Excitement was in the air for the Mount Washington Ski Club athletes as they boarded the bus at 4:20 a.m. in Courtenay to head to the BC Winter Games held in Mission, BC Feb. 20-23.
The girls team consisted of Campbell River’s Sylvii Nymann (Campbell River). The boys team was made up of Jared Perras and Kieran Harley of Campbell River.
Prior to this event, the athletes were in a “pray for snow” situation – but alas, be careful what you wish for as the snow came down throughout the weekend hampering efforts to put on races. The competition was meant to include Slalom, Giant Slalom and Skier Cross events. But this was not to be the case.
On day one ski organizers were able to pull off both Slalom races with Nymann placing 15th. On the boys side, Perras placed 25th.
On day two the Mount Washington girls and boys were primed and ready to roll for the Giant Slalom race. Nymann placed 28th. However, medal hopes were dashed when the ski organizers decided to cancel the second run and the rest of the race after it was decided the course was treacherous.
The boys team was highly disappointed after coming such a long way, training for so long and then facing cancellation. But – they were hopeful for the next day’s event – Skier Cross, but day three did not fare much better for the boys hopes for the skier cross event.
Harsh weather conditions hampered the event and it was cancelled after the girls were able to make a run at the course.
The overall experience of the BC Winter Games is not to be underestimated as these athletes compete at this very high level in sport. Congratulations to all the Mount Washington Ski Club Athletes for representing your team with positive attitudes, respect and perseverance – this was demonstrated all weekend long especially under trying conditions