The Difference Capital Canadian Junior Nationals presented by Banister GM was full of action despite the fact that Mother Nature did not cooperate throughout the season to give Silver Star much snow. The resort threw thousands of shovels into the hills to make courses that were both challenging and fun for the 200 athletes in search of a Canadian Freestyle title.
Inclusion of Slopestyle in the Olympics Winter Games clearly inspired a new generation. This was on display when local skier Patrick Dew made history by throwing down two different double flips – a first for junior nationals.
The first ever U14 Super Combined pushed the youngest athletes to develop and showcase well rounded skills in moguls, aerials, and slopestyle as part of the CFSA’s Can Freestyle competition restructuring.
“We know we have amazing talent and coaches coming through in all Freestyle disciplines,” said CFSA Sport Development Director Meredith Gardner. “Putting events in place like combined events for younger athletes helps us ensure they will be strong skiers and jumpers and have the foundations to realize their dreams.”
“It has been physically and mentally tough here in Silver Star. We are really proud of how the athletes rose to the challenge and progressed before our eyes.”
Athletes from the age of 12 to 20 showed exceptionally strong performances from all across Canada.
Here are the champions for each event:
Women: Mia Deshautels (QC, U14), Noamy Boudreau-Guertin (QC, U16), Kaside Todd (BC, U18), Mason Barzilay (BC, U20)
Men: Brayden Kuroda (BC, U14), Mats Desautels (QC, U16), Joseph Durham (BC, U18)
Women: Elena Gaskell (BC, U14), Marilou Bouthiette (QC, U16), Rachael Karker (ON, U18)
Men: Kai Martin (BC, U14), Luke Smart (BC, U16), Patrick Dew (BC, U18), Dylan Reed (YK, U20)
Women: Sofia Tchernetsky (BC, U14), Megan Cressey (AB, U16), Bryana Cressey (AB, U18)
Men: Brayden Kuroda (BC, U14), Luke Smart (BC, U16), Patrick Dew (BC, U18), Lau Briggs-Currer (ON, U20)
Women: Adeleine Lyon (ON, U14), Berkley Brown (ON, U16), Catherine Brunelle (U18, QC), Aimee Hewat (ON, U20)
Men: Brayden Kuroda (BC, U14), Elli Vaillancourt (QC, U16), Davis Clement (AB, U18), Laris Thompson (QC, U20)
Women: Sandrine Vaillancourt (QC, U14), Mei Pond (BC, U16), Mikela Bergevin (QC, U18), Aimee Hewat (ON, U20)
Men: Brayden Kuroda (BC, U14), Luke Smart (BC, U16), Davis Clement (AB, U18), Laris Thompson (QC, U20)
Air and Moguls Combined Overall Winners
Women: Kasidy Todd (BC, U18)
Men: Kolton Phipps (BC, U18)
Big Air and Slopestyle Combined Overall Winners
Women: Megan Cressy (AB, U16)
Men: Patrick Dew (BC, U18)
Super Combined Overall Winners
Women: Mia Desautels (QC, U14)
Men: Brayden Kuroda (BC, U14)
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