Arrow Lakes News
January 11 marked the first Nancy Green racers practice at Summit Lake Ski Hill for 28 registered racers and their coaches. The young athletes practiced in small groups based on age and skill and worked on developing the necessary skills to challenge themselves in Slalom and Giant Slalom style races.
Nancy Green is a club model through which the Naksup team, Summit Lake Racers, practice every Sunday to prepare for their season of travel to other satellite ski hills to participate in club races.
This year’s racing groups will be coached by returning veterans of the organization, Darryl Katchen, Kristy Cameron, Colman Mackintosh and Troy Clark. Also stepping up to coach are three high school students (and former Summit Lake Racer participants) who have gone out of their way to complete the necessary training to coach young athletes. Angus Jackson, Taylor Aeichele and Lindsay Cann each completed their Level 1 coach course and are now certified through the Canadian Ski Coaches Federation. The addition of the young coaches allowed the Nancy Green club to organize smaller teams with more focused instruction which also translated into more time on the snow during their first practice.
Summit Lake Racer organizer and coach, Troy Clark, is excited to see young racers return to volunteer and give a little back to the organization.
“It is simply amazing,” Clark explained. “Thankfully some of our former racers really came through for us and filled the coaching gap allowing us to meet the need for coaches this year and we can continue to offer the same high level training for all of our athletes.”
The Summit Lake Racers is a volunteer driven club that relies on parent involvement to maintain the existence of ski club racing at Summit Lake Ski Hill.
“The more involved I became with the club” Clark reflects, “the more I realized how many dedicated volunteers it takes to run our program and how many families over the years have committed countless hours to keep our club going and progress the program to the level it is today.”
The first competition for the Summit Lake Ski Racers will take place January 18 at Whitewater ski hill, just outside of Nelson.