Club News

NEW Government Grants for Sport – Apply Now

As sport continues to bounce back after a couple challenging years, the Province’s new Arts, Culture and Sport in Community (ACSC) Fund is an opportunity for eligible non-profit organizations to enhance accessibility to quality programming and facilities.

This is a big opportunity for sport, and we encourage our sport partners to apply here as soon as possible.

Distributed over three years, up to $100 million in funding will support three programs:
Large Capital Projects (deadline October 31, 2022)
Small Capital Project and Special Initiatives (deadline September 26, 2022)
Community Celebrations (Deadline is quarterly, on September 15, December 15, March 15 and June 15)

The programs will allow local arts, culture, and sport organizations to innovate and respond to emerging community needs, including those that are led by Indigenous, Francophone, and ethnocultural communities.

Find an FAQ, fund guidelines and application forms at https://www.manitoba.ca/acsc/
 

Nordiq Canada Equity Initiative

We want to hear from you if you are delivering or want to deliver programming specifically for Black, Indigenous, racialized, 2SLGBTQQIA+, low income and newcomer populations to increase their participation and retention in cross country skiing.

The Nordiq Canada Equity Initiative aims to partner with clubs and divisions to apply for funding through Sport Canada’s Community Sport For All Initiative to support community sport initiatives for equity-deserving groups.

Interested? Please complete this application form – outlining your club or division project and send to krobinson@nordiqcanada.ca by March 21.

Nordiq Canada will screen and select projects and apply to Sport Canada for funding by April 4.

For those projects that are funded, Nordiq Canada will work with the club or division to refine the project and create a partnership agreement.

This is a quick turn-around time, but an amazing opportunity to get funding to help welcome ALL Canadians to our sport.

Open Invitation: Grooming Workshop March 24th

We are hosting a snow/trail grooming workshop for all interested parties. 

The objective is to share knowledge, ideas, tips and tricks to help everyone groom the best trails possible and to network with other like minded groomers.

When: Thursday, March 24, 10 AM – 2 PM
Where: WIndsor Park Nordic Center, 10 Des Meurons Street, Winnipeg
Cost: $0.00

We will have several pieces of equipment on hand: pulling machines,groomers,drags, rollers,etc. 

  • 2021 Yamaha Viking side-by-side w Camso tracks and Cab
  • 2020 Ski-Doo Skandic SWT 900
  • 2021 108″ 84″ 60″ Ginzu Groomers
  • Snowdogs with tracksetters and toboggan
  • Steel roller
  • Meuller Tornado 2.0 Snow Tiller (no tractor on site to operate) 

Please contact Laurie Penton at 204-471-3447 if you plan to bring any of your own additional  equipment.

Agenda:

  • 10 AM – meet and greet, coffee, general discussion
  • 11 AM – hands on look at equipment comparing features (pros/cons) of different types of equipment
  • 1 PM – opportunity to try out/operate equipment on hand
  • 2 PM – wrap up 

Q&A will occur throughout the session.

Please RSVP your attendance by email info@ccsam.ca.

SKi Team Report – Western Canadian Championships

There were many tired smiles and sore necks on the return from the Western Canadian Championships in Red Deer, AB last weekend (Jan 28-30, 2022). Or there would have been sore necks if the medals given out weren’t made of wood…

Against the best skiers in western Canada, our Manitoba team brought home no fewer than 8 medals and an additional six top 10 finishes. Thank goodness the results were posted online because Imogen Nadlersmith (Downtown Nordic), William Vanden Berg (Boundary Trails), and Kate Sawatsky (Boundary Trails) would have otherwise taken the news of their performances to the grave.

Teammates celebrate Kate’s first medal of the weekend

Imogen opened the weekend in the U20 Women’s race on an icy course with a gold in the skate interval start event, followed by William Vanden Berg gliding into third in U18 Boys, and Kate Sawatsky dominating the U14 Girls in first. An exciting start to the weekend! Another thrilled team member, coach and wax tech Jeff McMillan, reveled in the athletes’ success on his ULLA glide wax. 

Saturday was a highlight for many athletes as the traditional sprint race format was tossed aside in favour of a “Ladder” or “King’s Court” edition. After the interval start qualifiers, athletes were assigned to heats of 6 with other athletes closest to their speed from all genders and age categories (though divided by race distance). After each round of heats, the top two finishers joined the faster heat, the bottom two finishers joined the slower heat, and the middle two remained. The result was each round of heats being closer than the last, pushing athletes to the max for each of their four races. Each athlete had at least one tough race, but turned around and improved on their next try.

Naomi about to stage a comeback as epic as her race face.

Imogen finished the long, exciting day with a bronze in the 1200m U20 Women. William Vanden Berg strategically landed himself in the fastest heat on the last round and also captured bronze in the U18 boys category. Kate Sawatsky faced off against teammate William Wintonwin in the last and most exciting heat of the U14 course, winning the heat and placing second overall in the U14 Girls. 

Imogen finding a fast line in the sprint heats.

There was much speculation over the fate of Sunday’s race due to the poor snow conditions, but race organizers and volunteers in Red Deer somehow found enough snow with over 350 volunteer hours to set a classic track. Wax extraordinaires Andrew Vanden Berg and Jeff McMillan accepted a few recruits (Pauline and Imogen Nadlersmith) to the waxing team to get klister on and off of race skis efficiently. William Vanden Berg had, in his modest words, “a pretty good race” but made every second count to pull out a first place finish. Kate Sawatsky, also modest in her evaluation of the race, added another silver medal to her quickly growing collection.

William Vandenberg with the best hair and fastest time on the 10 km classic course.

Through the weekend, both Mia Sawatsky (Boundary Trails, U18 Girls) and William Wintonwin (Downtown Nordic, U14 Boys) gave consistent top 10 finishes improving with each race. Mia went 7th in the skate, 6th in the sprint, and finished off with a 4th in the classic. William Wintonwi started with an 8th place in the skate, improving to 6th in the sprints, and finished again in 6th place in the classic race.

Mia cruising up a hill in the sprint heats and away from the moose (not pictured).

Other notable successes included learning to use a plunger, talking to Beckie Scott, handling pre-race nerves, finishing a race on iced up klister, battling back in the sprint heats after falls, cinnamon buns and muffins, and no Covid disruptions. 

Cleo powering through the conditions on the 10 km classic race.

With the final ski race done, the group started the most important race of the weekend – the race to stay ahead of the Alberta Clipper. The athletes pulled off a one-hour turnaround time from returning home from the race to being packed, fed, house cleaned and in the vehicles for the ride home. Pauline may have even been impressed. Dry roads and diligent drivers got the group home safely on Monday afternoon, mere hours ahead of the blizzard of the winter.

~ Alex Loeppky (Millennial Ambassador/generational liaison)