XC Ottawa is delighted to announce the newest member of our team. Wayne Dustin, one of Canada's most successful male cross-country skiers, will be racing with XC Ottawa for the 2003-2004 season. Wayne has recently decided to get serious again after taking a couple of years to finish school and adjust to the working life, and is looking forward to showing the young guys what racing is all about!
Wayne brings a vast store of racing and training knowledge and experience to our group. This year, Wayne's focus will be on longer distance events, and hopes to place in the top 10 at the National Championship 50k and the Keskinada, and in the top 30 at the American Birkebeiner.
Wayne won his first National Championship medal at Junior Nationals in 1981, at the age of 16. He went on to join the National Team in 1982, and remained on the team for 11 years, until 1993. He won at least 7 individual junior and senior national gold medals. In international competition, Wayne raced in three World Junior Championships, with a best placing of 13th, and represented Canada at 5 World Championship and two Olympic Games, Calgary in 1988 and Albertville in 1992. His best Olympic result was 46th.
Wayne has recently finished a master's degree in computer engineering at Carleton University and currently works for March Networks, a firm in Kanata. He is looking forward to training and racing with XC Ottawa, and showing them what over 10 years of international experience can bring!
Photo credits: CP PHOTO/COA/Ted Grant.