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U16′s Shine at Sun Peaks

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The U16 WMSC team travelled to Sun Peaks for Round 1 of the TECK Open series January 4 to 7th, 2018. Fifteen clubs participated in the season open race with a Ladies’ racer coming from as far as the Regina Ski Club.

The first day of racing was on Thursday and Sun Peaks lived up to its name with a gorgeous blue bird day of ski racing. The course was fast and WMSC posted great results.  Our Ladies’ results were Jaden Dawson on the podium in 3rd place, with Freya Jumonville 4th, Alyssa Emery 6th, Emeline Bennett 8th. The most improved award in the first GS race for the Ladies went to Fiona McInnes who had a starting bib 55 and finished 12th overall.   Fiona remarked “It was a great GS course and I felt that so many of us had made huge improvements over last year”. On the Men’s side, Tait Jordan was on the podium in 2nd place, with Matthias Shorter 6th, David Wood 9th (and also most improved) and Skylar Beauregard 10th.

The second day of GS racing on Friday was a much warmer day with some low cloud and snow throughout the day.  The Sun Peaks team did an amazing job of setting challenging courses and running a tight on time race.  At the top of the course as tradition has it, there was a fire pit set up for the kids to warm up and toast some marshmallows.  It is really fun to see a big bunch of kids from all clubs, chatting and warming up at the top of the race course. Ladies skied the right side of the race course, Men on the left.  The course set on the top part of OSV was in great shape all day.

Our Ladies’ results were Freya Jumonville on the podium in 2nd place, with Jaden Dawson 4th, Emeline Bennett 6th, Alyssa Emery 9th and Isabella Cross 10th. Freya said: “Everything came together on the first run – and it felt fantastic”.

Tait Jordan won the Men’s GS race on the second day, beating out a very competitive Mens field and clocking the fastest 2nd run. Hayden Harley was 7th and David Wood for the 2nd day in a row was awarded the most improved racer with a 12th place finish from a 44 bib. David, most improved male racer both days, said: “The course held up really well – it actually was not that bad coming from the late bib. It was great to see everyone turn up with a great attitude ready to race”.

Saturday was the first SL day. There was a bit of snow overnight and during the first part of the morning but it cleared just before races were set to start.  The course was set lower down OSV and included steep rolling pitches and flats.

The WMSC Ladies had four in the top 10 with Freya Jumonville 2nd, Emeline Bennett finishing 5th, Hailey Nelson 7th and Jaden Dawson 9th.    The Men’s course set right beside the Ladies was a very fast set with Tait Jordan on the podium in 3rd place,Alexander Katrusiak 8th and Lukas Forssander 10th. Nicole Stefenelli was gate judging on Saturday and she remarked that: “the sound of the Men coming through the Slalom gates was mean and loud!”.

There was snow on Sunday morning with 10 centimeters having fallen over night.  Countless volunteers and coaches worked hard to get the course ready for racing. The last day of racing proved to be a fantastic showing for WMSC ladies!  WMSC had six athletes in the top ten with Freya Jumonville winning gold, Emeline Bennett 5th, Alyssa Emery 7th,  Hailey Nelson 8th, Jaden Dawson 9th and Isabella Cross in 10th. For the Men, Tait Jordan finished in 4th, Alexander Katrusiak was 7th and Chase Burns 9th. John Nicolls won Most Improved Male Racer on Sunday finishing 21st overall moving up from bib 69.

After the completion of the weekend’s racing, coach Katie Findlay commented: “Our team had a great series at Sun Peaks. Solid results in the first races of the season showed that our pre-season and early season training have been moving us in the right direction. We brought home five of the eight most-improved medals, which means that a number of our first-year U16s are stacking up a lot better than they did at the end of last year. Our racers were great teammates – carrying jackets for each other and slipping the track for the benefit of all the other racers. We’re ready to get back to work during our upcoming training block at home, and are looking forward to our next races in Kimberley!”