2019/2020 Youth Program Preview

President’s Message:
Summer is in full swing, but with the shortening days and declining mosquito levels we invite you to take a moment to start thinking about the upcoming season. Below is what you need to know about registration for the fall and winter programs along with a few club news items:
● Many thanks to Ken Campbell who is retiring from his role as Coordinator for both the Youth program and Race Team after many years of service to the club. We wish him well on his new adventures!
● Last year the club provided ski equipment rentals to over 50 families. The club is committed to updating and maintaining the youth rental fleet with $16,000 budgeted for new skis and ski equipment this year and further investments to come.
● This fall Waterloo Region will be recognizing the club for 35 years of service. Here’s to many more.
Enjoy your summer adventures,
Oliver Conway-White

WRNSC 2019-2020 Youth Program Preview
Bunny and Jackrabbit Program
● Aimed at ages 4-9
● Some 9 year olds may move up to TA Junior
Leader: Thiago Bartolomei
Contact: thiagobart@gmail.com
Track Attack Program (Junior)
● Aimed at ages 9 to 13, with some individual discretion possible
● For Jackrabbit Program Graduates or
● For Track Attack Beginner Graduates or
● For previous Track Attack Juniors
Leader: Stephan Latour
Contact: stephanlatour@hotmail.com
Track Attack Program (Senior) and Racing Program
● Aimed at ages 13 or older, with some individual discretion possible
● For Track Attack Junior Graduates or
● For individuals keen to enter racing at the highschool or club level
Leader: Scott Dowling
Contact: rscottdowling@gmail.com

Fall Dates
● Online Registration to open in early September, following an email notification
● Track Attack Junior & Track Attack Senior/Racing start Sunday September 15 from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m.
● Track Attack Junior & Track Attack Senior/Racing meet for dryland training and games Sundays from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m and Tuesdays 6:30-7:30 p.m. throughout the fall
● Fall training locations: Predominantly at Bechtel Park, but also at Schneiders’ Bush and other locations
● Equipment day at the end of October, once the new equipment arrives

Bechtel Park Snowfencing Worker Bees Needed

The finale of the season involves removing the snowfencing at Bechtel Park which has permitted us to make the customary loop. Please consider contributing some of your time and muscle.

Place: Bechtel Park
Time: Saturday, April 6 at 9:00 am, for perhaps 1.5 hours
Attire: Weather appropriate clothing but make it old as stakes have mud on them
Accessories: Bring gloves and pliers for clipping off the plastic ties.

Annual General Meeting

WRNSC’s AGM will be held at RIM Park on Wednesday, May 22 at 6:30pm.

If you are interested in volunteering to be on the club’s board of directors, please contact info@wrnsc.ca

6:30 to 7pm: Dinner of pizza and salads. Please bring your own water bottle (drink).
7pm: Meeting, including reports and elections

Room: 104
Agenda will be emailed closer to the date

May 21 update — Draft agenda:

  1. Approval of agenda
  2. Approval of minutes from last AGM
  3. Reports
       – President’s report
       – Presentation and approval of financial statements
       – Equipment rentals
       – Youth programs
       – Adult programs
       – Bechtel Park
      –  Start up at Rockway Golf Club
  4. Board Elections

Followed by first meeting of new board.

Year End Banquet (Includes equipment return, potluck and awards)

The banquet and ski rental return will be held Sunday, March 24 at Camp Heidelberg (2001 Kressler Road, Woolwich).

4 to 5pm: Equipment return, set up dining room and socialize
5 to 5:45pm: Potluck dinner – Bring your utensils, china and table cloth. Bring a home cooked dish (soups, salads, main course, desserts – no peanuts please)
5:45 to 6:30pm: Awards – All bunnyrabbit and jackrabbit skiers will receive their skill awards and badges. We will also reveal the winners of the Jackrabbit Johannsen, Adult Learn-to-Ski, Adult Racer, Junior Racer, Kitchener Sports Association and WCSSAA awards.

