REPORTING · 2nd January 2010
The second day of the new year, the weather was brisk on the mountain. Snow was in the air as the cross country skiers took to the courses at the Snow Valley Nordic Ski Club's Onion Lake Trails. 36 racers came out.
“This is our new year's dash. It’s the individual time trials for the BC Winter Games and it’s a fun race for anyone who wants to go in it,” said Liz Thorne, Race Secretary.
They are using this, and several other races, to prepare their volunteers for the races at the BC Winter Games and getting them used to using the equipment. “We’ve got about 50 volunteers working and we’re really excited,” said Thorne.
She added that they will be having a second race, sprints, on the 16th of January and a practice relay race after that.
Present were members of Snow Valley Nordic, Bulkey Valley, and Omineca Ski Club. Several skiers qualified for the BC Winter Games. Gabrial Price, Cody Askew, Bryson Pawluk and Michael Wilford from the Bulkley Valley Ski Club qualified for the Midget Boys.
Samantha Unger from the Omineca Ski Club, Kate Woods from the Bulkley Valley Ski Club and Sarah Schuss from the Snow Valley Nordic Ski Club qualified for the the Midget Girls. Finally, Johanna Vandenberd from the Snow Valley Nordic Ski Club qualified for Juvenile Girls.
The BC Winter Games were not the only games represented at the track. One athlete was present to prepare for the Paralympics. #40 Jody Barber who participated in the Masters Women race.
From the starting line: Sarah Schuss from the Snow Valley Nordic Ski Club
Michael Wilford rounds the bend out of the woods just before the finish line.
#40 Jody Barber who participated in the Masters Women race in preperation for the paralympics