Young Island skiers earn podium finishes at first Teck BC Cup of 2020

Saanich student-athlete earns two bronze medals in U18 girls category

Emma Wong (left) and Amelia Wells (right) capture silver and bronze respectively on both days of racing in U18 girls’ races at the first Teck BC Cup of 2020. (Photo courtesy Katherine Brandt)

Young cross-country skiers of Vancouver Island made the Strathcona Nordic race team proud with seven podium finishes at the Teck BC Cup in early January.

Athletes as young as 12 represented the Island at the first Teck BC Cup series of 2020 in Salmon Arm on Jan. 4 and 5. The Strathcona Nordic Ski Club’s team of 13 Island-based skiers competed against more than 400 athletes from across B.C.

Amelia Wells, a Saanich skier and Grade 12 student, earned two bronze medals – in the classic technique sprint race on day one and in a hilly interval skate race on day two. The young athlete attends Reynolds Secondary and the Canadian Sport School.

READ ALSO: Snow crews aren’t prioritizing Victoria bike lanes before streets, says City

The classic technique sprints involved a challenging course which saw elevation changes ranging from 150 metres to 800 metres and an uphill climb to the finish line. In the U18 category, Emma Wong of Courtenay finished second and Wells finished third. Courtney athlete Hugo Henckel adeptly avoided a crash with a fallen competitor and earned a silver medal in the U16 group. Gabe Gledhill of Cumberland stayed focused through his heats to finish in third place in U18.

The Galik siblings of Royston represented the Island in the younger categories. Ben placed second while his older sisters Gillian, U12, and Maddie, U14, claimed gold and fourth place respectively.

The hilly interval skate races on day two saw athletes all begin their races at up to 30-second intervals. Demonstrating their consistency, Wong and Wells once again placed second and third in the U18 girls’ category. Gledhill placed fourth and Gavin Chatterton, U14, skied into third.

READ ALSO: ‘Scariest boat ride of my life’: Passengers trapped by ice on rocky B.C. ferry sailing

In the U12 race, Gillian earned silver and Carly Ram of Comox claimed fourth place.

Head coach Andrea Stapff was proud of the team and commended their ability to deal with the challenges faced over the weekend including poor snow conditions and road closures.

“The entire weekend was about supporting each other; it was great to see the camaraderie and effort put out by each and every athlete,” Stapff said.

The team has now set their sights on the 2020 Haywood Western Canada Cup at Ski Callaghan in Whistler where they will compete alongside skiers from Canada’s National team. For more information about the Strathcona Nordic team, visit the website at www.strathconanordics.com.


@devonscarlett
Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

devon.bidal@saanichnews.com

skiing

Just Posted

Stone Soup charity gets stone cold response to recycling efforts in Nanaimo

City orders ongoing fundraising through recycling stopped due to neighbourhood complaints

Missing python found under vehicle in Victoria

The snake was located more than six kilometres from where it went missing

Feeding ducks bread crumbs is a harmful habit

Wild Arc suggests to never feed wildlife in general

UVic political scientist wants B.C. pulp mills to help produce masks, gowns

Claire Cutler says Canada needs to become self-sufficient when manufacturing PPE

Nanaimo firefighters get soaked to help burn fund

Firefighters film gag video wins people’s choice award

B.C. records new COVID-19 death, 85 more cases; Horgan calls on celebrity help

This brings the total number of active confirmed cases to 531 across the province

B.C. announces multi-year plan to double treatment beds for youth with addiction

This will bring the total number of new beds specific to those 12 to 24 years old to 247 province-wide

Oak Bay neighbourhoods rocked by blasting activity

With work-from-home increasing, Oak Bay seeks new rock blasting bylaw regarding ‘continuous’ noise

20-storey hotel proposed for downtown Victoria

Wintergarden Hotel proposed for block of Blanshard Street between Fort and View streets

Vancouver Island man looks back on 102 years

It’s been a century-long journey for the Comox Valley’s Doug de Wolff

Wedding party bear sprayed at Okanagan campsite irks locals

Latest criminal activity at the Meadows leaves locals frustrated

Paramedics fired for allowing patient to crawl for treatment on Downtown Eastside: court documents

The man spent three days in intensive care and three months recovering in hospital from sepsis

Feds seeking private consultant to design firearm buyback program

The ban covers some 1,500 models and variants of what the government considers assault-style weapons

Most Read