Ferneyhough, Stimson awarded Ted Beauchamp Nordic Ski Scholarship
Truckee’s Alex Ferneyhough and Dayna Stimson of Crowley Lake have been awarded the annual Ted Beauchamp Scholarship by the Far West Nordic Ski Education Association.
The scholarship, worth $300, is awarded each year to young cross country ski racers who are avid participants in the sport and who show a dedication and character that serves as a positive example to all of those involved in Nordic competition.
Each of the awarded skiers has shown a passion for skiing, has an interest in skiing at a national level and has shown a quality of character that Far West Nordic and the Ted Beauchamp family can be proud of.
Ferneyhough has been skiing competitively since sixth grade, when he starred for Alder Creek Middle School, and has gone on to compete for four years at Truckee High School. A graduating senior this year, Ferneyhough has led his team by example, training throughout the year to improve his rankings on the Nordic team. Even with an injured wrist much of last fall, Ferneyhough still trained at every team workout, roller skiing without poles for mile after mile, showing the fortitude and dedication necessary to be a top cross country ski racer. A veteran of three Junior Olympics, starting with the 2005 competition at Auburn Ski Club, Ferneyhough placed second in this year’s Silver Rush 30-kilometer race at Royal Gorge.
Stimson, a junior at Mammoth High School, has also been Nordic racing competitively since the sixth grade, and has shown a steady and marked improvement year by year. Currently a J1 (16-17-year-old) racer, she has represented Far West at the national level since she was 13, starting with her first Junior Olympics in Lake Placid, N.Y. She is a veteran of four JOs. Her breakthrough year occurred this past winter, when she took the title of High School State Champion for California/Nevada. Stimson then went on to have exceptional results on the national level, highlighted by her fourth-place finish in the freestyle competition in the Junior Olympics at Soldier Hollow, Utah. A team leader, Stimson continues to show the Nordic community that she is deserving of this award.
This Scholarship is in memorial of Ted Beauchamp, who was a dedicated member of the Far West Ski Association Board of Directors and a longtime mentor to children in regards to skiing and other outdoor pursuits. The Beauchamp family and Far West Nordic feel that this scholarship to help young ski racers is a fitting way to remember a departed friend of the organization. Donations to the Scholarship Fund can be made by mail to the Far West Nordic Ski Education Association, at P.O. Box 10046, Truckee, CA, 96162. For more information, call 587-0304 or e-mail to email@example.com.
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