Making a nationals debut

Charlie Roberts is set to compete at the Junior National Moguls Championship in Lac Beauport, Quw., March 13 to 17. SPIN Photo.

Charlie Roberts qualifies in Mogul competition

Despite skiing his whole life Charlie Roberts only started competing with Sun Peaks Freestyle Club four years ago. The 13-year-old excels in Slopestyle but now is making a name for himself in Moguls as the only athlete from Sun Peaks heading to the Junior National Moguls Championship in Lac Beauport, Que., March 13 to 17.

“Our team, we’re not very good at Moguls. We’ve never had a podium in Moguls, everybody thinks it’s just crazy someone’s going for moguls, not slopestyle,” said Roberts.

Qualifying for the championship based on his performance in the BC Timber Tour, Roberts was an alternate to compete for B.C. in the Slopestyle competition at the Junior National Park & Pipe Championships March 8 to 10.

With no formal Mogul course at Sun Peaks, Roberts has been training by riding bumps on 5th Avenue.

“I’ve skied enough mogul courses at competitions to know what they’re like so I know what’s coming,” he said. “It’s probably going to be a  really nice one (the course), a long one with big bumps. It’s going to be fun but definitely kind of scary.”

Competing in both single and dual Moguls Roberts didn’t let on to which event he prefers to ski, stating both have their ups and downs, but he typically skis better in the singles competitions.

Roberts is looking to learn as much as he can from his coaches and soak in the experience of his national debut.

“In the single Moguls I want to get at least top 10. And in the dual Moguls I want to advance to the second round, that would be pretty good.”

To get him to Quebec Robert’s parents organized a fundraiser on social media which quickly raised the funds necessary for the trip

Roberts said he feels the community support behind him.

“Sun Peaks… they’re happy for me.”