Competition season ends atop the podium

Three Competitions for Freestyle Club

Sun Peaks freestyle skiers pose with their medals in Big White. - Photo Submitted
Sun Peaks freestyle skiers pose with their medals in Big White. – Photo Submitted

The Sun Peaks Freestyle Club wrapped up the season by reaching the podium at each of the last three competitions.

Local skiers claimed six medals at two days of slopestyle competition at Big White on March 12 and 13. Olson Advocaat finished in first place in the U10 division and Luc Dallaire claimed third in the U12 division in the first day of competition. On the second day, Advocaat and Dallaire each claimed first in their respective divisions with Mastin Hooper finishing in second in U12 and Ravi Embar finishing in third place in the U16 division.

The following weekend, Advocaat continued his podium finishes with a second place performance at a rail jam in Silver Star, with Embar claiming second place in the moguls competition.

The freestyle season wrapped up with the final Timber Tour event of the season at Mt. Washington from March 31 to April 3. The weekend opened with the slopestyle competition on Friday with Dallaire claiming top spot, Charlie Roberts finishing third and Mastin Hooper finishing in fourth in the U12 division. Ethan Hooper finished third in U10.

The Sun Peaks skiers were kept off the podium during Saturday’s moguls runs. Dallaire and Ethan Hooper each finished in fifth place in their respective age categories, and Roberts finished sixth and Mastin Hooper finished 10th in the U12 division.

In Sunday’s big air competition, Dallaire threw a 900 spin (two and a half rotations) to win the gold medal in the U12 division. Roberts finished seventh and Mastin Hooper finished 11th. Ethan Hooper finished fourth in the U10 division.


Teck Provincial Open Series – Grouse Mountain

Josh Jacoby stands in the start gate at Grouse Mountain. - Photo Submitted
Josh Jacoby stands in the start gate at Grouse Mountain. – Photo Submitted

The Sun Peaks Alpine Club (SPAC) also finished the season with strong performances.

The U16 racers wrapped up the provincial races series with three slalom races at the Teck Provincial Open Series at Grouse Mountain from March 4 to 6.

Emily Whitecross finished 10th and Delpine Langevin finished 36th in Friday’s women’s slalom, and Josh Jacoby finished ninth and Joel Elias finished 23rd in the men’s race.

Saturday’s race ended with a podium finish as Myka Jardine-Arnold finished third in the women’s race with teammates Shaylyn Kovacs finishing 28th and Langevin finishing 40th. In the men’s race Jacoby finished 14th and Elias placed 34th.

The race weekend wrapped up with Sunday’s slalom races. Kovacs placed 30th and Langevin finished 38th in the women’s slalom. Jacoby claimed his third straight top-15 finish placing 12th in the men’s slalom with teammate Beckett Hooton right behind him in 13th and Elias in 32nd.

“Overall the athletes pushed out of the comfort zone as the hill was steeper than they were used to. Myka had an amazing weekend, skiing the best she had all season, as well as Beckett,” said head coach Montana Molyneux. “Together, our team was determined to move up from their bib (starting position).”

Teck Okanagan Zone – Revelstoke

The Sun Peaks Alpine Club racers in Revelstoke for the final zone race of the season. - Photo Submitted
The Sun Peaks Alpine Club racers in Revelstoke for the final zone race of the season. – Photo Submitted

The Teck Okanagan Zone Finals in Revelstoke on March 26 and 27 wrapped up the racing season for SPAC racers.

The giant slalom races took place on Saturday with four SPAC skiers claiming a top-15 finish in the U14/U16 women’s division. Emily Whitecross finished sixth, Noa Hooton finished eighth, Brynn Applegath finished 10th and Shaylyn Kovacs finished 13th.

Two SPAC racers stood atop the podium following the women’s U12 giant slalom race. Aruwin Salehhuddin finished first with teammate Talyn Lorimer in second, Jayna Whitecross placed 11th and Becca Elias finished 22nd.

In the men’s U14/U16 giant slalom race Malcolm Smith finished 22nd, Niko Linder finished 25th and Colton Kovacs placed 26th.

SPAC racers claimed nearly half of the spots in the top 20 for the men’s U12 giant slalom race. Cameron Smith finished third, Fraser Jacoby placed sixth, Joshua Jerstad placed seventh, Manuel Centeno finished 11th, Nigel Vlutters placed 16th, Euan Currie finished 17th and Calvin Dent placed 20th, and Liam Freathy finished 24th.

In the women’s U14/U16 slalom race on Sunday, Emily Whitecross finished eighth, Shaylyn Kovacs finished 16th, Noa Hooton finished 17th and Felicie Langevin placed 23rd.

Talyn Lorimer claimed the gold medal and Aruwin Salehhuddin won bronze in the women’s U12 slalom race with teammates Jayna Whitecross in 11th and Becca Elias in 20th.

In the men’s U14/U16 slalom race, Rio Shatzko placed 19th, Malcolm Smith placed 21st and Niko Linder placed 25th.

SPAC racers had another strong showing in the men’s U12 slalom race. Cameron Smith finished fourth, Joshua Jerstad finished fifth, Calvin Dent finished 10th, Euan Currie placed 16th, Liam Freathy finished 17th and Aiden Kramer placed 18th.