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Apex mogul skiers end year on a high note
Apex Freestyle Club collected 15 medals, including four gold, in the B.C. championship at Mount Washington on Vancouver Island April 4 to 6.
In slopestyle, Kassidy Todd, F3, took bronze, while Shaina Finlayson placed fourth and Mackenzie Schwinghamer was fifth. In the F4 class, Madison Parker placed sixth. Cameron Kapusty, M3, won gold and Matt Finlayson earned bronze.
In single moguls, Schwinghamer took silver and Todd picked up bronze. Parker took gold and Anna Spence, F4, earned silver. Koleton Phipps, M3, took silver and Finlayson earned bronze. Brayden Kuroda, M4, took bronze. In dual moguls, Todd took silver, Parker gold and Spence silver, while Phipps won gold and Kuroda silver.
AFC coach Kenni Kuroda said the championship was awesome and he was impressed with the slopestyle skiers.
“It was really good for them to be on the podium,” said Kuroda, adding it was important to get those results. “Just shows that in slopestyle … we’re up and coming. We’ve been lacking in that in past years. It just really shows the interest is there.”
Kuroda was also impressed with how the skiers battled through tough weather and slow conditions from the snow, which was trucked in for the event.
“They really put the effort in and it showed,” said Kuroda.
As for the moguls, Kuroda said the results were good because they have always had a strong moguls field.
“This being the last event, they came to ski,” he said. “All of the mogul skiers skied really well. The best of the best were there. In order to beat them, they had to ski well.”
In Super Youth, AFC had three skiers reach the podium. Aiden Waddle, 7, competing against one other skier for moguls took first, while Alec Henderson, 10, and Ethan Phillips, 11, took gold and silver respectively in the 10-12 age group. Waddle, 7, also earned second-place finishes in slopestyle and big air.
AFC alumni Mason Barzilay won gold in slopestyle, as well as single and dual moguls. Kyle Parker, M3, took gold in single moguls and silver in dual moguls.
Prior to the B.C. championship, AFC attended the ninth annual Showdown Throwdown Hoedown at Silver Star Mountain in Vernon.
Under the guidance of coach Stu Chapman, Shaina and Matt Finlayson earned bronze and silver, respectively. The club was also represented by Kapusty, Chloe Kober, Rhys Swenson and Sheldon Dekock. Kapusty finished fifth, while Swenson was 12th. Kober finished sixth.