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Lo-Ellen Park students dominate the trails at the OFSAA Nordic Skiing Championships

Lo-Ellen Park Secondary School athletes once again dominated the trails at the OFSAA Nordic Skiing Championships which took place February 22nd and 23rd in Peterborough. Students took home a number of individual and team honours. The senior teams garnered the Overall Combined Team Championship banner for the second consecutive year.

The first day of matches saw the junior girls’ and boys’ teams placing fourth and fifth respectively in the five kilometre team distance race. The senior girls’ team earned silver in the seven kilometre race, while the senior boys captured gold.

Day two on the trails brought the team sprint relays, where the junior girls placed fifth and the junior boys placed sixth. The senior girls once again took home silver, and the senior boys repeated with a gold medal performance.

Senior team members Finlay Cuza, Grace Thomas, Maija Nener, Gracie Dale, Audrey Kawa, Olivia Tissot, Russell Joiner, Sam Rice, Corey Lacroix, Owen Dobson and Austin Conroy were also recognized as the top provincial team. This was the fourth time that Lo-Ellen Park Secondary School received this title since 2018.

“Each of these honours gives us a great sense of pride in our Nordic ski program, which helps students develop the skills necessary to excel in any endeavour,” said Lo-Ellen Park Secondary School coach Colin Ward. “I am extremely proud of our athletes for their diligence, dedication and determination on and off the trails. Congratulations!”

“Each year I am amazed at the athleticism demonstrated by our Nordic ski teams,” said Principal Pam Potvin. “On behalf of the entire school community, I extend sincere congratulations to this highly decorated group of athletes for another outstanding performance. Go Knights!”

Overall Individual Interval Start Results:

Junior Girls
Megan Pineau – 30th
McKenna Mende – 39th
Alex Hann – 41st
Lea Maki – 53rd
Leticia Da Silva – 139th

Junior Boys

Hector Loiselle – 31st
Chesley Godwin – 41st
Grady Dale – 42nd
Keir Gauld – 63rd
Ben Lamarche – 91st

Senior Girls
Finlay Cuza – 15th
Grace Thomas – 24th (High School – 6th)
Maija Nener – 26th
Gracie Dale – 28th (High School – 8th)
Audrey Kawa – 60th
Olivia Tissot – 65th

Senior Boys
Russell Joiner – 9th
Sam Rice – 19th (High School – silver)
Corey Lacroix – 25th (High School – 4th)
Owen Dobson – 26th (High School – 5th)
Austin Conroy – 62nd


Media Contact:

Nicole Charette, Senior Advisor,
Corporate Communications and Strategic Planning,
Rainbow District School Board, 705-674-3171, ext. 7217.