Cross-country news - 19/4/7
Roy Young of the British Nordic Development Squad has been in touch to spread the word on the squad, and encourage more young people to get involved. He writes -
It has been a fantastic season for the British Nordic Development Squad. Not only was there great results from the first appearance of a British team at the European Youth Olympics in Spain; one skier was at the World Juniors (and had one of the best races ever in a sprint) and the younger skiers continue to show that there is more to come (1 skier hitting 4th in Austrian Cup and another 2nd).
The squad continues to plan its development and is looking at having 4 sections this year:
While the EYO and World Junior groups are for invited athletes, the development group is the continuation of the squads open enrolment policy. 3 of the team for the EYO this year came through this route so there were representatives of Yorkshire Dales, Wessex and Lakeland in the team.
The squad is therefore open to any young skier who is aged 11 up to 20. Has your club got anyone who would like to consider joining? While there is no formal criteria for joining the development group, it would be best if they had some experience (on rollers or snow) and be keen to develop their ski skills and is interested in racing.
If you have some folk interested please get back to me and we will arrange to send the skier more information and for them to attend a taster weekend to see if they want to take it further.
As we are about to enter the summer training season it would be great if you can get back to me in the near future.