Press ReleaseFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEContact:Sara Vanderwood, President65 French RoadOxford, METel: +1-207-539-9685Email: pulka4u@yahoo.comFebruary 5, 2010IFSS Selects Two USA Skiers for Scandinavia’s Training CampOxford, Maine – The International Federation of Sleddog Sports (IFSS) has announced its selection for a training camp to be in Sweden at the end of February, 2010. Two skijorers from the USA will be attending: Jason Sperry (New York) and Jim Benson (Minnesota). The primary goals of the camp are to improve the abilities and performance of those wishing to compete in the Nordic disciplines at the IFSS World Championships in Norway in 2011 and to give the training camp participants the skills and tools to enable them to go back to their own countries and educate others, further helping to develop skijoring and pulka.Sperry has competed in many Nordic skijoring races, including the 2009 IFSS World Championships in Daaquam, Quebec. He is anxious to be exposed to Scandinavian skijor methods and philosophies. He has organized skijor camps and wants “to take what I learn in Sweden and Norway and bring that back and utilize the information at the camps and clinics I have been working on in the US.”Like Sperry, Benson is an experienced skijorer but has never competed internationally against the best of the best. He has developed a training curriculum that is currently being used by his local Minneapolis club, the Midwest Skijorers Club, of which he is currently president. The Scandinavian training camp “is a very unique opportunity to further broaden the spectrum and depth of our training venues for the benefit of the sport and participants at all levels,” Benson commented upon learning of his selection.Both Sperry and Benson as also anxious to develop their skills in Nordic pulka. They are both also looking forward to competing in the 2011 IFSS World Championships in Norway and are grateful to IFSS for giving them the opportunity to further their skills in such an auspicious venue as the training camp. In all, there will be twelve participants in the camp, selected from all over the world among thirty-three, very qualified applicants. Benson and Sperry are proud to have been selected. ##########################


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