Medals pile up for Apex freestyle

Current and former members of the Apex Freestyle Club earned 29 medals in the Timber Tour and Super Youth competition last weekend.

Apex Mountain hosted more than 180 athletes who competed in moguls, big air and slopestyle disciplines for the first B.C. Freestyle Series of the season as they try to qualify for the Canadian Junior Nationals, March 13-16, in Quebec.

Kuroda said the early season training by his athletes paid off. AFC skiers used home field advantage to net 25 medals.

“That’s a really good result for the first competition,” said Kuroda.

He was equally pleased in the slopestyle discipline since course work wasn’t complete until just days before the competition.

“For the lack of training that we did have, my athletes did good as far as personal bests go,” he said.

AFC slopestyle and big air coach Stuart Chapman said his athletes performed all right as they completed new tricks.

“We could have used a little bit more training I think in all aspects,” he said. “Our girls cleaned up. The girls team killed it for sure.”

Leading to the next event in Prince George Feb. 6-9, Chapman is looking forward to more training.

“I think this just started the fire for all of the kids,” he said. “See what they have to work up towards. What tricks they have to learn.”

Next up for a group of AFC skiers is a Canadian Series event at Castle Mountain in Pincher Creek, Alta. The club is sending Max and Kassidy Todd, Mackenzie Schwinghamer, Joe Durham, Koleton Phipps, Brayden Kuroda and Madison Parker. They will compete against the best field of older skiers Canada has to offer that is not competing on the World Cup stage. With his group ages 15 and under, Kuroda said he would be very happy with them placing in the top third or half.

“This is for experience, plus they gain points going towards junior nationals, which is an important event for these athletes,” said Kuroda.

Medal winners:

Shaina Finlayson, 14-15, gold in Timber Tour Slopestyle and big air.

Kassidy Todd, 14-15, bronze in slopestyle, silver in moguls

Mackenzie Schwinghamer, 14-15, bronze in moguls, silver in big air

Madison Parker, 12-13, gold in moguls

Anna Spence, 12-13, bronze in moguls

Koleton Phipps, 14-15, bronze in moguls

Brayden Kuroda, 12-13, bronze in moguls, bronze in big air

Chloe Kober, 14-15, bronze in big air

Matt Finlayson, 14-15, silver in big air

Rhya Covert, 7, gold in big air, gold in moguls, gold in slope style

Simon Albrechtson, 8-9, silver in big air

Alec Henderson, 10-11, silver in big air, bronze in moguls, silver in slope style

Aiden Waddle, 7, gold in moguls

Ethan Phillips, 10-11, gold in moguls

Teagan Holinaty, 11-11, bronze in slopestyle

AFC Alumni winners

Mason Barzilay, 18, gold in moguls

Josh Kober, 19, gold in moguls

Jordan Kober, 17, silver in moguls

Kyle Parker,14-15, gold in moguls



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