16 Ladies and 12 Men from the U16 WMSC team travelled to Apex for the 3rd and final round of the TECK Open series March 29-April 1, 2018. Just getting to Apex on March 27th was a bit more interesting than planned, from mechanical issues causing the bus to only be able to travel at 50km/hour, to the trailer breaking down, to having to shuttle gear in other vehicles- phew!. Our coaches were working overtime even before getting to the race!
The first day of racing was on Thursday, March 29th. Weather was overcast and the courses held up well. The Ladies raced slalom and our Ladies’ results were Jaden Dawson on the podium in 2nd place, and joining her on the podium was Freya Jumonville in 3rd. Hailey Nelson was 7th, Emeline Bennett 9th, and Fiona McInnes 10th. Emeline Bennett commented that: “I liked the course because it was fast and had a good tempo. The combinations were fun and kind of challenging” and Isabella Cross said: “The 2nd course had some pretty fun combinations and into a flush so it was fun.” The Men raced GS on the first day and the results found Tait Jordan was on the top of the podium in 1st place, with Matthias Shorter 5th, Hayden Harley 8th and Lukas Forssander 9th. Kevin Lai was awarded most improved. Matthias Shorter said: “The course was pretty good. The first run was a bit straighter and the 2nd course a bit turnier, a pretty sweet course. Snow held up pretty firm and stayed good for all the racers so it was a fair race. I liked 2nd course better cause it was harder and really fun.”
On Friday, the Ladies raced slalom again and the Men GS. For our Ladies, Freya Jumonville and Jaden Dawson switched places with Freya on the podium in 2nd place and Jaden in 3rd. Alyssa Emery was 5th, Hailey Nelson 7th and Fiona McInnes 10th. Tait Jordan won the Men’s GS and David Wood found the podium in 3rd place. Matthias Shorter finished 4th.
Friday night was a dual slalom race under the lights, with both team and individual elements. The teams were teams of four by zone, with the best Coast zone team placing second and including Jaden Dawson, Gabriella Novak and David Wood. On an individual combined time basis, Tait Jordan was first in the top four for the Men and Jaden Dawson second and Fiona McInnes 4th in the Women’s top four.
On Saturday, the sun was shining and the Ladies and Men switched events. The WMSC Ladies had five in the top 10 with Jaden Dawson 1st and Emeline Bennett finishing 3rd. Isabella Cross was 5th, Freya Jumonville 7th and Alyssa Emery 10th. Dee Dee Lai was awarded most improved in this race. Tait Jordan was on top of the podium again for the first slalom race, Chase Burns was 9th and Lukas Forssander 10th.
The final day saw some snow during the day but the courses still held up well. The Ladies, racing GS again, had Fiona McInnes on the podium in 3rd place, Emeline Bennett 5th and Jaden Dawson 6th. Dee Dee Lai was most improved again. The Men had five in the top 10 for the last slalom race, with Tait Jordan making it a clean sweep in 1st place, David Wood in 6th, Lukas Forssander 8th, John Nicolls 9th and Chase Burns 10th.
After the final races were completed, the overall U16 Teck race series top three were awarded, with Jaden Dawson and Freya Jumonville finishing second and third for the Ladies and Tait Jordan finishing first for the Men. Congrats!
Next up for the U16’s … Whistler Cup!