Reliable snow excites skier
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.”