By Kurt Grabinsky
The Revelstoke Nordic Ski Club was host to the Teck Okanagan Cup #1 Nordic ski race on Saturday January 2 at the Macpherson Nordic Trails. Although the weather was cold, with temperatures around race time only achieving a high of approximately -12° Celsius, spirits were high and the 252 participants had great ski conditions.
There were 61 Revelstoke residents who participated in this event. This race was also a BC Winter Games Zone 2 Trial. Participation involved six Okanagan-based clubs, plus the Valhalla Hills Nordic Ski Club, Canmore Nordic and two jet-setting skiers from New South Wales, Australia. The event was an interval start classic, with competitors 15 seconds apart and utilizing the diagonal-stride and double-pole techniques.
Local results (top five finishers) are as follows:
Atom Boys 1: Irah Cameron-Harding 2nd, Hamish Woodman 3rd, Henri Gallant 4th, Zachary Grabinsky 5th. Atom Boys 2: Nicholas Gill 3rd.
Atom Boys 3: Kiearn MacIntosh 2nd.
Atom Girls 1: Megan Norrie 1st, Micayla MacIntosh 2nd, Sela McMechan 3rd.
Atom Girls 2: Livia McMechan 2nd
Atom Girls 3: Fiona Woodman 1st, Norah Painter 2nd, Emilie Paquin 3rd
Peewee Boys 1: Cameron Norrie 4th, Tobin Gill 5th
Peewee Girls 1: Natalie Morrone 1st, Isobel Wilson 4th,
Peewee Girls 2: Ruby Serrouya 1st, Sophie van Oort 5th
Bantam Boys 2: Elliot Wilson 2nd
Bantam Girls 1: Maeve MacLeod 3rd
Midget Girls 1: Jaclyn Elliott 3rd
Midget Girls 2: (BC Winter Games) Kolibri Drobish 1st, Rebecca Brosch 5th
Juvenile Boys 1: (BC Winter Games) Simon Blackie 2nd, Erik Brosch 3rd
Juvenile Girls 1: (BC Winter Games) Miika Park 4th
Juvenile Girls 2: Alana Brittin 1st, Elizabeth Elliott 2nd
Masters Women 40-49: Nikki Norrie 4th
Masters Women 30-39: Marnie Graf 2nd
Masters Men 30-39: Patrick McMechan 3rd
Masters Men 40-49: Andrew Sheppard 4th
Masters Men 60-69: Norm Tennant 1st
Full results are available on the Zone4.ca website.
This event was important for Okanagan skiers born in 2001 and 2002 who were vying for spots to compete at the 2016 BC Winter Games in Penticton this February. Revelstoke Nordic skiers Simon Blackie and Kolibri Drobish automatically qualified for the BCWG by placing top two in their respective categories. Erik Brosch, Rebecca Brosch and Miika Park all placed in the top five in their respective BCWG categories and will now wait to see how many wild card spots the Okanagan region will receive for BCWG Nordic athletes. Cross Country BC will officially announce the team selection next week.
The Revelstoke Nordic Ski Club would like to thank the 62 volunteers that made this event possible. As well the following sponsors provided prizes or resources to make this event a resounding success: Skookum, Flowt, Pharmasave, Begbie Brewing Company, Revelstoke Rotary Club, The Modern Bakery and Outdoor Research.
Here is a selection of terrific photos from the race by Rob Buchanan: