Kimberley hosts Teck Dry Land Camp for Kootenay cross-country skiers – Kimberley Daily Bulletin
Last week, cross-country athletes and coaches from across the East and West Kootenays, as well as Canmore and Calgary, gathered in Kimberley for the annual Teck Fall Dryland Camp.
Frank Ackermann, from Kimberley, has been involved in cross-country skiing for many years and he says the event has grown in importance over the years, which he says reflects both the growth of cross-country skiing background as a sport for young people, as well as the excellent training opportunities on dry land that Kimberley offers.
He reports that this camp had 91 participants, ages 8 to 17, and 20 coaches, by far the largest camp Kimberley has ever held.
The weather was perfect.
The camp began Friday with a National Day for Truth and Reconciliation recognition, which included a recognition of the land, wearing orange shirts and viewing the Ktunaxa creation story. Over the 3 days of training, the skiers participated in many different activities: core exercises and stretching, ski walking to the top of the ski hill, classic roller skiing and skating (including epic uphill time trial for older kids), a roller ski agility course, orienteering, bodyweight strength training, trail running and road biking. The Teck-sponsored pink t-shirts caused a stir all over town.
“This year’s camp was unique as the weekend coincided with the Alberta World Cup Academy Ski Team and the Canmore Nordic Ski Club each hosting concurrent camps in Kimberley . Senior athletes from the Academy team joined our senior kids for an afternoon of Ultimate Frisbee, while Nordic skiers from Canmore split between the agility course and the cross-country. show. This collaborative effort really made the weekend a ski training “festival” for our young athletes.
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