Masters Racers Summer Training

If you are a keen Masters skier (age 25 - 125), you may be interested in checking out Masters Race Dryland training. We meet Wednesday’s at 9 am and 6 pm (2 sessions if sufficient numbers) alternating in Comox Valley and Campbell River. So far we have been focused on roller skiing. If you haven't been out yet but would like to give it a try please come. The weather is amazing, the group is amazing, and it's a great time to work on technique and skills. These are masters sessions only, no speedy juniors flying by!

All Club members are welcome!

Newbies can work on skills and drills, and more experienced skiers do drills and some interval type training.

For roller skiing bring a helmet, high visibility shirt or vest, skate poles, roller skis if you have them, or you can use Club skis.

If you would like to know when and where Masters are training, email Coach Andrea to put you on the Masters Race email list (only 1-2 emails a week).

In Memorium

Len Apedaile remembers long time club member and avid skier John Blackburn who passed away on June 6. John skied countless kilometers on and off piste and was always ready to help out at the Loppet and club events. He will be missed and fondly remembered. His obituary beautifully highlights his life and his passions – an inspirational and modest figure to be sure.

Summer Bike Biathlon

Summer Biathlon

The Vancouver Island Biathlon Club invites you to take part in a Summer Bike Biathlon race at our range on Mt Washington on Saturday, July 21st.

No experience? No rifle? No problem! Our coaches are available to familiarize you with a club biathlon rifle and safe shooting protocol.
Everyone is welcome. We aim to have FUN!

Registration is only $25 and covers insurance, ammunition, refreshments, and prizes.

If you are interested in participating, please email here.

Local Hero Awards 2018

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Celebrating and recognizing amazing individuals of the Comox Valley and Campbell River including our very own, Andrea Stapff.

May, 2018, Comox Valley Record, Coach of the Year Finalist:

Andrea Stapff: An Olympic rower who competed for Canada at both the 1980 and 1984 Summer Games, Andrea Stapff is the head coach of the Strathcona Nordic Ski Club. She is committed to athletes of all ages, and supports other aspects of the club, such as providing refresher clinics for volunteer coaches.

June 2018, Campbell River Mirror, Coach of the Year Finalist:

Andrea Stapff: As coach with Strathcona Nordics Ski Club, Andrea Stapff mentors 45 kids, as well as 20 adults in the masters program. Originally from Ontario, she moved to Vancouver Island in 1979. A skier and a top-level rower, she represented Canada in two Olympics and loves working with young people, especially when they have those "a-ha" moments. "They're sponges," she says. "They're challenging, they're frustrating, they're amazing."

Masters Skier Makes the News


CSA Surf Canada hosted SUP National Championships in Sidney BC on May 25/27

For the elite division athletes this was the qualifier for Team Canada at international races like Pan Am Games and Olympic Team. For the elite it was also a chance to take a piece of the $12,000 prize purse

Rupert Wong and Richard Gadoury live and train in the Comox Valley. They competed in the open men category. While there were no cash prizes and no Olympic berths for the open category bragging rights and shiny medals were up for grabs. Saturday was the technical 6 k race with multiple turns in choppy conditions. Richard led the entire race and took first place. Rupert clawed his way into 2nd after a fall and finished second

Sunday was the 18 k distance race that saw racers leave Sidney and cross the wave and current strewn channel to complete 2 x 9 k laps. Rupert and Richard swapped lead throughout the race and after a good battle they traded spots on the podium.

Rupert is a member of the SNSC masters race program that is coached by Andrea Stapff and Marilyn Atkinson. He has been training with SNSC to help with off season fitness for competitive paddling. His best race results include 1st at the Naish Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge and 3rd at Kauai World Challenge.

Relay For Life

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Thanks to all who supported our Relay for Life Team with donations and feet on the track walking! We raised $2771 which was above our goal of 2500.

Devo Cycling Trip to Hornby


We had glorious weather with 15 Devos cycling on our annual trip to Hornby Island on June 23-24 with 6 adults and 2 coaches.
The cycling was split up with lots of rest and food breaks, and no stretch is longer than 12km at a time, with a total of 50 km/day.

We all met at Buckley Bay, and got the gear into our support vehicle. We cycled onto the ferry to have a Devo team meeting and snack, then cycled across Denman Island, rested on the Denman to Hornby ferry, then got to our camping site for LUNCH. We cycled across Hornby to get to Tribune Bay, to hang out and play games in the sun, until it was time to return to the camping, for food, a talent show, and sleep. Sunday morning, we packed up, and went for a hike up Mt. Geoffrey, before returning across the ferries back home. Fun times had by both child and adult.

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