Mid-Season Update from Coach Lavigne

The NCO FIS Team is deep into the 2018-19 season.  We have completed over 15 starts with a few speed events thrown in for good measure.  We have had some excellent performances and individual highlights along with a whole lot of learning from our young team.

Our season officially began with the Tremblant / St. Sauveur Super Series in December.  It has always been a tough opening for our young charges as they pit themselves against the rest of QC and ON athletes.  In early January, we hosted a NOR-AM MENS event at Camp Fortune and Mont Ste. Marie.  This provided a few of our older male athletes the opportunity to test themselves against US and CDN team athletes as well as provincial team athletes. It also provided the opportunity for the new, younger members to the FIS team to witness what intensity really looks like on skis.  

Moving on, the FIS team travelled to more Super Series starts along with a trip to Collingwood for the first O Cup of the season.  We also sent a group to a speed event in Kimberley, BC.  This was an excellent venue for the athletes to enhance their speed skills.   A noteworthy accomplishment was Aidan Marler’s win in the DH.  

Aidan Marler – First Place Kimberly Men Downhill – February 3, 2019

We then continued with our ON and QC events in Collingwood and Bromont, respectively.  The Collingwood series provided some excellent opportunities for our athletes – especially given a slightly smaller field and better start positions. The super series in Bromont offered a challenging hill with tough conditions and a full field of QC, ON and USA athletes.  

This first part of the season has also resulted in our share of bad luck with a few injuries.  Early in the season, there were some minor wrist and arm injuries. In Bromont, we saw Sam Alexander suffer a severe knee injury (just when he was coming back from his arm injury).  We wish Sam good luck and a speedy recovery.  Jacob Souligny will be back soon from his hand injury. Keirsten Harvey will also return shortly after getting a little banged up in Collingwood.

Skiing is a tough and demanding sport.  Our athletes are both learning these lessons and adapting to FIS level racing.

We are ready for another training block as well as our own local FIS series from March 2nd to March 5th.  Bring it on!

Joey Lavigne – Head Coach – NCO FIS Team