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Sixty Strathcona Nordics at B.C. Championships

SIXTY STRATHCONA NORDICS racers plus coaches and support crew enjoyed racing and camaraderie at the BC Champs in Kelowna last weekend. - PHOTO BY L. JOHNSTON
SIXTY STRATHCONA NORDICS racers plus coaches and support crew enjoyed racing and camaraderie at the BC Champs in Kelowna last weekend.
— image credit: PHOTO BY L. JOHNSTON

The Strathcona Nordic Ski club sent a record number of racers to the B.C. Championships in Kelowna last weekend.

Sixty racers from the small Island club competed in three days of cross-country ski events, and the club placed fifth overall in a competitive field of 34 clubs from across B.C., Canada, and the U.S.

This race was one of the last stops before the Canadian and U.S. championships and so drew from a wide, competitive field. Strathcona Nordics racers aged five through 59 years young enjoyed many top 10 finishes in stiff competition, and the following racers brought medals back to the Island in their age categories.

In the Freestyle Mass Start event: Gavin Chatterton - first; Luke Damery - second; Hugo Henckel - second; Tallon Noble - first; Avalon Wasteneys - first; Chris Bowlby - second.

In the Individual Classic event: Gavin Chatterton - first; Everett Wells - first; Luke Damery - second; Emmy Stapff - first; Laura Johnston - second; Chris Bowlby - second; Tallon Noble - first; Brian Scott - second.

In the aggregate awards, based on performances throughout the season in BC Cup races: Alec Stapff - third; Avalon Wasteneys - second; Tallon Noble - first; Lynn Swift - second; Marilyn Atkinson - third.

A club spokesperson says, "The Strathcona Nordics put in a great showing at the BC Champs. They were successful by all accounts – great representatives for the Island, great sportsmen and sportswomen, and great racers – and they all made it home safely through a long, slow drive though very snowy roads in the Interior and Lower Mainland!"

You can catch the Strathcona Nordics in racing action this weekend at the Teck Coast Cup #4 and #5 on Mount Washington. See StrathconaNordics.com for details.

– Strathcona Nordics

 

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