Athlete Development Program Update
The Athlete Development Program hosted a Teck Northern Regional Dryland Camp this fall, led by Eric DeNys, Former National Development Team Coach, who is now leading the Ski Academy in Vernon for Sovereign Lake Cross Country Ski Club.
The Junior athletes were particularly impressed with Eric’s support on a long double-poling session up Eckman hill on the Babine Lake Road—a hill Eric had fond memories of! Eric grew up racing out of Prince George and trained with Bulkley Valley athletes often. The camp also included a talk on sports nutrition from former BV racer—Dr. Mallory Quinn. Wow, the circle of Nordic skiing is impressive!
The BV club has been fortunate this past year to have such high-quality instruction and inspiration come to the north. Last Spring Becky Scott, Olympic Gold Medalist, joined the athletes for a fun day of skiing and inspiration, as part of her Spirit North program which brings cross country ski instruction to kids in Moricetown and Kitseguekla.
The Teck Regional Snow Camp, originally planned for Nov 30 to Dec 2 and rescheduled to December 14–16 looks to be another great event with the forecasted snow.
Some of our junior racers competed in Vernon December 8–9 for Norams with some impressive results. Next up is Whistler on Dec 13 for Biathlon Norams. The rest of us get to enjoy great skiing here at home. The first BC Cup of the season will be held in Prince George December 28–30. On January 5 Houston is hosting the Morice Mountain Challenge—consider supporting our neighbours and check out their beautiful trails.