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Media Release – World Junior/U23 Trials

Best of luck to Downtown Nordic athlete, Imogen Nadlersmith and Boundary Trails Nordic athletes, Mia Sawatsky & William Vanden Berg and their coach Andrew Vanden Berg this week/end!

Canada’s Cross-Country Ski Athletes Set to Race in Prince George for Final Spots on 2023 World Championship Teams at Nordiq Canada Selection Trials

PRINCE GEORGE, B.C.—The nation’s top cross-country ski athletes have descended on the Caledonia Nordic Ski Club to compete in a series of races, January 18-21, for coveted spots on one of Nordiq Canada’s 2023 Nordic World Championship Teams.

“We are absolutely thrilled to have the opportunity to bring our ski community together in British Columbia for one of the most prestigious events on our domestic racing calendar,” said Julie Beaulieu, sport development director, Nordiq Canada. “This group of athletes represent the future of our sport and are extremely driven to achieve the personal performance goals which include representing Canada at the World Championships, so the competition level promises to be extremely high.” 

More than 160 athletes including Olympians Rémi Drolet (Rossland, B.C.), Olivier Léveillé (Sherbrooke, Que.), Olivia Bouffard-Nesbitt (Morin Heights, Que.), and Dahria Beatty (Whitehorse) will head into battle at the 2023 Nordiq Canada Selection Trials in hopes of representing Canada at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in Slovenia (February 22 – March 5).

Drolet will also be amongst the nation’s next generation of Nordic stars including Jasmine Lyons (Ottawa), Liliane Gagnon (Quebec City), Sasha Masson (Whitehorse), and hot prospect Xavier McKeever (Canmore, Alta.) who will compete for an opportunity to shine on home snow at the FIS World Junior/U23 Nordiq Ski Championships at Whistler Olympic Park (January 27 – February 5).

“Our hope in bringing these talented athletes to British Columbia is to not only provide the perfect staging ground for our U23 and junior skiers prior to competing at the Junior/U23 World Championships in Whistler, but it will also help foster Olympic and Paralympic dreams in youth across the province, inspiring them to get on skis and try our sport. We look forward to a great week with the extremely dedicated officials and volunteers at Caledonia Nordic Ski Club to stage another successful chapter in this history-rich event in Canada,” added Beaulieu.

A greater spotlight is being put on this year’s Trials with the event serving as a final staging ground for Team Canada who will welcome the world’s best the following week at Whistler Olympic Park for the FIS World Junior/U23 Nordic Ski Championships. The 10-day event brings together the best 16 to 23-year-old cross-country skiers, as well as athletes in Nordic combined and ski jumping, from 50 countries to the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic venue, January 27 – February 5. 

“Having the Trials in Prince George, and then the World Junior/U23 Nordic Ski Championships on the same courses that I grew up racing on in Whistler is surreal. My goal is to qualify to have the honour and privilege of representing Canada at World Championships. Having the rare opportunity to race in front of family and friends will be even more special,” said Marielle Ackermann, a member of Canada’s 2022 National Development Team, who hails from Kimberley, B.C. “It’s so special to have these major events in British Columbia in the same year that Nordiq Canada has its first dedicated National Development Team. I hope it will mark a turning point in Canadian junior development.  I am doing everything possible to get myself to those start lines in Whistler.”

Nordiq Canada has a quota of 12 athletes, minimum four female and four male athletes for the 2023 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships. To date, one female (Katherine Stewart-Jones – Chelsea, Que.) and one male athletes (Antoine Cyr – Gatineau, Que.) have met the criteria. Graham Ritchie (Parry Sound, Ont.)  will be nominated by High-Performance Director’s discretion. The three races at the Trials will be used to select the remaining spots, as well as alternates for both genders. 

Nordiq Canada will field a team of 24 athletes for the World Junior/U23 Nordiq Ski Championships. A minimum of four athletes Under 20 from each gender, and four Under 23 athletes from each gender will be named. The remaining eight athletes will be nominated based on ranking lists.

The following is a complete schedule for the Nordiq Canada Selection Trials:

Schedule: All Times PST

January 18 – Classic Ski Sprints

9 a.m.                   Women’s and Men’s Classic Sprint Qualifiers

11:30 a.m.           Women’s and Men’s Classic Sprint Heats

January 19 – Mass Start Classic Ski

10 a.m.                 Men 20km Classic Interval Start

11:30 a.m.           Women’s 20km Classic Interval Start

January 21 – Interval Start Skate Ski

10 a.m.                 Women’s 10km Skate Ski Race

11:15 a.m.           Men 10km Skate Distance Race

                       

The Nordiq Canada Selection Trials selection criteria and process, including the prioritization of Trials races, has been updated in the 2022-23 Competition Trip Criteria in the Document Centre on the Nordiq Canada web site.

