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Event Recap



Thank you to the athletes, volunteers and sponsors. This was truly one great event!

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Ski Racing 101

For those that are new to the sport of alpine ski racing, here is information about the different events: Slalom, Giant Slalom, Super G, and Downhill. Check out what all the excitement is about. We welcome all spectators young and old to come and enjoy the racing at Loch Lomond.



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Seating will be provided at the Finish Line as well as various other vantage points are available for spectators on skis.

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Volunteer

Volunteers are key to making the event a success…Local and Out-of-town Volunteers Welcome!



LSDA Pledge to Ontario’s U16 Athletes


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As a “travel-to” Ontario championships venue for 90% of the race field, the LSDA, in partnership with Mackenzie Financial, the city of Thunder Bay and Alpine Ontario, is committed to rolling out the red carpet for our visiting athletes. We will create a very memorable, high quality event that produces an indisputable positive cost/benefit to athletes and a great boost to alpine ski racing in Ontario

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MESSAGE FROM AOA


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Message from AOA

Eat – Sleep – Race – Learn!

The Thunder Bay ski racing in community will be hosting the U16 Provincial Championships March 6 to 12, 2015.  Together with our member clubs, the LSDA is committed to hosting the Best Ever provincial U16 Championships. Our focus is to host an athlete-centred event which will reward all athletes for their efforts and inspire kids to stay involved in ski racing beyond U16.

Under our slogan, Eat–Sleep–Race–Learn! , the race week will address high school aged athletes’ needs athletically, educationally, nutritionally and socially.  Our ROC will work with all partners, sponsors and stakeholders to provide a scintillating and memorable life skill building event that will capture the imagination of all athletes.  As well we intend to support a “Learn to travel and compete theme” in order to help prepare athletes and coaches for higher level ski racing.


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One Province, One Program!

AOA Technical Director, Brad Lashley, recently stated in Starting Gate magazine,

“Every athlete strives to perform at the best level they are capable and every club should strive to give each athlete the ability to do so. Excellence isn’t always about winning; it is also about succeeding in our goals. Every club has a place in the pathway and we must help all of our member clubs find their place by providing the tools to ensure athletes, coaches, officials, parents and club all develop and achieve at those goals they’ve set forth”

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The new “1 one province * one program” slogan brings all Ontario’s stakeholders in ski racing together in this mission to bring Ontario athletes successfully through the Long Term Athlete Development Model to where they can compete successfully and reach their goals.

An “Athlete Chalk Talk” to be hosted by the NZF and Alpine Ontario, will review the various pathways U16 athletes can follow in ski racing.  AOA is dedicated to finding ways to retain young competitors in alpine ski racing beyond U16.  Having a candid conversation with Ontario’s U16 athletes will inform AOA as to what will keep kids inspired to continue to follow a dream in ski racing.


“Travelling to Thunder Bay to ski race in the Ontario Provincials was a big stepping stone for me…..”  

  

On January 13, 2007, Larisa made her debut on the FIS World Cup at Altenmarkt-Zauchensee, Austria in a downhill event. From 2008 to 2009, she reached the top 30 seven times. In 2009, she achieved a personal best at Tarvisio, Italy when she placed 9th in the Super Combined discipline.

However, her most notable race came January 17, 2009 at Altenmarkt-Zauchensee when she stunned the field (and herself) by posting the fastest time in the downhill portion of a combined event.

On December 16, 2009, a crash during a training run at Val d’Isere resulted in an ACL tear, MCL tear, patellar tendon tear and tears in both the lateral and medial miniscus in her left knee. She did not compete on home soil at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver and Whistler, British Columbia.

Prior to debuting on the world stage, she had much success as a junior ski racer. She made her debut on the Nor-Am Cup on March 10, 2004, held at her home club, Georgian Peaks.

From 2005 to 2009, she reached the podium seventeen times, having won gold eight times in all disciplines but slalom. She also had success racing on the GMC Cup (also known as Pontiac Cup), a non-FIS sanctioned ski series that challenges Canada’s most promising skiers. In 2007, Larisa competed on the South American Cup, having posted four top 10 results.

Larisa picked up a silver medal at the 2008 FIS Junior World Ski Championships in Formigal, Spain in the combined discipline. From 2006 to 2008, she posted three more top 10 results at this event.

