Presenting the 2019 Eastern Finals

COLLINGWOOD, ON (October 18th, 2018) — Alpine Ontario Alpin (AOA), in partnership with the National Capital Division (NCD), the Calabogie Ski Race Club (CSRC), Calabogie Peaks Resort (CPR), the Township of Greater Madawaska and the County of Renfrew will be hosting the first annual U16 Eastern Finals in Calabogie, Ontario, March 28-31, 2019. This inaugural event will replace what was formerly known as the U16 Can-Am which rotated between the Eastern United States and Quebec.

The event is also supported by the Province of Ontario with the aim to assist AOA in creating a culture that engages members, create legacies and role models while building community spirit to increase opportunities for Ontario athletes to compete on home soil. The end goal from the initiative is to create future national team opportunities for the athletes while also building officials and coaching capacities.

Robyn Skinner, AOA’s Competition Director, worked closely with CSRC this past summer to secure the event and provincial funding attached to it. Skinner explains “We are excited to be launching the first ever U16 Eastern Final in Ontario to give our athletes more opportunities to compete at a high level in the province, create more infrastructure and develop legacies in the NCD region by showcasing the amazing local race organizing committee at CSRC. After the success of the 2018 U16 OCUP Finals in Calabogie, AOA is delighted to work with the region to create a new event that further develops alpine ski racing in Ontario.

Bruce Monkman, Program Director at Calabogie Ski Race Club adds, “Calabogie Ski Race Club is proud to be working with Alpine Ontario as we strive towards the goal of becoming a world leader in alpine athletics. Calabogie Peaks Resort has made major capital investments in infrastructure and snowmaking over the last decade, which has enabled the freestyle, snow-cross, and alpine programs the ability to provide quality environments for developing world-class athletes. Hosting this event will allow our club to showcase our incredible training and racing facilities while inspiring our grassroots athletes to continue to strive for excellence within our sport.”

Disciplines to be included in the competition include; Slalom, Giant Slalom, Dual Slalom, and Ski Cross. The event will have a very North American feel to it with Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland & Labrador, P.E.I., New Brunswick as well as many eastern US states all competing. It is expected that 150 athletes able-bodied and para-alpine will participate.

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For more information:
Robyn Skinner
Competition Director
Alpine Ontario Alpin
rskinner@alpineontario.ca
Office (705) 444-5111 x128