The annual Nancy Greene Festival at Sun Peaks this weekend saw close to 600 kids take part, ranging from U6’s to U12’s. A true ‘skills comp’ format, athletes competed in Skier-X/Kombi, Moguls, Jump, and Speed events, and a Dual Glalom, over two days . Whistler Mountain Ski Club athletes, alongside younger skiers in the Whistler Mountain program (including WMSC siblings!) and fellow racers from 16 other clubs, enjoyed fantastic snow conditions, a full spectrum of spring weather, and a weekend of fun…AND some impressive results!
“Everybody had a lot of fun here,” said Rob Boyd at the awards presentation on Saturday. “Our racers made a really strong showing in all of the events, and we are so happy to be a part of this Festival.” Parents and coaches alike remarked on the great job done by the Sun Peaks Alpine Club in hosting the event and recording so many race runs each day-nothing short of amazing!
On the first day of action, WMSC U12’s faced the skills comp events. Ella Kaufmann flew furthest in the U12/2005 girls’ Jump event, soaring a full 39 feet, just shy of the 40’ mark measured by her teammates Tye Chilton and Milan Novak who earned 3rd place (tie) in the boys’ contest.
Madeline Wardle aced the girls U12/2006 Moguls comp, with Kaija Rutledge close behind in 5th. The ’06 boys took 4 of the top 6 places, with James Tait clocking 1st place honours, followed by JJ Gibbons (2nd), Braden Aitken (5th) and Maxus Mountford (6th). Jacquie Smith was only two one-hundredths away from the top of the podium for the U12/2005 girls Moguls event, with teammates Izzy Bexton, Erin Huskens, Tatum Nash and Sarah-Elizabeth Whelan also finishing in the top 10, and in the boys U12/2005, WMSC almost swept the top 10 (who says racers can’t ski bumps!?), led by Forrest Savoy (1st), Tye Chilton (2nd), Felix Shorter (4th), Clayton Smyth (5th), Evan Dennison (6th), Milan Novak (7th), Dylan Boyd (8th), and Adam Watson (9th).
The Skier-X/Kombi proved to be a tough event for many athletes, but three U12 rookies earned top 10 results in the 2006 girls event: Madeline Wardle (6th), Viveka Deck Stang (8th) and Carys Griffin (9th). JJ Gibbons just missed the podium with a 4th in the 2006 boys, and teammate Braden Aitken scored a 9th place finish. Erin Husken and Cate Dance finished 2nd and 3rd respectively for the ’05 gals, with Sarah-Elizabeth Whelan not far behind in 5th. Grouse Mountain Tyee’s Graeme Eder was the fastest of the day, but WMSC’s Felix Shorter raced to a silver medal finish, with Tye Chilton (5th) and Forrest Savoy (8th) earning top 10 finishes as well.
On day two, it was head-to-head racing and all the kids really rose to the occasion, battling right to the finish on
every run. The 2nd year U12/2005 girls swept the podium in the Glalom event (Erin Huskens 1st, Izzy Bexton 2nd and Cate Dance 3rd), and 1st years Lola Gilbert and Viveka Deck Stang earned gold and bronze medal finishes respectively in the 2005 girls race. Madeline Wardle and Marlo Parkhill were 5th and 9th. Nice work ladies!
On the boys’ side, Felix Shorter scored another silver for himself in the ’05 boys dual, with teammates Milan Novak (4th), Tye Chilton (6th) and Evan Dennison (8th) also finishing in the top 10. JJ Gibbons won it for the first-year U12’s, with teammates James Tait (4th) and Braden Aitken (6th) close behind.
Honourable mentions also go to our up-and-comers including:
Full results can be found here: www.sunpeaksracers.com
This weekend’s event also paid tribute to a little girl named Abby and the award created in her memory. The Abby Award will recognize U10 athletes at ski clubs across Canada who demonstrate what it means to try their best, give 110%, and cheer on their teammates. Read more about Abby, the program, and consider making a contribution at: abbyaward.com
Written by: Gill Bexton