Relay for Life Team

This year, for the first time, the Strathcona Nordic Ski Club is entering a team in the Relay for Life on June 9, 2018. Relay For Life is a festival-like fundraising event where team members take turns walking around a track or designated path. The Comox Valley event occurs from 6pm June 9, 2018 to 6am June 10, 2018. Each team taking part is asked to have at least one member on the track at all times to symbolize the ongoing fight against cancer.

Our club is glad to have this opportunity to contribute to our community. We have been very fortunate with the support we have received from our wider community and it is our turn to give back. We invite any club member to participate. Our goal is to raise $1500. This year’s theme is “DISNEY – When you wish upon a cure”.

Ways to contribute:

1. Join the team! We encourage any club member to participate.
2. Donate to the team or a team member.
3. Participate in fundraising activities where the proceeds will go towards Relay for Life. The first fundraising activity planned is a club garage and plant sale at Patty and Stewart’s house on Saturday, May 26th. We will be looking for donated items to sell. Time to clean out the basement!
1. Join the team! We encourage any club member to participate.
2. Donate to the team or a team member.
3. Participate in fundraising activities where the proceeds will go towards Relay for Life. The first fundraising activity planned is a club garage and plant sale at Patty and Stewart’s house on Saturday, May 26th. We will be looking for donated items to sell. Time to clean out the basement!

It costs $15.00 to register as a participant if you are 12 years or over. The default fundraising target is $1500 per team, or $150.00 per participant. We can group fundraise to reach this target, or we can work at it individually and as a team. You do need to register if you want to stay the night.

FYI, youth less than 12 years old do not pay to participate in the Relay for Life. When they register as a participant, they simply use the discount code YOUTH2018. When you get to the payment page it will be $0. You do need to register if you want to stay the night. It helps organizers plan activities and food for the event.

To register or donate simply click here.

Both our team name and company name are: Strathcona Nordics Ski Club.

Any questions? Or if you have items to donate to the garage sale, please contact Patty Johnson at 250-890-0983 or email.

Ten BC Athletes Qualify for National Ski Teams

AND... one of them is our very own! Congratulations Tallon. We are all proud of how hard you work!

NST Senior Team
Gareth Williams (Telemark Nordic Club, Kelowna)
Julien Locke (Black Jack Cross Country Ski Club, Nelson)

NST Junior Team
Remi Drolet (Black Jack Cross Country Ski Club, Rossland)
Tallon Noble (Strathcona Nordic Ski Club, Courtenay)
Elizabeth Elliot (Revelstoke Nordic Ski Club, Revelstoke)
Benita Peiffer (Whistler Nordic Ski Club, Whistler)
Beth Granstrom (Revelstoke Nordic Ski Club, Revelstoke)

NST Para-Nordic
Emily Young (Hollyburn Cross Country Ski Club, Vancouver)
Natalie Wilkie (Larch Hills Nordic Society, Salmon Arm)
Ethan Hess (Nordic Racers, Pemberton)

Club Banquet Highlights

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Calder Guimond receives his award from Coach Andrea Stapff. PC Don Chamberlain

Honouring our Past President, Len Apedaile:

Len was one of the founding members of SNSC, which was formed in 1999, through the amalgamation of Discovery Nordics, Vancouver Island Racers, Jackrabbits and Vancouver Island Biathlon Club. He was the president from 1999 till 2017 and continues to be a board member. In addition Len has been a board member of CCBC. He is a race official and he attends races around the province, nationally and internationally. He is a course facilitator for officials development. He also holds functions with IPC and is a FIS delegate.

Len has been involved all then way from the grass roots level to the Olympics. Len manages to juggle all these responsibilities gracefully and he makes it look easy. The reason for making it look easy is simple. The 10.000 hour rule definitely applies here.

His involvement with SNSC, the energy and passion he brings and countless hours of volunteering has resulted in a board decision to grant him Honorary Membership with our club. Well done Len and thanks for sharing your knowledge with us and a well deserved spotlight on you.

One inch award: Calder Guimond
Kaizen award: Amelia Wells
Leadership award: Stephen Lamon

Marilyn Atkinson Team Spirit Award: Gavin Chatterton and Madeleine Galik
Grip award: Gillian Galik
Most improved Devo: Nate Holyome

"Perfect Dave award": Lynda and Graeme Magor

Raffle Winners

Congrautalions to the following winners:

Salomon Jacket: Everett Wells
Halti jacket: Kim Murcheson
Salomon classic ski: David Maroz
Fisher skate ski: Karen Nishio
Supercamp Vernon: Mike Toulmin

Biathlon News

Joe Winkelaar - photo by Don Tait

Two members of the SNSC and Vancouver Island Biathlon Club (VIBC), Joe Winkelaar and Gavin Johnston completed successful racing seasons at the four Biathlon BC Cup Races held across the province this winter. Joe had a season’s best 3rd place at Burns Lake, and finished the season ranked 5th in the Senior Boys division, securing his spot on the BC Development Team. Joe was rewarded with a trip to Nationals in Charlo, New Brunswick and won a bronze medal as part of the Biathlon BC relay team. Gavin finished the season ranked 3rd in the province in the Junior Boys division and has been selected to the BC Talent Squad team. Congratulations to both of these athletes, and their coaches!

Did you know that Biathlon is not just a winter sport? This summer we are planning 2 mountain bike biathlon races on July 21 and September 8. If you are interested in participating, or have any questions, please send an email.

Mountain Bike Biathlon Race

May Camp Fun

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Rupert Wong captures the essence of the team at sunny spring ski camp!

The first regional camp of the 2018-2019 season kicked off at Mount Washington on Vancouver Island over the May 4-6 weekend. The snow was plentiful, trails were in great shape, the sun was shining (most of the time) and the energy and enthusiasm of the 50+ participants was tremendous. Skiers enjoyed morning skate technique sessions, steady afternoon classic climbs to the top of the alpine runs, some great crust skiing, the annual camp relay race and plenty of fun and good times with friends, new and old. A little bit of time on snow and a chance to bond with teammates is the best way to start a new training year off!

A big shout out to the wonderful group of skiers who ventured over from the mainland, making it a truly regional camp. And an even bigger shout out to the no less wonderful volunteer parent helpers from the mainland and local Comox Valley, and the great group of enthusiastic coaches who made it all happen. In addition, a big thank you to Cross Country BC and Teck Resources for their support of the Regional Camp program.

Communications Support

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 tasks or would like to know more. We could use 1 or 2 people to help out in this area.

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