Team Ontario Selections to Sport Chek U16 Nationals

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

TEAM ONTARIO SELECTED FOR 2018 SPORT CHEK U16 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

Collingwood, ON (February 9, 2018) — Alpine Ontario Alpin (AOA) would like to congratulate the 40 alpine ski racers selected to compete on Team Ontario in the upcoming March 6-10th Sport Chek U16 National Championships. The Southern Ontario Division (SOD) will be hosting 160 of Canada’s best 14 and 15-year old racers as they compete in Slalom, Giant Slalom, Super G and a Dual race at four venues situated along the southern shores of Georgian Bay in the Town of the Blue Mountains. The host ski hills for the 5-day competition will include Georgian Peaks Club, Craigleith Ski Club, Alpine Ski Club and the Osler Bluff Ski Club. Alpine Canada Alpin will be overseeing the entire competition led by Dusan Grasic, ACA’s Domestic Director of Sport.

Ontario, as the host province, will have the largest quota with 40 competitors; BC, Alberta and Quebec are sending 28 athletes each; Nova Scotia and New Brunswick will send 10 athletes each, PEI four athletes, Newfoundland three, and Saskatchewan one athlete. The following Ontario athletes were selected after a 5-day qualifying competition at the recent Mackenzie Investments U16 OCUP Mid-Winter series.

Team Ontario – Men:

  1. Kyle Blandford             Toronto Ski Club*
  2. Christopher Burnes     Craigleith Ski Club
  3. George Cantoni            Georgian Peaks Ski Club
  4. Brian Donnelly            Craigleith Ski Club*
  5. Leandre Duhamel      Camp Fortune Ski Club/NCD
  6. James Gatcliffe           Georgian Peaks Ski Club*
  7. Dylan Gust                   Craigleith Ski Club
  8. Griffen Hanson           Osler Bluff Ski Club*
  9. Liam Hickey                Craigleith Ski Club*
  10. Zach Hyland                Craigleith Ski Club
  11. Reid Kappele             Craigleith Ski Club
  12. Matthew Kendall       Caledon Ski Club*
  13. Noah Kasdorf             Camp Fortune Ski Club/NCD
  14. Oleksa Mojsiak          Georgian Peaks Ski Club
  15. Benjamin Neylan       National Ski Academy
  16. Ellis Reid                     Craigleith Ski Club*
  17. Jeffrey Skinner           Georgian Peaks Ski Club
  18. Ryan Turnball             Craigleith Ski Club*
  19. Aleksas Valadka          Georgian Peaks Ski Club*
  20. Aidan Walters             Georgian Peaks Ski Club*
  21. Mackenzie Wood        Georgian Peaks Ski Club*


Team Ontario – Women:

  1. Amelie Alkier              Georgian Peaks Ski Club*
  2. Ashley Campbell         Georgian Peaks Ski Club
  3. Sydney Basil                Alpine Ski Club*
  4. Lauren Brackett          National Ski Academy
  5. Samantha Brooks       Caledon Ski Club
  6. Cassidy Brooks           Caledon Ski Club
  7. Annie Deeks                Craigleith Ski Club
  8. Gabby Eastwood        Georgian Peaks Ski Club*
  9. Nikki Finoro               National Ski Academy
  10. Tessa Foote                 National Ski Academy
  11. Emma Gosselin          Osler Bluff Ski Club*
  12. Sarah Graham            Georgian Peaks Ski Club*
  13. Gillian Hamilton        Camp Fortune Ski Club/NCD
  14. Lauren Hunter           Georgian Peaks Ski Club
  15. Cadence Kiss              Alpine Ski Club*
  16. Claire Macdonell        Georgian Peaks Ski Club
  17. Frances Macgregor    Norwesters Alpine Club/LSDA*
  18. Emma Reid                 Devil’s Glen Country Club
  19. Penny Robinson         Thunder Bay Fast/LSDA – declined the selection
  20. Elizabeth Sullivan       Alpine Ski Club – injury status, will not compete
  21. Spencer Watson         Camp Fortune Ski Club

Athletes with an asterisk after their name participated in the 2017 U16 High Performance Program Alpine Ontario launched to its member clubs last winter. This program was the first of its kind, with an ultimate goal to strengthen U16 performance at higher level competitions. The athletes participated in and completed an off-season dryland program with the Canadian Sport Institute of Ontario; mobility screening with Totem Wellness; a mentorship program with ex-athletes, including many alumni from the National Ski Team; spring and fall team-building weekends, and 28 of the 40 skiers attended a 12-day on snow camp in Switzerland.

Robyn Skinner, AOA’s Competition Director says, “We congratulate all our U16 athletes in the OCUP series. With the criteria coming down to a 5-day, mid-winter series we know these races represented the harsh reality of our sport – including the pressure to perform and being race-ready. AOA is encouraged to see that 20 of these athletes were part of the 2017 U16 program that was launched last winter. This was a new idea for our organization and the real test will be at Nationals as to how these kids are competing against the rest of Canada.”

Bill Reeves, the ROC Chair of the U16 Nationals events adds, “I would like to congratulate all the young women and men from across Canada on being selected to their Provincial Teams.  I would also like to thank Alpine Canada and our title sponsor Sport Chek along with our presenting sponsors HSBC, Project X Ltd, CTRE Productions and Helly Hansen for helping support these championships and ski racing across the country.  We are looking forward to welcoming all the athletes to the Town of the Blue Mountains and Collingwood, Ontario and hosting a very competitive event.”

Racers and families can find more information on the official event website www.u16ski.ca

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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, 44 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.
For more information contact:
Kristin Ellis
Communications Manager
Alpine Ontario Alpin (AOA)
705-444-5111 x132
communications@alpineontario.ca