Compete start also have the option of one of the best summer ski experiences in Canada – the Haig Glacier camp based out of Canmore, AB. All of these activities aim to provide athletes with opportunities to have fun, train hard, be active together as a team and strengthen friendships and bonds among teammates.

Juvenile Girls race up the first hill on the 5km course at the BC Champs. Photo: S. Meckert

The primary focus for this team is the BC Cup Series. Younger Juniors may also compete in the Regional Coast Cup Series and older Juniors may also compete in the NorAm, Western Canadian Championships and Ski Nationals. Our very own Vancouver Island Loppet rounds out the racing season for our dedicated Junior team. 

Team Training

Summer (May to September)
Tuesday and Thursday – 4-6pm (spring and fall), 9-11am (summer)
Saturday and/or Sunday – 9:30-11:30am
Winter (October to March)
Tuesday and Thursday – 4-6pm
Saturday – 9:30-11:30am and 1-3pm
Sunday – 9:30-11:30am, afternoon individual training
See Programs for fees and more.
Partial Program Option Available

Juniors can choose either a partial or full program commitment. The partial program offer the  choice of attending fewer sessions to a maximum of any two per week. This program is generally aimed at those athletes who 1) are entering the program but may not be ready to commit fully, 2) have commitments in other sports or activities or 3) have previous Junior team experience and prefer to focus on fitness and being active on skis rather than racing.

Strathcona Nordics Head Coach Andrea Stapff works with this team along with Assistant Coach Brad Fraser.

For more information contact Head Coach Andrea Stapff. Andrea.stapff@gmail.com.