Whistler snowboard club strong in provincials 

For the past two weeks, members of the Whistler Valley Snowboard Club have been pulling in some top results in the B.C. Snowboard Association’s provincial series. The first of four events were in Sun Peaks, from Feb 2 to 4, and the second at Big White on Feb. 10 and 11.

In the women’s 17 and Over GS at Sun Peaks, Erin Franklin finished second and Belinda Olding third for the WVSC. Whistler’s Michelle Rideout was sixth. In the men’s 17 and Over GS, Whistler’s Mitch Baker was first.

Sarah Kopinya of the WVSC finished third in the women’s 16 and Under Halfpipe. In the men’s 16 and Under Halfpipe, Tyler Massey was fourth and Matt Friesen seventh.

In the women’s 17 and Over Halfpipe, Genvieve Halle brought gold for the WVSC. Teammates Laura Usar and Erin Franklin were ninth and 10th. The men’s event went to Jess Kumlea. Teammate Garrett Newkirk was 10th, while Whistler local Eric Greene finished seventh.

In the boardercross events, Sarah Kopinya finished fifth in her division, while Tyler Massey went on to win a second gold medal in the men’s Under 16. Teammates Johnny Lyall and Aaron Shapiro tied for seventh, Matt Friesen was ninth and Johnny Burgess was 10th.

In the 17 and Over categories, Ali Ames was the top Whistler woman, with Belinda Olding and Erin Franklin finishing third and seventh for the WVSC. Eric Greene and Jesse Kumlea finished seventh and eighth.

At Big White, the WVSC continued to win with seven medals in eight events.

In the women’s 16 and Under Halfpipe, Sarah Kopinya once again made the board with a second place finish. Teammate Katelyn Scott was sixth.

Tim Orr was the top 16 and Under male, with teammates Tyler Massey and Aaron Shapiro finishing third and fourth.

The 17 and Over women’s pipe went to Mercedes Nicoll of the WVSC, a strong national team prospect. Genvieve Halle tied for fifth with Whistler’s Meghann O’Brien. Jesse Kumlea finished third in the men’s, followed by local Eric Greene in fourth and teammate Oliver Roy in sixth.

In the boardercross, Sarah Kopinya and Katelyn Scott finished fourth and fifth in the women’s 16 and Under, and Tyler Massey was second in the men’s. In the 17 and Over, Belinda Olding, Erin Franklin and Mercedes Nicoll were the top women, finishing fourth, fifth and seventh respectively. Kumlea was the top male in fifth place. Brody Petersen and Eric Greene tied for seventh.


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