Strathcona Nordics show grit in Vernon

Twelve members of the Strathcona Nordics race team travelled to Vernon to compete at the Haywood NorAm and Buff Sprints Dec. 12 to 13.

The Nordics showed true heart and determination at the cross-country ski race which is known to draw competitive athletes from across the country.

“This was a big race for our athletes,” said Andrea Stapff, head coach of the Nordics. “It’s a high calibre event with national team athletes in attendance so a great opportunity for our younger athletes to ski alongside some of the best skiers in Canada.”

In a breakout sprint race on the Saturday, Ross Lamon of Comox won a silver medal in the Juvenile Boys category, among a field of 40 racers.

On the Sunday, in the long distance skate race, Aiden Noble (Courteney)and Gabe Glendhill (Cumberland) secured the top two spots in the Midget Boys category, winning gold and silver, respectively.

Emmy Stapff also did well in the Midget Girls category, finishing in fourth position, only .02 seconds short of a bronze medal.

According to Stapff, “our athletes put in a tremendous effort, and showed gritty and determined racing.”

The team will be on the Island for the next four weeks working hard in preparation for the Zone 6 BC Winter Games trials, which will be held January 2 at Mount Washington – the Nordics’ home facility.

Soon after, the team will head back to Vernon for a BC Cup race, January 9-10.