By Matt Smider, Revelstoke Nordic Ski Club
Last weekend, 17 members of the Revelstoke Nordic Ski Team competed at the BC Midget Championships at Larch Hills Nordic Society in Salmon Arm. Over 200 skiers born between the years 2003 and 2006 participated in the annual ski tournament. Teams came from around B.C., Alberta and even Washington to attend the two-day competition.
Revelstoke skiers should be very proud of their performance; our local team placed fourth out of 15 B.C. teams at the event.
Saturday saw cloudy skies and temperatures hovering slightly above 0 C. Racers began their day with a two-kilometre individual start classic technique event. Emily MacLeod displayed outstanding technique and was honoured to receive one of five technique awards. Here are Revelstoke’s top results from Saturday morning’s races:
Ruby Serrouya, 1st
Sophie van Oort, 9th
Nyssa Thomas, 7th
Maeve MacLeod, 8th
Elliot Wilson, 4th
Francesco Morrone, 9th
Emily MacLeod, 5th
Arianna Morrone, 10th
In the afternoon on Saturday, skiers competed in a mixed technique relay race. All legs of the relay were 1.5 kilometres and the first two skiers race classic technique, while the last two skiers skate skied. Two of the Revelstoke girls teams cracked the top 10 amongst the official relay teams:
Storm’s Senior Sliders: Emily MacLeod, Jaclyn Elliott, Zoe Larson, Arianna Morrone – 4th
Catwoman’s Caped Crusaders: Maeve MacLeod, Polly van Oort, Nyssa Thomas, Cassie Wolgram – 7th
On Sunday, racers competed a 300 metre skate technique sprint event beginning with a qualification round and then head-to-head heats. Temperatures remained near 0 C and skiers, parents, coaches and volunteers welcomed Sunday’s sunshine. Ruby Serrouya skied superbly to maintain her position atop the 2006 Girls category. Top Revelstoke results included:
Ruby Serrouya, 1st
Sophie van Oort, 7th
Nyssa Thomas, 10th
Emily MacLeod, 6th
Jaclyn Elliott, 9th
Great work to the organizers from the Larch Hills Nordic Society for hosting a fun event, complete with a banquet dinner and awards presentation on Saturday night. Revelstoke skiers will now look forward to this weekend’s BC Cup in Kamloops.