Dawson & Shorter win U16 Provincial Crowns
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!