Molly Miller ends the cross-country ski season with more gold

An extremely successful Haywood Nationals nets Kimberley skier three gold medals and the Sofie Manarin Award

Molly Miller races at the Haywood Nationals in Whitehorse.

Kimberley’s Molly Miller  left the Haywood Cross Country Ski Nationals in Whitehorse with a handful of gold medals as well as another Sofie Manarin Award as the best Juvenile Girls Skier in Canada.

Miller, who often races up against competitors older than her, decided not to do that in Whitehorse and proved that she is one of the elite juvenile skiers in the country.

“Molly did really well,” said Nicole Perrin, assistant coach for the Kimberley Nordic team, which sent four racers to Whitehorse.

Along with Miller were Annika and Marielle Ackermann and MacKenzie McLean.

“Molly won three gold medals and the Sofie Manarin award for overall Canadian points for a juvenile girls skier for the year,” Perrin said.

The first day of racing was a team sprint with two skiers each racing three laps of 1km each. Molly Miller and Annika Ackermann teamed up for 14th, while Marielle Ackermann and MacKenzie McLean came 24th. The second day of racing was a 5km Classic race with all four girls placing in the top 35 in their respective categories. The third day of racing brought some cooler weather under sunny skies and a distance skate race. Molly Miller took the win in the Juvenile Girls 5km, with Marielle Ackermann not far behind in 8th place, and MacKenzie McLean in 20th. Annika Ackermann, on a tough and hilly Junior Girls 10km course, came in 32nd. The next two racing days saw Molly pick up two more gold medals, including beating the field by six seconds in the 7.5 K, and Marielle, Annika and McKenzie getting very good results as well.

Perrin says the experience is invaluable for all the skiers.

“It was a great experience for Annika and McKenzie. Marielle raced in Midget so she was racing up against older girls and she did very well.

Perrin is the assistant coach and the head coach is Frank Ackermann. Asked if coaching a noted up and coming national skier like Molly Miller is challenging, Perrin says it can be but Frank Ackermann does a really great job with Molly’s training plans.

“The Kimberley Nordic Club is a good program for her. She has five other girls to push her hard and they are a very tight knit group. Frank makes the training plans and we do occasionally get assistance from other coaches in British Columbia. BC has a very supportive cross country ski community.”

Earlier this year, Miller won two golds at the BC Games and received the W.R. Bennett Award for Athletic Excellence.

The award is given to one outstanding athlete at each BC Winter and BC Summer Games.  The award includes a $2500 bursary and is designed to recognize and support the ongoing development of young athletes.

Now that nationals are done, the ski team gets a brief break before they begin summer conditioning and training in May.


Just Posted

Local business giving back to the community

Earth’s Own Naturals is donating money from membership fees to give directly back to the community.

Craig Janzen running for Kimberley City Council

Craig Janzen is running for Kimberley City Council and hopes to be… Continue reading

Jason McBain making run for Kimberley City Council

Jason McBain is home again in Kimberley, and he wants to be… Continue reading

Coming soon: the Kimberley Fall Fair

The Kimberley Community Fall Fair is taking place on Sept. 29 and… Continue reading

Kevin Dunnebacke running for City Council

Dunnebacke is the owner and operator of K-Town Custom Auto.

Environment Canada confirms Ottawa area hit by two tornadoes Friday

At one point more than 200,000 hydro customers were blacked out

B.C. VIEWS: Looking under the hood of ICBC’s war on crashes

Is our accident rate really soaring, or is it inefficiency?

B.C. tent city residents have three weeks to clear out: Supreme Court

Fire risk, criminal activity in neighbourhood cited as reasons for judgment

Coaches, players on Alberta university rugby team buckle up for the Broncos

16 people died when Humboldt Broncos bus collided with a semi-truck in rural Saskatchewan

The Vatican ‘owes God an apology,’ activist says in letter to Pope Francis

Letter came after a report on sexual abuse of more than 1,000 children in six Pennsylvania dioceses

Lions earn stunning 35-32 OT win over Ticats

Epic comeback lifts B.C. past Hamilton in CFL thriller

Czarnik nets 3 as Flames dump Canucks 5-2

Calgary picks up exhibition win over Vancouver

Ottawa to name new ambassador for women, peace and security, Freeland says

Chrystia Freeland also confirmed Canada would spend about $25 million to fund number of initiatives

‘A little bright spot:’ Ottawa residents rescue dog trapped beneath rubble

Freelance journalist says rescue of a dog trapped under rubble was happy ending amid chaos in Ottawa

Most Read