Gryphons shine on ski slopes


NEW GLASGOW — Local high school skiers have made the most of a challenging ski season.

Students at North Nova Education Centre have advanced from Northumberland Region championships on February 25 at Ski Wentworth and will compete in provincial championships there today.

The contingent includes intermediate girls Severn Parsons, Sarah Brown, Erin MacNeil, and Jaylen Langille, whose intermediate team qualified.

Parsons was first in girls’ intermediate downhill.

Senior girls’ skiers Ashley Livingstone, Taylor Long and Parsons’ sister Ella Parsons also competed. Long advanced to provincials as a runner-up.

The senior boys’ team also advanced and includes Nick Manos, Barrett Baker, Vincente Ramirez, Cale MacLaughlin and Ben MacGillivray.

Intermediate skiers Brent Chapman and Jakob Knewitz also skied.

“It was a good showing,” said coach Andrew Parsons, father of Severn and Ella. “There were four banners for the Northumberland Region and we won two. It’s significant, especially since more than half our practices were cancelled by weather.”

Parsons also praised the work of assistant coach Dave Bugden for his contributions to the team’s success.

“He led a lot of our practices, tuned the skis and fine-tuned the equipment,” Parsons said.

Race winners and runners-up advance to the provincial championships.

Severn Parsons is also looking forward to upcoming national championships in Sun Peaks, B.C. She is accomplished in downhill, slalom, giant slalom and Super G and is on the Alpine Ski Nova Scotia team of five male and five female members.

“Severn is a really well-rounded skier,” Andrew said. “She does well at all of them.”

Severn enjoys Ski Wentworth but has also skied at Ski Martock and Ben Eion in Nova Scotia, as well as other slopes that include Mount Tremblant, Quebec and Sugar Loaf in Maine.

She has skied on virtually every slope in Atlantic Canada, except for Marble Mountain, near Corner Brook, N.L.

“It’s really fun,” she said. “I like to ski at Wentworth. It’s a nice hill.”

Severn also views skiing as a sport for all ages.

“I want to keep skiing,” she said. “I like it even when it’s not a competition.”

Members of the North Nova Education Centre’s ski team competed at the recent regional meet at Ski Wentworth. Front row, from left: Erin MacNeil, Ashley Livingston, Severn Parsons, Ella Parsons and Jaylen Langille. Back row: Nick Manos, Barrett Baker, Brent Chapman, Vincente Ramirez, Cale MacLaughlin, Jakob Knewitz, Ben MacGillivray and coach Andrew Parsons. Missing from photo are Sarah Brown, Taylor Long and Conrad Robertson. (Goodwin photo)