Six Strathcona Nordics athletes attended the Haywood NorAm Western Canadian Championships in Prince George this past weekend, and over the course of three days, the athletes accumulated a total of eleven hard-earned medals.
“The athletes showed tremendous consistency and gritty racing,” says Nordics Head Coach Andrea Stapff, 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 Strathcona Nordics.
In the Midget Girls category, Emmy Stapff from Campbell River 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 from the weekend with three gold medals. In the same category, Stephen Lamon was not far behind, taking home a silver and two bronze medals.
In the Juvenille Boys category Ross Lamon, also from the Comox Valley, came away with a bronze in the sprint race, and a silver in the the long distance classic race. In the competitive field of Junior Boys, Tallon Noble also had very strong races, taking home a silver and a bronze in the two distance events.
The Nordics team has 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 was not much time to recover.
Right now – from Feb. 25 to 28 – Aiden Noble, Stephen Lamon, Zander Swift, Taz Oldaker, Calder Guimond, Emmy Stapff, Amelia Wells, Emma Wong and Annelies Henckel are representing the Strathcona 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.