Haywood NorAm Eastern Canadians (Championship)

January 04, 2013 13:03 ET

Haywood NorAm Eastern Canadians Coming Back to NCR, February 1-3, 2013

GATINEAU, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Jan. 4, 2013) -

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The National Capital Region is hosting the Haywood NorAm Eastern Canadians (www.cecski.ca) on Friday, February 1 through to Sunday, February 3rd at the Nakkertok Nordic Centre in Cantley, Quebec.

The Haywood NorAm Eastern Canadians is an International Ski Federation (FIS) sanctioned event. It is part of the Haywood NorAm Series, Québec Cup, Ontario Cup, and National Capital District Series and is an Ontario University Athletics Qualifier.

The competition enables elite and developing skiers (seniors and junior men/women) from Canada and guest skiers from the United States to compete head-to-head. Over 600 male and female athletes, from Midgets (12-13 yrs) to 50+, will be competing in freestyle (skating) and classic events from 1.6 km to 30 km. There will be a total of $4,700 in cash prizes awarded to top skiers.

The NorAm series has promoted and raised the profile of cross-country skiing in North America. It has also been a vital proving ground for Canadians who have moved on to represent Canada at future World Cup and Senior, Jr. and U23 World Championship competitions (see: Top women X-country skiers at Easterns).

The championship is jointly organized by clubs in the Ottawa-Gatineau cross-country ski community, namely Chelsea Nordiq, Nakkertok Nordic, Club Skinouk, Kanata Nordic, XCOttawa with support from the Carleton University cross-country ski team. The clubs will provide more than 200 volunteers to welcome and support the athletes, coaches and spectators.

Haywood NorAm Eastern Canadians story ideas for your consideration leading up to the championships:

  The Ottawa Gatineau region produces National Cross Country Ski Champions.
    As a North American cross-country skiing mecca with trails and facilities to support one of the largest populations of skiers in Canada, the National Capital region's cross country ski clubs are grooming national caliber skiers. Members number in the thousands all dedicated to enjoying the winter on the unparalleled beauty of the Gatineau Park and privately owned ski trails. The Nakkertok Nordic club has won the overall Canadian national championship for the 3rdyear in a row. (Biographies of athletes available upon request).
  Visually impaired and sit skiers participate in the Haywood NorAm Eastern Canadians.
    The Haywood NorAm Eastern Canadians includes paranordic competitions for skiers with disabilities, including visually impaired and sit skiers who come from across Ontario. (Biographies of athletes and athletes themselves available upon request).
  From the Easterns to the Canadian National Team, World Cup and the Olympics.
    Several past Easterns racers are now on Canada's National Team competing internationally in World Cup FIS races. Others are on the cusp of international stardom, and aspire to represent Canada at the Sochi, Russia 2014 Olympics and beyond. (Biographies of athletes and athletes themselves available upon request).
  The National Capital Region, home to the largest XC ski club in Canada.
    In the National Capital Region cross-country skiing has exploded in popularity in recent years with local clubs seeing memberships double or triple within the last few years. The Nakkertok Nordic club is now the largest XC ski club in Canada. (Club representatives available for interviews).

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