Hawes lands spot at freestyle junior nationals

Brock Hawes wrote his goals on his skis so he can always be reminded of them. Photo Jenny Hawes

Fourteen year old Brock Hawes has jumped, flipped and styled his way to compete at the Canadian Junior Freestyle Nationals in Quebec at the end of March.

Previously a snowboarder, Hawes made the switch to skis for the first time this winter and has quickly improved.

Hawes has been on podiums throughout the winter including taking home third place at the recent Garden Retooled Rail Jam, third in Slopestyle when Sun Peaks hosted the Timber Tour, first place in the Bluebird Banked Slalom and first place at Party in the Park.

With his goals written on the tips of his skis so he wouldn’t forget, Hawes has been focused all season and it’s paid off.

In order to attend the March freestyle event and a Canada Cup Series event Hawes has launched a GoFundMe fundraiser to pay for around half the cost of travelling to and training and competing in Quebec.

“This is one of my many milestones to elevating my exposure and competition experience with the ultimate goal of making (it) on Team Canada,” Hawes wrote on the GoFundMe page for his March trip. “At 14 years old, I’m in the entry year for the U16 age category and have already placed fourth and third in my first two provincial competitions. Coaches, friends and family are seeing I have what it takes to compete at a high level and realize my dreams.”

Those who wish to support Hawes’ trip can visit GoFundMe.

“We moved to Sun Peaks for alpine sports. Living on a ski resort and going to school on the mountain allows me to train every day,” he wrote. “I’m disciplined and focused. It’s my passion and my job. It’s sick!”