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Local skiers top B.C. freestyle series



The Whistler Blackcomb Freestyle Ski Club (WBFSC) and Whistler Blackcomb "Freestylerz" program hosted the second event in the B.C. Freestyle Ski Series this past weekend, with a huge turnout of over 200 kids from around the province competing in the Timber Tour — an event for kids aged 12 to 19 — and the Super Youth events for younger kids.

There's some overlap in the 12 to 13 age group with the Timber Tour basing entry on the athletes' ages as of July 1, and the Super Youth placing kids based on their age on the day of the event.

Whistler skiers won a total of 50 medals in three events, slopestyle, moguls and halfpipe, and may have won more before the decision was made to cancel the moguls on Monday as a result of fog on the course.

Hundreds also enjoyed a gala evening at the top of Whistler where thousands of dollars was raised for the club. Two of the most popular items auctioned off were a trip with Bella Coola Heli Sports, which went for $9,000 and a framed photo of Sarah Burke signed by her friends and fellow freeskiing competitors. It went for $1,150.

The competition events got underway on Saturday with the Timber Tour slopestyle.

In the F4 category (girls aged 13 and under), Sofiane Gagnon placed a close second, followed by teammate Teagan Bruns. Mackenzie Wilson was 10th.

In M3 (boys aged 14-15) Whistler's Bradley Pudritz was 11th, Graham Williams 13th, Aidan McConnell 18th and Nikolas Blomberg 28th.

In M4 (boys 13 and under). Luke Smart placed first overall with a gap of 10 points over teammate Charles Armstrong. Smart won with a Switch 7 to a Cork 9.

Kevin Leslie was ninth, Evan Low 12th, Carter Krasny 14th, Ben Wilkinson 15th, James Sambell 18th and Brody Van Unen 24th.

The Super Youth competed in moguls on the same day.

In the girl's M4 group (age 12), Whistler's Aoife Gannon was first overall, while teammate Janelle Law was third.

In M4 boys it was a WBFSC sweep with Sam Cordell first, Anders Ujejski second and Seth McGregor third. Jonas Gabelhouse was fourth, Evan Phillips fifth, Dexter Butterworth sixth, Lachlan Steverlynck seventh, Chase Ujejski eighth, Mattias Blomberg ninth, David Wilkinson 10th and Matthew Ogilvie-Turner 12th.

In F5 (girls 10 and 11), it was another club sweep with Ali Rainnie first, Anna Wilkinson second and Maia Schwinghammer third. Erin Wilson was fourth, Raine Haziza fifth, Josephine Howell, sixth, Ava Dunham seventh, Skye Clarke ninth, Cassidy Butterworth 10th and Olivia Topp 12th.

In the boys' M5 group, Kai Smart was first, Max Edwards second, Charlie McMillan third, Mitchell Polanski fifth, Liam Rivera sixth, River Stanger 15th, Garret Smith 16th and Adrian Conn 18th.

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