April 8, 2014, BIG WHITE, B.C. (ISN) – Kevin Hill of Vernon, B.C., and Carle Brenneman of Whistler, B.C., were crowned the national champions at the Sport Chek Canadian SBX (snowboard cross) Championships which concluded on Monday.
In the senior women’s final, Brenneman took top spot in the quarterfinals, semifinals and final for the gold medal. Zoe Bergemann of Acton, Ont., was second, Tayler Wilton of Collingwood, Ont., third and Meryeta Odine of Prince George, B.C., was fourth in the final.
“Big White was a super fun race and I’m proud of all the younger girls for rippin’ it up and keeping me on my toes,” said Brenneman. “I’m excited to finally claim the Canadian national title.”
It was positive finish to the season for Brenneman who fell short in her bid to land a spot on the Olympic team.
“This season hasn’t been the easiest for me,” she said. “So it was great to end on a positive note. It’s been awesome to have my team there pushing me all season and I’m proud of them for all their accomplishments in such an important season.”
Roger Carver of the U.S., won the men’s final ahead of Hill who takes the national title as the top Canadian. Robert Fagan of Squamish, B.C., was third and the fourth rider in the final was James Harris of the U.S. Chris Robanske of Calgary won the consolation final for the third best Canadian.
“It was really nice to finish off the season being the nationals champ,” said Hill, eighth at the Sochi Games. “Competing at one of my home mountains is nice because my family was able to watch. I was very impressed with the field of talented up-and-coming kids, showing the future is bright for snowboard cross in Canada.”
In junior competition, Tyler Jackson of Whitby, Ont., Fabrice Robert of Mascouche, Que., and Danny Bourgeois of Rosemère, Que., were the top-three finishers for the men while for the women it was Tess Critchlow, Katie Anderson and Odine.
In the under-14 results, Audrey Shieh of Georgetown, Ont., Kerri Lynch of Toronto and Carleigh Quiring of Kelowna, B.C., were the medallists for the women. For the men it was Levi Foster of Dapp, Alta., Justin Lavictoire of Georgetown and Christopher Belanger of Caledon, Ont.
Finally in the Para snowboard events, the winners were Michelle Salt of Calgary, Nathan Coyle of Surrey, B.C., Daniel Shoemaker of Oxbow, Sask., and Alex Massie of Barrie, Ont.
“It was an incredible season,” said Salt. “It was quite an experience to make history as the first Canadian female at the Paralympics in a sport I’m passionate about. It was great to wrap the season up with great conditions at our official training resort here at Big White.”