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Local competitions highlight town’s youth athletes

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Thaila Joel, Drea Dimma, Kayla Constantini, Sakura Lord, Sofia Guy pose for a picture after the IFSA Junior Regional Freeride competition in Whistler last week.

Whistler Blackcomb played host to a couple ski and snowboard events in recent weeks.

First was the International Freeskiers and Snowboarders Association’s (IFSA) Junior Regional event that took place from Dec. 29 to 31.

In the U12 category, Freya Turner narrowly edged out Natalie Uskoski to take the top spot on the podium, while Owen White, Emmett Guy and Lachlan Simmons finished one, two and three on the men’s side.

Guy’s older brother Floyd took the top spot in the men’s 12-14 category, followed by Charlie Turner in second and Tannen DesBrisay in third. Meanwhile, Brooke Hemstead, Mhairi Smart and Sophie Hancock each claimed a spot on the podium on the women’s side.

In the 15-18 category, Marcus Goguen and Kayla Constantini claimed the top spots in men’s and women’s, while Kane Gascoigne and Kieren Ferguson rounded out the podium for the men and Drea Dimma and Sakura Lord for the women.

The second event, a provincial level slopestyle competition, took place the following week on Jan. 8 and 9 on Whistler Mountain.

Whistler local Truth Smith rode to second- and third-place finishes across the two-day event in his first competition in nearly two years.

Whistler’s Keenan Demchuk also found the podium, grabbing the third spot on Jan. 8.

On the women’s side, Whistler’s Amalia Pelchat narrowly missed the podium on day one with a fourth-place finish.