Archibald Awarded 2 x Gold and Sircom-Brown Finishes Fifth and Seventh in Canada Cup Races

by Cross Country Nova Scotia, Staff, December 12, 2022

GATINEAU, Q.C. – Emma Archibald brings home double-gold, while Milo Sircom-Brown clocked fifth and seventh place finishes, racers Doyon, Norman and Newcomb cracked the top thirty, and Neklia experienced her first Nakkertok race while recovering from illness; at the Eastern Canada Cup held at the Nakkertok Nordic Ski Centre, on December 10-11. Our provincial team athletes were keen to be back on the racing circuit, competing alongside over 580 racers across 55 clubs from Eastern Canada and the U.S.A.

Races were organized on a 1.2 km sprint and a 2 km distance course, on the homologated “Nakkertrak” training and race loop, which is supported by artificial snowmaking. Known as the Candy Cane Cup, this racing event is part of the Nordiq Canada Eastern Canada Cup series, the Ontario Cup and the Quebec Cup.

Provincial Team alumni, Maggie McClure and Colin Ward, members of the Carleton U Ravens Varsity Nordic Ski Team, also delivered strong results.

Race Highlights:

· University of Ottawa’s Emma Archibald (Fall River), won double gold in the women’s sprint and distance races in the standing para-nordic classification;

· Carleton University racer Ogen Newcomb (Windsor), placed 16th in the senior men’s distance;

· Milo Sircom-Brown (Wolfville), placed third in the sprint qualification and progressed to the semi-finals finishing seventh in the U18 male category. Sircom-Brown was fifth in the distance race;

· Cohen Norman (Halifax) finished 25th in U18 male distance race.

· Lynden Doyon (Hammonds Plains) finished thirteenth in the sprint qualification round for U16 males, he progressed to the quarter-finals, with a final result of 26th overall. Doyon earned twenty-ninth place in freestyle distance;

· Maggie McClure, Carleton University racer and NS Ski Team alumni, finished second in the open women’s sprint. McClure secured ninth in the distance race;

· Colin Ward, Carleton University racer and NS Ski Team alumni, progressed to the quarter-finals in the open men’s sprint, finishing twentieth overall. Ward finished 14th in senior men’s distance.

Athlete Quotes:

“It’s nice to race so early in the season because you can identify what is working and what needs changing, and then make those changes in time for National Championships!” … Ogen Newcomb, Carleton U Ravens Varsity Nordic Ski Team

“The weekend was a blast, so great to travel with the team again and shake off the cobwebs after 2 season of no big races. I really enjoyed being around other teams again and observing what the older and more experienced skiers do on race days and just the intensity they bring to racing. So proud of the squads efforts at candy cane cup, it’s going to be a good season.” … Cohen Norman, NS Ski Team 

“My skis were waxed perfectly. They were amazing! They were so fast I was gliding past people going downhill who were double-polling!” … Paige Neklia, NS Ski Team

Coach Quotes:

“Emma had a fantastic weekend of racing – her dedication to the sport is evident as her technique has improved so much since last year at this same event!” … Sheila Kealey, Head Coach, University of Ottawa Nordiq Ski Team

“Grace had a great sprint qualifier and skied very well among the competitive women’s field; with a bit more time on snow I’m convinced she’ll be lining up for the heats as well!” … Sheila Kealey, Head Coach, University of Ottawa Nordiq Ski Team

“This was a very high-quality field and our Nova Scotia athletes represented themselves very well, with some strong performances. As we boarded our return flight Monday morning, there was a sense among the athletes that the offseason work had paid off and a hunger to achieve more at the next competition.” … Kris Doyon, Scotia XC Ski Club Coach

“Upon retrospection, I should have noticed that the stars had been aligning for some good results at the CC Cup.  I should have noticed the hunger had been building.  The workouts and training camps of the past year were progressively getting harder, yet the athletes kept rising to the challenge.  The athletes were owning more & more of their training.  They also owned their technique and kept chipping away at their technical abilities.  By the time we arrived at the CC Cup, they were pulling so hard at the reins, it took a lot of work to hold them back to save their energy.  And when the reins were finally released for the races, they unleashed some impressive efforts.  Interestingly enough, however, despite the impressive results, some cobwebs were still blowing off them when they cruised over the finish line on the second day.  I’m certainly looking forward to this winter, when they can compete cobweb-free.” … Daniel Murray, Head Coach, NS Ski Team

“580 athletes raced on a a super fun loop that was expertly prepared. Thanks @coursesengneraces for the superb organization and the Nakkertok Trails crew for working their magic – hosting 55 clubs is an impressive feat considering the warm temperatures!” …uOttawa GeeGees XC Ski Team


Fall River Skier Brings Home Gold from Candy Cane Cup,” The Laker News

Eastern Canada Cup #1 at Nakkertock,” Faster Skier

Race Results:

Eastern Canada Cup & CCUNC – Saturday, December 10: Individual Classic Sprint

Emma ArchibalduOttawaPN Stand F1.2 km15:14.82Finals1
Ogen NewcombCarleton USenior M1.2 km38/722:57.43+22.85Qualification38/72
Fiona McClureCarleton UU20 F1.2 km33/603:37.16+31.42Qualification33/60
Grace McIntyreuOttawaU20 F1.2 km43/603:50.71+44.97Qualification43/60
Cohen NormanU18 M1 km44/722:45.95+22.57Qualification35/72
Milo Sircom-BrownU18 M1 km3/722:29.83+7.45Semi-Finals7/72
Paige NekliaU16 F1 km52/634:29.24+1:33.06Qualification82/112
Lynden DoyonU16 M1 km13/1102:47.62+25.24Quarter-Finals26/154

Eastern Canada Cup & CCUNC – Sunday, December 11: Interval Start Free

Emma ArchibalduOttawaPN Stand F5 km122:25.3
Ogen NewcombCarleton USenior M10 km16/4824:08.2
Fiona McClureCarleton UU20 F10 km27/2931:53.1
Cohen NormanU18 M7.5 km 25/7017:20.6
Milo Sircom-BrownU18 M7.5 km 5/7016:02.8
Paige NekliaU16 F5 km53/5821:58.4
Lynden DoyonU16 M 5 km28/10214:25.7

Complete Results:


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View additional photos (FB Album). Photo credits Robert Smith , Jo-Ann Holden, Timothy Austen and Productions Adrénafilm – thank-you!


Re-cap video of the event by Productions Adrénafilm and Ski de Fond Québec. View NS skiers Maggie McClure (49s) and Emma Archibald (1:12, 1:31).

About Nordiq Cup/Canada Cup Race Series:

Canada’s cross-country ski athletes will have equal opportunity to compete in one regional race in Western Canada in December and two in Eastern Canada prior to heading west following the holiday break for the Olympic and FIS Nordic Junior/U23 World Ski Championships trials and second COC event.

The FIS Canada Cup Series provides the country’s high-performance nordic athletes the opportunity to earn FIS points without leaving their region by competing in two regional race series opportunities in Eastern and Western Canada. The FIS sanctioning of an event only affects the elite Open category. All other race categories will be run as Provincial Cups.

December Domestic Calendar:

December 10-11 – Nakkertok Nordic Centre, Gatineau, Que. East

December 16-18 – Mont Sainte-Anne, Que. East

2022-2023 Domestic Calendar: