Junior Nationals Take the Spotlight


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:

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)

Full results.

Big Air
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)

Full results.

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)

Full results.

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)

Full results.

Dual Moguls
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)

Full results.

Air and Moguls Combined Overall Winners
Kasidy Todd (BC, U18)
Men: Kolton Phipps (BC, U18)

Full results.

Big Air and Slopestyle Combined Overall Winners
Megan Cressy (AB, U16)
Men: Patrick Dew (BC, U18)

Full results.

Super Combined Overall Winners
Mia Desautels (QC, U14)
Men: Brayden Kuroda (BC, U14)

Full results.

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For more information, contact George Fadel.

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