by Cross Country Nova Scotia, Staff, March 27, 2022
WHISTLER, BC: Nova Scotia ski team athletes, Emma Archibald and Milo Sircom-Brown, competed at the 2022 Canadian Cross Country National Championship, held at Whistler Olympic Park, on March 20-27. Provincial head coach, Daniel Murray attended to provide coaching and waxing support, in partnership with Chelsea Nordiq and Ski de fond Montréal. The Championship included the Canadian Colleges and Universities Nordic Championships, and was combined with the US Super Tour Finals.
Domestic racers were eager to compete at Nationals – last held in 2019, this annual event has been cancelled for the past two years, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Canadian and US Skiers returning from World Cup races and the 2022 Beijing Olympic Winter Games, made for exciting races in the US Super Tour Finals. Hosting these competitions simultaneously provided many opportunities for young athletes, to observe first-hand, some of the most talented skiers in the world. A valuable and memorable experience for our Nova Scotia racers.
Coach Daniel Murray reconnected with the Canadian ski community while supporting our provincial racers and additional teams.
It was so refreshing to be back on the national scene and reconnect with the Canadian ski community. While I missed being the maestro of an exclusive team from Nova Scotia, working with Chelsea Nordiq and Ski de fond Montréal was a fantastic & fun learning opportunity. And huge props to our two Nova Scotian skiers, Milo and Emma, whose results reflected quite the commitment to training & self improvement, especially considering how the COVID situation had made Nova Scotia even more competitively isolated from the rest of Canada for the past 2 years.Daniel Murray, Head Coach, NS Ski Team
Emma Archibald earned gold medal finishes in all three of her races; 5 km free technique Para Nordic Standing, 5 km classic Para Nordic standing, and 1 km classic sprint Para Nordic Standing. It was Archibald’s first time competing at the National level.
It was an amazing opportunity to be able to compete at Nationals in Whistler this year while representing Nova Scotia. I had such a fun time racing the 5km skate, 5km classic, and 1k classic sprint (first sprint race) in the para category. I loved having the opportunity to warm up and cool down with other athletes across the country. The people are definitely what made the experience so memorable. My first day on the course, I was able to chat with Natalie Wilkie who had just recently returned from the Paralympics in Beijing, coming home with multiple gold medals. Having watched many of the Olympic and Paralympic ski races, it was very cool to see the national team skiing by me in warm up or watching them at the finish line. Leaving Nationals, instead of feeling drained from the season, I left feeling very motivated and eager to begin my training for the up coming ski season.Emma Archibald, NS Ski Team
Archibald trained as a first year member of the 2022-23 uOttawa Nordiq team, and has been a provincial team athlete for two years. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science in nursing at the University of Ottawa. Archibald accepted an invitation to train at Nordiq Canada’s annual Para Nordic development camp, in December 2022. Scotia XC Ski Club is her home club.
Milo Sircom-Brown earned notable results competing against the top-ranked U18 skiers in Canada. Sircom-Brown finished 29th out of 87 racers in the10 km classic, and 28th out of 86 racers in the 15 km free technique.
Nationals was a great experience to learn, compete, and meet amazing new people. It was an opportunity to test myself against the best in Canada. I competed to my fullest extent and had an amazing time!Milo Sircom-Brown, NS Ski Team
Results 2022 Nationals – Archibald and Sircom-Brown
|Emma Archibald||5 km (1 x 5 km) Free Technique Para Nordic Standing||1||18:26.8|
|5 km (2 x 2.5 km) Classic Para Nordic Standing||1||24:02.2|
|1 km Classic Para Nordic Standing Sprint – Qualifier||1||3:36.87|
|1 km Classic Para Nordic Standing Sprint – Final||1||4:32.7|
|Milo Sircom-Brown||10 km (2 x 5 km) U18 Boys Free Technique||46||28.08.8|
|10 km (4 x 2.5 km) U18 Boys Classic||29||34:41.1|
|1 km (1 x 1 km) U18 Boys Classic Sprint||75||2:50.4|
|15 km (2 x 7.5 km) U 18 Boys Free Technique||28||40:53.1|
Photo credits: Photos 4, 6, and 7 (VR45 Photography). Photos 1, 2, and 5 (Joern Rohde, Whistler Traveller Magazine, via Nordiq Canada Facebook). Photo 3 (uOttawa Nordiq).