Locals to compete in Italy at Word Juniors
Cranbrook’s India Sherret and Zoe Chore will compete at the upcoming FIS Freestyle Junior World Ski Championships in Valmalenco, Italy.
Eight athletes from Canada will leave March 25 to compete in the Swiss National Championships in Saas Fee and the World Juniors in Italy.
The championships provide a chance for the best young ski cross talent aged 16-21 from around to world to compete together. Events start on March 22, and run through to April 1.
Aerials, Moguls, Dual Moguls, Slopestyle and Halfpipe are up first on the event schedule, with Ski Cross races closing out the championships on April 1.
“The Junior World Championships are a great opportunity for us to see how the Canadian developmental program is on track against international competition,” explained Willy Raine, Athletic Director of Canadian Ski Cross team. Many competitors who have raced the World Cup circuit this season will be in the mix for the title of Junior World Champion. Raine is confident in Canada’s chance of being on top of the podium.
Newbie, Zoe Chore is in her first year of ski cross. She is still racing with Kimberley Alpine Team (KAT) and this year started with Alberta Ski Cross. She is very excited and says, “The World Juniors is important as it will open my eyes to the competition and what I need to do if I want to win. It will be my first ski trip outside North America and I hope it will help inspire other KAT athletes to show them their dreams can come true and hard work really does pay off.”
Veteran India Sherret has made a name for herself on the Ski Cross circuit. With two World Juniors under her belt she is says, “Representing Canada at World Juniors is an amazing opportunity. It is a chance to push myself in a very competitive environment that we don’t often get in North America, by competing it is a chance to see how I rank up against the next generation of world class athletes. This year I am hoping to be able to put together a podium worthy performance, I believe that it is well within my ability as long as I stay focussed on each run at a time. This race is also an amazing cultural experience that many people may never get to have, we get to explore beautiful countries and make friends and meet people from all over the world. I consider myself very lucky to be part of such experiences.
India Sherret – Cranbrook – Canadian Development Team (formerly Kimberley Alpine Team)
- Abby McEwen – Edmonton – Alberta Ski Cross
- Alexa Velcic – Calgary – Alberta Ski Cross
- Zoe Chore – Cranbrook – Alberta Ski Cross and Kimberley Alpine Team (KAT)
- Ned Ireland – Lake Country, BC -Canadian Development Team
- Matt Brady -Burlinglon, ON – Canadian Development Team
- Kris Mahler -Canmore AB – Canadian Development Team
- Adam Gibson – Whistler, BC
- Zach Belczyk (Alternate #1) Banff, AB – Alberta Ski Cross
- Trent McCarthy (Alternate #2) Edmonton, AB – Canadian Development Team
- Stanley Hayer – National Team Coach
- Sead Causevic, ChPC – Development Coach
Ski Cross is increasing in popularity due to the success of Canada at the Olympics and the opportunity young athletes have to try ski cross at entry-level events. These events have proved to be so successful by both attendance and the enthusiasm of the young athletes.
Coach Sead Causevic has trained the development team this year and Jorgen Krause has trained the Alberta Ski Cross Coach team.
Jon Blair, Program Director at Kimberley Alpine Team (KAT) has coached both India Sherrett and Zoe Chore. He has seen how both athletes have worked very hard to get where they are. He would like to thank the skiers at Kimberley who have donated money to help support India and Zoe. He is proud to see how the Kimberley ski community supports athletes at all stages of their training.
Zoe Chore and India Sherret will be raising money locally to attend. Please support them on their quest for gold!
March– Cranbrook bottle drive. For bottle pick up contact [email protected]
Steam Donkey Coffee by Zoe and India –email [email protected]