Wostawea News - February 14, 2018

Great Loppet on Sunday - another record breaking event for us, over 140 participants. Snow conditions are great, days are getting longer, best time of the year for skiing :)

Wostawea Loppet – More than 140 skiers took part in the 2018 Wostawea Loppet on Sunday February 11 on the Killarney Lake Trails. A big thank you to everyone who came out and to all the volunteers that made it happen! If it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a small army to organize a loppet. Thanks go out to Michel Poirier as the lead organizer, David Cameron, Nick Russon, Rob Hughes, Sébastien Boudreau, Erik Mooers, Eric Hadley, Donald Wright, Chris Carson, John Ball, Margaret Wicken, Steve Heard, Andrew Buzzell, Robert Morimanno, Felix Schwarz, Peter Toner, Dan Crouse, Kaj “Grasshopper” Jones, Robertson Crouse, Pierre Boucher,  Two students from the Maritime College of Forest Technology ( Keylen and Brennen), Kerry-Lee Powell, Taeyon Kim, Barb Ramsay and Peta Fussell. Finally, a shout out to our good friends at the Radical Edge for their generosity, and to the City of Fredericton for maintaining the trails, grooming them beautifully, and lending us their snowmobile on the day. Many thanks to all of you for sharing your time and talents and for making this year’s Wostawea loppet such a success. We couldn’t have done it without you! Here are the preliminary results. Please advise by end of day Thursday February 15 via the Contact page on the website if there are any issues with the results. After that, they will be posted on zone4.ca. 

Wostawea Racing Team Updates - Three Wostaweans joined the New Brunswick team at the Eastern Canadian Championships from February 2-4, an event which brought together more than 800 skiers representing 80 Canadian clubs, 10 US clubs, 10 Provinces/Territories and 12 universities. Mattea McNair and Jack Toner had three excellent races in the Midget category while Charlotte Toner guided para-athlete Céline Kavanaugh to win three silver medals. Here is an article in L'Acadie Nouvelle featuring the NB team's performance. Well done to all three Wostaweans! 

This weekend, five Wostaweans (Katie Bower, Mikaya Hoyt-Hogan, Madeleine Horsley, Mattea McNair and Jack Toner) along with Eric Luiker (who has been invited to be head coach) will be part of the NB Provincial Team heading to Joliette for the Noram Midget Championships. Good luck Wostawea and good luck Equipe New Brunswick. 

Sunday Ski Tour – Sunday, February 18th: 1:30pm – 3:30pm – Slippery Mitten Nature Preserve, Crabbe Mountain – A warm fire and tasty treats await you at Party Korner! Come and explore the trails and make new friends in this amazing Nature Preserve. All ages and abilities are welcome, and rental gear is available at Crabbe Mountain for those who need it. Meet at entrance B to the Slippery Mitten Trails. See this map for directions to the trails which are approximately a 40 minute drive from Fredericton. Please bring your own water and hot chocolate. 

Senior Ski – The seniors ski will take place this Thursday February 15 at the Killarney trails, from 1:30 – 4 pm.  Meet downstairs in the lodge at 1:30. Please bring your own cup/mug for a hot drink afterwards. We are looking for two more volunteers to ski with one of the groups for the next three or four Thursday afternoons. Please contact Margaret at 474-1608 if you would like to help.

Lunar Ski events - Join us for a Lunar Ski tour on the Killarney Lake Trails at 7pm on Thursday February 15, 2018. Meet at the Rotary Lodge at Killarney Lake, 1600 St. Mary's Street, Fredericton. There are some headlamps available, bring your own if you have one. For more information contact David Palmer rivroute@nb.sympatico.ca

Wostawea Youth and Adult ski programsBunnies/Jackrabbits/Track Attackers: Regular lessons at Killarney Lake –Saturday - Start at 10 am, be there 15 minutes early to get ready for your lessons. Adults: lessons: Saturday 10 AM – regular lessons

Wostawea Registration: We are at 707 members – a new record! For those that have not registered, now is the time: https://zone4.ca/register.asp?id=16523&lan=1&cartlevel=1 

Other news: Good Luck Team Canada at the Olympics in Pyeongchang, Korea. No medals yet, but I am feeling confident that Alex will pull through with at least 1 medal over the next week. 

Here is the Cross Country Ski Schedule https://www.olympic.org/pyeongchang-2018/results/en/cross-country-skiing/daily-schedule.htm 

Lost Wostawea Jacket: If you have lost a XL Wostawea jacket, one was picked up on Sunday after the loppet. Please contact Peta Fussell on 440-8550 to arrange for pick-up.