Ski Jamboree to celebrate World Snow Day (Jan 20)

When: January 20, 2019 from 10:30am to 3pm

Where: Highlands Nordic – Duntroon


Cost: $14 trail pass, $14 classic ski rental

The SOD is looking for volunteers that can run some of the planned events – those volunteers that sign up will get their trail passes waived.


Southern Ontario District’s new project: SKI, LEARN and EXPLORE

Some of the SOD races will be accompanied by free ski lessons, both skate and classic. This year they are offering lessons in two locations. More info will be posted on the SOD website and free registration on www.zone4.ca will be open shortly.

• Skate Lesson – January 26, Orangeville, at 1:00pm, 1-hour lesson for 8-10yr old and 15 and up intermediate recreational skiers

• Classic Lesson – January 6, Midland, at 1:00pm, 1-hour lesson for 8-10yr old and 15 and up intermediate recreational skiers

Main goals of this project are:

1. Target Track Attack (8-10 yr old) skiers from SOD clubs and recreational skiers/ non-competitive skiers (15 yr and up) in the SOD area
2. Give recreational skiers a chance to improve their skiing for free
3. Promote the SOD series
4. Explore xc ski areas/locations in the SOD region
5. Meeting other TA skiers from other clubs
6. Improve coaching cooperation between the SOD clubs

13th Annual Ski Trip to Highlands Nordic – Saturday, January 19

Please note – Two changes compared to previous years:

  1. The trip will be one week earlier than usual, on January 19; registration and payment deadline is January 4th.
  2. We have reserved a 32-passenger activity coach instead of a 54-passenger motor coach, but we will be able to upgrade to a motor coach if we know early enough that we have more participants. So, please, register early!

The 13th annual ski trip to Highlands Nordic (http://www.highlandsnordic.on.ca/), courtesy of the WRNSC and the Grand Valley Trails Association, will be on Saturday, January 19, 2019. Travel will be aboard a comfortable Ayr’s activity coach, which offers the same amenities as the big coaches, but has no washroom.

Highlands is a great family destination, with 24 km of impeccably groomed trails for classic and skate skiing. Novice to expert skiers will find a trail to match their abilities. For a different pace, there’s also 7 km of snowshoe trails and a toboggan hill (bring your own toboggan, but no GT Racers or stand-on sleds). The ski centre also provides ski equipment rentals (both classic and skate), pro and service shops (they’ll even wax your skis), change rooms, waxing facilities and a full service cafeteria that offers hot soup and sandwiches, hot and cold drinks and fresh baked goods.

Trip cost includes bus fare and ski trail fee. The fee is non-refundable, unless the trip is cancelled. Advance registration is required. Registration and payment deadline is Friday, January 4th.

Fee for WRNSC members: Adults – $40; Children over 6 and Youths (18 and under) – $25; Children 6 and under – $12. Non-member fees: Adult and junior – $48; children 7 and under – $32.

To reserve your seats, contact Edith at rogerb@golden.net, indicating the number of participants, with their names, age group, contact phone # and e-mail address.

Make your cheque payable to the Waterloo Region Nordic Sports Club, and mail it to: WRNSC, P.O. Box 40031, Waterloo, ON  N2J 4V1. Please include the number of participants, with their names, age group, contact phone # and e-mail address.

Skiers will be picked up in Waterloo, at Conestoga Mall. ­Please arrive before 8:00 am. Park vehicles at the south-west corner of the mall, south of The Bay. Please park as far away from the building as possible.

The approximate arrival time back to K-W is 5 to 6 pm (dependent on road/weather conditions).

Snowfencing volunteers needed – Saturday, November 17

The ski club needs your help to prepare for the upcoming season and invites you to install the strategically placed snowfencing at Bechtel Park.

Date: Saturday, November 17

Time: 9 am to 12pm (You can commit as much time as you please in this window of opportunity)

Where: Bechtel Park, Soccer Complex

Wear weather appropriate clothing, safety boots (if you have them), and gloves as you handle metal stakes.