The first day of racing got underway today at the Nordiq Canada Ski Nationals. The event is organized by ENGNE (Évènements Nordiques Gatineau Nordic Events) at Gatineau’s Nakkertok Nordic Centre. Heavy rains forced the cancellation of the first event on Sunday due to the significant impact on the trails and parking lot from Saturday’s rain.  The arrival of cooler weather allowed the Nakkertok trails crew to make and move “home-made” (artificial snow), to ensure ideal conditions for today’s Para-Nordic and U16/U18 sprints.

The first event of the day for the 96th Canadian Championships was the Para-nordic 800 metre sprint.  Angela Oakley from Edmonton, Alberta (Strathcona Wilderness Centre) was the winner of the sitski competition. The men’s standing Para-nordic event was won by Félix Lafond of Brownsberg-Chatham, Quebec (Fondeurs Laurentides) and Madison Mullin of Fergus (Mono Nordic), Ontario with guide Faith Goudie won the women’s standing competition.

Revelstoke, B.C.’s Ruby Serrouya won the U18 girls’ competition by a comfortable 1.5 second over fellow BC skier Anika Wallin of Williams Lake. Leanne Gartner of Calgary (Canmore Nordic) was 3rd. The top local skier was Addison Frank of Ottawa, (Nakkertok) in 5th.

Ruby Serrouya: “The qualifier was great but through the heats I was a bit worried about the conditions. I think it all worked out and I had lots of fun and I felt really good today.

In U16 girls it was Ottawa (Nakkertok) racer Evelyn Davies who came away with win, despite falling in the qualifier to finish in the 30th and last qualifying position.  Davies finished with a 3 second lead over Nadia Wallin, a second silver for the Wallin sisters and Aleah Smith of Nelson Nordic finished 3rd. Mikayla Kennedy of Chelsea was 9th.

For U18 boys Finn Redman of Kelowna (Telemark) came through with the win over Raleigh Tarte of Kimberley and Joël Thibault from (Fondeurs-Laurentide).

Finn Redman:It was amazing, really fun racing. It’s been a difficult week with the weather, but they did a great job with the trails, and we are super lucky to be out here.”

For U16 boys Zachari Moreau of St-Ferréol-les-Neiges (Mont Ste. Anne) had a comfortable win, with Luc Austin of Rossland (Blackjack) edging out Ottawa’s (Nakkertok) Owen Siderius for silver. Another Nakkertok skier, Ottawa’s Evan Rebane was 5th.

Results: https://zone4.ca/event/2024/plkLW8/

Day 3 of the Nationals kick off at 9:00, Tuesday with the Open category sprints, and Para-nordic interval start races. The U16/U18 racers will race under the lights, with the categories beginning at 16:30.

The organizers have modified the schedule based on forecast weather and compressed the week, with events now scheduled to finish on Thursday.

For more information, please contact:

French-language media:           Marie-Pier Pelletier-Millette media@engne.ca 819-593-1159
                                                Pierre Millette info@engne.ca 343-541-8162
English-language media:          Anton Scheier media@engne.ca 613-601-8257