Chasing Excellence: in the Classroom and on the Ski Trails

Chasing Excellence: in the Classroom and on the Ski Trails

School, refuting the claim of shock rocker Alice Cooper’s anthem of the early ‘70s, is never out, at least for Emily Nishikawa. And won’t be, at least not for the next three decades or so. “Awesome,’’ is the way 11-year member of Canada’s national women’s cross-country team describes the beginning of her first full year teaching Grade 2 students at Golden Horn Elementary School in Whitehorse, Yukon. “I’m loving it. “I’ve known this is what I wanted to do for a...
The Essence of Cross-Country Skiing: A Welcoming Community for All to Enjoy Fun, Fitness and Health

The Essence of Cross-Country Skiing: A Welcoming Community for All to Enjoy Fun, Fitness and Health

The sport has given much to Roy Strum. And he, in turn, to it.   “I love  skiing,’’ says the Calgary elementary school principal. “It’s something I do.  “I started off racing as a young person. I’m in my 50s now. I’ve got that kind of a background. When there was an Alberta College Athletic Conference, I was cross-country ski champion when I was going to school in Red Deer. Skiing is something that’s a part of me; is a part of my life.”  Strum has segued from...
Athletes Transitioning to Coaching – Sharing Wisdom and Celebrating Breakthroughs on the Side of the Trail

Athletes Transitioning to Coaching – Sharing Wisdom and Celebrating Breakthroughs on the Side of the Trail

Quite understandably, after missing out on Pyeonchang 2018 and the culmination of a lifelong dream by nothing more than a whisper, a heartbeat – one slender second – Maya MacIsaac-Jones’ high beams are locked in on one thing. On February, 2022. On the Kuyangshu Nordic and Biathlon Centre and the XXIV Olympic Winter Games. “At the moment,’’ she acknowledges, “my racing is for sure my first priority. “Beijing is something I’m obviously so very...
A Nod to Nordiq Canada’s Coaching Community: #ThanksCoach

A Nod to Nordiq Canada’s Coaching Community: #ThanksCoach

“It’s what you learn after you know it all that counts.”         — John Wooden   The legendary Wizard of Westwood, the man who piloted the UCLA Bruins to 10 NCAA men’s basketball championships in a dozen years, remains an iconic figure, cutting across eras and sporting disciplines. Wooden’s message of willingness to always consider new ideas, no matter how experienced or how successful or how revered someone may be, that ability to adjust and implement,...
And the 2021 Award Winners Are…

And the 2021 Award Winners Are…

After more than 30 years of involvement in the cross-country ski scene, Claude Laramée has never expected any hoopla. Fittingly, that’s exactly what he got. “When you do volunteer work, you don’t do it with the goal of getting recognition,” pointed out Laramée. “You do it with passion, in my case passion towards cross-country skiing. It’s out of the blue. Not expected. Didn’t see it coming. “I got the phone call … I was wondering why is he calling me? So I was...