|Over the course of the season, we have watched in awe as our athletes performed well beyond our expectations and surprised us with standout results. These performances consisted of never been done (NBD’s) in the pipe, courtesy of Cassie Sharpe, first-ever World Cup victories, supplied by Teal Harle, personal bests from Catrine Lavallée and a Women’s WC podium sweep on home soil by Justine Dufour-Lapointe, Chloé Dufour-Lapointe and Andi Naude. These athletes will all be receiving the most outstanding performance award.
‘I see this past season as a huge learning opportunity… This year was my first real World Cup tour. I managed to finish the season with my best performance to date, a seventh-place finish at the World Championships. When I reflect on the season, I had highs and lows… I worked really hard to master the Full-Full and managed to continue to perfect the manoeuver during the season … I’m proud to have gone through this season, as it now allows me to focus on next year and the qualification process for the 2018 Olympics,’ stated Catrine Lavallée, Most Outstanding aerial Performance winner.
Historically, as each season comes to an end, we look to the young blood, the next generation of athletes that are on the cusp of making the leap to the National Team and the World Cup circuit. Berkley Brown, Félix Cormier-Boucher, Phil Langevin and Rachael Anderson have all excelled in their respective disciplines and demonstrated tremendous progression over the course of the season. All four athletes will be the recipients of the NextGen Athlete of the Year award.
‘Being nominated for this award was a big surprise to me as I wasn’t too stoked on my season after getting injured so early on in the season. I’m very thankful to be nominated for this award and being named best NextGen halfpipe athlete of the year is a nice confidence boost heading into next season,’ explained NextGen halfpipe Athlete of the Year, Rachael Anderson.