St. Anthony hosts ski provincials

Blow Me Down Club wins Gord Brewer Memorial Trophy


Published on April 11, 2017

Angela Cronhelm of St. Anthony and Emma Taylor of St. John’s raise their arms in celebration. Angela finished first and Emma finished second in both the Junior Boy/Girl 1999 & 2000 Female 5km Classic and the Junior Boy/Girl 1999 & 2000 Female 7.5km Freestyle.

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The Aurora Nordic Ski Club played host to Newfoundland and Labrador’s best and brightest skiers for the NL Cup 5 Provincials on April 8-9.

Clubs from across the province – from St. John’s to Labrador City – were represented in the competition. And skiers of every age – from two to 70 – took part.

This year, the Blow Me Down Cross Country Ski Club, with a number of their skiers standing at the top of the podium at the end of the weekend, finished first in points out of all the clubs, thus taking home the top prize of the Gord Brewer Memorial Trophy.

Meanwhile, as a host, St. Anthony was up to the task.

While at first it appeared the weather could be an issue, conditions turned out to be almost ideal.

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Katie Rumbolt of St. Anthony glides forward in the Senior Womens 1996 and older 7.5km Classic. She received gold in that category and in the Senior Men/Women 1996-1987 Female 10km Freestyle.

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And they’re off. The midget and mini-midget skiers at the start of the 2.5km Freestyle on Sunday morning.

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L to r: Claire St. Croix of Stephenville (bronze), Hilary Pilgrim of St. Anthony (gold), and Kristen Morawski (Gander) were the podium finishers in the Juvenile Girl 2001 & 2002 5km Freestyle. In the Juvenile Girl 2001 & 2002 5km Classic, Hilary won gold and Claire won silver. Kristen finished fourth in that race.

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L to r: Basia Krupski of St. Anthony (bronze), Jillian Coates of Clarenville (gold), and Jenna Coombs of St. Anthony (silver) finished on the podium in the Mini Midget 2005 and 2006 Female 2.5km Freestyle. Jillian and Basia also won gold and bronze in the Mini Midget 2005 and 2006 Female 1.5km Classic the previous day. Jenna did not participate in that race.

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Alyson Thomas of L’Anse-au-Clair pushes towards the finish line in the Juvenile Girl 2001 & 2002 5 km Freestyle. She finished fourth in that competition. Alyson won the bronze in the Juvenile 2001 & 2002 5km Classic the previous day.

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L to r: Kaitlyn Hughes of St. Anthony (bronze), Kailey Tucker of St. Anthony (gold), and Jocelyn Coates (silver) finished on the podium in the Peewees 2007 & 2008 Female 1.5km Freestyle. Jocelyn won gold and Kailey won silver in the Peewees 2007 & 2008 female 1.5km Classic the previous day as well. Kaitlyn did not participate in that race.

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The Blow Me Down Cross Country Ski Club out of Corner Brook accumulated the most points of any club at the event, thus winning the Gord Brewer Memorial Trophy.

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James Merrigan of the Blow Me Down club in Corner Brook rests after completing the 10km Freestyle, where he finished with the best overall time on Sunday. Merrigan won Gold in the Masters 2 Age 40-49 Male 10km Freestyle and in the Masters 2 Age 40-49 Male 10km Classic.

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Skiing legend Alf Parsons of Labrador City showed that he still has it, as he finished with the best overall time in the 10km Classic. He won gold in the Masters 4 Age 60 Male 10km Classic and in the Masters 4 Age 60 Male 10km Freestyle.

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Both days were cloudy and there was a three-hour delay Saturday morning due to rain. But temperatures remained above freezing – as high as seven degrees at one point on Sunday – and once the event was underway, it was executed without interruption.

“The weather was very apprehensive at the start with all the rain,” said Cross Country NL president Gerry Rideout of Labrador City, also the oldest skier participating in the event at age 70. “But for the conditions they had to work with on the trail, they really brought it around and did a great job on the trail. It was excellent yesterday and excellent today. They really know what they’re doing.”

Rideout also wished to compliment the Aurora Nordic Ski Club on a job well done.

 “It’s been an excellent event,” he said. “It’s organized really great and the trails are beautiful. The people are really friendly and there’s really a party mood around the stadium.

“It’s always a pleasure to come here.”

On Zone4.ca, Saturday results can be viewed by clicking 2017 NL Provincials NL Cup #5 and Sunday results can be viewed by clicking 2017 Provincials NL Cup #5 Freestyle.

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