Update from Joelle

This blog has teamed up with Lifesport to offer support for a promising young ski racer, Joelle Sevigny. Here’s her second report of the season:

The racing season has officially started! This past weekend was Alberta Cup 1 and 2 in Canmore, which were also part of the Haywood NorAm Series. It was the first race of the year for me and I went there not expecting much. However, I did very well for my first time racing in the Junior Girl category and placed second in the 5 km skate mass start as well as second in the 5 km classic interval start. I guess all those kilometres in Lake Louise I have been doing in the past month are paying off!

It takes some encouragement from dad to climb those steep hills

The races this weekend were pretty hard as they were located on the World Cup courses. The race format changed a bit from when I was a Juvenile; I now go further and I have more hills. Nevertheless, I wasn’t the only one moving up to Junior Girls and all of us in this category were very supportive of each other. I can’t say I felt super racing on that hilly course but I didn’t feel awful either. However, now that I’ve survived this weekend, I think I’m ready for anything else they will throw at me this season.

Alberta Cup Junior Girls race at the Canmore Nordic Centre

Great thanks to Bob Truman, Norm at Lifesport  and to Swix. With the new wax I was generously given, I had amazing fast skis and was flying down those crazy hills at the Nordic Centre! I also felt pretty fashionable in my new Swix race suit and Craft warm-up jacket.

Coming up next is the 2nd Haywood NorAm competitions in Sovereign Lake, Vernon. I will be leaving Wednesday with the rest of my teammates from Foothills Nordic. We are staying up there for about a week where we will also enjoy the superb trail system of Silverstar.

In the meantime I will continue to have fun, train hard and stay healthy!

Joelle Sevigny

You can see the full results of Joelle’s races Sunday Classic and Saturday skate

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