Cable, WI (October 27, 2015) Over 90 coaches representing 8 different states, (MN, WI, MI, ID, NM, WY, CA, CO) came together at Lakewoods Resort this past weekend, October 23rd – 25th, for the fourth annual Wayne Fish CXC/USSA Coaches Certification and Conference. This conference had the largest attendance since its inaugural year in 2012.
Great speakers and presenters lead the conference including U.S Ski Team Development Coach Bryan Fish, Steve Myrland, Movement Literacy, Strength and Agility Coach, Dr. Jim Mullen, Level 100 presenter, and Jonathan Stone First Aid and CPR instructor.
The conference’s focus was on CXC/USSA Level 100 and 200 Coaches Certification. 55 coaches were certified for the CXC/USSA Level 100 certification, presented by Dr. Jim Mullen, which is designed for the coach to learn the fundamentals for effective coaching in cross country skiing and to demonstrate basic knowledge in these areas. 28 coaches were certified for the CXC/USSA level 200 certification, presented by Bryan Fish, which focuses primarily on physiology and training methods for developing cross country skiers, while giving coaches more tools to teach effectively and to prepare their athletes for competition. 6 coaches attended the conference only, which served as continued education for Level 100 and Level 200 certified coaches, presented by Steve Myrland.
Two new additions to the conference this year were a wax and ski selection clinic with an Estonian race serviceman, Sergei Lopuhhin and the inaugural Chairman’s Award Reception and Dinner.
Sergei Lopuhhin from Tallin, Estonia was hired by the Russian National Team in 2011 to lead the race service team and develop the best grinds for the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, RUS. Sergei has outstanding experience in hand structures, glide and kick waxing, developing the best grinds in the World as well as selecting skis for the best athletes in the world.
The Chairman’s Award Reception and Dinner was held Saturday evening, Oct. 24, to recognize and honor individuals who have contributed so much to the sport of cross country skiing. The awards presented included the Igor Badamshin Coach of the Year Award, Wayne Fish Volunteer of the Year Award and John Hugus Leadership Award. These awards are named after individuals who exemplified the energy, persistence, passion and commitment to carry out a vision to better the sport of cross country skiing.
For more photos from the event, visit the CXC SmugMug page.
Mary Kozloski is CXC’s Communication and Media Coordinator. Mary has a Bachelors degree from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay where she majored in Public Relations with a minor in Business Administration, competed as a member of UW-Grean Bay Nordic Ski Team and was team captain for two years.