Red Albrechtson of the Nickel Plate Nordic Centre in Penticton will represent the club and B.C. at the 2017 Ski Nationals at the Canmore Nordic Centre Provincial Park from March 18 – 25. Canmore is expected to host more than 1,000 athletes, coaches and parents from across the country. The venue is the site of the 1988 Olympic Winter Games Nordic.                                Submitted photo

Red Albrechtson of the Nickel Plate Nordic Centre in Penticton will represent the club and B.C. at the 2017 Ski Nationals at the Canmore Nordic Centre Provincial Park from March 18 – 25. Canmore is expected to host more than 1,000 athletes, coaches and parents from across the country. The venue is the site of the 1988 Olympic Winter Games Nordic. Submitted photo

Nickel Plate athlete competing in Ski Nationals

Fred Albrechtson is going to test himself against Canada’s best cross-country skiers in Canmore.

Fred Albrechtson is testing himself against Canada’s best cross-country skiers at Ski Nationals March 18 to 25 in Canmore.

Albrechtson will represent the Nickel Plate Nordic Ski Club and B.C.

“It’s really great. I worked pretty hard this season to get here,” said Albrechtson. “I’m really proud of myself.”

Albrechtson credits his experience at the 2016 Penticton B.C. Winter Games in getting the chance to compete against the best. Albrechtson described the Games as a great experience, one he wanted to do again, but can’t because of age eligibility so he went after nationals.

“I’ve been pretty consistent,” said Albrechtson, of his performances which consist of top 10 finishes and reaching the podium on two other occasions.

Albrechtson, who has been cross-country skiing for four or five years, has been facing athletes competing in the sport most of their lives. His desire to catch up to the seasoned athletes is fuel to put more time into training.

“I definitely think that has been helping,” said Albrechtson, who is on the B.C. Talent Squad, and is aiming to make the B.C. Development team.

At nationals, Albrechtson, a former mogul skier, has set his sights on a top-20 finish and he believes he can achieve that.

“I just can’t believe I got this chance. I’m just super excited for it,” he said. “Representing Nickel Plate, that is going to be pretty cool. I’m the only Nickel Plate person there.”