NEW! National Development
Centre - Thunder Bay - 2013/14 Team Roster announced
The National Development Centre
– Thunder Bay (NDC) is pleased to announce that Timo Puiras has
been hired as our Head Coach for the 2013/2014 season and
24 Hour Relay Another Success!
The 16th Annual 24 Hour Relay, in support of the Lappe Nordic
Ski Club and the National Development Centre wrapped up Sunday
morning at 11am. This year’s event included the traditional 24
hour event, as well as new 6 and 12 hour events as well.
Twenty-eight teams took to the trails starting Saturday at 11 am
with many goals in mind. Participants skied on teams, in pairs,
and even alone. This year’s events brought many skiers from out
of town, including St.Paul, MN and Winnipeg, MB.
Special appreciation to Nordmin Engineering (www.nordmin.com)
for being a corporate sponsor of Brady Harkonen during the 24
hour relay. Brady raised the most funds for this event.
is the most recent athlete article written by first year team
member, Evan Palmer-Charrette entitled, "The
Legendary Sleeping Giant Loppet".
Once again the wonderful ski community of Thunder
Bay put on a great show and the NDC athletes were so happy to be
a part of this special event. For photos, results, and more
information on the loppet please
The team is currently en route to Callaghan
Valley, British Columbia for the 2013 National Championships
being held at Whistler Olympic Park, home of the 2010 Olympic
Winter Games. Canada's top cross county ski racers will descend
upon BC this week with over 700 athletes vying to be crowned
National Champion. The competition gets started this Saturday
with Team Sprints where NDC athletes will compete with members
of their home club or University in 2 person skate sprints.
Racing continues on Sunday with short distance skate races and
carries on throughout the week with multiple other races. For a
full event schedule
CLICK HERE. For the Nationals website please go to the
http://skinationals.com/2013/ Live results will be
It has been yet another exciting month for NDC-Thunder Bay.
The team kept the momentum rolling after placing 3 athletes onto
the Canadian World Junior/U23 Championship Team that went to
Czech Republic at the end of January. Some of the highlights
over the last month include Alannah MacLean reaching the top
step of the podium at the Duntroon Noram (just outside of
Collingwood, ON) in the 10km skate race; Julian Freitag claiming
a bronze medal at the Eastern Canadian Championships in Cantely,
QC in the Junior Men's classic sprint race.
New articles by:
Jack Carlyle -
Collingwood to Ottawa
Julian Freitag -
Eastern Canadian Championships
NDC athletes help kick off the Sleeping Giant
Loppet with a sprint demo -
NEW! Photos from the
Haywood NorAm, World Jr/U23 Trials and Ontario Cup junior and
Full results are at ZONE 4
Let the World Trials Begin
Ontario Trillium Foundation, local Provincial Legislative
Representatives, and Canada’s top young cross-country skiers
officially launch event.
Photos of the event by John Sims -
NEW! Be sure to read Nick
Monette's article entitled,
"First Races in the Books" - Enjoy!
Tribe and Shields Qualify for World Cups
December 4, 2012 - Canmore, AB - National Development
Centre-Thunder Bay (NDC) Cross Country ski athletes, Erin Tribe
and Andy Shields made their mark on the trails this past weekend
at the Haywood NorAm race series that took place at the Canmore
Nordic Centre located in Canmore, AB.
NDC Thunder Bay Team Introduced
Bay, November 15th, 2012) The National Development Centre (NDC)
Thunder Bay cross country ski team opened their “push” towards
the competitive season with their third annual team kick-off
event at one of the organization’s main sponsors - PUSH Fitness
The event showcased the talented athletes and
acknowledged the support of the team’s community sponsors. The
day was highlighted by an exciting roller-ski team sprint relay
race featuring NDC athletes. Each team represented NDC’s
platinum and gold level sponsors who are Fresh Air Experience
(platinum), RBC Royal Bank, CRC Communications, and the event
host, PUSH Fitness Centre. MORE...
