The Strathcona Nordic Ski Club watched a large group of its members leave for Whistler this week to officiate nordic events at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games.
The large group of officials have been training for several years to officiate at the games, and most of them have been involved in nordic racing for many more years.
“Most of crew we are putting in intensive positions have been involved in the sport for 30 years,” said Susan Denny, who is the Supervisor of Course Marshalls for Olympics and Paralympics.
Denny will head a crew of 45 members from across Canada – 18 from the Comox Valley and Campbell River, and another five from Nanaimo. The following members hail from Nanaimo – Carol Bell, Iona Belous, Susan Cormie, Harriet Rueggeberg, and Colleen Roy.
The Course Marshall crew will keep the course secure from intrusions and reposition themselves as the course changes for different nordic race events. The action is often so exciting during some races that coaches and spectators will enter the course to cheer the skiers on.
Denny’s partner Wilf Dreher is the Supervisor of Course Marking. His crew is made up of officials from across Canada with Comox Valley local Bob Hauser joining Wilf on the crew. The Course Markers must set the course for each nordic event.