Local racer captures U14 provincial championship

Jamie Casselman skis to five gold medals and is crowned the overall provincial champion.

Jamie Casselman on the course during a race at provincials at Sun Peaks Resort outside Kamloops in March.

Jamie Casselman on the course during a race at provincials at Sun Peaks Resort outside Kamloops in March.

Kimberley Alpine Team (KAT) athletes travelled to Sun Peaks Resort to compete in U14 Alpine Ski Provincials earlier in March. A field of 99 boys and 92 girls from across BC competed in two days of giant slalom and two days of slalom racing.

Ethan Blair, Emma Damm and Jamie Casselman skied hard. Coach Jon Blair described his racers as all reaching their personal best. He said the athletes have worked extremely hard this year and it is shown in their results.

Casselman led the way with winning five gold medals and one silver. Jamie performances earned him the title of U14 provincial men’s champion.

Casselman raced to two golds in giant slalom, posting times of 56.06 and 58.55 for two first-place finishes. He also captured three more golds in slalom, posting times of 46.56, 43.48 and a combined time of 139.08 in two more heats.

His silver came in a giant slalom race, with two runs that put his combined time 1.49 seconds behind the first-place finisher.

Teammates Ethan Blair and Emma Damm also had great performances at provincials. Damm was awarded the most improved award four times in provincials and her best performance was 28th. Blair’s best run was 26th in giant slalom. All three athletes will attend the International ski race, Whistler Cup in April with Casselman claiming a spot on Team BC for this race.

Kimberley Alpine Team has been in operation since 1987. The club provides fall and winter programs for developing the love of skiing in children from the ages 4 to 19 with operations based at the Kimberley Alpine Ski Resort. For more information go to www.KimberleyAlpineTeam.ca

 

KAT  have strong results at zone finals

Katie Clark, Bronwyn Damm, Jamie Casselman, Ethan Blair and Emma Damm went to Whitewater for the zone finals at the end of March.

Results are as follows:

U16

Katie Clark

2nd in GS

2nd in Slalom,

Bronwyn Damm

7th in GS

5th in Slalom

U14

Jamie Casselman

2nd and 1st in GS

1st in slalom

Ethan Blair

5th and 5th in GS

3rd in slalom

Emma Damm

6th and 5th in GS

5th and 4th in slalom

Zoe Chore invited to the Can Am race at Apex Mountain

The Apex Ski Club welcomed 201 registered racers from BC, Alberta, Manitoba, PNSA division of USSA, and RMD division of USSA (which included Ski and Snowboard Club Vale, Steamboat Springs, and Aspen) for the 2014 Can Am event at Apex Mountain Resort March 20 to 23. Prior to the race, former national team racer Jeff Hume mentored the kids, working with them every day on jumps and drills on a full super-G track. Zoe Chore represented Kimberley Alpine Team and placed 8th in the Super G, 14th in Slalom and 15th in GS.

 

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