The Black Jack Junior Racers just returned from some summer training.
“We were out doing some high altitude training in the Rockies and glacier skiing,” Dave Wood, head coach, said. “On the Haig Glacier.”
Wood commented that the training went well, with everyone working hard.
The team trains all year round.
“Cross-country skiers are made in the summer not the winter,” he said. “Summer is training, winter is racing.”
At the glacier they did a lot of skiing.
“We do some running and strength training, but it’s 99 per cent skiing,” he added.
The facility is near Canmore, Alta. and is part of the legacy left over from the 1988 Winter Olympics.
Wood said the team’s been out for summer training twice this year.
“It’s hard to get time because it’s not that big and there’s a lot of interest,” he said.
“So we get as much as we can. It’s a facility that’s used by everybody from national teams to clubs. And it’s not that big, it can hold 20 people.”
Eight members of the Junior Racers were there. This camp was a bit more intensive, so it was just the older kids who went.