Busy Season Starts for Rossland's Nordic Community

Rossland Telegraph
By Rossland Telegraph
January 5th, 2009

Factor in the strong skiing history of Rossland and the current success of George Grey, member of the Canadian National Ski Team who started his skiing at Black Jack, as well as other up and coming Junior Cross Country Racers from Rossland and you have a winning equation and reason to attend the 2009 Haywood NorAm and Teck Sprint Series being held at Black Jack Cross Country Ski Club in Rossland.

This is Black Jack’s second time hosting such a prestigious event and whether you are a competitor, looking to improve your standing, or a spectator, looking to watch great skiing, Rossland is the place to be on January 24 and 25, 2009.

“Much like the event in 2007, local fans will be able to witness some world-class Canadian skiers in action and perhaps some international ones as well. The race will come on the heels of the Canadian World Cup race in Whistler. You’ll see some of our top Canadian guys for sure because of the world championship situation,” explained Dave Dyer, director of marketing and events management for Cross Country Canada who talked with Guy Bertrand of the Trail Times in November. The races will help determine the final selection of athletes for the Canadian team that will compete in the world championships in Liberec, Czechoslovakia next February.” (Guy Bertrand, Trail Times)

Also coming up this weekend, on January 11, is the first installment of the annual Kootenay Cup series. Cities from around the Kootenays compete for this prize, including Rossland, Castlegar, Nelson, and Kimberly. This Sunday’s event will be a continuous pursuit. Black Jack’s Junior Racers will be competing and all club members are welcome to participate–ages 2 to 102.

–submitted, with additional material

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