Zoe Chore to represent Canada
Alpine Canada Alpin is excited to announce 17-year-old Zoe Chore from Kimberley and 17-year-old Reece Howden from Chilliwack, will be representing Canada at the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in ski cross.
“We had 15 athletes trying out in Sun Peaks for the two Canadian spots for athletes competing in ski cross at the YOG,” said Ski Cross Athletic Director, Willy Raine, of the selection process. “The skill level these two athletes demonstrated was very strong and Canada will be very well represented with Reece and Zoe.”
This year’s Youth Olympic Games takes place February 12-22, 2016 in Lillehammer, Norway. The YOG will give younger athletes the opportunity to learn about high performance sport, meet Olympic champions and role models who will share their experiences with athletes.
Zoe Chore and fellow Kimberley Alpine Team (KAT) member Katie Clark were invited to try out for YOG for Ski Cross. Both girls have been coached by Jon Blair program director of KAT and they also work with Helmut Spiegel from Windermere Valley Ski Club.
Chore was identified early this year as a development team prospect for Canada, the first step in the long road to being an Olympian, noted KAT promotion director Jane Davies.
“Zoe credits her coach Jon for the technical training but more his passion for skiing that has helped her get where she is. She also credits India Sherret, also from Cranbrook, as her inspiration and for introducing her to the sport,” Davies said.
India Sherret was the last Canadian athlete to attend YOG for ski cross and then went on to win World Juniors earlier this year.
Lead image (left to right) Zoe Chore with Canadian skiing legend Nancy Greene Raine at Sun Peaks. Photo submitted