Six Sun Peaks Skiers to Compete in Apex Games
Six skiers will represent Sun Peaks at the BC Winter Games at Apex Mountain from Feb. 26 to 28. All the skiers are under the age of 14 and it will be their first and only chance to compete at the event which takes place every two years.
Luc Dallaire is the lone freestyle skier from Sun Peaks who will compete. Dallaire represents the newly formed Sun Peaks Freestyle Club and has been a presence on the podium this season. He won a silver medal in slopestyle and a bronze medal in big air at the season’s first competition at Apex in January. He won the grom division at the Garden Rail Jam in Sun Peaks on Jan. 24.
“I heard that my friends were going and I wanted to go because it sounded fun, just the experience and being with my friends,” Dallaire said. “I’m not yet, but when I’m about to do my runs I’ll be nervous.”
Five members of the Sun Peaks Alpine Club are also set to compete in the slalom and giant slalom races in Apex.
Brynn Applegath, Clayton Dent, Noa Hooton, Ben Jacoby and Rio Shatzko qualified for the Winter Games following the Okanagan Zone race in Sun Peaks at the beginning of January, where they each had at least one top 15 finish.
Hooton watched her brother, Beckett, compete at the BC Winter Games two years ago and she said she wants to beat her brother’s results.
“It’s pretty special because my brother went so I get to do it too, so it’s cool,” Hooton said. “I’ll just try really hard and try to do well.”
It will mark the first race at the provincial level for the U14 racers. The Sun Peaks skiers are striving to finish in the top 10.
“I’m really excited for more competition and getting to know more people that I ski with,” Applegath said. “My goal is to try my best, work hard and hopefully if possible get top 10.”
“It’s going to be lots of fun,” Shatzko said. “I want to get top 10. (It will) probably take my best run.”
Wherever they finish, the Sun Peaks skiers are all excited to share the experience with their teammates.
“(I’m looking forward to) staying together as a group and bonding even more than with all of our teammates that we already have,” Hooton said.