Moguls hits Apex

Canadian Freestyle Ski Association hosting its Selections camp at Apex Mountain Resort

APEX MOUNTAIN RESORT will have more than 60 top skiers competing in the sixth annual Canadian Selections camp.

More than 60 of the best mogul skiers will be at Apex Mountain Resort looking to make an impression during the sixth annual Canadian Selections camp Dec.19-20.

The camp is held by the Canadian Freestyle Ski Association for its national C team and provincial-level skiers aspiring to become Olympic athletes. Also in attendance are members from Japan, Australia, Korea and the U.S., as well as alumni and members of the Apex Freestyle Club (AFC). The athletes range in age from 13 to 23.

Julie Steggall, high performance athlete development program manager for the CFSA, said this event is part of the Canada Cup Series.

“The CFSA holds this event so our high performance athlete development have an extra chance to get a good result to qualify for NorAms competitions for this season,” she said, adding that once the second event is over on Sunday they rank the skiers and allocate the NorAm spots to specific athletes.

With that on the line, Steggall said it is a pressure situation.

“Some athletes are pretty secure right now to get spots. There are a few that are on the bubble,” she said. “These events will help them potentially secure a spot. That’s one aspect of all of this. The provincial teams and NextGen mogul team, national development team have been training there for three weeks.”

From the AFC, the following athletes are competing — from Penticton, Brayden Kuroda, Jordan and Chloe Kober, Shaina Finlayson, Koleton Phipps, Anna Spence, Noah Spence and James Naude. From West Kelowna, Mason Barzilay and Mackenzie Schwinghamer. From Kelowna, Hayden Person, Joe Durham, from Vernon, Jamie Rykuiter, Keremeos, Max and Kassidy Todd and from Port Coquitlam, Madison Parker and Kyle Parker.

Spence, Kuroda and Barzilay declined roster spots on the B.C. Mogul team, but will compete on the national and NorAm circuit.

The club also has Kuroda, Naude, Max Todd, Rykuiter, Chloe Kober and Finlayson who will ski with AFC and the BC development under Tanya Callon.

AFC coach Kenni Kuroda said the competition will be tough. He talked about how strong the Japan team is and how they are coming on in the sport. Their skill level is good for the skiers to learn from.

“We are just awed by the speed they are skiing at. All of their skiers are very quick. They do their jumps very big,” said Kuroda. “It’s quality of turns as well. We’re quite impressed by the speed.”

When asked how Spence and Barzilay, the two skiers he is coaching, will do, Kuroda said their experience will help, especially Barzilay, who is 20.

“She is still a force to be reckoned with,” he said. “I’m foreseeing good results for both Anna and Mason in this event. Hopefully making the cut for finals. Anything can happen. It’s a very difficult field to make the final.”

While he isn’t working with the six skiers currently with the development team, Kuroda is keeping an eye on them and sees them making great leaps.

“They are coming along really well. I’m very pleased with the way that they are skiing,” said Kuroda, who praised the work of Callon.

The event is free for the public to attend and is a 30-minute drive from Penticton. Volunteers are also needed. Contact James Rykuiter at jrykuiter@live.com for information.

 

 

 

Just Posted

Okanagan College unlocks time capsule

Items placed in 1993 and kept in capsule in library opened at special ceremony

Consultations to play a critical role in shaping proposed national park reserve

Parks Canada welcomes all respectful comments on proposed South Okanagan-Similkameen National Park

Shootout loss for Canada West against Czech Republic

Team Canada West now looking forward to semifinal game

Penticton Legion begins process of relocating

Penticton Legion moving to new location

Update: BC RCMP confirm multiple businesses throughout province received email threats

Police Dog Service is on scene at Penticton Honda and Penticton Hyundai investigating bomb threat

Fashion Fridays: How to change your beauty routine

Kim XO, lets you in on her style secrets each Fashion Friday on the Black Press Media Network

Increase in downed power lines in B.C., how to stay safe

BC Hydro study finds a third of British Columbians may be putting themselves at risk

Judge sets bail at $2.5 million in 1987 slaying of B.C. couple

William Talbott II, 55, is charged with two counts of aggravated first-degree murder

EU leaders vow to press on with ‘no-deal’ Brexit plans

European Union leaders have offered Theresa May sympathy but no promises, as the British prime minister seeks a lifeline.

Powerful winds set to hit Metro Vancouver, Fraser Valley, Vancouver Island

The agency says winds in coastal areas will strengthen up to 70 kilometres an hour before the front moves inland and gusts reach 90 kilometres an hour.

Wind and cold to hit the Okanagan, Coquihalla

Cold weather is expected to wallop the valley

Mandatory victim surcharge cruel and unusual punishment, top court rules

Stephen Harper’s Conservative government made the charges mandatory in 2013.

Tourism minister postpones trip to China amid tensions between two countries

Tourism Minister Melanie Joly’s office says Canada and China have mutually agreed to postpone a closing ceremony next week.

Police across Canada probe bomb threats as U.S. authorities dismiss ‘hoax’

A police spokesman said the emails were the same as those received elsewhere in North America

Most Read