Freestyle Club has strong start to season

Sun Peaks athletes have won 10 medals in the first few competitions
Sun Peaks Freestyle Club athletes Jackson Atkinson and Ryder Mckenzie-White received first and second in slopestyle at Big White. Photo provided.

As freestyle competitions are now underway across the province, the Sun Peaks Freestyle club (SPFC) has already begun to bring home medals and is looking forward to more upcoming events.

The first competitions took place on Jan. 8 to 9. Skiers competed at Big White and won three medals, while snowboarders competed at Whistler and brought home two medals.

At Big White, Jackson Atkinson placed first and Ryder Mckenzie-White placed second in slopestyle for the M14 division. For the F16 big air division, Gabrielle Dinn placed third.

While at Whistler, Nayte Brown-Silver captured two silver medals for slopestyle in the M16 division.

Janna Brown, SPFC’s snowboard director, said all the competitors were very excited.

“The 2022 B.C. games are now cancelled, but at the time it was the qualifiers for that,” said Brown. “But it’s still great to bring home medals for Sun Peaks Freestyle Club on both sides of the sport.”

SPFC skiers also participated in the Panorama Timber Tour on Jan. 15 to 16, winning another five medals at the event. 

Oscar Moore placed second in moguls for the M18 division and Dinn placed third in slopestyle for the F16 division. For M12 slopestyle, Atkinson and Mckenzie-White landed first and third respectively. In the Super Youth event, Brian Tao placed second in slopestyle for M12.

“I’m just thrilled with how everybody competed at the competition,” said Daniel Hoerz, SPFC’s ski director. “Everybody came and performed and did exactly what they planned to do, which is super awesome.”

Hoerz said some of the athletes performed so well during their first run that they used the second run as a “fun victory lap,” where they tried new tricks they had never done before.

“And now everybody’s getting amped up and everybody’s very excited about the Timber Tour event coming to Sun Peaks in a few weeks from now,” said Hoerz. “They’re extremely excited to be competing on their home turf.”

Sun Peaks will host the second Timber Tour event in B.C. this season on Feb. 10 to 13. On a more national level, Sun Peaks will also host the Canada Cup from Jan. 31 to Feb. 3. 

Hoerz said because the Canada Cup is in the middle of the week and many of the athletes travel independently, SPFC is looking for volunteers to lend an extra hand. Anyone who is interested in volunteering can email the club at [email protected].

Snowboarders have some exciting events this month as well, with three SPFC athletes competing in Air Nation Sun Peaks on Jan. 19 to 21. Snowboarders are also headed to Big White on Jan. 22 for the second B.C. provincial snowboarding event. 

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