GRAND FALLS-WINDSOR, NL – A local skier started her competitive career on a high note – representing the central region as the only competitor from Grand Falls-Windsor on the female ski team at the 2018 Newfoundland and Labrador Winter Games in Deer Lake.
Beth Young, 15, has been skiing since she was about eight years old, following in the footsteps of her mother, Deila Young.
“This was my first competition,” Beth Young said. “My mom found out that they were doing tryouts for the central ski team and she thought that I could do it so I went to Gander to tryout, and then they put me on the team with three other Gander girls.”
Tryouts took part in early February and she has been preparing ever since.
“I just went skiing as much as I could but it was hard because there wasn’t very much snow,” Young said.
At the games she competed in a 900-metre sprint, and a 5K and a 2.5K, using different types of skiing techniques for each race.
Young finished about middle of the road each race and 10th overall in the end. She went away from that feeling fairly good because she had no idea where she would place.
“I did OK,” she told the Advertiser, adding the games were really fun.
“I really got to know the people on my team and it was a good experience being able to ski at the NL Winter Games,” Young said. “It was a really good to see how well I could actually ski and do in a competition. It was fun to meet new people. I think it inspired me to work harder and do more races.”
She said she going to keep skiing competitively and would like to send many thanks to the Exploits Nordic Ski Club, the club she skis with in Grand Falls-Windsor.