Brooke Lacey to represent Canada in Russia

Brooke Lacey is a third year business student at Thompson Rivers University. Photo Supplied.

In her sixth season of snowboarding, Brooke Lacey has advanced from a recreational boarder to a volunteer with the Canadian Ski Patrol and now has set her sights on competing in the slopestyle category at the 29th Winter Universiade Krasnoyarsk 2019 in Siberia, Russia.

Lacey, who had previously competed in the Arctic Winter Games learned about the opportunity  in an e-blast from Snowboarding Canada regarding the event. The Winter Universiade Krasnoyarsk competition is an event for university students and as a third-year business student at Thompson Rivers University Lacey met the criteria.

“I was like ‘What, I’m in university I’m not competitive material by any means, but I do really enjoy hitting the park and having fun and I really enjoy snowboarding…’ so I sent them an email back. They were like we’ll be in touch, we’ll let you know if there’s anyone higher level then you,” Lacey said.

By late September she had received confirmation she would represent Team Canada at the event, with a reaction of disbelief and excitement she called her parents to discuss if she should pursue the opportunity.

“I just assumed they’d say ‘no it’s way too expensive. Focus on your school’ and they were super stoked on it,” she said. “They were like ‘what this is is a once in a lifetime opportunity, you have to do this.’”

As a student Lacey said her schedule has become a lot more intense than she’s used to, but she’s looking forward to the competition.

“Now instead of a full-time five classes, I’m three classes which is the minimum for full-time this semester. With that I’ll be practicing hopefully five to six days a week on the slopes and (dryland) training every day,” said Lacey.

The competition will be the first time she’s traveled outside North America, traveling 33 hours for the March 2 to 13 event.

‘I’m the only person on the slopestyle section of snowboarding, but there is also alpine and boardercross. We’ll be going as a group and sticking together there, but for my section, I’ll be alone,” she said.

Goalwise, Lacey plans to assess the calibre of her competitors before she sets a goal for where she hopes to end up in the standings.

“I’m nervous because compared to some other athletes going in they definitely will have a competitive advantage for how long they’ve been snowboarding for or the resources they have offered to them,” she explained.

Focusing on her own skills, she hopes to clean up some of her skills and to become more comfortable and confident on rails.

“Of course it’s my goal to have my 360s really clean and have a big ole handful of tricks to pull out. So that’s my goal too and of course to go there and have fun. I want to make friends while I’m there and enjoy this.”

Lacey’s competitive dream to compete in Siberia will cost her family roughly $10,000 to $12,000 with the entrance fee alone totaling $3,000 she has started a GoFundMe campaign in hopes of easing the financial burden of her travels.

“I set up a GoFundMe because I do have friends and family that want to help me. Now that the community’s finding out if they want to, they can, I won’t say no.”

Lacey will travel to a few Canadian competitions before representing Canada in March. To donate to her gofundme campaign visit

https://www.gofundme.com/brooke039s-slopestyle-to-universiade.

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