SISU is a Finnish concept described as stoic determination, tenacity of purpose, grit, bravery, resilience, and hardiness and is held by Finns themselves to express their national character.
SISU is described as a psychological key competence, which enables extraordinary action to overcome a mentally or physically challenging situation.
SISU also contributes to what has been named the action mindset; a consistent, courageous approach toward challenges which at first seem to exceed our capacities.
Team SISU is aimed at nordic sports athletes (cross country skiers and biathletes) who have recently completed high school, who want to continue to be active in their sport and who live in the Edmonton Region. For those student athletes who are entering post-secondary education, managing costs, juggling course loads and participating in sport can be difficult. Team SISU is a low entry cost option, that is flexible and designed around students timetables, and work schedules, and offers a peer-group social network to support those who wish to continue to train and ski during the Fall and Winter semesters.
The intent is to provide an enabling venue to manage the mental and physical challenges of post secondary education, work and nordic skiing…to build SISU
- For cross country skiers and/or biathletes, who wish to train and attend a University or post-secondary institution in the Edmonton region, and be a part of the ENSC family.
- For athletes (17 – 25) who recently graduated from high school and wish to live, work and train in the Edmonton region, and be part of the ENSC family.
- Be open to all athletes who have a desire to push their individual physical limits, while integrating this into their educational endeavors.
- Take advantage of the many benefits of intense exercise on aiding the learning process during the year.
- Provide its members a health focused peer group through the Nordic sports of cross country skiing and biathlon, whose members coordinate group-training sessions.
- Provide its members with a social network for support in their education and sport, through ski training and other activities and events such as hiking, canoeing, etc.
- Be role models for ENSC’s youth athletes who wish to achieve their personal goals in Nordic sports, while looking ahead to what they wish to do after graduating from high school.
- Full-time students attending an Edmonton Region post-secondary institution
- Students who are enrolled in post-graduate degrees.
- Cross country skiers and biathletes living in the Edmonton Region, and in the 17 – 25 age category, who wish to focus on pushing their limits in the sport.
Fall Semester 2019 (Sept 1 to Dec 31st) – Winter Semester 2020 (Jan 1st to Mar 31)
- Individual Athlete Training Plan (ATP) for 6 days/week schedule
- Team SISU weekday group technical sessions
- Team SISU weekday 1-on-1 technical sessions
- Team SISU individual strength plan
- Team SISU camps
- Dryland locations will vary: Hawrelak Park, Goldbar, Edmonton Ski Club
- On-snow early with snowmaking @ Goldbar and Kinsmen.
- $200 Fall semester for dryland and on-snow ATP (includes 5-session group technical session punch-pass)
- $200 Winter semester for on-snow ATP (includes 5-session group technical session punch-pass)
- Group technical session punch-passes – $60 (5 sessions), $100 (10 sessions)
- 1-on-1 technical punch passes – $120 (5 sessions), $200 (10 sessions)
- Plus ENSC Club Membership (Click HERE for link to Membership benefits)
- Individual strength Athlete Training Plan
- Strength is based on $200/4 months (Sept to December) and $10 for additional drop-in sessions.
- IST – Integrated Support Team
- 1-on-1 coaching
- Head Coach, Ulf Kleppe, offers 1-on-1 coaching for SISU skiers. The coaching session(s) can be for technique, training specific, or training plan review/planning. Punch passes for 5 ($125) and 10 ($200) sessions are available. The meeting time and location will be mutually agreed upon (coach and athlete). The sessions are 1.5 hours length.
- Dryland and on-snow camps (approximate costs)
- Jasper Camp Sept – $150 – $200 based on 8-10 people
- Frozen Thunder – October $150 – $200 based on 8-10 people
- Lake Louise Camp – November $100 – $150
- Hinton Camp – December $75 – $125
- Example Monthly Training Guide
- Team SISU group training sessions
- Alternate Indoor Training Options in the Region
- Park Pavilions (Goldbar, Goldstick, Hawrelak), Kinsmen Centre, UofA, Foote Field, Terwillager Rec. Centre, Evolve Strength Centre
- Opportunities for coaching if you have ICC, NCCP, CANSI certifications
- ENSC is a full service club that offers lessons and coaching to persons from 4 to 94. An SISU skier who has, or wants to obtain, ICC, NCCP, CANSI 1, have the opportunity to get certified, and teach and or coach with ENSC
- SISU skiers are encouraged to have separate race and training skis.
- Separate skis, boots, and poles for both skate and classic
- Basic Wax Kit:
- Basic grip waxes for cold and warm conditions (hard waxes and klister)
- Basic glide waxes for warm and cold conditions
- Wax iron, scraper, cork(s),
- Roller skis for both classic and skate:
- Rental of roller skis for dryland training is available through ENSC and is NOT included in registration fees.
- Ski striding poles are needed for dryland training (7-10 cm shorter than your classic poles)
- “Rock” skis are recommended for early and late season training.