The Arrows are Viking JR graduates, ranging in age from approximately 10 to 16 years, who want to improve their classic and skate techniques, develop race techniques and strategies, and take part in races.
Program: Lessons are all day Saturday, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m, with a break for lunch.
Weather permitting; the program lasts 12 weeks starting the first Saturday in January (January 7, 2017). It consists of a combination of lessons and races. The typical season includes nine Saturday lessons and four race days. During each lesson, Arrows will be refining both classic and skating technique. In addition, the team members are encouraged to participate in the Viking Loppet and achieve their personal targets. Although lessons are almost never cancelled, occasionally the weather simply doesn't cooperate, and the lesson will be made up at the end of the season (weather permitting). Age-applicable Arrows will be supported in the JDQ qualifying races.
Objectives: The focus of the Arrows program is to refine ski technique, develop endurance and learn race technique. Participants are encouraged to set personal challenges and goals with the coach at the beginning of the season. These could include development of a particular technique or skill, setting targets for the Viking Loppet or participating with the team. Technique will be videoed and reviewed during the course of the season. Arrows will learn how to glide-wax their skis and take responsibility for kick-waxing their own skis.
Races: This season, the team will participate in at least three races: two Coupe Fondeurs (Saturday) (regional qualifiers for Jeux de Québec); a NorAm race (Friday - Monday), the Oka Ski Marathon (Sunday); a Mt. St-Bruno race (Sunday), and, depending on the interest of the group, another regional race. All participants are expected to enter the Viking Loppet (Sunday). Program fees do not include NorAm or Loppet race fees.
Arrows Instructor: Kyle Stoyel has been a Viking member since the age of seven when he started in the Viking JR program and immediately fell in love with the sport. Since his first race at the age of nine, Kyle has been hooked on racing, participating in both regional races and following the Quebec Cup. Kyle has coached children's skiing for the past five years.
Kyle is CANSI a level 2 qualified instructor and will be the group's main instructor. Quentin Stoyel will be assistant coach and wax technician as required during the season. Quentin is a CANSI level 1 qualified instructor and has coached skiing and waxed during the last four years. He races and coaches for the McGill Nordic Ski team.
Equipment: Properly fitted classic and skate skis are recommended. A combi boot may be used for both skiing techniques. A significant portion of the course will be coaching skate skiing. To optimize the benefits of this instruction and learning the technique, skate skis are suggested. The camber of these skis facilitates the technique and makes it more enjoyable.
Cost: $320. This includes race fees and day licenses for three regional races.
The program plans to have dry-land training and team-building activities during the fall. Consult the Viking web page for details.