Nordic Skiing News

Ravens Head to 2013 Universiade

Written by Allie Moore

Peter Biesel in Italy

The 2013 Winter Universiade kicks off this week, and four Ravens will be taking part in the event. Kendra Murray, Peter Beisel, Lee Hawkings, and Matthias Purdon, all members of Carleton’s Nordic Skiing varsity team, have begun making their way to Trentino, Italy for the opening ceremony on December 11.

Murray and Beisel are currently attending Carleton and skiing for the Ravens. Beisel, a fourth year engineering student, was recently awarded the prestigious “Ski to School” scholarship by Cross Country Canada. Hawkings is currently taking CU Online courses and training in his hometown of Whitehorse, while Purdon is taking graduate courses at Trent University.

The Ravens Nordic Ski team is one of ten teams that compete in Ontario University Athletics, along with Algoma, Guelph, Lakehead, Laurentian, Nipissing, uOttawa, Queen’s, Toronto, and Waterloo. The four Carleton athletes are one third of the Canadian contingent of nordic skiiers, as the team is made up of twelve skiers from across the country. The Ravens have been successful in recent years, with the men winning 2nd place at the CCUNC (Canadian College and University National Championship) this past season, and the women placing 4th. Murray won a bronze medal in the team relay, and a gold in the 10km race.

The 2013 Winter Universiade, also known as the XXVI Winter Universiade, will be taking place in Trentino, Italy from December 11 to December 21. Trentino is located just over three hours from Turin, site of the 2006 Winter Olympics. A small Italian province nestled in the Alps, the area is known for its winter sports, hosting events such as International Ski Federation Nordic skiing, snowboarding, and freestyle ski championships in recent years.

Buona fortuna, Ravens!