Snowboarders make club proud at first competition

Nayte Brown competes in Whistler. Photo Richard Fonger

The Sun Peaks Snowboard Club had a successful first competition in Whistler, B.C., from Jan. 9 to 11.

Coach Richard Fonger and two of the six club members travelled to the B.C. Provincial Slopestyle series event and came home with medals.

Nayte Brown took home a bronze medal in the U15 Big Air competition and Colton McHatten took a silver in the U13 Big Air.

Fonger said he was proud of not only the results but of the actions of the athletes.
“It was a really good experience for the kids, we have a young club so going to a big competition like that was scary.

Colton McHatten competing in Whistler. Photo Richard Fonger

“Nayte and Colton were able to have a great showing at the Whistler event and were able to execute their training plan into a second and third place in their age categories, respectively. A great deal of emphasis can be placed on where these young athletes finish at these events. As their coach I was happier with how they executed their training plans and stuck to it. Even more impressed with their positive attitudes and and support of both each other as well as their competitors.”

Back at home, the club is now training for another event in SilverStar in February, where more athletes will be able to attend.

“Special thanks to Christine, Doug, Barry, Jenna and Brennan for making the trip possible and a success.”

This is the first season for this iteration of the club, which was founded in 2019 after the loss of the Bluebird Day Fund’s competitive freestyle snowboard program.

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