Eighteen youth from Soo Finnish Nordic Ski Club, aged 8 to 13, participated in the Ontario Youth Championships at North Bay Nordic on February 22-24, 2019.
This year’s showing at the provincial competition was one of the largest ever for Soo Finnish and a testament to the club’s thriving race team and youth skills development Jackrabbit program.
The championships, promoted by Cross Country Ski Ontario, saw 200 of the best young skiers in the province. Events included both classic and skate techniques as well as a fun relay that joined skiers of similar ages from other clubs as far away as Thunder Bay to Ottawa and Timmins to Waterloo.
Tom Towle swept the peewee boys category, winning gold medals in both the skate and classic technique races. Team mate Jasper Tchir finished with a bronze medal for the peewee boys classic technique race.
Soo Finnish Nordic’s athletes also held strong top ten showings over the weekend. These include Ava Meadows Delbel, Kate De Beer, Kavi Giroux, Jenna De Beer, Jasper Tchir, Eli Clowater, Samuel Phaneuf, Quin Foster, Katie Sharabura and Ali Sharabura. In addition, Soo Finnish Nordic’s skiers helped several mixed teams into the final rounds of the fun relay.
The ski team trains twice a week from June onwards, until the snow accumulates, when they increase practices to three times a week at Hiawatha Highlands. The younger participants get out on the ski trails twice a week with coaches and are encouraged to ski with their families when they can.
Coaches are volunteers in our community, who have taken sport-specific training through Cross Country Ski de fond Canada and the National Coaching Certification Program, with a passion for the sport, outdoors, fitness, teamwork and fun. Many of the athletes enjoy cross country skiing as a form of multi-generational family involvement. Nordic skiing is a sport for life!
For more information, visit the club website at: http://soofinnishnordic.com/