Concord’s Tyler Watt is Boys’ Nordic Athlete of the Season 

  • Concord’s Tyler Watt skis at the N.H. Coaches Series classic race at Plymouth Regional High School on Feb. 12. Watt finished second out of 146 skiers. He also competed at junior nationals later in the season. Jeff Sullivan /

Monitor staff
Published: 4/2/2022 11:01:06 AM

Tyler Watt believes that hard work pays off. He should know.

The sophomore at Concord High School competes in Nordic skiing for both his school and club teams. He spends his weekends racing all over New England with his club team and his weekdays practicing or racing with CHS.

And Tyler’s not just racing, he’s winning. That makes him the Concord Monitor’s boys’ Nordic skiing Athlete of the Year.

As a freshman, Watt came in third in the D-I state championship and grabbed first in the Meet of Champions. He wasn’t at either event this year because he was competing at the U.S.S.S. Junior National Cross Country Ski Championships. There, going up against the top junior skiers in the country, Watt placed 15th in the MU16 freestyle and 26th in the MU16 classic.

Earlier in the year in NH Coaches Series action, Watt took second in the classic and eighth in skate in a field of 140-plus skiers.

“Junior nationals was awesome,” Watt said. “You got there by qualifying through Eastern Cup races on the weekends in, like, February and January. And then, based on those races, you would get ranked and they would select the top six out of New England to go.”

At the event held in Minneapolis, Watt raced as part of Team New England and tested his mettle versus skiers from Alaska, the Midwest and the Rocky Mountains.

“It was a really awesome experience. I met a lot of nice guys, and it was pretty sick,” said Watt.

CHS Nordic skiing coach Erin Waters was thrilled with Watt’s season.

“To have a kid from Concord go to junior nationals is really exciting,” said Waters.

Waters sees the work that Watt puts into his skiing day in and day out. She is continually impressed with his work ethic and ability to keep pushing.

“He does the training that he needs to do,” said Waters. “And maybe more importantly, he will communicate how he is feeling and what he needs. He is very much a part of figuring out what he needs to perform at his best.

“He’s at the point where knows how to train. And we can communicate and talk about what works for him specifically.”

Watt acknowledged that burnout is a risk in a sport like Nordic skiing. The grinding nature of endurance sports can get repetitive in a hurry and cause some to leave the sport they used to love.

“I’m gonna try my best to continue to train and do all that stuff to make sure I don’t burn out, so that I can keep skiing at this level throughout the rest of my career. But I love the sport, so I can’t really see myself (burning out),” said Watt.

It’s clear how much love Watt has for his sport. And even when the training gets tough, the enjoyment never leaves him on race day.

“I really like to go fast on the downhills – that’s really fun for me,” he said. “But another part of it is I just really like being outside during the wintertime. It’s just love.

“I just really like the snow and I like cold temperatures more than warm temperatures. And it’s just, it’s beautiful because I’m outside. It’s great.”

Watt plans to use that love to hone his craft and excel in the remainder of his high school career. And he doesn’t plan on stopping then.

“I definitely want to try to ski D-I,” said Watt. “My sister skis D-I, so I can’t really let her one-up me. I’ve got some pretty big shoes to fill, so I’m going to try my best to get into one of those D-I schools and be a part of the team.”

Waters is just as excited as Watt for the future.

“Just to see where the next couple of years takes him is exciting,” Waters said. “He has so much time and he puts in a ton of work in the offseason. He really has these high goals and does what he can to make them happen.”

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