Bennett Sets Sights on National Team

The Northwood ski team has had a great season this year. Over spring break many NWS athletes were competing in CO, landing on the podium multiple times. In particular, Sarah Bennett ’19 has had an exceptional season that gave her the opportunity to be invited to a Quebec Team Evaluation Camp at Mont Edouard, Canada, where she is training with some of the best young Canadian ski racers. Also attending the camp is Erik Guay, a three-time Olympian, and Canada’s most successful male alpine skier. Bennett is currently ranked one of the best in North America for her age.

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Sarah Bennett ’19 (Photo: provided)

“The camp is going well, but I’m very tired,” said Bennett. “We have days that start at 6:00 am with a morning warm-up, and we ski from 8:00 am till 3:30 pm. We then have a small gym session for a cool down from 7 till 8. So far, we have had great weather and I’m happy to be able to train with Eric Guay.”

The camp is an evaluation for the Quebec provincial team. If Sarah is selected for Team Quebec, she will be given access to higher profile races and training camps and could open up opportunities for sponsorships that will help support her travel expenses.

Terry DelliQuadri, Northwood’s Head Alpine Ski Team Coach said the camp is an important opportunity for Bennett. “It is a stepping stone towards the Canadian National Team and World Cup racing,” said DelliQuadri. “She’s already competing at a collegiate level, but this could help her to get to the point of winning college races.”

DelliQuadri also said Bennett’s selection is good for Northwood and NYSEF (New York Ski Educational Foundation). “It will show the ski community that is it possible to get a rigorous school education and still ski at a competitive level,” said DelliQuadri. “It’s also good to have a top racer in New York,” he added. “We’ve had racers that have gone to the Olympics and ski in college, and it shows that ski racing doesn’t revolve just around Vermont in the East. This is also good for Northwood skiing because it could bring recruits from Quebec.”

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