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      February 16, 2016


      Media Release

      Monday, February 15, 2016

      Ski Tour Canada Positions Up for Grabs at 2016 Haywood NorAm/Buff Sprint Western Canadian Cross Country Ski Championships

      Prince George, BC – Over 315 skiers from across Canada will participate this week in a major ski event hosted by the Caledonia Nordic Ski Club at the Otway Nordic Centre. The 2016 Western Canadian Cross Country Ski Championships run from February 18 to 21, 2016.  In conjunction with the Haywood NorAm Westerns, the Teck Northern Cup will run on February 20 and 21,2016.

      The Haywood NorAm Western Canadian Championship is a divisional competition with skiers earning points for their home province. All the Western provinces plus a number of Eastern provinces will vie for the title. The 2015 winner was Alberta. BC won the 2014 championships when they were last held in Prince George.

      The stakes are high for individual skiers taking part in the Open category of the 2016 Haywood NorAm Western Canadian Championships—this is the final race in the Haywood NorAm series that will be used to qualify a man and a woman skier to participate in Ski Tour Canada .  Ski Tour Canada will feature eight races at four venues: Gatineau, Que., Montreal Que., Quebec City and Canmore, Alta.  This World Cup event will run over 12 days (March 1-12). It will be the first time ever the coveted World Cup Crystal Globes will be awarded outside of Europe.

      Anyone of the top three men, in the NorAm series, are placed to take the qualifying position: Kevin Sandau, Foothills Ski Club, Canmore; Andy Shields, Lappe Ski Club, Thunder Bay; and Knute Johnsgaard, Whitehorse Ski Club, Whitehorse.  Brian McKeever, Lifesport Ski Club, who was the Men’s 2005 Ski Nationals overall champion at Otway, represented Canada on the 2010 Olympic team as well as the 2010 and 2014 Paralympic teams is also registered. On the women’s side the race is even tighter amongst: Cendrine Browne, Fondeurs-Laurentides, St-J√©rome, Que; Dahria Beatty, Whitehorse Ski Club, Whitehorse; and Andrea Dupont, Rocky Mountain Racers, Canmore.  Dupont arrives in Prince George this week from Sweden after representing Canada at World Cup races in Stockholm and Falun.  Beatty and Browne have also raced for Canada at European World Cups this season.

      The event starts with the Official training day on Thursday, February 18th. Races take place on February 19th (10:00 AM start), February 20th (9:00AM start) and February 21st (9:00AM start). The public are invited to attend this significant event to see Canada’s future World Cup and Olympic competitors. No admittance charge.

      Those wanting more information regarding the (a) competition should contact Chief of Competition Jim Burbee at competitions@caledonianordic.com  or (b) Caledonia Nordic athletes taking part in this event should contact Caledonia Head Coach Graeme Moore at headcoach@caledonianordic.com.

      The Caledonia Nordic Ski Club, a not-for-profit organization, has evolved over many years, to become a full service Nordic ski club and one of the largest of its kind in Canada. CNSC is run by a volunteer board of directors who meet regularly once a month. Each is dedicated to skier development and the promotion of the sport of cross country skiing for fun, fitness, recreation and health.  For more information regarding the Caledonia Nordic Ski Club please visit:  www.caledonianordic.com .

      CCC is the governing body of cross-country skiing in Canada, which is the nation’s optimal winter sport and recreational activity with more than one million Canadians participating annually. Its 60,000 members include athletes, coaches, officials and skiers of all ages and abilities, including those on Canada’s National Ski Teams and Para-Nordic Ski Teams. With the support of its valued corporate partners – Haywood Securities Inc., AltaGas, and Mackenzie Investments – along with the Government of Canada, Canadian Olympic Committee, Canadian Paralympic Committee, Own the Podium and B2Ten, CCC develops Olympic, Paralympic and world champions. For more information on CCC, please visit: www.cccski.com.  A Media Kit with additional information is available at: Haywood NorAm and Western Canadian Championships

      For more information, please contact:
      Cal Benson, Media Coordinator, Caledonia Nordic Ski Club

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