Kimberley Alpine Team podium in Fernie
This past weekend the Kimberley Alpine Team (KAT) led by coach Jon Blair, hit the slopes with great results.
Following on the heels of their stellar results in Apex, the team travelled to Fernie. They endured tough weather conditions while they competed in the disciplines of giant slalom (GS) and slalom. The weekend not only saw a field of 140 racers competing but it was of particular importance to the team’s three U14 athletes who were vying for a spot on the Kootenay Zone Team for the BC Winter Games.
All three of the Kimberley Alpine Team’s U14 athletes were successful and now will be travelling to Hemlock Valley Mountain to compete in alpine events later in February.
In the U16 competition, Zoe Chore took home first place in the GS and Andrea Lockhart had two bronze medals in the slalom and placed 12th in the GS. Other notable mentions are to Katie Clark with a 10th place in the GS and Bronwyn Damm with a 11th and 15th in the slalom and a 19th in the GS.
In the U14 competition, Jamie Casselman led the way with winning five of the six races. His teammate, Ethan Blair also had five top 10 finishes with a third and fourth in the GS and a fourth and two fifth place finishes in the slalom.
On the girls’ side of U14, Emma Damm returned home with an 11th and 12th place spot in the GS and a sixth and two 11th place finishes in the slalom events.
The team will be holding a club race this upcoming Sunday (January 19) where kids five to 16 years of age will have a dual GS race.
After the race, there will be a BBQ and great prizes for all of them. Following this weekend, the team will travel to Fairmont Hot Springs for a competition for the younger athletes aged five-10 followed by another Zone Race in Red Mountain for the athletes aged 10-16. It promises to be exciting weekends for the team once again. Ski Hard, Ski Fast, Enjoy!
Former Kimberley Alpine Team members, Rebecca Bermel and Gina Norton continue to finish in the top 10 in their Super G and Giant slalom races. They competed in the Schweitzer Mountain Northwest Cup on Jan 3-5 in Sandpoint, Idaho and Rebecca brought home two gold medals in the Super G and a silver in the GS. Gina finished ninth in the Super G.
Picture above: from left to right in back row, Andrea Lockhart, Jamie Casselman, Katie Clark, Emma Damm. Front row from left to right, Zoe Chore, Ethan Blair, Bronwyn Damm.