Five SPAC racers to compete in U16 Nationals this week

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Five local athletes will be competing on home turf this week when the U16 Canadian Alpine Nationals take place in Sun Peaks. 

Micah Schwirtlich, Euan Currie, Talyn Lormier, Joshua Jerstad and Cameron Smith qualified this season to compete at the national event. 

Sun Peaks Alpine Club (SPAC) U16 assistant coach Ben McGregor said it was great to see Sun Peaks athletes represented in the 20 boys and 20 girls selected to represent the province. 

“It’s also nice for parents to see their kids getting there, it’s a big investment.”

The season has been successful for the team with Lormier taking home second in the Super G at Red Mountain, B.C., earlier this year. 

“Taylin’s been absolutely killing it this year, she had a couple of DNFs but other than that she’s always been right in the mix,” McGregor said. 

At the same competition Currie also won a silver medal in Super G, a podium finish the coach said secured his spot on the B.C. team. Schwirtlich also finished strong at Red Mountain with a seventh place in Super G. 

“Last year Micah struggled more, so qualifying for this is a big opportunity to show what he’s capable of doing.” 

In Panorama, B.C., both Currie and Schwirtlich placed in the top 10. 

Having qualified their focus is now on nationals this week. All racers will take place in Super G, Giant Slalom, Slalom and Skier Cross throughout the event. 

Other B.C. athletes arrived this weekend before the March 9 to 15 event to train as a team on the Sun Peaks courses. 

“Nationals is a big deal for the resort,” McGregor said. “160 athletes come from all over the country.”

Most of the events will take place on OSV with the super G starting from the very top of the Elevation Chairlift. 

McGregor said he hopes the community will be excited for the event and comes out to watch races even if they aren’t volunteering. 

“You never know who could be there and where they’re going to go.”