WHSNSL ~ Wisconsin High School Nordic Ski League www.WHSNSL.Org
Wausau has the great opportunity to host the Junior Olympic Qualifiers 1k sprints for 2009-2013. This event is one of four qualifying races held in the Midwest for skiers who wish to qualify for the Midwest Junior National Ski Team. Top skiers from a six state region ages 14-19 compete to make the team. Other sites for the JOQs include Minneapolis, Houghton, and Ironwood.
John Hugus and his JOQ committee, including many Wausau Nordic Ski Club members, have been the impetus for the event coming to Wausau. They have been able to coordinate the services of the American Birkebeiner Foundation, Marathon County Park Department, and Greenwood Hills Country Club to make the Junior Olympic Qualifiers happen here in Wausau. The American Birkebeiner Foundation has provided a piston bully groomer and Bill Pierce, head groomer for the Birkie course, to assist in grooming for this specialized event, and, in return, Marathon County has provided their piston bully groomer for the American Birkebeiner in February. The quality of the grooming for each event is very professional. This is a great example of communities working together to make both these races happen without excess cost, using each other’s equipment and manpower, in difficult financial times. Greenwood Hills has provided their facilities, their water source for the snow making, and meals for the volunteers. Skiers were able to utilize their locker rooms, utilize the cart building for waxing skis, and purchase food in the clubhouse. Skiers and spectators utilized the golf course during the races, and there were many ski families who spent both Saturday and Sunday in the Wausau area for the races. High school and college students and teams from several states competed in both skate and classic races, in quarter finals, semi finals and finals.
Many of the Junior Olympic Qualifiers volunteers are club members who spend all or most of the two day event working on the course or in other capacities. There are many requirements that must be fulfilled to have these races be official qualifiers, and the volunteers are able to run a very professional event. I have been a runner for the past two years, running finish cards from the finish judges to the timers, posting results and heat orders, and running the heat orders to the starters and announcers. Being a small part of the team effort to make the JOQs happen has been a very rewarding experience, and I urge club members to volunteer their services for these races in 2011, 2012, and 2013. Watch for information on the Junior Olympic Qualifiers in December 2011!
if you are interesting in following the results, you can access through www.cxcskiing.org
Newman/Marawood Nordic Ski Team
The Newman/Marawood Nordic program is a co-op cross country ski team open to all area high school students in Marathon, Taylor and Lincoln Counties. No cross country skiing experience is necessary to join. This is a competitive skiing program.
The season runs from November through February, beginning with dryland training and occasionally traveling on weekends for early season practice on snow. Practices are five times a week and are typically held at Nine-Mile Recreation Area in the Town of Rib Mountain. Athletes traveling from outside the Wausau area are required to attend at least one team practice per week, workouts on other days may be done at a site closer to where the athlete resides. The team will travel throughout the state for competitions, culminating at the Wisconsin State Championships and for qualifying athletes at the Junior National Championships this year to be held in Fairbanks, AK.
Our team is fortunate to have access to a modest amount of ski equipment donated to Newman Catholic Schools as well as a small amount of equipment loaned to the team from coaches and other kind and generous individuals. As the mission of our team is to keep the sport affordable and accessible to all students and to help athletes meet their performance potential and goals, our team hopes to continue to assist skiers with their entry into the sport by providing equipment (in particular, skis and poles) for new skiers to help reduce the barriers for entry and thereby increase participation in this lifelong sport. The team will try to fit athletes with as much equipment as possible. For equipment needs that the team cannot meet, we encourage athletes to shop for used equipment available at the Wausau Nordic Ski Club ski swap held in the beginning of November. As there are a number of consumable supplies used throughout the season (waxes, etc.), a modest user fee will be assessed each athlete due at the sign up meeting in October. Athletes will be responsible for all travel costs and race registration fees.Whenever possible, we encourage families to carpool to various meet and practice locations.
This year’s organizational meeting to be held October 28th at 7:00 p.m. at Wenzel gallery.Call Sally Wenzel at 715-687-3450 to register your attendance at the informational meeting and to have any questions answered.
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