Strathcona Nordics dominate Western Canadian championships

Nine skiers, three coaches going to BC Winter Games in Penticton from Feb. 25-28

Ross Lamon (Comox Valley) gives a gritty performance in the classic sprint.

Six Strathcona Nordics athletes attended the Haywood NorAm Western Canadian Championships in Prince George this past weekend. Over the course of three days, the cross-country skiers accumulated 11 hard-earned medals.

Strathcona Nordics’ head coach Andrea Stapff says, “The athletes showed tremendous consistency and gritty racing,” deeming the weekend, “better than fantastic.”

It turned out to be a family affair, with siblings Tallon and Aiden Noble, Ross and Stephen Lamon, and Alec and Emmy Stapff representing the Nordics.

In the Midget Girls category, Campbell River’s Emmy Stapff brought home a bronze in the 1.2 km classic sprint race.

The Comox Valley was also well represented. In the Midget Boys category, Aiden Noble dominated all three of his races, coming away  with three gold medals. In the same category, Stephen Lamon was not far behind, taking home a silver and two bronze medals.

In the Juvenile Boys category, Comox Valley’s Ross Lamon came away with a bronze in the sprint race, and a silver in the long distance classic race. In the competitive field of Junior Boys, Tallon Noble also had strong races, taking home a silver and a bronze in the two distance events.

Strathcona Nordics have had a very consistent season so far. Their training base is evident, and Andrea Stapff says she is “very proud” of her athletes.

For some however, there will not be much time to recover. From Feb.  25-28 Aiden Noble, Stephen Lamon, Zander Swift, Taz Oldaker, Calder Guimond, Emmy Stapff, Amelia Wells, Emma Wong and Annelies Henckel will represent the Nordics at the BC Winter Games in Penticton.

Accompanying these athletes will be head coach Andrea Stapff, Tim McGrady and Derek Wells, who will be sharing coaching and ski waxing duties over the course of the weekend.

For updates and results, see


Just Posted

Valley secondary school salad bar launches at Isfeld

Although there isn’t a formal cafeteria in the school, students at Mark… Continue reading

Comox considers plastic bag ban

Council has taken one step closer to banning single-use plastic bags and straws within the town.

Risk of ‘deadly avalanches’ leads to warning for B.C.’s south coast

Weak layer of snow on Vancouver Island, Lower Mainland could trigger an avalanche

Comox Valley Cycling Coalition AGM upcoming

The Comox Valley Cycling Coalition will have a couple of special guest… Continue reading

Update: Early morning shooting in Courtenay

Reporter at taped-off scene outside apartment complex

NIC hosts high school students

North Island College hosted a High School Open House Thursday at the… Continue reading

Galchenyuk scores in OT as Coyotes edge Canucks 3-2

Vancouver manages single point as NHL playoff chase continues

B.C. legislature moving suspended staff controversy to outside review

Whale watching, Seattle Mariners trips billed as emergency preparedness, Speaker Darryl Plecas says

More people signing up for compulsory vaccines

Maple Ridge mom says public tired of hearing about measles

NIC Comox Valley to add student housing

168 units expected to open in 2022

UPDATE: Man charged in stabbing of woman, off-duty cop outside B.C. elementary school

Manoj George, 49, is facing two counts of aggravated assault and two counts of assault with a weapon after the incident on Wednesday, Feb. 20.

Federal fisheries minister calls for precautionary approach to fish farming

Government still reviewing Federal Court’s decision on PRV – Wilkinson

Why do zebras have stripes? Perhaps to dazzle away flies

Researchers from University of Bristol look into why zebras have stripes

Poll: More voters believe Canada doing worse under Trudeau government

22 per cent believed the country is doing better and 27 per cent said things are the same

Most Read