Adopt-a-skier is back!

The popularity of this blog has allowed me to advance some causes which I feel passionate about, so I’m very happy to announce that and Lifesport have teamed up to assist a promising young ski racer. Two winters ago we adopted Molly-Jane Strum and followed her skiing exploits through the winter of 2010 – 2011. She delighted us each month with a detailed report of her skiing activities. I continue to notice her name at, or near the top of the results whenever she races.

This winter we will be following the exploits of Junior skier Joelle Sevigny:

Hi, I’m Joëlle Sevigny, sixteen years old and I am presently on the Alberta Ski Team. For the last 4 years I have been training with Foothills Nordic Ski Club. The club is located in Calgaryand since I live in Canmore, I train with them during the weekends with Eric Groeneveld and Fraser Mills-Connery as my coaches. Throughout the week I train with my father, training with him is always very interesting. We always try to have fun and talk about funny things that have happened in our week. Altogether, while following the training, I have a good time and I stay healthy.

Some races I enjoyed last year, was the Reino Keski Salmi Loppet in Salmon Arm. The trails are located in Larch Hills and it was a great scenery change from my usual training ground. I did 18 km classic, one of the longest distances I’ve ever done and surprisingly, I didn’t see the time go by. I ended up first in the girls 14-17 category. Another race I had a lot of fun, was in the Lake Louiseto Banff Loppet where my dad and I teamed up for the 71 km race. We finished second overall, beating the time record for the fastest team ever. I usually have my best races in loppets because I don’t feel pressured to perform as much and I can just relax.

However, NorAm’s and Alberta Cups are important and last year, with all the colds I had, I still managed to have some good results. Some of my best results were at the NorAm inVernon, where I finished third in the 1km classic sprints and third in the 5 km classic, as well as the NorAm in Rossland where I finished second in the 5 km skate.

This year hopefully my immune system has improved and I will be able to attend more races. The first one should be Alberta Cup 1 and 2 in Canmore on December 1 and 2. I should be participating in all the Alberta Cups this season as well as the NorAm inVernon. As always I will also try to incorporate some loppets in my race schedule. I am also already getting excited for Nationals in Whistler, somewhere I have never skied before. Should be interesting! I invite you to follow my racing season as a junior through

It’s a huge financial and time commitment for the parents of an aspiring ski racer. Between and Lifesport, our contribution is small compared to that of Joelle’s family, but I hope it will give her encouragement and motivation.

I will be eagerly anticipating the monthly updates. Good luck, Joelle!

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