NENSA will kick off a new tradition on Monday: NENSA Awards Week! Each year, NENSA recognizes outstanding achievements and contributions from our community with six annual year-end awards. Next week we'll announce the winner of one award each day of the week. Tune in to NENSA.net to keep up as we unveil a New EasternCup Champions tradition as well as the winners of the following annual awards:
• John Caldwell Award
• Coach of the Year
• Club of the Year
• Bill Koch League Youth Leadership Award
• Adaptive Achievement Award
See the past winners of these awards here. Join us in celebrating these outstanding members of our community next week. Join us in our quest to continue to serve as the central resource for this amazing community by donating to the NENSA Annual Fund today!
I'll see you out there!
Zach Stegeman | Executive Director
New England Nordic Ski Association
Notes from the Field:
2014-2015 NENSA Event Bid Solicitation Packet Now Available
Race Directors, Venues, Event Organizers, Club Leaders: The 2014- 2015 NENSA Calendar Listing and Event Bid Solicitation Packet is now available. Please contact NENSA's Competitive Programs Director, Janice Sibilia for the packet. Whether you are thinking of hosting a summer camp or a winter event, the NENSA Online Calendar includes a wide array of educational, recreational, and competitive programs at all levels of cross-country ski racing. Hosting an event provides a site and club with the chance to gain positive exposure within the ski community, to help build and strengthen their individual programs, and in many cases enables a bit of club fundraising to take place. Click here for more.
US Distance Nationals & SuperTour Finals
The nation's top talent enjoyed some spring skiing while New England shivered through the first week of spring for the SuperTour Finals in Anchorage. Many New England athletes were racing last week in Anchorage with great results. The courses were tough and the snow came just in time! Check out the highlihgts here.
Sochi’s Stars Take On Washington For Best Of U.S. Awards Show
"Some Team USA athletes walked along the red carpet in high-tops, some came in strapless dresses, some brought their seeing-eye dogs and many others brought their prized possessions — medals from the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. They took selfies and high-fived the friends they made in Sochi. Most of all, the athletes got a chance to let their very recent memories from Russia sink in a bit more, and they simply got to enjoy it." More from TeamUSA.org.
NENSA Ski Lease Program: Instructions for Returns
There is still great skiing to be found, so you don't have to return your Ski Lease Program gear just yet, but when you do please read through the instructions to help us manage the gear better! Thanks in advance for your help with this. Click here to see information on returns.
NENSA Annual Fund 2014 Campaign: Why You Give
Sophie Caldwell gives because: "NENSA has been a part of my skiing career since Day 1. When I was younger, NENSA was the governing body of ALL skiing in my eyes, because what could possibly be more important than the Bill Koch Festival?!" Check out this video to hear from other familiar names like Ida, Liz, Matt and more and why they give. Why do you give? Add your voice and your support today!
The Wax Bench: Tips, Deals, & Updates from our Partners & Sponors
L.L.Bean - Outfitting Our Best:
You know about L.L.Bean's partnership with Kikkan Randall, but do you know about her custom L.L.Bean boots? Check 'em out here. The best part? Kikkan is one-of-a-kind and so are these L.L.Bean Boots, with her signature “K” in pink. She liked them so much, she asked us to make special boots for the entire Women’s Cross-Country Ski Team USA to celebrate their participation in the Sochi Winter Games." -L.L.Bean
Keep an eye out, you may see a couple of Kikkan's teammates stomping around in their own in New England mud season.