Revelstoke finishes third at BC Nordic skiing championships

Revelstoke Nordic ski racers competed at BC Winter Games and BC Nordic Championships over last two weekends.

Ruby Serrouya powers her way to a win in the sprints at the BC Championships in Whistler last weekend. Serrouya won both her races and finished first overall in her age group.

Ruby Serrouya powers her way to a win in the sprints at the BC Championships in Whistler last weekend. Serrouya won both her races and finished first overall in her age group.

By Matt Smider, Revelstoke Nordic Ski Club

Over the past two weekends, Revelstoke Nordic skiers have competed at two of the province’s premiere title events: the BC Winter Games in Penticton and the BC Championships in Whistler.

From February 26–28, Miika Park, Kolibri Drobish, Simon Blackie and Erik Brosch represented the Thompson/Okanagan region at the BC Winter Games, competing amongst 67 of the province’s top skiers born in 2001 and 2002.

Last weekend, from March 5-7, 20 Revelstoke Nordic athletes braved the coastal rains to challenge more than 400 skiers from across the province at the BC Championships in Whistler.

The multi-sport nature of the competitions makes the BC Winter Games a memorable event for young athletes. Racing aside, athletes confirmed that the opening and closing ceremonies, along with the post-race activities and interactions with competitors from other sports were event highlights. Revelstoke results from the 2016 BC Winter Games in Penticton:

Interval Start Classic

4th – Simon Blackie, 2001 Boys

6th – Kolibri Drobish, 2002 Girls

6th – Erik Brosch, 2001 Boys

8th – Miika Park, 2001 Girls

Free Technique Sprints

6th – Simon Blackie, 2001 Boys

9th – Kolibri Drobish, 2002 Girls

Mixed Technique Relays (as part of four separate Thompson/Okanagan relay teams)

1st – Simon Blackie

3rd – Erik Brosch

6th – Miika Park

Last weekend, the BC Winter Games skiers joined the rest of their Revelstoke teammates at the BC Championships held at the 2010 Olympic venue in the Callaghan Valley near Whistler. The world-class trail network provides challenging and inspiring courses for all athletes. Competitors were treated to three days of racing, with a sunny Saturday sandwiched in between coastal downpours on Friday and Sunday. Revelstoke Nordic skiers performed incredibly well, placing a best-ever third overall out of all B.C. clubs at the championships.

Top Revelstoke results include:

Free Technique Sprints

1st – Ruby Serrouya, Pee Wee Girls 2, 200m

1st – Elizabeth Elliott, Juvenile Girls 2, 1km

2nd – Emily Macleod, Midget Girls 1, 400m

2nd – Simon Blackie, Juvenile Boys 1, 1km

3rd – Maeve Macleod, Bantam Girls 1, 400m

3rd – Erik Brosch, Juvenile Boys 1, 1km

3rd – Alana Brittin, Juvenile Girls 2, 1km

Interval Start Classic

1st – Ruby Serrouya, Pee Wee Girls 2, 1.5km

1st – Maeve Macleod, Bantam Girls 1, 2.5km

1st – Alana Brittin, Juvenile Girls 2, 7.5km

2nd – Erik Brosch, Juvenile Boys 1, 7.5km

2nd – Elizabeth Elliott, Juvenile Girls 2, 7.5km

3rd – Kolibri Drobish, Midget Girls 2, 5km

3rd – Beth Granstrom, Juvenile Girls 2, 7.5km

Free Technique Relay

1st – Simon Blackie, Erik Brosch, Matt Smider, Open Men 3x5km

3rd – Kolibri Drobish, Jaclyn Elliott, Emily Macleod, Midget Girls 3×2.5km

3rd – Elizabeth Elliott, Alana Brittin and Beth Granstrom, Junior Women 3×3.75km

On Saturday evening, a banquet presented aggregate awards for the BC Cup Series. Revelstoke was well represented:

1st – Ruby Serrouya, Pee Wee Girls 2

1st – Alana Brittin, Juvenile Girls 2

2nd – Maeve Macleod, Bantam Girls 1

2nd – Elizabeth Elliott, Juvenile Girls 2

3rd – Simon Blackie, Juvenile Boys 1

The BC Championships marked an end to the competitive season for our youngest skiers. Our seven Juvenile athletes will now taper their training as they lead into the Ski Nationals in Whitehorse, from March 19-26.