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Young skier off to Winter Games
Cold weather doesn’t bother Aidan McMahon.
This 11-year-old Westwood boy will be competing in the cross-country ski portion of the Manitoba Winter Games (March 2 to 8). Participating in the Pee Wee age category (ages 11 and 12), McMahon’s competition dates are March 3 to 5.
McMahon said he has been skiing for nine years, making him only two-years-old the first time he engaged in the sport.
"I like to cross-country ski, so I asked my wife how I would be able to go if I had children with me," McMahon’s father, Robert, said.
When McMahon was a toddler, Robert pulled him in something similar to a jogging stroller behind him while he skied.
"He would ride around in that and get pulled by me," Robert said with a laugh.
As McMahon got older, he graduated from a stroller to just holding onto the back bumper and then being pulled by a rope.
Soon, McMahon was able to experience the slopes on his own pair of skis.
"Cross-country skiing is my hobby," McMahon, a student at École Robert Browning, said. "I like to go as fast as I can."
Robert said although the Manitoba Winter Games are held in Morden, Winkler, and Stanley, the skiing portion will take place at Birch Ski Area on March 3, as well as the Minnewasta Golf and Country Club in Morden on March 5.
McMahon was one of nine skiers in his age group that are participating in the Winter Games.
"This (is) a very cool experience," Robert said. "It (is) a combination of summer camp and the Olympics."
Robert said up until the Manitoba Winter Games, McMahon is busy practising — at least when the temperatures were bearable.
"He never complains about the cold. We’re still teaching him about frostbite," Robert said. "We cancel practices when it’s at -27 with the windchill."
Robert said sometimes he still has to tell McMahon to "get your balaclava back on!"
For more information about the Manitoba Winter Games, visit manitobagames.ca
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