ALPINE CLUB CLAIMS FOUR TOP 20 FINISHES
Skiers from Sun Peaks had a strong showing at the BC Winter Games at Apex Mountain from Feb. 26 to 28.
Kamloops’ Luc Dallaire had two fourth place finishes en route to a seventh place overall finish in the U14 freestyle skiing competition.
Dallaire, a member of the Sun Peaks Freestyle Club, placed fourth in the slopestyle competition on Friday, 18th in the moguls event on Saturday and fourth in the big air
competition on Sunday.
“I’m not very good at moguls because I don’t do it much,” Dallaire said with a laugh. “It was fun. I was one of the better ones at jumps but my moguls ruined it all because I’m not very good.”
The 11-year-old was one of the youngest skiers in his age group, competing against skiers as much as three years older.
“It was really fun. I’m happy because of my age category,” he said. “If they landed their set I definitely knew they were going to beat me, but I was just skiing for myself.”
Five skiers from the Sun Peaks Alpine Club (SPAC) finished the weekend with four top 20 finishes.
“There was definitely a lot of nerves going on but I think at the end of it they were happy with how they did, and now it gives them an idea of where they’re sitting in their age group for the province,” said Danielle Cowburn, a SPAC coach who was also head coach of the Okanagan Zone at the Games.
Noa Hooton opened the weekend with an 18th place finish in the female giant slalom. Brynn Applegath placed 27th.
Rio Shatzko finished 14th in the male giant slalom, Ben Jacoby finished 21st and Clayton Dent finished right behind his SPAC teammate in 22nd.
Hooton skied to a 20th place finish in Saturday’s female slalom. Jacoby placed 22nd and Shatzko finished 23rd in the men’s slalom on Saturday. Both Applegath and Dent did not finish their races.
Applegath bounced back to finish 17th in Sunday’s female slalom race and Hooton placed 28th. Dent finished 22nd, Jacoby 26th and Shatzko 32nd in the male slalom race
“The entire (Okanagan) group that was with us was finishing in the top 25 for the most part,” Cowburn said. “I think they were happy and realized we’re a strong zone.”
Kamloops will host the 2018 BC Winter Games with Sun Peaks serving as the venue for alpine and freestyle skiing, and biathlon.