Comox’s Carle Brenneman (now living in Whistler) and Kevin Hill of Vernon were crowned the national champions at the Sport Chek Canadian SBX (snowboardcross) Nationals, which concluded on Monday.
In the senior women’s final, Brenneman took top spot in the quarter-finals, semifinals and final for the gold medal. Zoe Bergemann of Acton, Ont., was second, Tayler Wilton of Collingwood, Ont., third and Meryeta O’Dine of Prince George, B.C., was fourth in the final.
“Big White was a super fun race and I’m proud of all the younger girls for rippin’ it up and keeping me on my toes,” said Brenneman. “I’m excited to finally claim the Canadian national title.”
It was positive finish to the season for Brenneman who fell short in her bid to land a spot on the Olympic team. “This season hasn’t been the easiest for me,” she said. “So it was great to end on a positive note. It’s been awesome to have my team there pushing me all season and I’m proud of them for all their accomplishments in such an important season.”
Roger Carver of the U.S., won the men’s final ahead of Hill who takes the national title as the top Canadian. Robert Fagan of Squamish was third and the fourth rider in the final was James Harris of the U.S. Chris Robanske of Calgary won the consolation final for the third best Canadian.
– Snowboard Canada