Three medals for freestyle club in Apex

DALLAIRE HEADED TO BC WINTER GAMES

FIRST COMPETITION:   The Sun Peaks Freestyle Club had five skiers compete at Apex Mountain in the club’s first official event. - Photo by Daniel Dallaire
FIRST COMPETITION: The Sun Peaks Freestyle Club had five skiers compete at Apex Mountain in the club’s first official event. – Photo by Daniel Dallaire

The Sun Peaks Freestyle Club won three medals at their first-ever competition.
With only one official day of training under their belt, five members of the club travelled to Apex Mountain Resort near Penticton to compete in three freestyle ski disciplines from Jan. 8 to 10.

Luc Dallaire won a silver medal in the U12 slopestyle event and a bronze medal in the U12 big air. Mastin Hooper narrowly missed the podium twice, finishing fourth in both events. Riley McClymont was right behind his teammates with a fifth place finish in the big air and he placed 11th in slopestyle. Charlie Roberts finished 16th in slopestyle and 13th in big air.

David McClymont, the only Sun Peaks skier competing in the U10 category, won a bronze medal in big air and placed fourth in slopestyle.

“I tried to put in the mentality that we’re out there skiing like every day at Sun Peaks except we’re somewhere new and exciting, and go have fun with it,” said coach Daniel Hoerz. “They were all surprised with how well they did.”

Luc Dallaire, Mastin Hooper, David McClymont, Riley McClymont and Charlie Roberts are the first skiers to compete as members of the Sun Peaks Freestyle Club. - Photos by Daniel Dallaire
Luc Dallaire, Mastin Hooper, David McClymont, Riley McClymont and Charlie Roberts are the first skiers to compete as members of the Sun Peaks Freestyle Club. – Photos by Daniel Dallaire

Following the competition, Dallaire was selected to compete on the U14 freestyle team at the BC Winter Games at Apex from Feb. 25 to 28.

All five competitors also competed in moguls despite having no prior training in the discipline.

“I feel like for the club success isn’t a big thing, it’s about having fun,” Hoerz said. “They’ve never (competed) and it’s just about going out there, going for the travel, going for the ski and trying out a new hill.”

Although some members of the Sun Peaks Freestyle Club have previously competed individually, Apex marked the first official competition as a group.

“All the boys had fun and they’ve all got a drive and something to strive for at the next competition,” Hoerz said. “It was a great experience for them.”

The Sun Peaks Freestyle Club is in its first season and consists of seven skiers between the ages of nine and 11. The club trains every Saturday and is preparing for their next competition at Silver Star Mountain Resort March 30 to April 3.

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