Cel­e­bra­tion will fund ju­nior Nordic ski­ing

Central Otago Mirror - - WANAKA NEWS - By JO MCKEN­ZIE-MCLEAN

Kilts, tar­tans, sporrans and tam o’shanters will be out in force at the 20th year cel­e­bra­tions of the Waio­rau Nordic Snow Sports Club this week­end.

Club spokes­woman Cathy Lewsley said the cel­e­bra­tions, which in­cluded a din­ner and Scot­tish ‘‘Ceilidh’’ dance, would be held in con­junc­tion with the an­nual New Zealand Sec­ondary School Cross Coun­try Ski­ing Cham­pi­onship at the Snow Farm, in the Cardrona Val­ley on Satur­day.

‘‘The Waio­rau Nordic Snow Sports Club is pri­mar­ily cross-coun­try ski­ing, but in re­cent times it has branched out to in­cor­po­rate other Nordic sports such as snow shoe­ing and dog sled­ding.’’

There were about 65 mem­bers, which the club was try­ing to grow, she said.

‘‘The big­gest at­trac­tion of Nordic sports is get­ting away from the crowds and en­joy­ing the snow en­vi­ron­ment. It is a peace­ful and beau­ti­ful area with 40 kilo­me­tres of trail at the Snow Farm and there is lots to ex­plore. It caters for all lev­els and gen­er­a­tions. It’s also a way of do­ing a sport that’s low im­pact.’’

Money raised from Satur­day’s event would go to­wards ju­nior Nordic ski­ing de­vel­op­ment, she said.

The night would in­clude a con­cert with Martin Cur­tis.

Mean­while, the sec­ondary schools’ cham­pi­onships was an in­di­vid­ual and team-based event hosted by PACT, the Snow Farm and the Waio­rau Nordic Sport Club, she said.

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