Freestyle Club makes their mark on Timber Tour

Morgan Franklin and Ryder Mackenzie-White displaying their medals. Photo submitted.

A lack of snow didn’t stop the Sun Peaks Freestyle Club athletes from putting down solid runs and earning multiple podium finishes at their first Timber Tour event of the season from Jan. 17 to 20. Originally the events were set to be held at Apex Mountain Resort however the slopestyle competition was moved to Big White Ski Resort due to snow conditions.

Podium finishers included Charlie Roberts who earned gold in the men’s U14 Slopestyle and Luc Dallaire with bronze in the men’s U16 Slopestyle competition. In the Super Youth division Paige Franklin took bronze in women’s U14 Slopestyle. Ryder Mackenzie-White earned Silver in men’s U12 Slopestyle while teammate Morgan Franklin brought home gold.

In the Super Youth Moguls competition, Jackson Atkinson topped the podium in the men’s U10 division. He again stood again on the top of the podium after earning gold in the Big Air competition on Jan. 20 and just missed the podium in Slopestyle taking fourth.

Ryder Mackenzie-White took home gold in men’s U12 Big Air competition closely followed by Morgan Franklin in second. In the women’s U14 division Paige Franklin again put down a medal-worthy performance earning silver.   

“All those kids that got on the podium deserve to be recognized for their hard work and dedication to Freestyle. As they are, more often than not, out there honing their skills Monday to Friday, not only when we train on weekends, which shows in their skiing and podium positions,” said Graeme McKay, head coach of the Sun Peaks Freestyle Club.

He went on to congratulate Charlie Roberts and Jackson Atkinson on their first ever gold medals. The club saw more success throughout the competition with many athletes having top 10 finishes.

At the men’s U14 Timber Tour Moguls competition Charlie Roberts placed eighth. The following day he went on to finish ninth in the Dual Mogul competition. In the Super Youth division, U10 competitor Mila Roberts stayed consistent placing seventh in Slopestyle, seventh in Moguls and fifth in Big Air.

Ollie Smith rose to the top of the pack in the men’s U12 Big Air competition placing fifth overall. In women’s U12 action Annika Roberts was in the top 10 in each category earning herself eighth in Slopestyle, 10th in Moguls and fifth in Big Air.

“The kids all did exceptionally well in the Big Air which I would say has been definitely one of our main focuses this past few months,” said McKay.

The club will compete again at Mount Washington Feb. 7 to 10.