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2016 Haywood Ski Nationals - Overall Aggregate Standings

The Haywood Ski Nationals are taking place in Whitehorse from march 19-25, 2016.

For a full account of updates and results, see the Cross Country Canada webpage.



Birkie Awards Presented at Viking’s Feast:

Founders’ Award

Recipient: Kaare Askildt

The Founders’ Award is presented to an individual or group who worked to create the Canadian Birkebeiner Ski Festival and/or who was a key contributor to growing this event over the early years. To see a list of recipients, click here.

Kaare was one of a small group of fellows who got together in 1984 with the notion of introducing the Canadian Birkebeiner Ski Festival. Kaare served on the Board of the Birkie Society for several years, and also enjoyed skiing some Birkies.

Ole Hovind Award

Recipient: Ana Lucas Osma

The Ole Hovind Award was created in memory of Ole Hovind, who is recognized by most as the Father of Nordic skiing in the Edmonton region.  The award is presented annually to the skier who best represents the spirit of the Birkebeiner and the things which Ole valued – skiing for the sheer joy of it, having fun, joking around, achieving something and just getting out there and doing it.  For more about the award and previous recipients, click here.

This award is generally presented to an individual who has skied in several Birkies and the recipient is decided upon by the Awards Committee weeks in advance of the Birkie. For these reasons, the Award was presented this year, despite the curtailment of the ski events.

When Ana Lucas Osma discovered cross-country skiing, it allowed her to feel just like everyone else who has ever tried the sport  - free and independent.

Ana, age 36, is a Para-Nordic skier; she sits on a sled over her skis, crunched into a custom-made metal chair. She’s belted in at her waist and across her pink down booties, so she becomes one with the sit-ski. “In a sit-ski, you get to go where you can’t in a wheelchair,” she says. “You don’t feel like you have a disability.”

For more information on the awards given out at the Vikings Feast, see the Birkie Unique Awards page

Job Posting: Alberta World Cup Academy High Performance Coach

See full job description here:

AWCA HP Coach Position Opening March 2016

Mark Your Calendars: CCA AGM June 11, 2016

The CCA AGM will be held on Saturday, June 11 in Edmonton, AB at the Percy Page Center. More details will follow.

We would love to have as many individuals and club representatives as possible come out and join us at our AGM.

Your input is invaluable to us as we look towards the 2016-2017 season.

Thank you, and we look forward to seeing you there!

Ski Fit North Alberta Mulit Community Day Wrapup

On March 16 our SFNA program brought together over one hundred students at the Canmore Nordic Centre for a day of wellness and fun on cross country skis. The event brought together students from Tsuu T’ina, Morley, Eden Valley and Big Horn schools.

To help us out on the big day, we had celebrity guest-coaches who helped inspire, educate, and have fun with the students! Medal-winning Olympic sport heroes included Clara Hughes (speed skating); Mellisa Hollingsworth (skeleton); Duff Gibson (skeleton); Sara Renner (cross-country skiing); Lisa “Longball” Vlooswyk (golf); and Kelly VanderBeek (alpine skiing).

Our Multi-Community day was brought to us with support from ATCO, ATB Financial, and the Banff Community Center.

For the full press release, see the SIRC News Hub article

Guest Coaches Clara Hughes and her husband Pete pose for a photo on March 16. Photo by: Clara Hughes


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