She earned two gold medals at the 2008 Canadian National Championships in Super-G and downhill, and three silver medals in 2009. Since she was still considered a junior in both 2008 and 2009, she went on to become the Canadian National Junior Champion in downhill, giant slalom, and slalom.

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Over the past couple of seasons, Ontario athletes have been achieving podium results in NorAm, Europa Cup and World Cup events!

Take a look at this impressive list…


Kate Ryley

 

Meg Ryley

 

Dave Duncan

 

Julia Roth

 


Ronnie Remme

 

Larisa Yurkiw

 

Erin Melzynski

 

David Donaldson

 


Madison Irwin

 

Candace Crawford

 

Phil Brown

 



And guess what….. all of these skiers were U16 skiers in Ontario!

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Reaching out across Canada in support of athlete development and safety. Ontario U16 Championships is no exception!




Event Highlights

Live Timing

Go to www.livetiming.com. Click on “View Races” Select “U16 Ontario Provincial Championships” races for the day either Women or Men
Watch the race progress with split and finish times for all athletes

Shuttle Bus Transportation

Shuttle Bus transportation will be provided for starting on March 6 and run on a schedule till March 12. Shuttle buses will meet all incoming flights on march 6th and transport athletes and coaches to their hotels and to training at Loch Lomond. Full week bus schedule to come..



Ski Truck Service

As a “fly-to” venue for 90% of the Ontario U16 field, Thunder Bay is making air travel to Thunder Bay for teams as easy as possible. The ROC will transport equipment from locations in Collingwood, Toronto, and Ottawa. Other central locations in North Bay, Sudbury and Sault Ste Marie will be identified. Truck schedule to come..

Sporting Life On-hill Athlete & Team Technical Service

Under its major partnership with Alpine Ontario, Sporting Life provides technical service to all major Provincial championship race series. Typical service athletes and coaches can expect are: start area service, boot fitting support, ski tuning consultation and ski tuning services for a fee, equipment testing opportunities

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NZF/Lakehead University Coaches Workshop & Social

Find out why a smaller Ontario university can consistently produce CIS contenders in men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s volleyball, men’s hockey and cross country skiing. LU Athletics Director, Tom Warden will discuss the due diligence required when sending athletes and coaches to away events and approaches to achieve best performances from athletes while on the road. Tom will also give a brief overview of the Lakehead University Alpine Ski Team that competes in the United States Collegiate Snowsports Association (www.uscsa.com)

AOA/NZF Athlete Chalktalk

The first NZF/AOA Athlete Chalk Talk will take place in conjunction with the Opening Ceremonies. AOA representatives will outline the Ontario skier development system works and focus on pathways available to U16 ski racers as they plan for their future involvement in the sport. Participants will hear what Ontario ski coaches are looking for in a high performing athlete. No doubt There will be some great future competitors at the U16 Championships who are finishing well within the pack now but eventually their athleticism, work ethic, skill and desire to be a high performing athlete will emerge.



Athletes Extra curricular Activities

Make friends, play a game, try something new, take your mind off ski racing for an hour – Evening activities will be available at 7:00pm till 8:00pm Saturday, Sunday and Monday evenings.
*More information on activities to come.

Karbon Soft Stretch Jackets

Karbon soft stretch event jacket ( MSRP $140.00 ) issued to all competitors & coaches. Jackets will also be on sale for volunteers for $60.00 each and $85.00 for anyone else. For those purchasing, jackets will be on sale daily in the U16’s Welcome Tent near the finish area.



NZF / Lakehead University Concussion Clinic – Parents Concussion Clinic

Lakehead University’s Dr. David McKee has recently opened the Lakehead Sports Medicine Concussion Clinic in the LU Athletics Centre.  The clinic is offering baseline testing to all LU and club based athletes in the Thunder Bay region.  For more on the LU Concussion Clinic and Dr. Dave Mckee, visit http://www.thunderwolves.ca/?page=articleview&id=5488

Both of Dr. Dave’s children were alpine ski racers who ski raced in the K2 Provincial Alpine Championships over the years.  As a parent and a doctor he is well aware of the risks associated with many sports, including alpine skiing. Dr. Dave continues to work with the Canadian World Cup teams as Team Doctor on trips to Europe and South America for competition and camps.Dr. Dave will give a brief overview of the nature of concussion and discuss LU’s mandate to proactively address steps to managing concussions. Coaches are encouraged to sit on the NZF Parents Concussion Clinic.

