Audet and Grandbois win gold again at the Easterns

Audet and Grandbois win gold again at the Easterns

It was the final day of the Eastern Canadian Championships today at Gatineau’s Nakkertok Ski Centre, a classic, mass start race. Presenting sponsors were Tourisme Outaouais and Ville de Gatineau and conditions were much more pleasant for racing, compared to Saturday with -10C. temperatures and warmer for the races.  Orford’s/ Pierre Harvey Training Centre’s Leo Grandbois made it 4 wins in a row at Nakkertok, after his win yesterday and 2 wins at the Candy Cane Cup in December.

Kanata’s Aidan Kirkham a University of Ottawa skier came through in 2nd just over 5 seconds back, after out lunging Mont Ste. Anne’s Félix-Olivier Moreau at the finish.

The top junior was Jérémy Lantz of St. Julie. Mont Ste. Anne’s Alexis Ermel was 2nd followed by St. Jerome’s Samuel Picard.

Leo Grandbois: “It was good today, I tried an attack at the beginning of the race, but it didn’t work. On the second try, it worked, so I am happy with the result. It is always a pleasure to ski at Nakkertok.”

On the women’s side there was also a repeat winner as Chelsea’s Tory Audet took the open title. Second was Hannah Shields of Lappe (Thunder Bay) and 3rd was Ottawa/Nakkertok’s Katya Semeniuk who trains out of the Alberta World Cup Academy. Tory was also the top junior with Chelsea’s Isabelle Haag 2nd and Quebec City’s Élie-Anne Tremblay 3rd.

Tory Audet: “My wax was great and it was a good day today. It was nice to be able to ski and not feel frozen all the time!”

Leo and Tory picked up $1500 each as part of the Hall Mark of Excellence prize money contribution.

In the other age group races local medallists included:

  • U18 F Addison Frank, 2nd, Nakkertok, 3rd Anna Semeniuk Nakkertok
  • U16 F 2nd Evelyn Davies Nakkertok
  • U16 M Owen Siderius Nakkertok
  • U14 M Kai Samm 1st Chelsea 3rd Marc-Antoine Daoust Skinouk

Locally the focus will now switch to the Gatineau Loppet Feb 18-19 and the next big national event for the racers will be the Canadian Championships in Thunder Bay, Mar 11-17.


Photos Credits: Tim Austen

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