Double gold and more for Mt. Washington skiers

Mount Washington athletes met legendary skier Nancy Greene

It is no small feat to pull off a race that hosts over 550 U12 athletes from around the province.

But that’s what happened last weekend at the Annual Hub International Nancy Greene Festival at Sun Peaks near Kamloops.

Mount Washington Ski Club athletes were there in fine form to reap the rewards of this provincial event.

It was a clean sweep of the podium in two events for the Comox Valley’s Emilly Johnston with double Gold in Moguls and Kombi. Hot on her heels was teammate Haley Nelson with a Bronze medal in the Kombi, fourth in the Dual Glalom Event and ninth in the Moguls. Not to be outdone by her older sister, nine-year-old Brynn Johnston won a Gold medal for her speed and agility flying down the bumpy moguls run and placed eighth in the Dual Glalom event.

The Mount Washington Ski Club boys shone as well with U12 Luke Hoefer rising to the podium with a Silver in the Moguls, fifth in the Kombi and eighth place in the Dual Glalom event while Hayden Harley surpassed a field of 45 boys to win a Bronze in the Dual Glalom event, even after losing his glove and pole and skiing the race one handed.

The festival showcases young, new ski racers. For the Mount Washington Ski Club, this was no exception with Rowan Hughes, 7, and Erik Leikermoser, 6, finishing ninth in the Kombi event. Best of all, awards were handed out by Nancy Greene herself.