PINKHAM NOTCH, NH-Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center is proud to announce its ongoing sponsorship of 2014 Olympic Biathlon Team member Sean Doherty. When Doherty (now 18 years old) began cross country skiing at Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center more than a decade ago, it was clear the then little boy was talented and very comfortable on his skis. Flash forward to 2014 and Doherty has become a source of pride to everyone at Great Glen Trails who has known him and watched his extraordinary development.
The Doherty family, including Sean’s dad, Dan, his mother, Mary and brother Andrew have all participated in Great Glen Trails programs and events, including the weekly Nordic Meisters cross country ski race series. It was only in the past six or so years that Sean began his training and competing in the Biathlon world. Among those who helped guide him on this early path was biathlete and Great Glen Trails staff member Eli Walker, who helped expose Doherty to club level biathlon events in New York, Vermont and Maine.
“You could tell at a young age that this boy had the skills, curiosity and maturity to grow into the talented young man and competitor he is today,” Walker noted. “I’m proud to call him a friend and to have helped in any capacity-after all, he’s practically part of the family around here!”
Dan Doherty would be the first to agree: “Sean started skiing at Great Glen Trails when he was just seven years old. We definitely consider this place to be our home base for cross country skiing. We’ve participated in all the events here, year round, including running and biking, as well as the weekly Nordic Meisters series…this place is great!” he noted. “Sean has worked so hard and has been focused on this goal since he came to us at 12 years old and said he wanted to compete in biathlons-he’s got the talent, but the other half of the equation is just hard work.”
Having a new local Olympian that calls Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center his “home base” has created a lot of excitement among his many friends and supporters there, who have become accustomed to seeing him grow up on the trail system nestled at the base of the Northeast’s highest peak. “We get to know the families that join us for the endless activities that take place here each year. The Doherty’s are among those who have really made a name for themselves around here and we all feel like we can share the joy in seeing Sean succeed,” said Howie Wemyss, GM of Great Glen Trails and the Mt. Washington Auto Road. “We plan to continue supporting his efforts and training as he proceeds on his remarkable Olympic adventure.”
For more information on Great Glen Trails and Sean Doherty’s time spent training there, contact Howie Wemyss at (603) 466-3988 or visit online at www.greatglentrails.com