Annual Club Potluck and Awards

Thank you to all our wonderful club members and hard-working volunteers for another successful season! Please join us for our end of year banquet on May 6, this year held at the Vancouver Island Mountain Center across the parking lot from Raven Lodge. This event will be following our annual May Camp ski weekend.

This event will be a potluck, so please arrive by 5:30 pm with a dish large enough to feed 10 people. Dishes will be sorted by last names:.....

▪ A – H: Salad
▪ I – P: Dessert
▪ Q – Z: Main course

Dinner starts at 6 pm.

Awards/acknowledgements at 6:30 pm.
Everyone welcome from Jackrabbits to parents to Masters.

Looking forward to seeing you all!

Tallon Noble on Europe Tour and Nationals


As we boarded the plane to Europe I really had no idea what to expect of the coming two weeks. This being my first ever experience in Europe I was pretty nervous and really not that confident in my preparations as I had spent another week off training sick following westerns. After an extremely long and delayed travel day that lasted over 24hrs we arrived at the Hotel Hochider in Seefeld Austria. Jet lag awoke us long before the sunrise so we got to watch the mountains light up from our hotel room overlooking the small town of Seefeld. The few days we spent in Austria flew by, with 270km of absolutely gorgeous ski trails from the front door we had some beautiful training days... Click here for the rest of his blog update.

Congrats on a hard working year Tallon and thank you for sharing your journey with us!!

Joe Winkelaar at Biathlon Nationals

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Joe in the lead.

Joe Winkelaar, biathlete, provides an update on his biathlon ski year. Joe trains with the both Vancouver Island Biathlon club and Strathcona Nordic Club. For his ski training he joins the Junior team under head coach, Andrea Stapff. This year he went to:

▪ 4 BC Cups for Biathlon
▪ 1 Nor/Am / Whistler Open
▪ Biathlon Nationals
4 BC Cups for Biathlon
1 Nor/Am / Whistler Open
Biathlon Nationals

He also went to the NorAm for cross country in Vernon but couldn't go to other cross country ski races as they conflicted with biathlon races.

Some of Joe's highlights for the year are

3rd in the sprint at Burns Lake BC Cup 3
5th in the pursuit at Burns Lake BC Cup 3
5th in the sprint at Telemark BC Champs
5th in the individual at Telemark BC Champs
4th overall points BC Cup series.
3rd in the relay at Nationals
7th in the individual at Nationals (if you don't count the 2 penalties they gave him after the race for not coming to a complete stop at the rifle rack. With the penalty, he was 19th).

Well done at the Nationals in March in Charlo, New Brunswick.

Joe was also selected for the Biathlon BC Development Squad Team.

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Joe joins BC Team at Nationals in Charlo, New Brunswick.

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3rd in Relay at Nationals.

Strathcona Nordic 2nd in Club Podium


Club Podium is the new National Racing Club Ranking system designed to recognize and promote club successes in regard to High Performance development specifically.

Our club came 2nd in the medium sized clubs across the country for athlete progression

For more information regarding these rankings click here.

Provincial Teams Success!

Congratulations to several of the Junior Ski team Members for being selecting to Provincial teams:

BC Ski Team - Tallon Noble and Gabe Gledhill
BC Development Squad - Stephen Lamon, Aiden Noble, Emma Wong, Amelia Wells
BC Talent Squad - Hugo Henckel

and... Joe Winkelaar has been selected to the Biathlon BC Development Squad.

Junior Team Alumni

Calling all alumni, if you are in town for the weekend, please come up for a ski on the May Camp weekend, May 5 and 6th, and encourage our younger skiers, devos and juniors! Also please join us for the annual club potluck and awards, this year held at the Vancouver Island Mountain Center on Sunday, May 6th at 5:30. We would love it if you could share a story about your junior team experience and fill us in on what you are doing now or just hang out with us!

Communications Committee

The communications director, Lynn Swift, for Strathcona Nordics is committed to carrying on with that role but she is looking for some help with the many and varied communications tasks, such as the newsletter, which is put out every week or two during the winter months and once a month during the off-season and social media promotion. Let her know via email if you are interested in helping with these task or would like to know more. The club is also committed to improving and revamping our website this off-season and this could be another area that could use some help. These tasks would all look great on a resume!

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