You never know what sports a child will get hooked on. There is the obvious major sports offered aplenty in Lloydminster, hockey, football, baseball, but there are also those underlying sports that the younger generation doesn’t think of participating in.
Cross-country skiing would be one of them.
That’s what makes the Lloydminster Public School Division’s (LPSD) Ski Loppet an annual favourite, as it allows students in Grades 4 through 6 to have an opportunity to compete in a different kind of sport and perhaps, get hooked on it from an early age.
“It’s a sport typically kids don’t do,” said Les Korn, vice-principle at Queen Elizabeth School, who was the host of this year’s Ski Loppet.
“It’s great for them to try something different. It’s winter time, so what better way to get kids outside instead of being stuck inside.”
All schools in the LPSD run cross-country ski clubs, either during the day or after school, giving the students ample time to practice for the 1.2 kilometre course they had to race at the Lloydminster Golf and Curling Centre.
Five lanes of tracks were made by the Lloydminster Cross-country Ski Club last Wednesday, giving plenty of space for skiers to jockey for position and keep on their skies.
A few falls here and there didn’t discourage any of the students from crossing the finish line, it what was a bright, sunny day for skiing.
LPSD offers a full range of sports across the division, with an emphasis on variety so they can help a student find something they enjoy.
“We have the traditional sports, but it is nice for kids to have something different,” said Korn. “Some kids love basketball, but some don’t, so it’s nice for them to try something completely different because you never know what they will get hooked on. Some kids get hooked on cross-country skiing after just one trying one time.”
Earlier in the day 60 middle school students were out and did two loops of the track for the first time, while over 90 students from across the public division participated in the Ski Loppet.
Awards were handed out Monday morning at Queen Elizabeth school to the top three finishers in each grade.