News and Announcements
Another amazing club GS race was held under bluebird skies on March 31st – thank you to all the athletes, coaches and parents who came out!
Graham Ross’ photos of the race can be found here: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmCxxi2o and results: http://wmsc.info/organizations/3850/documents/207286
Change in day for this weekend’s net set! Sunday April 7th -9:00 a.m. Garbo Hut
Weather forecasts are pointing to some unfavourable weather on Saturday so the Whistler Cup net set has been moved to Sunday April 7th at 9:00 a.m. There is a lot of work to do in one day so we really need every available WMSC parent to lend a hand! Our biggest event of the year is just one week away – lets make sure we are ready to race! Please come out and help our hard working course crews!
A contingent of U12’s travelled to Big White Ski Resort to compete in the Big White Ski Club U12 Invitational this past weekend (March 30 and 31). The field was comprised of 29 girls and 18 boys including 10 girls and 9 boys from WMSC. They competed against racers from different zones including Big White, Apex and Vernon.
The team was steered by a strong group of coaches – Mat, Alexi, Roman and Rob were leading the way making sure we had the best prepared kids on the mountain. The sunny skies buoyed everyone’s moods, bringing out the smiles and good vibes in the start area, and the kids were focused on their performances but cheering each other on.
Unfortunately snow conditions did not allow for the GS to be run, so four one-run slalom races took place: stubbie slalom, two paneled slalom, and a tall gate slalom.
Coach Mat Leduc said he saw “massive improvements” from these U12’s with tough competition from other clubs. There was a good variation of kids on the podium and several posting personal best results: “For some kids, if you watch video from their first days at U12 until now you’d never believe it’s the same kids. Massive leaps. The last few weeks of racing have increased the gains that some kids have made because they see how close they are…so they focus even harder.”
In Saturday morning girls stubbies, Thea Torn won gold, followed by Marlowe Cook in third and Brooke Bessie in 4th. On the boys side it was a podium sweep with Thomas Legg 1st, George Sarkis 2nd and Graydon Swanson 3rd, followed by Aiden Thornhill in 6th, Maxim Akbulatov 7th, Angus Brown 8th and Kingsley Parkhill 9th.
In the afternoon paneled slalom Cook took 1st for the girls, followed by Torn 2nd and Hannah Neeves 8th. For the boys it was another podium sweep with Legg in 1st, Swanson 2nd, Sarkis 3rd, Akbulatov 6th, Parkhill 7th, Thornhill 8th and Brown 9th.
On Sunday the second paneled slalom had a surprise snowfall, and more great results from WMSC. Torn won another gold for the girls, followed by Cook 2nd and Bessie 9th. On the boys side it was Akbulatov was 1st, Swanson 2nd, Sarkis 3rd, Parkhill 4th, Thornhill 5th, Seth Robert 7th and Brown 8th.
The sun was out again for the final tall gate slalom, and more top 10’s for the club: Cook also won another gold followed by Torn 3rd, Hannah Neeves 8th, Sophie Neeves 9th and Bessie 10th. For the boys it was Parkhill 1st, Sarkis 3rd, Swanson 4th, Akbulatov 5th, Robert 8th and Brown 10th.
On top of excellent results the team (And parents! And coaches!) had great fun including a birthday celebration for teammate Mitchell Stodt on Saturday afternoon at Happy Valley Lodge.
A fun road trip to end the U12 race season!
Last weekend, 53 men and 53 women participated in the Teck U16 Open at Apex Mountain Resort. The Whistler Mountain Ski Club (WMSC) was represented by 12 women and 13 men.
As always, thanks are due to the organizers, coaches, and volunteers for their hard work putting together a great event. Huge thanks are also due to Teck for sponsoring this exciting race series.
The event took place over the course of 4 days, with the women running giant slalom and the men running slalom on Thursday, March 21 and Friday, March 22. On Saturday, March 23 and Sunday March 24, the events were flipped, with the women running slalom and the men running giant slalom.
The race organizing committee did a fantastic job preparing and maintaining an excellent race surface with fair conditions throughout the field of competitors. As an added bonus all of the races were completed and in the books by 12:30pm each day giving the athletes time for dryland, homework and ski tuning in the afternoon.
Women’s Giant Slalom (Thursday):
On Thursday, the WMSC’s women shone, with Sara Stiel taking the win and Jaden Dawson taking 3rd place. They were split by Apex athlete, Ana Large, in 2nd. Fiona McInnes also achieved top 10 placing for the WMSC, finishing in 6th place.
Men’s Slalom (Thursday):
On Thursday, the WMSC’s men also did very well, with Chase Burns in 2nd and John Nicolls in 3rd. The win was taken by Apex athlete, Heming Sola. Four other WMSC men achieved top 10 finishes, with Matthias Shorter just off the podium in 4th, Hayden Harley in 6th, Sam Fuller in 8th, and Adam Usher in 10th.
Women’s Giant Slalom (Friday):
On Friday, WMSC athlete, Sara Stiel repeated her winning ways from the previous day and Jaden Dawson improved to take 2nd place. They were joined on the podium by Apex athlete Ana Large in 3rd place. Fiona McInnes came in 5th place, the only other WMSC woman to achieve a top 10 placing in this race.
