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World descending on Prince George ahead of 2019 ParaNordic Championships

Multiple countries have already arrived a week early
Ukraine team YXS
The Ukrainian national ParaNordic team greeted at the Prince George Airport (via Facebook/Caledonia Nordic Ski Club)

Prince George is less than seven days away from surpassing another milestone in its history.

The 2019 World ParaNordic Skiing Championships is the first major international competition in the city and competing countries are arriving early to take in the sights.

Since last Friday (Feb. 1), three nations have landed in B.C.’s northern capital, including South Korea, Ukraine, and Great Britain, with 15 others flying into YXS soon.

The Ukrainian national squad was greeted this morning (Feb. 8) by Prince George’s Yalenka Ukrainian Cultural Society with welcome signs and Canada flags.

In addition to adjusting to the Pacific time zone and weather conditions, teams will also want to get a glimpse at the Caledonia Nordic Ski Club, which continues to put the finishing touches on the course.

Athletes are registered in either the sitting, standing, or visually-impaired categories of the tournament’s two sports, cross-country skiing and biathlon.

There are 19 total countries racing in this year’s ParaNordic Championships:

  • Canada (Host)
  • Armenia
  • Austria
  • Belarus
  • Finland
  • France
  • Georgia
  • Germany
  • Great Britain
  • Japan
  • Kazakhstan
  • South Korea
  • Mongolia
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Sweden
  • Tajikistan
  • Ukraine
  • United States

So if you see some of these new visitors walking downtown or in your area, don’t be shy to say ‘Hello’, wish them luck at the Championships, and show some of that Prince George hospitality.


Kyle  Balzer

About the Author: Kyle Balzer

Kyle Balzer graduated with distinction from BCIT's Broadcast & Online Journalism program in 2016. Since moving to Prince George, he has covered a variety of stories from education & Indigenous relations, to community interests & sports.
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