BC Athlete Alex Cairns, wins title of Slalom Canadian National Champion

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Fannie Smith

(ISN) – (Quebec, QC) – Cairns, a senior member of the BC Para-alpine ski team (BCPAST) and a Canadian National Para-alpine ski team (CPAST) prospect has been on the road since the end of January training and competing, most recently at the US National Championships and the Para-Alpine Sports Experts Canadian National Championships. Along the way, the Squamish native collected a few pieces of hardware including his first Gold Medal at the IPCAS (International Paralympic Committee Alpine Skiing) SL event on Saturday, March 28th. Cairns repeated the feat winning a second Gold medal during the National Championship race on Sunday, March 29th. He also brings home Silver from the IPCAS GS and Bronze from the IPCAS SL at the US National Championships.

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This season has been busy for Cairns; he has been training with the Canadian National Para-alpine ski team prospect group, the BC Para-alpine team and traveling to many races here and south of the border. Cairns earned a wild card spot at the 2015 IPC World Championships in Panorama only a few days before competition. A talented free skier, Cairns used those skills to manoeuvre through a tough course and finish his very first World Cup start. The 23 year old athlete is vying for a spot on the Canadian Para-alpine Ski Team (CPAST) Development Team next season and hopes that his hard work and results this year will pay off.

“I am pretty happy with the way that my racing has gone this year, we have done more racing and training with the BC team than any other year which has opened up a lot of doors for everyone on the team. I’m really looking forward to seeing what happens next season.” says Cairns.
It was also a successful week for fellow teammates Chelaine McInroy and Mel Pemble. McInroy finished 3rd in GS in the National race and Pemble, who at 14 is still too young to race in an IPCAS sanctioned race, posted excellent times during the National races, earning Gold in the junior category in GS & Silver in Slalom.

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Rounding out the team were Landon McGauley and Mark Robertson. McGauley posted some personal bests and Robertson, who has struggled with a knee injury all season, participated in two out of four races, looking strong and confident on the hill also achieving some personal best results in Slalom
“We worked to provide the athletes with the opportunities that they needed, both to train and to compete, and they have all taken advantage of those opportunities. Our season concluded at National Championships in Mont Sainte-Anne where the athletes earned several podium finishes. We had beautiful weather, great racing, and the athletes skied to the best of their abilities, what more could we ask for?” said Provincial Head Coach John Newton, a sentiment echoed by Assistant Coach, Mark Newton.
The team will now take a few weeks of rest before focusing on spring and summer training plans. The 2015-2016 BCPAST & CPAST selections take place in the late spring.

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