Men’s Slalom (Friday):
On Friday, Apex athlete, Heming Sola once again took the win. WMSC athlete, Matthias Shorter took 2nd place and WMSC’s John Nicolls rounded out the podium in 3rd. Five other WMSC men achieved top 10 finishes: Adam Usher in 6th, Duncan Ross in 7th, Graham Seltzer in 8th, and Sam Fuller in 9th.
Women’s Slalom (Saturday):
On Saturday, Prince George athlete, Melinda Kobasiuk scored the win. Apex athlete, Noa Rogers took 2nd and WMSC athlete, Jaden Dawson took a 3rd consecutive podium position. The only other WMSC athletes in the top 10 were Isabella Cross and Holly Clarke, in 6th and 10th places, respectively.
Men’s Giant Slalom (Saturday):
On Saturday, WMSC athlete Matthias Shorter took the win with teammate Sam Fuller in 2nd place. Three other WMSC men achieved top 10 finishes: Graham Seltzer in 4th, Hayden Harley in 8th and Duncan Ross 9th.
Women’s Slalom (Sunday):
On Sunday, Apex athlete, Noa Rogers was victorious, with Prince George athlete, Melinda Kobasiuk in 2nd and WMSC athlete, Jaden Dawson rounding out the podium with her fourth consecutive podium position of the weekend. Two other WMSC athletes finished in the top 10, Sara Stiel in 4th and Holly Clarke in 10th.
Men’s Giant Slalom (Sunday):
On Sunday, Apex athlete Heming Sola grabbed the win with WMSC athletes John Nicolls and Matthias Shorter separated by 11/100ths of a second in 2nd and 3rd place.
Three other WMSC men achieved top 10 finishes: Chase Burns finished just off the podium in 4th, with David Wood taking 5th and Sam Fuller finishing in 8th.
The Overall U16 Teck Open Series titles were also presented on Sunday with WMSC athletes Matthias Shorter and Jaden Dawson taking home the hardware as overall series winners. They were joined on the podium by Chase Burns finishing 3rd overall on the boys side and Sara Stiel in 2nd overall on the girls side.
A hearty congratulations to all the racers!
Excellence in Effort
Teamship Values – Excellence in Effort
We are now at the end of March, and many of our athletes are in the middle of a big race block, with U12s at Sun Peaks, U16s in Apex for the last of their provincial series and FIS split between Apex FIS races and the National Championships in Quebec. While the season winds down for our World Cup athletes, the younger athletes, who start their season later, are still working hard with our U14/U16 athletes building up to Whistler Cup & our U18 athletes preparing for the Spring Series.
The effort that it takes from each athlete to perform at their best is enormous. It starts in the off-season & requires each individual to keep pushing through to the end of the season. This effort is rewarded with individual successes, but the primary reward is the sense of accomplishment and the joy of ‘the journey’. It’s timely then to look at the elements of the effort our athletes have put in over the season.
We Excel in Effort: Effort is synonymous with the WMSC. The Club exists to support the team and enable personal best performance of every athlete.
• We uphold the high standard: We act in the image of and uphold the standards of a Champion in Life & in Sport.
It takes constant effort to uphold the high standards. To constantly strive to make the choices that align with the behaviour that will lead us to achieve our personal best.
• We are engaged: We stay engaged and concentrated on our collective Vision & Mission. We recognize that it is a privilege that comes with personal responsibilities to be part of WMSC.
Our vision of Developing Champions in Life & in Sport requires continual focus to stay on track and effort to keep trying, to get up from every failure and try again with a different approach. To confront the challenge of being a Champion requires laser focus and grit to challenge the barriers that need to be broken through.
• We are sporting: We act in a sporting manner and supporting all athletes, coaches and officials of our sport and are respectful of the rules.
The effort that all athletes, coaches and officials put into the sport is enormous. It is easy to believe that things are against us when we are beaten by another athlete, or team, or to have a rule work against us. However these moments are valuable, they merit respect and offer great motivation & learning if we can have a sporting attitude to accept our responsibilities, roles and how we can improve.
• We are positive: We approach all events, including training sessions and competitions, with a positive attitude.
If we always stuck to what we do best, or what was the most fun, then our possibilities would not grow. It is often the tasks or events that we find the most challenging that are the hardest to get motivated for, however it is often standing tall and accepting this challenge with a positive attitude when we really show ourselves what we are made of, and ultimately they become the best experiences that we look back on with great pride.
• We are focused: We live in the moment. We are focused on each moment and are not distracted by social media, e-mails, messages or telephone calls.
In this generation of social media and electronics it takes great effort to leave them until we have finished what we are doing. To keep electronics out of sight, and out of mind for the entire duration of a task allows time to think clearly about what we are doing and to maximise the moment. To put phones away and engage with our team-mates, athletes & coaches takes great effort in the form of self-discipline and management.
• We are open: We inform the relevant people of any information or issues that may be relevant including any medical, physical or emotional information.
This may be an individual sport, however we all play different roles in the team. Each individual striving to be the best version of themselves and all working towards enabling our athletes’ best performances. It is absolutely critical for the team to know about any specific challenges so that the relevant members of the team can work together to overcome them.
It is an honour to be a part of this team and to be associated with so many great people who continually strive for Excellence in Effort.
Whistler Mountain Ski Club