Mogul skier taking on granfondo for sick kids

Penticton mogul skier set to take on Prospera Granfondo Axel Merckx Okanagan



Canadian Freestyle Ski Association

Penticton’s Andi Naude is taking on a different challenge this summer.

On July 10, in between training camps, the 20-year-old member of Canada’s national mogul skiing team will be riding 160 kilometres in the 2016 Prospera Granfondo Axel Merckx Okanagan to raise money for the Canuck Place Children’s Hospice.

“Raising money for Canuck Place Children’s Hospice means a lot to me. Seeing children suffer from life threatening illnesses makes me realize how fortunate I am to be healthy,” said Naude. “One must really make the most of every day. A lot of the children are unable to do fun, normal, daily activities. Canuck Place provides care, support, and comfort to children and their families during this difficult time.”

Naude has always had an affinity for biking, one that grew even more after she was named to the national team four years ago and bought a road bike to help with her cross-training.The thought of being able to mix one of her passions with a charity event was too good to pass up.

“I have always wanted to participate in an organized ride, especially a ride for a cause,” said Naude. “When I found out I was available to participate in the local Granfondo, I knew I had to sign up. I am so excited to participate in my first ever organized ride to raise money to help sick children in desperate need.”

Naude’s goal is to raise $1,000 for Canuck Place.

“With your help, we can make a positive lasting impact on the lives of sick children and their families,” said Naude. “Every contribution counts. I would like to do everything I can to make this difficult time for the children a little bit easier.”

You can learn more about Canuck Place Children’s Hospice by visiting

Last season was strong for Naude, who earned her first podium in Calgary. She finished the season by earning a silver medal in Moscow, which she said was “so cool” and placed fifth in the FIS overall standings for the second time. Naude is an alumni of the Apex Freestyle Club.

You can donate towards Naude’s cause by click the following link.