With solid gold in the first four Besh Cup* races this season, Rowan has secured the honor of an invitation to represent Alaska in Cross Country Skiing at the biennial Arctic Winter Games in Canada’s Northwest Territories this March 18-24.
Now, he just needs a little funding to get to that international starting line - and the chance to test his mettle in a field of the best U14 skiers in the world - including athletes from Norway, Finland, Russia, Greenland, and Canada.
Rowan has always loved snow - happily scooting around in drifts before he could even walk. And, he has found a balance and grace in skiing that is a joy to watch.
Rowan is also passionate about excelling in athletics and has shown unwavering focus toward giving everything he has to the moment, since he first skied as a five-year old Polar Cub in the Anchorage Junior Nordic League program. He was invited to practice with the Winterberry Charter School team in fourth grade - two years before he could "officially" join.
Rowan currently trains with the APU (Alaska Pacific University) Devos - a program whose more experienced skiers make up literally half of the USA’s nordic team headed to PyeongChang for this year’s Olympic Games. Some of his most amazing race results are fueled with Create 38 cherry vanilla bars. And, in pursuit of a core of steel, Rowan frequently surprises his family with a series of astonishing plank variations timed to music.
You can check out Rowan’s current rank at: Team Alaska Points List - U14 Boys
The requested funds cover the required fees to compete in the Arctic Winter Games: uniform, waxing supplies, registration, travel, and accommodations.
Athletes must commit to participating and pay all fees on Sunday, February 4, at the conclusion of the sixth Besh Cup race - the final in the annual series.
Please sponsor Rowan so he can ski for Alaska in this year’s Arctic Winter Games. He has done everything he can do to make this happen - and he needs our support to get there.
*The Besh Cup is Alaska’s premier statewide nordic six-race championship series.
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