Members of the Mount Washington U14 ski team gather on the podium in Whistler following last weekend's giant slalom competition. Front

Ski club travels to Whistler for ‘home’ GS races

Two Campbell River skiers post top-20 showings in U14 competition

Campbell River’s Sylvi Nymann posted a top-10 finish and teammate Natalia Bellefleur cracked the top 20 last week as the Mount Washington Ski Club traveled to Whistler for a giant slalom event originally scheduled for the snow-challenged Mount Washington slopes.

Nyamann had a weekend consistently in the top 15 with 13th, 12th and 8th place finishes in the U14 competition on a challenging Olympic downhill course with a drop of 270 meters. Bellefleur, also of Campbell River moved from 22nd, to 25th and then up to a 16th place finish in the combined two-run event on day 2.

The Mount Washington club was led by Emilly Johnston of Comox in her first year of U14 racing moved from 41st to fourth in her first race of the weekend and ascended to the podium for a bronze medal in the second race of the weekend. Comox native Kieran Nilsen had a personal best weekend with a bronze medal and podium in race 1, an 8th place in race 2 and a fifth place in the combined event making the top 10 in the zone each race.

Next up for the team is a full week of training and then racing at Silver Star for the U14 Provincial Championships while their counterparts in the club head to Nakiska for the FIS Nor-Ams.