Youngsters impress at AWG snowboard trials

Three team veterans were among a dozen snowboarders at Yukon’s team trials for the 2016 Arctic Winter Games this past Sunday at Mount Sima.

Three team veterans were among a dozen snowboarders at Yukon’s team trials for the 2016 Arctic Winter Games this past Sunday at Mount Sima.

However, at the end of the day, following slopestyle and banked slalom events, none of them were at the top of the 10-person male category.

Twelve-year-old Sammy Mather placed second in both competitions to place first overall in the final standings.

“He’s quite amazing. This is his first year in Snowboard Yukon programs,” said Yukon head coach Mary Binsted. “We’ve managed to win him over from some other sports.”

There was lots of young blood on the slopes. Mather was one of three 12-year-old boys competing at the trials. Ethan Davy and Asher Brault, both of whom are 14 years old, tied for third in the final standings.

“We’ve got this really active group of younger guys,” said Binsted. “We’ve got this strong, new group moving up and it’s pretty amazing. Their skill level is quite high for their age. It’s the highest we’ve seen in that age group yet.”

Team veteran Tim Schirmer was out competing for a spot at what would be his final Arctics. The 17-year-old finished first in the slopestyle event and fourth in banked slalom on Sunday for second overall in the standings.

Schirmer won three medals at each of the last two Arctic Games. He and Davy represented Yukon at the 2015 Canada Winter Games in Prince George, B.C., last year.

Veteran Rachel MacIntosh, who won two bronze at the last Arctics, was also out for Sunday’s trials. The 18-year-old won both events for females, beating 10-year-old Riley Boland – the only other female competitor.

“(MacIntosh has) been riding three years now with the team and is improving each time along the way,” said Binsted. “So we’re glad she has this opportunity to try it out one more time.”

“Riley was one of our top Sandor’s Shredders (development program) riders last season … So we encouraged her to come out for the team,” she added.

Yukon’s snowboard teams have been the most successful for the territory at the last three Arctic Games, in terms of ulus (medals). The snowboard crew collected the most hardware with 21 ulus at the 2014 Games in

Fairbanks, 15 at the 2012 Games in Whitehorse and 10 at the 2010 Games in Grande Prairie, Alta.

Each Games jurisdiction can enter a team of eight snowboarders – four male and four female, two of each in junior and juvenile categories.

Snowboard Yukon will now conduct three weeks of training camp until the team is named before the deadline of Feb. 1.

The 2016 Arctic Winter Games will take place March 6-11 in Nuuk, Greenland.

Contact Tom Patrick at

tomp@yukon-news.com

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Crystal Schick/Yukon News file
Runners in the Yukon Arctic Ultra marathon race down the Yukon River near the Marwell industrial area in Whitehorse on Feb. 3, 2019.
Cold-weather exercise hard on the lungs

Amy Kenny Special to the Yukon News It might make you feel… Continue reading

Yukonomist Keith Halliday
YUKONOMIST: The Neapolitan election

Do you remember those old bricks of Neapolitan ice cream from birthday… Continue reading

Whitehorse City Hall (Joel Krahn/Yukon News file)
This week at city hall

A look at issues discussed by Whitehorse city council at its April 6 meeting.

Two people walk up the stairs past an advance polling sign at the Canda Games Centre on April 4. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News)
April 12 is polling day: Here’s how to vote

If in doubt, electionsyukon.ca has an address-to-riding tool

Yukon Party leader Currie Dixon addressing media at a press conference on April 8. The territorial election is on April 12. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News)
Getting to know Currie Dixon and the Yukon Party platform

A closer look at the party leader and promises on the campaign trail

lwtters
Today’s Mailbox: Rent freezes and the youth vote

Dear Editor, I read the article regarding the recommendations by the Yukon… Continue reading

Point-in-Time homeless count planned this month

Volunteers will count those in shelters, short-term housing and without shelter in a 24-hour period.

The Yukon’s new ATIPP Act came into effect on April 1. Yukoners can submit ATIPP requests online or at the Legislative Assembly building. (Gabrielle Plonka/Yukon News file)
New ATIPP Act in effect as of April 1

The changes promise increased government transparency

A new conservancy in northern B.C. is adjacent to Mount Edziza Provincial Park. (Courtesy BC Parks)
Ice Mountain Lands near Telegraph Creek, B.C., granted conservancy protection

The conservancy is the first step in a multi-year Tahltan Stewardship Initiative

Yukon RCMP reported a child pornography-related arrest on April 1. (Phil McLachlan/Black Press file)
Whitehorse man arrested on child pornography charges

The 43-year-old was charged with possession of child pornography and making child pornography

Team Yukon athletes wave flags at the 2012 Arctic Winter Games opening ceremony in Whitehorse. The postponed 2022 event in Wood Buffalo, Alta., has been rescheduled for Jan. 29 to Feb. 4, 2023. (Justin Kennedy/Yukon News file)
New dates set for Arctic Winter Games

Wood Buffalo, Alta. will host event Jan. 29 to Feb. 4, 2023

Victoria Gold Corp. has contributed $1 million to the First Nation of Na-cho Nyak Dun after six months of production at the Eagle Gold Mine. (Submitted/Victoria Gold Corp.)
Victoria Gold contributes $1 million to First Nation of Na-cho Nyak Dun

Victoria Gold signed a Comprehensive Cooperation and Benefits Agreement in 2011

Most Read