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Skiing coast to coast

Strathcona Nordics racer Avalon Wasteneys crosses the finish line at the Haywood Ski Nationals in Newfoundland.  - Contributed
Strathcona Nordics racer Avalon Wasteneys crosses the finish line at the Haywood Ski Nationals in Newfoundland.
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Three Strathcona Nordics members recently returned from the Cross-Country Ski Nationals in Corner Brook, Newfoundland.

Alec Stapff, Avalon Wasteneys, and Coach Dave Battison enjoyed a stellar trip in spite of very challenging weather conditions and being very far from home.

The three took part in Nationals as members of the BC Ski Team, and Wasteneys brought some hardware home to the Vancouver Island, including a silver medal for the aggregate Junior Girls 1 division.

Coach Dave Battison said, “The weather was some of the hardest conditions I have ever seen in 25 years of nationals.

“We had every kind of weather - snow, rain, sleet, high winds, ice, freezing temperatures – sometimes all in the same day.”

Stapff had some great races at the beginning of the week.

Wasteneys finished second place overall at Nationals and took a bronze medal on the national podium in the classic technique distance event.

Coach Battison says, “Avalon is one of the country’s up and coming racers.

“I was extremely proud to see her achieve so much. Avalon continues to improve every year.”

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