Youngberg soars from Vernon ski club to BC team

Jaden Parsons of the Vernon Ski Club races in the U14 provincials at Sun Peaks. - Gemma Harris, Alpine Images
Jaden Parsons of the Vernon Ski Club races in the U14 provincials at Sun Peaks.
— image credit: Gemma Harris, Alpine Images

Morning Star Staff

Anton Youngberg of the Vernon Ski club has made the  B.C. Under 14 Team.

Youngberg won several medals at the U14 alpine provincials at Sun Peaks in Kamloops last weekend. He will join Team B.C. at the 22nd Whistler Cup, April 4-6.

More than 200 racers participated in both slalom and giant slalom races at Sun Peaks, where Vernon had 10 athletes in four days of  competition.

The first day of racing involved two separate time GS races and the second day involved two combined time GS races.

Youngberg finished the first day with a pair of second-placings. Jaden Parsons was ninth and 17th, while Gerrit Van Soest finished 31st and 19th, in the field of 100.

Ethan Clancy finished 48th and 53th, Caele Kassa placed 38th and 73rd, Braden Kersey finished 40th and 41th and Maxwell Stepphuhn took 69th and 74th.

The ladies event involved more than 90 athletes with Vernon’s Sarah MacGillivray producing 22nd and 18th the first day.

Robyne DeWet finished 58th and 46th and Makena Kersey did not finish the first race but bounced back to finish sixth.

The combined event saw MaGillivray finishing 22nd, and DeWet 52nd.

The combined event went for the men saw Youngberg garner gold and Parsons place fifth. Van Soest placed 25th, Clancy 35th, Kersey 42nd, and Stepphuhn 66th.

On day 3, the athletes competed in two individual timed slalom races. Conditions were extremely difficult for all racers with poor visibility and six centimetres of fresh snow.

Kersey led the Vernon ladies with 21st and 27th finishes, DeWet had a DNF and a 47th and MaGillivray posted a DNF  and a 31st. DeWet was 41st in the combined slalom.

Youngberg earned two silver medals in the time slalom races. Van Soest was 12th and 16th, Parsons pocketed 29th and 21st, Clancy 36th and DNF, Stepphuhn 47th and 61th and Kersey 62nd and 49th.

The combined event Sunday had Parsons finishing 12th, Kersey 53rd and VanSoest 65th with Youngberg, Clancy, and Stepphuhn all with DNFs.

The Vernon Ski Club will next compete in the zone finals at Revelstoke, March 28-30, followed by the Whistler Cup.

A total of 16 countries are already confirmed for the Whistler Cup, which will welcome 44 alpine skiers, aged 12-15, and 150 coaches and support staff.

The event will feature more than 300 volunteers.


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