Nordiq Canada is the governing body of para nordic and cross-country skiing in Canada, which is the nation’s optimal sport and recreational activity with more than one million Canadians participating annually. Its 60,000 members include athletes, coaches, officials and skiers of all ages and abilities. With the support of its valued corporate partners – Swix, Lanctôt Sports and Pembroke – along with the Government of Canada, Canadian Olympic Committee, Canadian Paralympic Committee, Own the Podium, Nordiq Canada develops Olympic, Paralympic and world champions. For more information on Nordiq Canada, please visit us at https://nordiqcanada.ca.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:

Chris Dornan

Media and Public Relations

Nordiq Canada

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Le 17 janvier 2023

Les fondeurs canadiens sont prêts à s’affronter à Prince George pour obtenir les dernières places des équipes des Championnats du monde 2023 aux Sélections de Nordiq Canada

PRINCE GEORGE, C.-B.— Les meilleurs athlètes de ski de fond du pays sont arrivés au Caledonia Nordic Ski Club pour participer à une série de courses, du 18 au 21 janvier, en vue d’obtenir une place au sein de l’une des équipes des Championnats du monde de ski nordique 2023 de Nordiq Canada.

« Nous sommes vraiment ravis de réunir notre communauté de skieurs en Colombie-Britannique pour l’un des événements les plus prestigieux de notre calendrier de course national », a déclaré Julie Beaulieu, directrice du développement du sport de Nordiq Canada. « Ce groupe d’athlètes représente l’avenir de notre sport et est extrêmement motivé pour atteindre leurs objectifs de performance personnelle, dont celui de représenter le Canada aux championnats du monde, de sorte que le niveau de compétition promet d’être extrêmement élevé. »

Plus de 160 athlètes, dont les olympiens Rémi Drolet (Rossland, C.-B.), Olivier Léveillé (Sherbrooke, Qc), Olivia Bouffard-Nesbitt (Morin Heights, Qc) et Dahria Beatty (Whitehorse), se mesureront lors des épreuves de sélection de Nordiq Canada 2023 dans l’espoir de représenter le Canada aux Championnats du monde de ski nordique de la FIS en Slovénie ( du 22 février au 5 mars).

Drolet se retrouvera aux côtés de la prochaine génération d’étoiles nordiques du pays, dont Jasmine Lyons (Ottawa), Liliane Gagnon (Québec), Sasha Masson (Whitehorse) et le très prometteur Xavier McKeever (Canmore, Alberta), qui rivaliseront pour une chance de s’illustrer sur la neige locale lors des Championnats du monde de ski nordique juniors et moins de 23 ans de la FIS au Parc olympique de Whistler (du 27 janvier au 5 février).

« En amenant ces athlètes talentueux en Colombie-Britannique, nous espérons non seulement fournir aux skieurs U23 et juniors un lieu idéal avant de participer aux Championnats du monde juniors et moins de 23 ans à Whistler, mais aussi contribuer à encourager les rêves olympiques et paralympiques des jeunes de la province, en les incitant à chausser les skis et à essayer notre sport. Nous avons hâte de passer une semaine formidable avec les officiels et les bénévoles extrêmement dévoués du Caledonia Nordic Ski Club afin d’organiser un autre chapitre réussi de cet événement riche en histoire au Canada », a ajouté Mme Beaulieu.

Les sélections de cette année font l’objet d’une attention particulière, puisque l’événement sert de dernière étape pour l’équipe canadienne qui accueillera les meilleurs athlètes du monde la semaine suivante au Parc olympique de Whistler pour les Championnats du monde de ski nordique juniors et moins de 23 ans de la FIS. Cet événement de 10 jours rassemble les meilleurs skieurs de fond de 16 à 23 ans, ainsi que des athlètes de combiné nordique et de saut à ski, en provenance de 50 pays sur le site des Jeux olympiques et paralympiques de 2010, du 27 janvier au 5 février.

« Le fait d’avoir les sélections à Prince George, puis les Championnats du monde de ski nordique juniors et moins de 23 ans sur les mêmes parcours que ceux sur lesquels j’ai grandi à Whistler est surréaliste. Mon objectif est de me qualifier pour avoir l’honneur et le privilège de représenter le Canada aux championnats du monde. Avoir la rare occasion de courir devant ma famille et mes amis sera encore plus spécial », a déclaré Marielle Ackermann, membre de l’équipe canadienne de développement 2022, originaire de Kimberley, en Colombie-Britannique. « C’est tellement spécial de tenir ces événements d’envergure en Colombie-Britannique l’année même où Nordiq Canada a sa première équipe nationale de développement. J’espère que cela marquera un tournant dans le développement junior canadien.  Je vais faire tout mon possible pour me rendre à ces lignes de départ à Whistler. »

Nordiq Canada a un quota de 12 athlètes, soit un minimum de quatre athlètes féminines et quatre athlètes masculins, pour les Championnats du monde de ski nordique FIS de 2023. À ce jour, une athlète féminine (Katherine Stewart-Jones – Chelsea, Québec) et un athlète masculin (Antoine Cyr – Gatineau, Québec) ont satisfait aux critères. Graham Ritchie (Parry Sound, Ontario) sera nommé à la discrétion du directeur de la haute performance. Les trois épreuves des sélections serviront à attribuer les places restantes, ainsi que les remplaçants pour les deux sexes.

