Tallon's 2017 – 2018 Race Season

My name is Tallon Noble and I am an 18-year-old cross country ski athlete originally from Courtenay, Vancouver Island, now studying and training in Kelowna, BC. My love for skiing was nurtured on Mt. Washington and grew exponentially as I joined the race team under the coaching of Dave Battison. By the time of Dave's unfortunate passing he had already ingrained an instinct of training and racing that I will always carry with me.

Over the past few years I have gradually moved up the Canadian ranks under the meticulous coaching of Andrea Stapff, finally checking off national podium performances at the 2017 Canadian Ski Nationals in Canmore. After graduation I decided to join my friends and coach Adam Elliot in Kelowna with Team Telemark. With new teammates and new training environments I am excited for the snow to fall and to see how my hard work will pay off.

I have started this campaign to help offset the costs of traveling and racing this season
. In total my 2017–2018 race season will cost around $5000, including 2-3 trips to eastern Canada, 3-4 trips around BC and Alberta, as well as a European race tour to Germany, Austria and Italy. 

After accomplishing some of my long term goals last season I have gained a lot of confidence in my abilities and have raised the bar for the coming year. Realizing that I can be one of the best in Canada has led me to believe that I can achieve these goals:

·  Qualification for and a top 30 finish at World Junior Championships in Goms, Switzerland.

·  Podium performances and a top 3 aggregate at Canadian Nationals in Thunder Bay, Ontario.

·  Podium performances on the NorAm circuit in distance and sprint. 

This season has already started off well, with two first place finishes at Frozen Thunder in Canmore November 1–3: First in Junior Men's 1.6 km classic sprint, and first in Junior Men's (12th in Open Men's) 10 km free interval start.

As the race season gets under way, the added financial stress on top of my academic course load makes it more difficult to focus on my training, and ultimately performing on race day. Any contribution would be a significant aid in helping me accomplish my goals this season. Thank you very  much! Tallon.

p.s. If you prefer to send me a cheque, your donation can still count towards this campaign. I can enter it as an "offline" donation. Please make your cheque payable to Tallon Noble, and mail it c/o 4150 Dove Creek Road, Courtenay, BC. V9J 1S1. Thank you!



"Chasing Limits: XC Ski Nationals Short Sprints" TV footage on YouTube 
Jump to the one hour and forty-five-minute mark​ for a 4-minute clip showing me winning the semi-final in the 1.1 km classic sprint. Then ​jump to 2:06 for another 4-minute clip of me coming in third in the final heat for my first sprint bronze medal in the Canadian Nationals, 2017.

This is a podium shot from the 2017 Western Canadian Championships.
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Tallon Noble 
Courtenay, BC
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