March 3, 2013, Vernon, BC (ISN) – The Disabled Skiers Association of BC (DSABC) 2013 Western Canadian Para Alpine Championships took place on March 2 & 3, 2013 at Silver Star Mountain Resort.
The two day event saw 19 racers from the Western Provinces compete in both Grand Slalom and Slalom races. Sadly, most of the Alberta Para Alpine Ski Team was kept away due to a road closure near Golden, BC which forced them to turn back and return home.
The event went off without a glitch thanks to the help of the Vernon Ski Club Race Organizing Committee (ROC), Alpine Canada Alpin (ACA) and the Silver Star Adaptive Snow Sport Program and the many volunteers who gave their time to help us.
On Saturday, athletes competed in 2 GS races. The competition was very tight in the Male Sit-Skiing category, where Ben Thompson from the BC Para Alpine Ski Team and Kurt Oatway from the Saskatchewan Para Alpine Ski Team, both CPAST prospects swapped first and second place in each run, finishing only seconds apart.
Sunday morning, despite the strong winds and the colder weather, the Slalom went smoothly with once again a great battle in the sit-skiing category, with Kurt Oatway from the Saskatchewan Para Alpine Ski Team claiming the overall Slalom title over both races.
File photo of Kurt Oatway making his way down the slopes – Photo by Brianne Law – (Alpine Canada Athletic Director) Canadian Para-Alpine Ski Team
Full results can be found on the Race Results page of the DSABC website.
This Alpine Canada Alpin (ACA) sanctioned event acts as the highest level of competition in the province of British-Columbia for skiers with disabilities outside of the NorAm races.
For more information on the Disabled Skiers Association of BC, please visit their website at www.dsabc.ca.
For more information on Alpine Canada Alpin, please visit their website at www.alpinecanada.org.
The Disabled Skiers Association of BC has been delivering adaptive snowsports program throughout BC since 1973. Their programs, from the grass roots level to the BC Para Alpine Ski Team aims at introducing individuals with cognitive and/or physical disabilities to the freedom and therapeutic