Podium of Life students atop the podium

Corey Harle  won a gold in skier cross,left, and  Melly Pemble won gold in slalom and giant slalom at the skier cross. - Photo courtesy of Podium of Life
Corey Harle won a gold in skier cross,left, and Melly Pemble won gold in slalom and giant slalom at the skier cross.
— image credit: Photo courtesy of Podium of Life

Most of the students, teachers, and coaches of Podium of Life Snow Sports Academy raced in the skier cross on Mount Washington over the weekend.

All four skiers all start at the same time and race to the end, making for an exciting event.

In the sometimes narrow course, athletes have to race around gates while manoeuvring for position.

To make things more exciting, there are jumps and steep turns that challenge the competitors. In the end it is a frightening elimination race.

The members of Podium of Life, a school on Mount Washington, entered the race.

Justin Watt, Grade 5, won a silver and narrowly edged out Hayden Harley, Grade 4, who won a bronze.

Kieran Harley, Grade 6, won a gold medal. Sylvi Nymann, Grade 7, raced to a silver medal and her older sister in Grade 9, Maja Nymann won a gold.

Dillan Glennie and Georgia Watt, Grade 7, had brilliant starts but were edged out of the medal positions.

Erin Sketchley, Grade 8, sped to a fourth place finish while Kole Harle, Grade 9, earned a silver medal. Even the coaches and teachers of Podium of Life raced.

Corey Harle, co-founder of the school, won a gold in the women’s 18 and over category.

While the other co-founder, Shane Harle, won a bronze.

During the weekend there was also a slalom and giant slalom race. Kole Harle won two golds, Maja Nymann won two silvers, Sylvi Nyman won a bronze and earned a fourth place finish while Kieran Harley won a silver and a bronze medal.

The third event was a disabled race with racers from all over the province.

Mel Pemble skied to two gold medals on the first day and a silver and bronze on the second.

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