April 16, 2014

Hall of Fame Inductees 2014

Hall of Fame Inductees 2014 Sport NL at Stars & Legends gala
Sheraton Hotel Nfld on Sat. April 12th

Nakkertok & Quebec are 2014 Haywood Ski Nationals Champions

The 87th edition of the Canadian Cross-Country Ski Championships closed with a banquet in Corner Brook Saturday amid very positive feedback from coaches and athletes alike. The friendly atmosphere, "varied" weather conditions and an efficient organization, were much appreciated by all. Sincere thank you to Blow Me Down Ski Trails for a fantastic event!

By capturing the overall and junior 2014 title, Nakkertok now claims their 5th straight victory as Club Champion.  
Quebec is once again was Division Champion, winning in both the overall and junior rankings, a placing they have held onto since the 2011 championships.

Relive the fabulous competition week with Dawn Leja's Haywood Ski Nationals 2014 photo albums!
It is now time to turn the focus to the 2015 Haywood Ski Nationals, which will be held next March at Lappe Nordic (Thunder Bay) Ontario.

April 10, 2014

Canadian Masters Championship Report

The Canadian Masters Championships were
recently hosted by the Menihek Nordic Ski Club
in Labrador City from March 24th to 29th 2014.
Fifty eight competitors came from all parts of
Canada, from furthest west from Courtenay, BC
to furthest east from St. Johns to compete. One
couple even drove all the way from
Magnetawan, ON, a small town about three
hundred kilometres north of Toronto. Another
came from Bethel, Maine. In all, every province
except Manitoba and the three territories were
represented. All of these hearty souls, ranging
in age from 35 to 75 years, gathered for a week
of races in rather cold conditions at the
Menihek Ski Club trails, a few kilometres
outside Labrador City. The snow was cold and
“squeaky” but in ample supply and with the
warm, Labradorian hospitality everyone forgot
about the cold and lack of glide of the skis.
Several of the Masters skiers also entered the
Great Labrador Loppet on the Saturday just
prior to the start of the actual championships
and enjoyed a ski over 10, 28 or 50 kms. Four
hardy souls did the full 50 kms! A super banquet
was held in the evening after the loppet which
included T bone steaks grilled over a large open
fire pit inside the daylodge of the local alpine ski
hill – very tasty for sure even though smoke
filled the room and the fire alarms responded
promptly! Baked potatoes, salad, cole slaw and
cake - heavy duty chocolate being the favourite,
filled out the menu.
A Meet and Greet was held the next evening
(Sun.) at the Labrador West Arts and Cultural
Centre amid some very nice artwork hanging
about the walls. The usual drinks and food were
served but this time the food was exquisite –
prepared and volunteered by Charlotte who
also did double duty for the championships
acting as event coordinator and general fix-all
along with Bea Whittle, Menihek Manager.
Entertainment was provided by a local allwomen
harmony group.
Day one (Mon.) of the competition schedule
had us doing a 20 km classic race for both men
and women at about -21C (considerably warmer
than the overnight low of -37 C with a windchill
of -47 C) around noon. It seemed that global
warming had definitely taken a holiday.
However the wind died and the clear blue sky,
sunshine and calm allowed the race to go on
and everyone worked up an appetite for lunch.
Lunches were provided at the ski lodge on race
days and consisted of either moose or beef
soup, depending on one’s choice along with an
array of delectable sandwiches and cookies to
die for. Of course coffee, the skier’s rocket fuel,
was always on tap with tea and hot chocolate
for those wanting less “kick”. Awards were
presented shortly thereafter in front of the
clubhouse on a real podium after Bruce LeGrow,
National Director and Gerry Rideout, Organizing
Committee Chairperson, sang (sort of!) the
Newfoundland and Labrador “national”
anthem. A draw was held for two prizes – a jar
of peanut butter (without the bread but with a
plastic spoon!) and a bottle of Screech. Robin
Butler of Saskatchewan won the Screech.
Day two (Tues.) was a day off with some skiing
ending in a filling pasta dinner at the club house
starting at 5 pm.
Day two of competition (Wed.) had us doing
only one lap of the Monday race track, 10 km,
again for both men and women. Temperatures
were warming a little to reach a high at race
time of -15 C or so. Lunch after the races again
fuelled up some hungry masters and offered
another opportunity for chat and gossip – the
usual discussion on wax and skis of course! The
awards were given out once more and against
all odds (who could guess?) Cathy Butler, wife
of Robin Butler, won the bottle of Screech. As
one person remarked they did not even have
enough time to finish the first bottle won by
Day three of competition (Thurs.) dawned cold
again and at race time (noon) the temperature
was about -17C with a brutal wind producing a
windchill of -29C. It was the 10 km skate race on
a new course with seemingly more uphill and
many groused about the minuscule glide on the
cold snow on the way up to “Alf’s Summit”
which was only one of several summits as we
found out! However we all survived and in the
warmth of the clubhouse and with warm soup,
sandwiches, cookies and coffee warming our
innards the grunt up to Alf’s Summit did not
seem so daunting. At the awards Joe Kryger,
from Ontario, won the Screech breaking the
Butler winning streak. Charlotte swears that she
had drawn his name before many of the tickets
took flight in the biting wind – we believe her of
At 4:00 pm the AGM of the Canadian Masters
was held at the Two Seasons Hotel (the two
seasons being snow and no snow!). Amongst
other business, Bruce LeGrow was re-elected as
National Director for another two year term.
Minutes will be published later. The evening
was capped off by finger food, fish cakes and
drinks at the K Bar in town where a local band
pounded out good old Newfie songs and
On Friday a mine tour was offered to visit the
Iron Ore Company of Canada open pit
operations. Of course iron ore is the reason for
Labrador City’s existence – not just the long ski
Day four of competition (Sat.) had the 20 km
skate race for all – TWO times up to Alf’s
Summit and beyond! Diabolical at best and
apparently some expletives not suitable for
public consumption were uttered by some but
again all survived and repaired to the lodge
once again for goodies. Temperatures were the
warmest of the week at -9 C but a 35 kph wind
added a little bite! Corn chowder was added to
the usual sandwiches and cookies at lunch and
at the awards Dave King of Newfoundland won
the Screech. A closing banquet was held at the
curling club With speeches by the town mayor
and the Provincial Member for the area. Gerry
Rideout was honoured for his recent induction
to the Newfoundland-Labrador Sports Hall of
Fame – a well-deserved recognition for sure!
Dancing followed to close off the day.
All in all it was a great week and great big thank
you is in order to the volunteers who worked to
make it all happen. The tracks were perfect and
good signage made the proper choice of
directions easy. Timing was accurate and
published quickly in hard copy and on zone 4.
The stadium was well organized and the wave
starts produced no problems. Drink stations and
course marshalls were appreciated fully. The
clubhouse kitchen and the ladies therein
provided some wonderful food. Gerry Rideout
and team did a superb job and again thanks to
all. Results, with race officials noted, can be
accessed on zone4.ca
Submitted by Dave Rees
Alberta Director
Canadian Masters Cross Country Ski Association

