Re­li­able snow ex­cites skier

North Bay Nugget - - SPORTS - BY ROBB FEN­TON

Af­ter a suc­cess­ful high school ca­reer, Sophia Slater is ready for the next chal­lenge and it should ben­e­fit the Nipiss­ing Lak­ers Nordic ski team.

Slater is the lat­est re­cruit signed by Lak­ers head coach Toivo Koivukoski, who be­lieves Slater will add some depth to the women’s team.

Slater, a na­tive of St. Marys, Ont., is look­ing for­ward to join­ing the team, but also at­tend­ing Nipiss­ing Univer­sity, which she be­lieves is a perfect fit for her.

“When I first vis­ited Nipiss­ing, I no­ticed that it re­ally put stu­dents first, specif­i­cally in the res­i­dences, but with all of the build­ings. The close-knit com­mu­nity of such a small school was im­me­di­ately ap­par­ent,” Slater said. “I am also a per­son who loves na­ture, which Nipiss­ing def­i­nitely ac­com­mo­dates.”

When it comes to join­ing the team, she’s ex­cited about the po­ten­tial for the team to be suc­cess­ful, but also for her­self to de­velop and progress into a stronger skier.

“I have heard how fun and sup­port­ive the ski team and coaches are, and also how val­ued the sport is there. I grew up ski­ing in south­west­ern On­tario, where snow can be scarce, and Nordic ski­ing is not a com­mon sport, so an added bonus will be hav­ing re­li­able snow and a beau­ti­ful place to ski,” she said.

Koivukoski be­lieves that with hard work and com­mit­ment, Slater will con­tinue to grow into a strong com­peti­tor at the OUA level.

“Sophia will bring depth to the women’s side of the team, and comes to us with some re­spectable re­sults from OFSAA cham­pi­onships, in­clud­ing a Top 10 in­di­vid­ual re­sult in 2017 and a Top 20 in 2016,” Koivukoski said. “She has shown her de­ter­mi­na­tion dur­ing summer train­ing camps, and brings a prac­tice-pos­i­tive spirit to the team.”

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