By Mary Clayton
The Revelstoke Ski Club sent six ski racers to the U16 Provincial Championships at Red Mountain in Rossland March 21 – 24, yielding one podium finish and a handful of top-15 results. The race format allowed each skier two Slalom races and two Giant Slalom races over the four days. “The courses were good and the snow conditions were excellent,” reported head coach Ned Lazarevic. “The kids had fun and both our boys and girls did a great job.”
Although Max Scharf didn’t get on the podium, his 10th place finish in one GS and 17th in the other were enough to earn him a berth on Team Canada at the upcoming Whistler Cup, the preeminent international ski racing competition for young skiers in Canada.
Teammate Mitch Smith had a podium and two top-ten results in these provincial championships, placing third in one of the Slalom races, sixth and ninth in the two GS races. These results, combined with his overall performance over the season, have earned Mitch a place on Team BC for the Whistler Cup. Both Scharf and Smith have had very strong seasons and hopes are high for their performance at the Whistler Cup, coming up April 5 – 7.
Callum Hicks placed 15th and 17th in the two GS races. ““This is Callum’s first year in this group so these are very good results,” explained coach Lazarevic. “This age group is a very strong field and only two boys of his birth year are ahead of him.”
The girls did not place as high but their Slalom results were “very encouraging,” said Coach Lazarevic. Caroline Boouwmester’s best result was 15th in Slalom and in that same race teammate Sonia Schwenck hit her high point with 22nd.
“Both these girls have shown good improvement over the season,” said Lazrevic. “This was a good competition for them and these results put them in good position, setting them up for their next race.”
Many of the club’s younger racers attended the Sun Peaks Nancy Greene Festival at Sun Peaks Resort near Kamloops on March 22 and 23. Over 500 competitors from all over the province gathered for fun events aimed at skiers U6 – U12.
The Revelstoke Club sent 16 young skiers to tackle a dual “glalom” (a slalom course modified for younger skiers), a skier-cross, timed moguls, a speed trap and a jumping completion.
For the U10/12 group, Jenna Knight, Colm Molder and John Sidjak tied for the club’s top speed of 75 km/hr. The longest jumper in the club was Alex Jay.
For the U6/U8, Nora Sidjak had the club’s top speed at 73 km/hr, tying for second place overall. Reed Kelly was close behind at 72 km/hr.
Alex Jay had the longest jump for our club at 40 feet
Reed Kelly had longest jump for the club at 25 feet
Top-15 results for U10/U12: Erika Peagood 7th, Alex Jay 11th.
For the U6/U8 group, Reed Kelly was 5th, Nora Sidjak 8th, Alena Hamilton 8th, Kale Jay 12th, and Meya Musseau 13th.
There were three top-15 results in skier cross. Sophia Humphreys 12th, Brynn Harrison 13th Colm Molder 14th.
Reed Kelly 3rd, Nora Sidjak 5th
Nora Sidjak 2nd , Reed Kelly 6th
Colm Molder 6th, Jenna Knight 6th
John Sidjak 14th , Sophia Humphreys 18th, Nolan Gale 36th , Alex Jay 16th, Devyn Gale 29th, Sydney Musseau 13th, Erika Peasgood 14th, Brynn Harrison 21st
Here are some photos of the Revelstoke Ski Club’s intrepid young athletes: