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Kimberley racers off to a flying start
This past weekend Kimberley Alpine Team racers Jamie Casselman and Zoe Chore travelled to Apex Mountain in Penticton to compete in an Under 14 and 16 slalom race.
Both came back with great results to start off their competitive season. Chore had a 4th and 5th placing and Casselman won both races and brought back the first two gold medals for the club.
“It is great to see the hard work for these athletes paying off early in the season.” says Jon Blair program director of the club. He goes on to say, “These young athletes have been training hard on and off the snow since September.”
The team’s next race is in Fernie on January 10-12 where they will compete in both slalom and giant slalom races.
The U14 athletes will be vying for spots on the Kootenay zone team for the BC Winter Games in Hemlock later this February. Blair is confident that with the great training conditions at Kimberley Alpine Resort, there will be more great results to come this season.
Former Kimberley Alpine Team members, Rebecca Bermel and Gina Norton competed at the Keurig Cup in Panorama, Dec 18-23rd.
The Keurig Cup featured U18 and U21 FIS athletes who competed in a series of 6 races in super G, giant slalom and slalom.
These two athletes had five top ten finishes over the six days. Bermel won the two women’s super g races and placed 10th in the giant slalom and Norton placed 2nd and 4th in the super G. Bermel was also invited earlier in December to forerun the women’s world cup downhill race in Lake Louise.
Local Cranbrook resident and former Kimberley Alpine Team racer India Sherett now skiing with the Alberta Ski Cross Team (ASCT) was invited to forerun the World Cup Ski Cross race in Nakiska earlier this season.
She has now returned home for the Christmas break but will be training with the ASCT in the new year on Kimberley Alpine Resorts newly created skier cross course. Her first skier cross race will be in Panorama later in January.
Kimberley Alpine Team is a non profit club that gives young athletes aged 5-18 years old the chance to improve all aspects of their alpine skiing. These athletes can go on to pursue events such as alpine racing, free ski competitions, moguls, skier cross and the newly added Olympic event slopestyle.
For more information on KAT programs and events go to their website www.kimberleyalpineteam.ca