2019 Canadian Ski Nationals

    February 14, 2018

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    ÉNGNE to host 2019 Canadian Ski Nationals

    Cross Country Canada’s Events Committee is pleased to announce Évènements Nordiques Gatineau Nordic Events (ÉNGNE) will play host to the 2019 Canadian Ski Nationals at the Nakkertok Nordic Ski Centre in early March 2019.

    Local clubs including Skinouk, Chelsea Nordiq and Nakkertok have hosted highly successful NorAm Eastern Canadian Championships in the region over the last 14 seasons. For the last 6 years this has been a combined effort of the clubs at the Nakkertok Nordic Centre. ÉNGNE, which presently includes the 3 clubs and the Gatineau Loppet, organized the Opening stage of Ski Tour Canada 2016 World Cup, and are looking forward to again welcome skiers from across Canada to the friendly trails along the border between the City of Gatineau and the Municipality of Cantley, Quebec.

    “The Selection Committee was especially impressed with the evolution of the leadership group over the past few seasons,” said Dave Dyer, events director, Cross Country Canada. “ÉNGNE staged the first leg of Ski Tour Canada 2016 which included a dazzling Opening Ceremony and reception in the Canadian History Museum for the 23 visiting international teams. We are excited about bringing our national event to the National Capital Region on the eve of the World Cup Finals which will take place in Quebec City immediately after the Championship event.”

    Homologated to FIS standards, the trails at Nakkertok Nordic will provide a variety of options for both senior and junior skiers at the 92nd running of the National Championship event. “We’ve worked hard since 2011 on our trails to meet International standards so the skiers in the region can improve.” stated Dirk van Wijk, co-owner of the Nakkertok facility. With the addition of snow making capacity during the summer of 2016 we can now race earlier and later each season providing a real advantage to the skiers in our program. Tentative dates for the Championships are March 13 – 20, 2019.

    “ÉNGNE members are very proud and honoured to have been selected to host the 2019 Canadian Ski Nationals and will do everything needed to enhance the region’s reputation of hosting high quality cross-country events ,” said Claude Laramee, chair of the Local Organizing Committee.

    The National Capital Region last hosted the Canadian Junior Ski Nationals at Camp Fortune in 1995 prior to the two age group championships being combined in 1997.  In the interim, the National Capital Region has grown its skier population with the Nakkertok Club having won the Ski Nationals Aggregate crown for 8 straight seasons.  During the same period, the other local clubs have also produced top level national and international skiers.

    The 2018 Canadian Ski Nationals will be held at the Lappe Nordic Centre, between March 10 – 17, 2019 skinationals2018.com where team sprint competitions will lead off an action packed week of racing that includes a 2 day pursuit, sprints and the iconic 50 km, mass start marathon in classic technique.

    About CCC
    CCC is the governing body of cross-country skiing in Canada, which is the nation’s optimal winter sport and recreational activity with more than one million Canadians participating annually. Its 60,000 members include athletes, coaches, officials and skiers of all ages and abilities, including those on Canada’s National Ski Teams and Para-Nordic Ski Teams. With the support of its valued corporate partners – Haywood Securities Inc., AltaGas, Mackenzie Investments, Swix and Lanctôt Sports– along with the Government of Canada, Canadian Olympic Committee, Canadian Paralympic Committee, Own the Podium and B2Ten, CCC develops Olympic, Paralympic and world champions. For more information on CCC, please visit us at www.cccski.com

    About ÉNGNE
    ÉNGNE is a non-profit organisation incorporated in the province of Quebec founded by local cross country enthusiasts from three clubs and a race organisation (Chelsea Nordiq Ski Club, Nakkertok Nordic, Club Skinouk and the Gatineau Loppet are equal partners).

    ÉNGNE has as its Mission to organize, promote and host major events and competitions in the field of cross-country skiing and other related sports activities aimed at offering an enriching experience for all participants and fans, promoting the practice of amateur and competitive sport and a healthy lifestyle, as well as broadening the reputation of Gatineau and the National Capital Region as a sports and cultural destination of choice.

    For information contact:

    Dave Dyer,
    CCC Events Director
    613 297 9504

    or

    Claude Laramée
    Chair, 2019 National Championship Committee
    819 778 2933