Mid-Summer Greetings NENSA Community~

One of NENSA’s finest traditions is presenting the John Caldwell Award each year. This award recognizes a single individual, or entity, which embodies the spirit, dedication, innovation, and pride of John Caldwell. NENSA is so honored to name the recipient of our final annual NENSA Award for this past year, and it's all in the family ~ Congrats to Sverre Caldwell for being chosen for the 2019 NENSA John Caldwell Award! See full story below.

What are you doing on August 3rd?? Come ski or spectate (or volunteer!) in the NENSA High Peaks Cyclery Rollerski Series, presented by SkiTrax, App Gap Challenge Rollerski Race. The first 100 registrants receive a FREE 10th anniversary (wicked cool) App Gap t-shirt. Do not delay, register TODAY on SkiReg.com . We will have the usual open and masters waves, as well as a new touring wave this year! Ever wanted to ski up the App Gap, on a closed road?? Here is your opportunity! After the racing and touring are done, there will be a BBQ, live BAND, and beer (thank you Lawson's) at the Mad River Glen base lodge, just down the hill from the finish. What a great way to spend a summer day ~ we hope you can join us. We are also looking for volunteers - if you can help us out, please let us know.

Lots more info and great stories below, including links to PHOTOS from NENSA's REG program. And be sure to check out the full summer (and fall into winter) calendar at the bottom of this newsletter ~ there is something for everyone, and more being planned everyday!

And finally, coaches and TD's or TD wannabes ~ save the date ~ September 21&22 for our NENSA Coaches Symposium and Technical Delegate & Event Organizer trainings! Something for everyone ~ two day L200 training for coaches and our annual TD&EO training, Saturday morning BKL Leader/Parent clinic, and Saturday afternoon L100 technique clinic for coaches and athletes of any age, plus, the option for dinner and a great evening program! All in one weekend at one location - the Dublin School in Dublin NH. Registration on SkiReg.com going live later this week!

Best,
Amie

Amie W. Smith
Executive Director
New England Nordic Ski Association
Amie@nensa.net

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NENSA News from the Field
Highlights and Notes from NENSA and the Nordic World
Registration is OPEN for the AppGap Challenge,
the first of our NENSA High Peaks Cyclery Rollerski Race Series this season!
Join NENSA for the 10th annual AppGap Challenge Rollerski Race on Saturday August 3rd. We have both a touring class and all the usual open & masters classes, or come spectate or VOLUNTEER. First group goes off at 8:30am, with a fun BBQ, music, beer and awards to follow at the Mad River Glen base lodge. Thanks to our AppGap sponsors/supporters so far, including High Peaks Cyclery , our presenting media sponsor SkiTrax , Salomon , and Lawson's Brewery ~ who are offering a App Gap Saison post race, to all participants over the age of 21+ Register today on SkiReg
The 2019 NENSA John Caldwell Award Recipient is...Sverre Caldwell!
There is perhaps no more fitting honor to acknowledge Sverre Caldwell’s contribution to the US Skiing than to be recognized with an award that is named after his father. This award annually recognizes a single individual, or entity, which embodies the spirit, dedication, innovation and pride in our Nordic community that the founder of NENSA exhibited.

Sverre grew up in Putney while his father was crafting the Cross-Country Ski Book, coaching the US Ski Team, teaching at the Putney School and raising a family with his wife Hep. John describes his sons arrival to coaching, “Sver loved sports from day one,” and found challenge growing up as the middle brother of four exceptionally athletic siblings. “And so the question is, how did Sver survive in this atmosphere? I dunno, but Hep and I paid a lot of attention to all our kids and maybe it paid off.”
Read full story HERE
Links to some great PHOTOS from the Regional Elite Group (REG) Program in
Lake Placid, NY
The Eastern REG program was held the last week of June in Lake Placid NY. This annual training program brings the top junior athletes from both New England and the Mid-Atlantic Regions together for a week of training and testing with the US Ski & Snowboard coaches, as well as a great sampling of our New England top junior and colligate coaches. Click on the links below to see some great photos from that week of training. Enjoy!
LINKS TO PHOTOS ~ HERE (thank you Coach Matt Whitcomb!)
SafeSport Program
NENSA has always urged ALL New England coaches, parent volunteers, venue volunteers and anyone working with youth to take the SafeSport on-line course and get certified. NENSA has been requiring this of all our staff and volunteer coaches and wax techs at JN's and REG Camps for several years now. Please take time this season to be sure all your club volunteers and coaches are SafeSport certified. Do it today. Go to: https://www.safesport.org

