It was a tremendous day for the Caledonia Nordic Ski Club. Using the Club at Otway, World Para Nordic Skiing, Cross Country Canada and the Canadian Paralympic Committee are pleased to announce that the Caledonia Nordic Ski Club in Prince George, B.C. has been chosen as host site for the 2019 World Para Nordic Skiing Championships to be held in February 2019.
About 140 athletes from over 20 countries will travel to Prince George to compete in Para cross-country skiing and biathlon events.
The event will mark the first world championship held in the city of Prince George.
“The first-ever world championship in Prince George. I like the way that sounds,” said Mayor Lyn Hall. “Prince George is a special place with world-class venues, world-class volunteers, and world-class experiences for athletes. We look forward to welcoming you in February 2019.”
Len Apedaile with the World Para Nordic Skiing Sport Committee says the venue itself and the tremendous work of the Ski Club is what was the bigger sellers for the bid.
“Hosting this world championship in 2019 is a natural progression from hosting the Canada Winter Games and the facility improvements we made at the Caledonia Nordic Ski Club,” said Kevin Pettersen, Chair of the Local Organizing Committee. “I’m tremendously honoured to be leading the organizing committee for the World Para Nordic Skiing Championships and can’t wait to make it happen!”
Pettersen says there are some things on the wish list like a purpose-built lodge expansion to be more accessible and paved trails to accommodate summer events and summer training which, as he says, is the new direction of Nordic racing.