Whistler athletes on top in championships 

The Whistler Mountain Ski Club has a lot to celebrate these days, with alumni cleaning up at the Pontiac GMC Canadian Championships, and both the K1 and juvenile teams cleaning up in provincial and national competitions.

K1 Provincial Championships (Ages 11 and 12)

Sead Causevic, the head coach of the K1 team knew his racers could compete with anyone in the province, but didn’t expect the team to win eight medals. "We did a lot of good training leading up to this event, and got into some of the mental training earlier than they would usually," he says. "It helps them to focus on things on the course, and to get their focus back quickly if they make mistakes.

"I’ve been snooping around the B.C. Alpine Web site to see who we would be up against, and I expected some good competition from the Interior. I was assured we’d have many kids in the running, I just didn’t know how the top five was going to look. I think we did pretty well."

In two weeks the K1 team will take on the province, Canada and the world in the Whistler Cup, and Causevic feels there are a number of athletes who could be a factor in those races. Jennifer Mah and Alison Matasi have been skiing well for the women, and Morgan Pridy is a threat in the men’s races. "Poor Morgan has been in fourth all year, just missing the podium, and at the provincials he finally made it into third place," says Causevic.

At the Merrill Lynch K1 Provincial Championships, the WMSC women’s team got off to a great start on March 16 in the GS, with silver and bronze medals going to Jennifer Mah and Christina Disler, respectively. Also cracking the top 15 were Alison Matasi in sixth and Katrina Dekur in seventh. Emily Higgins, Catherine Rose, Deborah Bayliss, Carolyn Caldwell, Brittany McGovern all made the top 30. The top spot went to Wictoria Glowczynska of Kamploops.

In the men’s GS, Morgan Pridy missed the bronze medal by 0.15 seconds. He finished behind Evan Moore of Vernon, Dane Tudor-Olds of Red Mountain, and Trevor Rose of Windermere. Also from Whistler, North Jones was seventh, Kyle Coxon eighth, and Daniel Penn 13 th to round out the top 15. Scott Harrison, Zachary Nash and David Sandberg were in the top 30.

In the afternoon races, the Whistler girls were back on top with Alison Matasi finishing third behind Glowczynska and Elli Terwiel of Kamloops. Jennifer Mah, Christina Disler and Katrina Dekur were fourth through sixth respectively. Catherine Rose was eighth, Carolyn Caldwell ninth, Emily Higgins 12 th and Victoria Whitney 15 th , to give the WMSC eight spots in the top 15.

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