Ontario to host 2018 U16 Sport Chek National Championships

Collingwood, ON (August 10th, 2017) – Alpine Canada, in conjunction with Alpine Ontario Alpin (AOA) is excited to announce the location of the 2018 U16 Sport Chek National Championships. After undertaking the outlined bid process, we are pleased inform the ski community that the Southern Ontario Division (SOD) of Alpine Ontario, under the leadership of Alpine Ski Club, Georgian Peaks Club, Osler Bluff Ski Club and Craigleith Ski Club will be the hosts of this exciting event.

Following on from a successful event at Loch Lomond in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Alpine Canada is excited for the multiple hosting opportunities the 2018 event will bring.

The opportunity for these clubs to work together, bring the local ski community to one and provide a large-scale event, will just build on the incredible event that these U16 athletes had in Thunder Bay. The terrain will be challenging, diverse and a great chance for the athletes to get some speed training and competition under their belt,” stated Dusan Grasic, Alpine Canada Director of Domestic Sport.

It is expected that over 100 of the country’s top U16 athletes will be in attendance, vying for the individual and overall champion title(s) for 2018. Once again, the coveted ‘team event’ will be up for grabs, with Team Alberta ready to challenge the title once again. In addition to action packed days of ski racing, multiple hosting, fundraising and coach education opportunities are also planned for the 5-day event, running March 6 – 10, 2018.

Scott Barrett, Executive Director, AOA said, “we’re thrilled to win this bid and keep the U16s Nationals here in Ontario for a second straight year! Last winter Thunder Bay and the LSDA set the bar very high so we have some steep standards in place to meet. Hosting an event of this size, on four unique hills will be fun for everyone involved and I wanted to thank these clubs for their work thus far, which ultimately secured the event. AOA is seeking larger events in the future and we have our hearts set on a NorAm for the 2018/19 season. This will be yet another opportunity for Ontario to show its propensity to host world class ski races.”

Please stay tuned for more information on the 2018 U16 Spot Chek National Championships, as we make headway for what will be the pinnacle event for these athletes in 2018.

About Alpine Ontario (AOA)
Alpine Ontario Alpin (AOA) is the provincial governing body for the sport of alpine ski racing in Ontario. Alpine Ontario’s newly refined mission is to provide leadership and structure for high quality, sustainable and affordable programming and to communicate the competitive, recreational and lifestyle benefits of ski racing to the community.

AOA represents four divisions, 40 member clubs and over 30,000 active athletes, coaches and officials (volunteers). AOA coordinates several successful programs across the province and continues to foster the development of “state of the art” ski-racing programs from the grass roots level to the elite level.

Alpine Canada is the national governing body for alpine, para-alpine and ski cross racing in Canada. With the support of valued corporate partners along with the Government of Canada, Own the Podium and the Canadian Olympic Committee, Alpine Canada develops Olympic, Paralympic, world championship and World Cup medallists to stimulate visibility, inspiration and growth in the ski community.

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For more information contact:
Kristin Ellis
Communications Manager
Alpine Ontario Alpin (AOA)
705-444-5111 x 132


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