Be sure to read Erin Tribe's latest article about
"Training in America's Dairy Land"
It has been another eventful and exciting summer for the NDC
crew! Starting out in July with the Pole walk for Guinness, the
Haig Glacier and Revelstoke training camp in August, followed by
the Southern Ontario Training Camp (an outreach project for the
team) at Hardwood Ski and Bike just outside of Barrie, ON that
just wrapped up last week.
The athletes are in the best shape of their
lives with their ultimate goal of the season to make the World
Junior and Under 23 Championship team and to also qualify for
the Canadian World Cup races taking place in Quebec and Canmore
this year. It's going to be another exciting year as the World
Junior and U23 Championship trials will take place right here in
Thunder Bay at the Lappe Nordic Ski Club from January 3rd-6th.
Please read the article entitled,
"Winged in the West" by 3rd year athlete, Dudley
Coulter where he shares his experience on the Haig Glacier and
Revelstoke Training Camp. A big thank-you to physiologist Rob
Rupf from Canadian Sports Centre-Ontario for making the trip out
to the Haig and helping the athletes be the best they can be.
Check out Erin Tribe's latest article on goal
setting - "Have you Ever had a Dream?" :
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Here is the latest athlete article written by Jimmy Gunka
where he shares his experiences on the 2012 LSSD training
camp that took place earlier this month in Thunder Bay. This
camp was hosted by the local Big Thunder Nordic Ski Club and the
NDC team acted as mentors and coaches for the up and coming
athletes - it was such a great outreach program for the team and
it was so nice to see all of the eager and happy participants.
Enjoy the read!
The team is now en-route to Canmore, Alberta for their first
on-snow training camp of the year. 11 athletes plus 2 coaches
packed up our newly purchased 2009 Chevy Express van as well as
our new trailer. Thank-you to Woody's Trailer World Ltd (www.woodystrailerworld.com)
for their great service, support and help! Once in Canmore,
the team will make their way to the Haig Glacier to ski on snow
and will be working hard and training at their best for the
upcoming ski season.
NDC-Thunder Bay Announces Assistant Coach
Thunder Bay, Ontario (June 22, 2012) - The National
Development Centre – Thunder Bay (NDC-Thunder Bay) is pleased to
announce that Victor Wiltmann will be the new Assistant Coach
for the 2012 -2013 season. Hailing from Parry Sound, ON. Victor
is a recent graduate from the University of Jyvaskyla, Finland
in Masters of Sport Science specializing in sprint starts. A
National level skier himself, Victor brings a depth of knowledge
to the sport in many areas including programming, physiology,
NDC-Thunder Bay is very pleased to have Victor on
board and is dedicated to fulfilling their vision of “embedding
a standard of high performance programming, service excellence,
and encompassing support that is second to none.”
New Article by Jordan Cascagnette
Here is the latest athlete article written by 2nd year
member, Jordan Cascagnette. Jordan reflects on the teams first
training camp of the season (entitled, "Boot Camp") as well as
the first month of training with the 2012/2013 team.
NDC-Thunder Bay has
officially started the 2012/2013 season!
Things got underway mid-May with the team's first
training camp entitled "Boot Camp" and Sunday capped off the
first official week of team training.
We are very pleased to announce that 11 athletes have been named
to this year's team and are very excited to welcome 2 new
athletes to the incredible ski community of Thunder Bay. Joining
9 returning athletes from last season are 2012 Junior National
Champion, Scott Hill, hailing from Toronto, ON as well as Bob
Thompson from Woodstock, ON who brings many medals from the
Canadian Junior Championships. At the helm of this talented team
is Head Coach Mark Doble from Barrie, ON.
Please click here for the official announcement from
Cross Country Canada.
NDC-Thunder Bay is also pleased to announce that Alannah MacLean
and Jack Carlyle have qualified for the 2012/2013 Junior
National Team based on their great performances from last season
- a huge congratulations to both of them!!
CLICK HERE to download the 2012/2013 team roster
We are very excited to get this season started and are looking
forward to another great year! Stay tuned for an athlete article
on the adventures of Boot Camp and the first week of training.