Race Team Alumnus: Conor McGovern

Last spring, Conor McGovern packed up his bags and moved to Thunder Bay to ski with the National Team Development Center there, take classes in Kinesiology at Lakehead University, and to ski for their Varsity ski team. So far, Conor says that living in Thunder Bay has been a blast: “there are tons of skiers who all live close to each other so it’s easy to get together for training and there is an amazing ski community. I’m living in a house with 4 other skiers, including two fellow Tobans (Sean Carter and Levi Warkentine).” In October, Conor was at a training camp in Austria with his NTDC team where they were skiing up at 2700 metres on the beautiful 15 kilometres of trails on the Dachstein glacier and rollerskiing a 5.5 kilometre dedicated rollerski track in Ramsau, which includes a 2 kilometre downhill complete with some crazy banked corners.

Sunny Skiing in September at the Dachstein Glacier, Austria with NTDC Thunder Bay

Thanks to Conor McGovern for providing the information and the picture!

Race Team Alumnus: Ian Mitchell

Ian Mitchell was a member of the Red River Nordic Race Team as well as an accomplished biathlete. He graduated in late June and trained throughout the whole summer.

In early July, Ian and his family spent some time in Canmore for a four day training session with Rachel Koroscil. They rollerskied, ran, shot and even went up to Mount Shark. The following week, Ian was in Camrose, the home of the Augustana Vikings. Ian assisted Lowell Niven, head coach, in coaching some younger athletes.

On FridayAugust 25th Ian headed back up to Camrose for the University of Alberta Augustana campus.  Ian is in first year general studies and is a member of the school’s biathlon team. He is living in residence and is taking a full course load. At the moment Ian is training 3 to 4 days a week by running, rollerskiing and shooting on metal. The training will increase to 6 times a week as the season progresses and Ian is loving it! His parents speak to him weekly and Ian fills them in on the Nerf Wars between the co-residence kids along with the trips he makes. He has already raced in Canmore (roller ski biathlon race) and coached in Prince Albert National Park. There are plans for the biathlon team to compete in biathlon and nordic races in Canmore, Camrose, Hinton, Red Deer and possibly Whistler.  Go Vikings Go!

Thanks to Lorraine Mitchell for providing this information!