Community rallies behind Terwiel

 | February 27, 2012

Racing on the World Cup circuit is no small or inexpensive endeavour, but for Sun Peaks’ racer, Elli Terwiel, that burden was made much lighter thanks to the “Elli Extravaganza,” a fundraiser to help offset Terwiel’s travel and racing expenses for the remainder of the FIS World Cup racing season.

As a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) competitor, Terwiel doesn’t qualify for corporate sponsorship, nor can she raise funds herself, making the challenge of competing that much greater. Her mother, Anne, felt the fundraiser, organized by the Sun Peaks Alpine Club, couldn’t have come at a better time.

“In the past year alone, we’ve already spent over $25,000 and that’s just her training, travel and racing costs,” she said.

Over $5,450 was raised at the “Elli Extravaganza” which featured a Toonie race, auction and dinner at Bento’s.

Last month Terwiel won both Slalom events and placed second in the GS at the NCAA Vail Nor-Am Cup in Colorado then travelled to Andorra to compete in the World Cup races where she came in 39th in her field. Terwiel’s season wraps up at the Audi FIS Ski World Cup in Ofterschwang, Germany in early March.