Do you want to know who to cheer for at the upcoming Winter Games? There are six amazing Cariboo Ski Touring Club athletes who have qualified for the BC Winter Games and each is representing Zone 8 in Biathlon and Cross Country Skiing.
Each of these 13-14 year olds has not only been skiing for many years, but has been training weekends and evenings through the ski season and in the off-season. You will see them most Saturdays, Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursday nights skiing drills and kilometers at Hallis Lake to improve their skills, endurance, strength and technique. Their coaches wanted to introduce the athletes to you (in alphabetical order):
Carter Bohme, 14, Cross Country Skiing (skate and classic technique)
When Carter thinks of skiing, he thinks of the great things like having Yuji as a coach this year. He keeps cross country skiing to stay fit for other sports like track and field and has been doing it since he was five. He has been training hard since he learned he qualified for BC Winter Games and has focused on dryland training and cross-country ski training with the team. Having friends to goof around with and talk to keeps him loving the sport and he is excited they will be at the winter games too. He loves competing and, ultimately, Carter’s goal for the BC Winter Games is much like most of his ski races: to have both his skis and his poles at the end of the race!
Hayden Booth, 13, Biathlon
Hayden has been skiing for eight years and switched his focus to Biathlon two years ago. He said he loves exercise and competition but especially loves to win. The hardest aspect of Biathlon is physically exerting oneself and then immediately slowing down enough to shoot accurately, hitting the small targets. Hayden loves racing and spends as much time as possible exercising and at shooting practice but such focus on training is harder with bad snow, or no snow. A few months ago, Hayden ramped up his focus in preparation for winter games but said he is excited for the opportunity, and not worried.
Friday Borsato-Stobbe, 13, Cross Country Skiing (skate and classic technique)
Friday said she grew up on skis since she has been doing it for 12 years with her older sister. She said the best ski days are sunny with fresh grooming and her friends, and that while she likes skate skiing, her passion is a classic ski day. Friday has been training for winter games four days a week, attending BC Talent Squad camps and regional camps and dryland training. While she loves to get a workout while having fun with her friends, racing is her least favorite part of skiing. Her ski goal is to make the Provincial Development Team and she said this year has been especially great having Yuji coaching her and it is making a big difference in her ski skills.
Lily Davison, 13, Cross Country Skiing (skate and classic technique)
Lily’s first time skiing was when she was five and she has kept skiing because she loves being on a cross-country ski team with her friends. But she says it is hardest to keep going when it is a very cold race (last year she skied with the team at a -27C race in Prince George) or just when it is very cold in general. To prepare for the BC Winter Games, Lily has been training with a monthly training plan since September and commented the year has been heavily dryland with the lack of snow switching back and forth between roller skis, rock skis, racing skis and then roller skis again. Lily is excited to meet new people at the games and to be with some of her very good ski friends from her team and those that she has met at races and camps from around the province. But she is a little worried about the fantastic skiers she will be racing against. She will be keeping an eye on her goal this winter: to try her best while improving her skate ski technique.
Elek Kovach, 13, Biathlon
Traveling out of town for races is one of Elek’s favorite parts of skiing since he started when he was three and last year he switched to Biathlon. He said one of the hardest parts of skiing is climbing uphill on the last lap of a race, but he loves finishing the race strong and watching others finish. Elek says he has been training for the BC Winter Games going to practices, camps, and races out of town in Burns Lake, Prince George and Kelowna and he is looking forward to sleeping in the school playing games and hanging out after hours. Elek is happy to have teammates Hayden and Abbey through the BC Winter Games experience and will stay focused on his goal of maintaining his pace and not wasting any energy.
Abbey Mackay, 13, Biathlon
Abbey says the best thing about skiing and biathlon is hitting the target and skiing with friends. She especially likes being outside with good glide but having no snow is a bit of a drag. Abbey has been cross country skiing since she was four and started Biathlon last year. She has been training for winter games dry firing, attending ski and biathlon camps, competing, and meeting people and she is excited for the upcoming experience but a little apprehensive there may only be dirt. Abbey said her ski goals this year are around more consistent and tighter groups shooting and improving her classic ski technique and she wanted to add a thank you to all of the ski volunteers.