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Event Info



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Safety Equipment Tear Down Schedule

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  • If your team is arriving after 3:00pm on Friday 6th, please send email to [email protected] so additional arrangements can be made
  • For teams coming in early for additional training Hotel Airport shuttles can be utilized for transport to hill but need to be scheduled around regular airport runs.
  • ROC recommends that each team or group of teams rent an economy car for on-demand mobility, emergencies, errands, shopping etc. See below for promo code for local car rental agency: Budget Rent-a-car.
  • Skis will be transported to the hill by separate means each day. All skis needed at the hill on a given day must be placed in designated storage area by 11:00pm the evening before. Skis will be on-site near the finish area each morning when skiers arrive at the hill.
  • Breakfast: 6:30 to 7:30 – buffet style Norwester (Vic Inn Athletes will jump off Shuttle for Breakfast and jump back on for trip to hill)
  • Lunch: available for pick-up after first run at Athlete Tent near Finish Area
  • Dinner: 5:30 to 6:30 each day Norwester
  • Awards, Announcements and Prizes scheduled for 6:30 sharp each day during dinner at Norwester – Parents are welcome
  • Extra Fun Activities: 7:00 to 8:00
  • Last bus to Victoria Inn each night leaves Norwester at 8:15pm
  • AVOID LINING UP FOR LUNCH IN THE LOCH LOMOND CAFETERIA DURING THE U16 PROVINCIAL SKI RACES, AND PREORDER A DELICIOUS, HOME MADE, HOT MEAL!!!!

    Meals can be ordered as late as one day in advance, by 8pm. It is preferred that the meals are ordered and pre-paid in person at Loch Lomond front office, with the customer service team. If necessary, a telephone order can be placed by calling (807) 475-7787, but payments must be made by VISA at that time.

    The meal options:
    -Lasagna
    -Chicken Alfredo
    -Meatballs, mash potatoes and gravy
    All are accompanied by caesar or tossed salad and a dinner roll

    $10.95+tax per person, with a minimum of 2 people needed to pre-order

    Meals can be collected by a time specified by the client, from the Loch Lomond cafeteria

    Host Hotel

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    Best Western Plus, Nor’Wester Hotel & Conference Centre 2080 Highway #61
    Thunder Bay, On P7J 1B8
    Phone : (807)473-9123 | Fax : (807)473-9600
    Questions? Contact Roberta Sawchyn at [email protected]


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    Victoria Inn, 555 Arthur Street West
    Thunder Bay, On P7E 5R5
    Phone : (800) 387 3331
    https://thunderbay.vicinn.com



    Special pricing will be available for parents at various hotels – On a First come first served basis- These hotels are within 15 minutes of the Ski Hill and 10 minutes of event hotel


    Valhalla Hotel

    (807)577  1121

    Best Western Crossroads

    (807)577 4241

    Victoria Inn

    (800)387 3331

    Comfort Inn

    (800)387 3331



    Rent A Car

    For any vehicle rental needs head to budget.com and enter BCD# U002149 to receive 10% off the lowest posted rate for any car, van, or SUV. Any questions or special requests please contact David Currie at 807 622 3366.




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    Thunder Bay


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    Superior by nature!


    Thunder Bay is on the shore of the world’s largest fresh water lake adjacent to an iconic provincial park best known to the rest of the world as The Sleeping Giant. With its magnificent landscapes and such cultural history, Thunder Bay is an inspired choice for business, education, training, conferencing, medical, sports, living, and visiting.

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    Thunder Bay – One of Canada’s Great Ski Towns!


    Thunder Bay has a long history of hosting successful events. The key ingredients to our success are: a committed corps of volunteers, great venues and a supportive community. To maintain our event hosting capacity we must run major events on a regular basis. Like all ski communities we must continue to learn and practice. Hosting major events is critical and a source of great pride and motivation.








    Travel Made Easy


    Thunder Bay is a very well serviced city of 120,000 people. Logistics of airport, hotel, ski area + amenities are incredibly easy.


    Travel time each day is minimal.

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    Mackenzie

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    Community and Cultural Partner

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