Archives > September 2015

Mr. Crimpy Saves the Day

Or, Finally Exhausted!

The last part of the generator project was to construct the exhaust outlet and fresh air inlet. After Roger Marchand cut the 4″ holes, no mean feat on the ripple siding of the sea can, we found ourselves unable to make a connection as our components both had female ends. Enter Mr. Crimpy.

HOT! Exhaust manifold on the outside.

HOT! Exhaust manifold.

COLD! the fresh air fan inlet at the top of the generator can.

COLD! Fresh air fan inlet.

Roger went out of his way to deliver this tool (Mr. Crimpy), which puts crimps in female ducting so that it becomes a male connection (no, it’s not painful) and the exhaust system was complete.

Light The Night

Not quite in time for Nuit Blanche, but we finally turned on the Range lights with one switch – the culmination of a three year project. Thanks to ENSC Board and the volunteers who did the work for their continuing support, and to SISU for helping out with casino funds.

Permanent connections. One switch and 'Let there be light'!!

Permanent connections. One switch and ‘Let there be light’!!

Lights in Operations sea Can; with new cabinets.

Bright lights in the Operations Sea Can; with new cabinets.

Public Meeting – Snowmaking Operations

Details can be found HERE

ENSC Clothing Available at AGM

We have a good supply of the very visible orange t-shirts on hand at the AGM

  • Orange T-shirts for $25

We only have a few, limited sizes of the warm-up suits but we may have your size 🙂

  • Warm up jackets – $200
  • Warm up pants – $145

And just a few racing  suits…but again, we may have your size 🙂

  • Racing suits – $165

Please bring your cheque books! Cash works too!

Roller Ski Rental – Fall 2015

Fall rental form available HERE

Range Lights: Milestone

One of the projects embarked on last year by the Biathlon section was to move our portable generator away from the Range (noise abatement) and to wire the generator permanently into the lighting system so that all the lights could be switched on with one quick action (convenience at -20!).  Last summer, step one was to buy a new sea can and rearrange the three cans to dedicate the smallest one to the generator. Also adding storage space for JR gear and wiring up the Volunteer Hut. Milestone 2, completed this weekend, was to upgrade and extend the wiring system to the ‘generator shack’. Tucking all the exposed wiring into a tidy and safe conduit run is now complete, and the lights come on with one switch. The final step will be to install a forced-air exhaust system and add lighting inside all 3 sea cans. Thank you to all the volunteers who worked on this project!

Range lights, underground and overhead junctions.

Range lights, underground and overhead junctions.

Range lights, conduit run.

Range lights, conduit run.


Range lights, connection to generator sea can.

Range lights, connection to generator sea can.



Biathlon Mini Camp, Sept. 19-20, 2015

A two day Biathlon extravaganza for all registered ENSC Biathletes and invited guests from Camrose (Vikings) Ski Club and Devon Bears.

See Event Calendar for details.

Annual General Meeting 2015

Date: Tues, Sept. 22, 2015

Location: Goldstick Pavillion (Goldstick Park)

Time: 7-8pm (Note: Revised time)

7pm: Start of Meeting

7:30 pm: Guest Speaker Madeleine Williams LL.B./B.C.L. and 2010 Olympian, Cross Country Skiing

Growing Strong Athletes: The role of coaches, parents and friends”

Please come and join us! Refreshments will be served.The first 1/2 hour of the evening will be spent on ENSC business which will be followed by a presentation by this year’s guest speaker: Madeleine Williams.

Madeleine Williams is a 2010 Vancouver Olympian. She was first named to the National Junior Team in 2000, and she spent 10 years in the National Team and National Training Centre system.  During that time, she represented Canada at numerous World Championships, competed in a number of World Cups and attended the 2010 Winter Olympics. Throughout her ski career, Madeleine was a student, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with Distinction from Athabasca University in 2009. Madeleine was also part of the group of young skiers who started the Fast and Female movement to empower girls through sport in 2005. She has remained involved with Fast and Female since then and is now the chair of the Cross Country Canada Women’s Committee.  Madeleine recently graduated from the McGill University Faculty of Law, with both Civil and Common Law degrees. During her time at McGill she published an article in the International Sports Law Journal making policy recommendations to improve gender equity in Canadian elite sport. She articled with Justice Canada in Edmonton and is now working as a prosecutor with the Public Prosecution Service of Canada.

A Curious Email

Better Late than Never?

The other day I received an email asking me to return the Coach of the Year trophy to Biathlon Alberta. I was puzzled – I didn’t have it, and thought there must be some mistake.

Coach of The Year:

It appears that at the last AGM, in September 2014, I was given the Coach Of The Year award! Who knew? I wasn’t there, and whoever took the trophy away, didn’t tell me the good news.

It Takes a Team to Make A Coach:

A little belatedly, maybe, but you should all join me in celebrating this small success. It would not have been possible without the support of my ENSC Team!

Yay Team!!

Alberta Winter Games

2016 is an Alberta Winter Games year!

The Games will be held in Medicine Hat, in February, 2016.

ZONES:   We are in Zone 6 (Edmonton City).

  • If you have an address in Edmonton, you can compete for Zone 6.
  • Leduc, you are in Zone 5, Hinton, and need to go to those Zone trials.
  • Sherwood Park, you are in Zone 5, Hinton, and need to go to those Zone trials.
  • St. Albert, you are in Zone 5, Hinton, and need to go to those Zone trials.



We would like to maximize the number of ENSC athletes who go to AWG.
The Biathlon and Cross Country AWG Registration deadlines are both Jan. 05, 2016.
In order to maximize the number of ENSC athletes who can go to AWG in either discipline, the Zone 6 Coordinators will hold the Trials before Christmas.
We will do all the paper work early, and once we know the Trial  results, we will consult with you and make choices that optimize the number of ENSC athletes, across both disciplines, who can attend.

BIATHLON TRIALS, Edmonton Zone 6 :

  • DEV -1 Rifles, Prone, with rest (11 – 14), at Calforex #1, Dec 12, Canmore
  • DEV -2 Rifles, Prone, no rest (15-16), at Calforex #1, Dec 12, Canmore
  • Registration paperwork deadline: Dec. 13, 2015
  • Air Rifles 2 (11-14), at ENSC Biathlon Facility, Wed. Dec. 16, 18:30, Edmonton
  • Registration paperwork deadline: Dec. 17, 2015


  • All 3 categories, AB Cup, Strathcona Wilderness Centre, Dec 19th, 2015
  • Registration paperwork deadline: Dec. 20, 2015


We will send out registration details separately.
If we don’t have your paper work and registration cheque by the dates indicated above,

your child will not be part of the optimization process.
If your child wants a chance to go, you need to fill out the forms!
Registration cheques will not be sent in unless an athlete is selected to go.