Some of the fastest snowshoers and cross country skiers in the region were out at Otway this past weekend competing in a series of races.
Special Olympic athletes from Prince George, Quesnel, and Fort St. John took part in the competition. And many of those athletes are gearing up for an even bigger race in a couple of weeks, the Special Olympics Canada Winter Games.
Prince George’s Tegan Raines was one of the snowshoers taking part. She’ll be heading to Cornerbrook for the beginning of March.
“A few of the people who you see behind me, we’ll all be going across the country to Newfoundland for nationals.”
Danny Dodgson was also in top form, competing in both snowshoeing and cross country skiing.
“Yes I’m going to Cornerbrook,Newfoundland for the National Games for the 100 and 200 races.”
In Newfoundland Dodgeson will be sticking to snowshoeing. He says his secret to success on the track is simple.
“I just go out there and I don’t worry about what everyone else is doing. I just focus on my races and do my best. Just keep training hard and go there and have fun and meet new people.”
Snowshoeing coach Wilma Van Hage says this weekend was all about getting the athletes in the zone for next months competition.
“”Awesome, they’re doing great and they’re having lots of fun.”
Along with the snowshoers, cross country skiers will also be competing at the games, under the leadership of Calvin Dyck.
“We’ve got three skiers from Quensel, we’ve got another seven from Prince George that are going to be racing today in a fun race competition and we’re getting ready for the national games in Cornerbrook, Newfoundland at the end of the month.”
The athletes have a little under a month until they take off for Newfoundland.
From the competitors to the coaches everyone says they are excited to take part in the national event.