Last week was NENSA Awards Week, a chance for us to recognize the outstanding achievements and contributions from our community with six annual year-end awards. Read on for a bit about each award winner. We also want to recognize those of you who have contributed to the NENSA Annual Fund, thank you! Click here to hear from some of your friends, neighbors, and heroes who have contributed to NENSA about why they give. This year's annual fund is a critical fundraiser for NENSA, and if you believe in the work we do, the service we deliver, and in the programming that is so expertly supported by the NENSA award winners you'll read about below, please consider a donation. You can also help by spreading the word among your own community, simply share this link www.NENSA2014.causevox.com via social media and however else you can.
I'll see you out there!
Zach Stegeman | Executive Director
New England Nordic Ski Association
Notes from the Field: NENSA Awards Week Recap
2014 Eastern Cup Champions
At the conclusion of each season NENSA is always excited to announce the overall male and female Eastern Cup Champions. Recipients will see a new title on their award this year as it has been renamed the Mike Gallagher Cup. This standing award, donated by a Vermont family, will reside at NENSA, and the male and female champions will receive a hand made mug from TwoPotters of Vermont. Click here for more.
2014 NENSA Coach of the Year
Nick Mahood, Woodstock Nordic – NENSA Coach of the Year. A quiet unassuming coach, Nick Mahood often flies under the radar as he coaches the Woodstock Nordic programs in Woodstock, VT. Woodstock Nordic consists of two groups that covers K-12 grades; Nordic Runners is the K-8 BKL program and then there is the High School team (9-12 grades). Click here for more.
NENSA 2014 Club of the Year: Stowe Nordic Outing Club
Stowe Nordic Outing Club named as NENSA 2014 Club of the Year! Stowe Nordic Outing Club (SNOC) is an organization of Nordic ski enthusiasts in the Stowe, Vermont region. The club puts on a Wednesday race series, organizes a Bill Koch Youth Ski League program, and a low-key masters ski race team. A season pass to the three nordic touring centers (Trapps, Mt. Mansfield and Topnotch) is available to club members. The club is affiliated with NENSA and welcomes all comer, whether you're new to skiing or a master of the sport. Click here for more.
BKL Leadership Award Goes to John Ogden
NENSA is pleased to announce that the winner of the 2014 Bill Koch League Leadership Award is John Ogden of West River Nordic. John Ogden, aka JO, JohnnieO, Ogden, or Fox’s Assistant, is best known for his annual job as the Relay Race Starter at the BKL Festival and can be seen sporting a colorful wig or outlandish sunglasses or a grass skirt (or a combination of all three). His booming voice ringing out over the kids lined up in the start line with course instructions—“What’s the most important thing to remember out there? That’s right! Have FUN!” And with a wave of his hand they’re off, sprinting down the stadium. For many of these kids his encouragement is the lighthearted but critical reminder to relax and enjoy the race. Click here for more.
Bill Henchey Honored with 2014 John Caldwell Award
The New England Nordic Ski Association is proud to honor Bill Henchey with the 2014 John Caldwell Award. The Caldwell Award is given annually in recognition of outstanding contributions to Nordic skiing in New England. “One of the defining strengths of our Nordic community are the many folks working tirelessly behind the scenes to elevate the experience for everyone else,” said Zach Stegeman, executive director at NENSA. “Bill epitomizes that spirit and I hope this recognition of his efforts will inspire younger skiers who have benefitted from his work to give back in a similar fashion.”
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L.L.Bean and Fast and Female Bring Kikkan Randall to Maine
Kikkan Randall is coming to Maine on Saturday, May 17th and will be running a Fast and Female event at the L.L.Bean Flagship store in Freeport! Kikkan is a new design and test partner for longtime NENSA sponsor L.L.Bean and is excited to host two Power Hour sessions and an autograph signing. Thanks to the generosity of L.L.Bean this event is completely free, but make sure you sign up to reserve your spot (and snazzy new L.L.Bean tshirt)! Click here for information including a link to online registration.