Further information on SafeSport, and important updates made as of 4/15/19 to the SafeSport Program, can be found on our NENSA website HERE
More NEWS from our NENSA Partners
World Cup Cross Country Ski Racing
Coming to the U.S. March 17th, 2020

A major highlight of the FIS Cross Country World Cup season on American soil will be the Fastenal Parallel 45 Winter Festival, taking place over four days in March 2020, including a music festival, extreme spectator events, panel discussions, and culminating with the first FIS Cross Country World Cup event held in the U.S. in 19 years. The event, a freestyle sprint on Tuesday, March 17 in Minneapolis MN will also be included in a mini-sprint tour combined with Quebec City from the previous weekend, and is expected to attract tens of thousands of fans to support the U.S. Cross Country Team whose reputation continues to grow since Jessie Diggins and Kikkan Randall’s historic first Olympic cross country gold medal in South Korea in February 2018.
Italy Awarded 2026 Olympic Winter Games
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has awarded the 2026 Olympic Winter Games to Milano-Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy, current and future U.S. Ski & Snowboard Olympic Champions are reacting with excitement toward competing in Italy.... READ MORE HERE
Bjørnstad, Kruuser Rejoin U.S. Cross Country
Ski Team Staff
The U.S. Cross Country Team welcomes two familiar faces back to the support staff for the 2019-20 season. Per-Erik Bjørnstad and Karel Kruuser bring a wealth of technical ski preparation knowledge and skill to the team. “We are very excited to have both these guys come back on with the team,” said U.S. Cross Country Team Head Coach Chris Grover. 
From Capitol Region Nordic Alliance Club ~
Looking for and calling on all Clubs that offer
Adaptive/Paralympic Winter Sports
 
Individual organizations often join together to form a greater singular entity that creates a greater impact on not only those it serves but to achieve greater capacity to serve more. Organizations like NENSA achieve that in addition to many other goals established by its BoD and Executive Director. Capitol Region Nordic Alliance is looking to gather information and resources from the individual clubs all around New England now offering paranordic and adaptive programming within their capabilities.
Conversations between various clubs and athletes are focusing on reviving the network consortium of paranordic/paralympic clubs to do such wonderful collaborative programming initiatives as:
  • Share equipment (sitskis, nordic rental equipment, biathlon, snowshoes, timing equipment, etc)
  • Develop and share staff for clinics, camps, regional/national events etc.
  • Implement a series of training/competition events supporting both NENSA Adaptive as well as US Paranordic
  • Develop and implement a strategy to have financially healthy and growing adaptive programs and venues throughout New England
  • Work with NENSA, CXC, US Paranordic, WPNS and above all to offer those with disabilities/special needs the same opportunities to be joyful on snow
If you and your club are interested in exploring how New England Adaptive Nordic can be as prominent and important as it can be, please contact Russ Myer, Executive Director, Capital Region Nordic Alliance at russmyer08@gmail.com , 315-396-9967
Once gathered, NENSA will also list these Adaptive Resources on their NENSA.net website.
NENSA Announces
GET SKIING
FREE Membership
for First Time Members
2019-2020 NENSA  GETSKIING  MEMBERSHIP: FREE
Good for First-Time NENSA Members only
Yes, you heard that correctly ~ we want everyone to  GET SKIING , so we are offering anyone, of any age ~ Youth, juniors, seniors, masters, parents, grandparents, a FREE membership to NENSA  (if you have never been a NENSA member before) . This is a great way to try our NENSA programing this coming season and join in all the summer, fall and winter fun! You can try out that rollerski race, BKL program, an Eastern Cup race, a Citizen’s race or a coaching clinic, and your NENSA membership is FREE! 
Click here to   JOIN NENSA TODAY
If you are already a NENSA member ~ THANK YOU! Click here to  RENEW   your membership today. June is the official start of our new membership year, so take a few minutes to renew, or join for free, and GET SKIING today!
Upcoming Events
A Look Ahead at the NENSA Calendar
Upcoming Events:
July 29-August 4 GMVS XC Summer Camp
August 12-15 SMS BKL Camp
August 15-18 SMS Junior Camp

Save these Dates ~ more info to come soon!

September 21-22 : Technical Delegate & Event Organizer Training Weekend (in conjunction with our NENSA Coaches Symposium Weekend, Dublin NH)

February 29 & March 1 : New England BKL Festival, at Great Glen, NH
March 7-15 : 2020, US Junior Nationals in Truckee CA
March 17 : 2020 World Cup Race in Minneapolis MN - USA!!!

Full NENSA.net Calendar Listing HERE
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