Thursday, March 17, 2016

Ontario Masters March News

The Bruce Ski Club hosted the 2016 Ontario Masters Championships at their Sawmill Nordic Centre trails on January 29 , 30, and 31. Ski conditions where excellent that weekend. The venue consisted of an 11 km skate on Friday with 23 participants, a 22 km skate on Saturday with 29 participants and a 22 km classic on Sunday with 31 participants. Overall the events had 54 participants, 22 of who where local club members. During the event a group of volunteers took pictures over the 3 day event. These pictures can be accessed by going to the following website:
Race results for the event can be viewed on Zone 4
On behalf of the Bruce Ski Club we thank all who participated and volunteered.

The following Ontario skiers participated in the Masters World Cup from Feb 4 – 12, 2016.
Maureen Bretz Allan Magi Wendy Grater Katja Mathys Ken Hawthorn
Unfortunately, Kit Pizzey had an injury prior to the event, which meant that she and Len could not travel to Finland and compete. Joseph Kryger also had a knee injury which kept him from competing, but he travelled to Finland and was support for the team.
The rest of us had a great time. Conditions were much warmer than expected, but the organizers did a great job in ensuring the trails were in good shape for all the races. You can see results on the website

We have had a drop from 103 members last season to 93 this year. At first glance, this number does not seem excessive when we compare the quality of the ski conditions between last year and this season. However on further analysis, at this year’s Ontario Masters Championships we had 19 new members joining our association for the first time. In addition, there were another 5 skiers who competed at Hepworth who had not been members for 2 or more years. It is troubling that 43 of our 2014-15 members did not rejoin this year.
We thank our members for the purchase of 47 ski draw tickets and donations of $245.00. The ski draw is an undertaking of the Canadian Masters Cross Country Ski Association. We expect the draw will take place later this month and we will announce the winner in the next newsletter.
We welcome the following 19 new members, hope they had a great time at the Ontario Masters
Championships and look forward to seeing them at events next season.

March, 2016
Mark Avery Lloyd Lewis Keith Day
Jenna MacLellan Don Eby Michael Marriott
Gordon Edwards Brendan Mulroy Laurie Fox
Matt Nelson William Gray Glenn Orton
Robert Groh Colleen Purdon Shirley Holmes
Fred Schlenker Andrew Howlett Jennifer Wardell
Trevor Humphries
In addition, it was good to see the following 5 skiers competing at Hepworth after missing a few years.
Joachim Ostertag John Sexton Laura Robinson
Kim Wagner Steve Sauder
Since our last newsletter, membership renewals have been received from the following long time members.
Mike Campbell Tom Lobsinger Mary-Anne Church
Ian MacQueen Doug Craine Claude Marchand
Mike Dyon Catherine Penny Ken Hawthorn
Brian Rogers Chris & Mike Huet Risto Santala
Les Humphreys Boleslaw Szramek Sue & Stan Kaczmarek
Woody Woods
Please find attached the interim results for the Loppet Points Series for 2016. Please note the following events are still to take place:
Sat. Mar. 12 - Leprechaun Loppet - Highlands Nordic - classic -20k
Sun. Mar. 13 - Porcupine Ski Runners Loppet - classic 17k or skate 23k

We are looking for bids for the Ontario Masters Championships for 2017. The format will revert to the ‘old’ style:
Friday 10 km classic
Saturday Choice of 20 km Classic or 20 km Skate
Sunday 10 km skate
This decision was made at the AGM at the Ontario Masters in 2016.
The date of the Ontario Masters cannot conflict with either Canadian Masters (Feb 12 – 18 in Charlo, New Brunswick) or the World Masters (March 3 – 11, 2017).
If your club or facility is interested in hosting the Ontario Masters for 2017, please have them contact
Russ Evans or Wendy Grater for further information.

The Canadian Masters will be in Charlo, New Brunswick, from Feb 12 – 18, 2017. Charlo is blessed with abundant snow and has a very active ski club to host the event. It promises to be a super opportunity to ski on some wonderful trails. The bid and details are attached here. There is information on accommodation, travel and the anticipated schedule. Circle Feb 12 – 18 on your calendar for a great time!

The 2017 MWC will be in Klosters, Switzerland, from March 3 – 11. You can see details, schedules and other information on their website Our National Director, Bruce LeGrow, has already reserved a bank of rooms at the Silvretta Hotel. This hotel is centrally located, within walking distance of the stadium area. Canada has 25 double rooms reserved. Please contact Bruce LeGrow to reserve your space! Attached you will find more information on this accommodation.

For the past number of years, Russ Evans and Wendy Grater have shared the responsibility of the post of Ontario representatives to the Canadian Masters Assocation. Russ’ role is membership, finance and the Loppet Point Series, and Wendy’s role is newsletter and promotion.
At this stage, either now or in the next year or so, we are looking to hand over the reins to new, energetic folks. If you are interested in assuming any, or part of these roles, please contact either Russ or Wendy.
We could have someone for any or all of:
- membership & registrations
- Loppet Point series and tabulations
- Newsletter
- Promotion
Please note that Glenn Meeuwisse kindly volunteers to update our Ontario Masters website – thank you!

The Ontario Masters XC Association is for mature skiers who want to have fun taking part in
recreational and competitive x-c sking. We would like to know what we can do to improve our
organization! If you have realistic, constructive comments or suggestions, please let us know!

This 5 day XC Ski Dryland program at Nipika Mountain Resort is for masters skiers who are interested in learning to train specifically for XC ski racing or loppet skiing. Skills of roller skiing, ski striding, strength training, building annual plans, yoga, trail running and mountain biking will all be presented.
Current Canadian/Ontario Masters Ski Association memberships [$20.00] are required.
Included: 4 nights accommodation at Nipika Mountain Resort, 4 days training, meals, group equipment
Date: Wed. Sept 21 – Sun. Sept 25, 2016-03-13
Cost: $950.00 per person, plus tax / optional transportation from Calgary Airport @ $125 each way.
To Register: Nipika or Wendy Grater

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