The 5th season of Ski to School Project completed on Sakhalin

The Ski to School Project is aimed to improve kids’ health and promote a healthy and active lifestyle.

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The 5th season of Ski to School Project completed on Sakhalin

Thanks to this initiative, thousands of young Sakhaliners are able to participate in downhill and cross country skiing, using up to date gear and equipment. 

This Project was launched in Sakhalin Oblast in 2016 and has united over 8,000 kids over this time.

The certified ski instructors conduct trainings that are free of charge for kids. The ski gear and equipment for the project participants were purchased with the support of the International Sakhalin-1 Consortium.

257 young sportsmen from twelve Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk schools participated in 2020-2021 downhill ski season. Pupils attended training twice a week after school.

German Saigoushkin, the trainer-instructor of the Sport School of Olympic Reserve for Downhill Ski and Snowboard, says that during the two and a half months of training, the young skiers learnt the ski basics: proper ski stance for moving across the slope and body posture. They understood how to control their bodies and speed on the slope. The graduates completed the season by skiing downhill in a group where they demonstrated the skills acquired by their coaches.

“The kids easily absorb new information. They were very interested in the lessons and learnt the process very quickly. Sometimes they were so overwhelmed with excitement. I can say that ski trainings w very successful, and the kids learnt how to ski using free and classic techniques,”- says Kristina Zykova, Trainer of Aniva Sports School.

A new direction – a health group has become a specific feature of the cross-country ski season. It included kids who have medical exemptions from physical training.   The trainings were held at the ski center of the Aniva Sports School. Twenty pupils from Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk and 20 pupils from Troitskoye settlement learnt how to cross-country ski twice a week under the guidance of professional ski trainers Lyudmila Norina and Kristina Zykova.  

The closing of the ski season was celebrated by a cross-country ski race: there were two teams, where each participant had to ski a 300-meter distance. The pupils were greatly involved in this competitions and supported and cheered their mates on.