Nordiq Canada présentera une équipe de 24 athlètes aux Championnats du monde de ski nordique juniors et moins de 23 ans. Un minimum de quatre athlètes de moins de 20 ans de chaque sexe, et quatre athlètes de moins de 23 ans de chaque sexe seront nommés. Les huit autres athlètes seront nommés en fonction des listes de classement.

Voici l’horaire complet des épreuves de sélection Nordiq Canada:

Calendrier: toutes les heures sont à l’heure du pacifique

18 janvier – sprint en ski classique

9h00                     Femmes et hommes – Qualifications sprint classique

11h30                    Femmes et hommes – Manches éliminatoires sprint classique

19 janvier – départ groupé en ski classique

10h00                    Hommes – 20km classique départ à intervalle

11h30                    Femmes – 20 km classique départ à intervalle

21 janvier – départ à intervalle en pas de patin

10h00                   Femmes – 10km pas de patin

11h15                    Hommes – 10km pas de patin

                       

Les critères et le processus de sélection des épreuves de sélection de Nordiq Canada, y compris la priorisation des épreuves de sélection, ont été mis à jour dans les critères de voyage de compétition 2022-23 du Centre de documentation du site Web de Nordiq Canada.

Nordiq Canada est l’organisme directeur du ski para nordique et de fond au Canada; sport d’hiver et activité de loisir par excellence pratiqué annuellement par plus d’un million de Canadiens.  Ses 60 000 membres regroupent des athlètes, des entraîneurs, des officiels et des skieurs de tous âges et de tous niveaux.  Avec le soutien de ses partenaires d’entreprise, Swix, Lanctôt Sports et Pembroke, ainsi que le gouvernement du Canada, le Comité olympique canadien, le Comité paralympique canadien et À nous le podium, Nordiq Canada forme des champions olympiques, paralympiques et mondiaux.  Pour plus d’information sur Nordiq Canada, veuillez nous visiter à l’adresse www.nordiqcanada.ca.

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Chris Dornan

Médias et relations publiques

Nordiq Canada

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PDP Development Camp

You’re invited!

Coaches Kenton, Jennie, and Alex invite skiers aged 12-16 who are interested in racing, but are not currently racing at a high/national level to join us at beautiful Mt Evergreen in Kenora for a day of touching up technique, goal setting, exploring the trails, and making friends!

Sunday January 22, 2023 from 10 am – 3 pm at Mt Evergreen Ski Area (120 Mt Evergreen Rd, Kenora ON)

Registration: https://zone4.ca/register.asp?id=30943

What to bring: 

  • Skate and classic skis, poles, and boots. 
  • Clothing to be active outdoors for at least 3 hours, an extra dry base layer to change into in the afternoon is recommended.
  • Bag lunch, snacks, and water bottle.

Cost: $20/athlete 

Volunteer/Coach registration: free

Contact: alexloeppky@gmail.com

National Championships Update

Have you been following what is happening this week at Whistler Olympic Park?  It’s the first National Championships since the start of the pandemic, and Manitoba athletes have been flying!

Representing Manitoba are 10 athletes:

From Boundary Trails Nordic: William Vanden Berg, Hezekiah Hoeppner, Mia Sawatsky , Ben and Naomi Weins

Downtown Nordic: Hannah Wintoniw and Imogen Nadlersmith

Red River Nordic: Luke Enns

Para Nordic: Jesse Bachinsky (Kenora Nordic) and guide Levi Nadlersmith – both members of Nordiq Canada’s Para Nordic Development Team.

Supporting coaches and wax techs are Pauline Nadlersmith, Andrew Vanden Berg and Steven Wintoniw, and staff apprentice Cheryl Koop.

It is also exciting to see MB alumnus skier Conor McGovern posting some great results for Lakehead University in the Open and CCUNC men categories.

And just in case anyone recognized that voice, Downtown Nordic co-founder Steven Scoles is the commentator on the event live streaming!

Highlights of the first 4 days of competition include a 2nd place for William Vanden Berg on day 2 in the U18 boys classic 10 km race. Jesse Bachinsky and guide Levi Nadlersmith put together an exciting sprint race to finish on top on day 3.

And if you didn’t catch it, there were some spectacular classic sprint races on days 3 and 4 of the competition, with 4 Manitobans qualifying for heats and 3 moving up to semifinals! Congratulations to Downtown Nordic Imogen Nadlersmith (U20 quarterfinals), Boundary Trails athletes William Vanden Berg (U 18 9th) and Mia Sawatsky (U18 7th) and Red River Nordic skier Luke Enns (U16 10th). These junior fields are large, including over 80 skiers in each of U16 boys and girls, and U18 boys.

2 days of racing remain, with the mass start distance races wrapping up on Sunday March 27.  Go Team Toba!

Check out 2022 Canadian National XC Championships & US Super Tour Finals – Black Tusk Nordic Events Society for information, and Zone 4 for results 2022 Canadian Ski Championships and US SuperTour Finals | Zone4.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)