YHS TIGERS 2023 ALPINE SKI PROVINCIAL CHAMPIONS
The defending provincial champions have repeated winning the 2023 Alpine Skiing BC Championship this week at Sun Peaks Resort. The Tigers young BC Championship Ski Team includes Grade 8 Sarah K.; two Grade 9s, Alexa F. and Isabelle Q.; two Grade 10s Nicole W. and Ruby F., and one Grade 11, Maddie W. Not a single skier graduates so pencil in the Tigers as favourites again in 2024! Our Snowboard Team is small and includes two Grade 12s Dylan P. and Ruby W., and Grade 9 Macy W.
On Monday, in the Ski GS race, Nicole W. won gold while Maddie W. took the bronze. All six YHS skiers placed in the top 23 in BC. On Tuesday, our Snowboarders raced the GS course. Dylan P., Ruby W., and Macy all raced well out of the total field of over 60 snowboarders. Lyra X. qualified for Canada Games and was unable to join the Tigers at Sun Peaks. We hope to continue to grow the snowboard team next season.
On Wednesday, the Terrain GS race took place and again, YHS owned the top of the podium with Maddie W. winning gold, Nicole W. placing 4th, Sarah K. placing 7th, and Alexa F, placing 8th. All six Tigers placed in the top 20. The top four finishers in each race score points for YHS while the others play a big role in placing ahead of other schools’ top four skiers; thus helping the Tigers take home another title. It is a full team contribution.
Most schools have two or three top skiers but YHS has incredible depth. The depth extends to several very talented skiers who are not participating at BCs. The Tigers Ski Team includes approximately 30 students; only the top six form the team to compete at BCs. YHS has a smaller Snowboarding Team which we are hoping continues to grow next season.
This year, I attended the BCs and had the chance to see our skiers race. This is an impressive group who train hard, are courageous competitors, and have fun and support one another. I am very proud of these student-athletes.
A huge thank you to the team’s committed coaches Ms. Matthews and Mr. Lum. They bring their knowledge and experience along with their fun and professionalism. The work done behind the scenes is intense and of course, race days are cold and long. The entire team supports one another and it was a joy to watch.
Thank you as well to the many parents who go above and beyond in supporting this team. The YHS Ski and Snowboard program was founded in 2006-07 behind the incredible support of a group of “ski parents”. Over the years, new generations of ski parents have stepped in to help and this tradition continues. Thank you!
David Prissinotti, Senior Athletics Director