Local skiers on top at B.C. Freestyle Championships 

Whistler Blackcomb Freestyle Club hosts the province

The Whistler Blackcomb Freestyle Club hosted freestyle clubs from across the province last week for four days of provincial championship competitions.

Locals held their own and even took some of the top awards on their home halfpipe, moguls and slopestyle courses. Head coach Nic Bazin was excited by the results posted by the team's athletes - especially the younger athletes, many of whom had never skied in a moguls competition.

"It's hard to ski moguls and some of the younger athletes didn't train a lot going into what's probably the most challenging course in the province," said Bazin. "To go out and ski Davies Dervish - it was big and some of the guys got top spot. They really impressed me."

The first event for most athletes was the halfpipe championship on Thursday. Pemberton's Yuki Tsubota placed first with a score of 26.8, followed by Whistler's Cassandra Sharpe in 25.3 and Nicola Halliwell in 23.5. All three skiers are F2, aged 16 to 18, and ski for the B.C. Ski Team.

In F3 (ages 14 to 15), Whistler's Sophie McGregor placed first. All three F4 skiers (ages 12 to 13) were Whistler-based, with Mackenzie Wilson placing first, Sofiane Gagnon in second and Daria Rivera in third.

In the men's M3 group, Whistler's Taylor Wilson placed a close third. Brenden Kelly was seventh and Michael Granger 19th.

In the combined M4 group it was a Whistler sweep with Mitchel Wilson on top, J.C. Heckman in second, Liam Measure in third, Tim Ravenna in fourth, Braeden Wheeler in fifth and Brad Pudritz in sixth.

On Friday, it was single moguls for most of the athletes.

Yuki Tsubota picked up her second gold medal in F2, followed by B.C. Team member Emily Little and Marieke Maas of the Vancouver Freestyle Club. Whistler's Nicola Halliwell was fourth.

In F3, Sophie McGregor was fifth.

Jake McGregor just missed the podium in M2, placing fourth. Brandon Woods was seventh.

Brenden Kelly placed second in the M3 category to a member of the B.C. team.

Taylor Wilson was 16th in that group.

In M4, Liam Measure placed second, Mitchel Wilson 10th, Tim Ravenna 12th, Graham Williams 15th, Bradley Pudritz 19th, Schon Tan 26th and Braedon Wheeler 27th.

Yuki Tsubota did it again in the slopestyle competition, with Nicola Halliwell taking second place.

In M2, Brandon Woods placed 11th. Brenden Kelly tied for third in the M3 category, while Michael Granger placed 15th.

Mitchel Wilson topped the M4 group, with Whistler teammate Braedon Wheeler placing second by half a point. It was nearly a sweep, with Liam Measure placing fourth. Tim Ravenna was 10th.

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