Still Skiing- You Bet!

This is Exploits Valley cross country ski trails yesterday! 6 degrees so 
Gerald decided to sport his shorts & tshirt!! This is the longest time we've
had our trails still fully intact in April in many years!

 Happy skiing!

Grandfalls Ski Club

April 8, 2014

2014 Canadian Masters'


"The 2014 Canadian Masters Series ended on a high, the sun warming the backs of skiers from all across the country as they zipped through Menihek Nordic Ski Club’s trails for the last time."- The Aruora

CCNL Ski Association Junior Development Prize Draw
Draw at Whaleback, Stephenville March 8, 2014

1  Tina Purcell                    Gander             2 PAL Tickets
2  Sandra Patey                  Gander             Bundle
3  Melvin Dumaresque        Forteau            $500
4  Brady Cunard                Brig Bay           42" TV
5  Nash Sinnicks                Plum Point        Gift Card to Outfitters
6  Trisha Cassell                                         Frozen Shrimp
7  Kathy Bartlett                Curling              Gift Card to Harvey Travel
8  Roderick Recalde          Labrador City   Snowshoes
9  Doreen Gale                  Shephenville      Gift Card to Parki Sports
10 Michelle Hoddinott       Brig Bay            Gift Card to Menihek Nordic 

Congratulations to all the winners and thank you everyone for their support!

April 1, 2014

Upcoming NCCP Coaching Course: L2T-OnSnow

Learning to Train - On Snow (L2T-O)
  • Corner Brook (Blow-Me-Down Trails)
  • Apr 12-13, 2014.
  • Mark Tierney will be the learning facilitator. 
  • Jamie Merrigan will be the local contact ( ).
The next level after ICC (Intro to Community Coaching) and CC (Community Coaching), for athletes from track attack stage to beginner competitive.

This workshop is designed to train coaches on team management, supporting athletes at a competition, teaching and learning, equipment selection, ski preparation and how to effectively teach intermediate-level ski technique.

The Learning-to-Train level is split over two courses - a dryland course, and an on-snow course. A dryland course is planned for sometime this spring / summer / fall.