Just over a dozen high school alpine aficionados had a chance to compete for their schools this weekend at Laurentian Ski Hill.
With a fresh dusting of powder, racers, coaches and volunteers prepared two tracks for skiers to showcase their abilities. The NDA Alpine league, which was on a hiatus for over 10 years recently was renewed. The revival was aimed to give skiers of all abilities an opportunity to learn how to race for the first time, refine their existing skills and represent their schools.
Top Mens Finisher (Open)
- Max Hong (CSS)
Top 3 Finishers: Mens High School GS and SL
- 1st Place - Alastair Bridges (CSS)
- 2nd Place - Mason Norman (CSS)
- 3rd Place - Andrew Robinson (CSS)
Top 3 Finishers: Womens High School SL
- 1st Place - Leah Dufresne (WSS)
- 2nd Place - Bree Brisson (CSS)
- 3rd Place - Cheyenne Boissoneault (SJSH)
Top 3 Finishers: Womens High School GS
- 1st Place - Bree Brisson (CSS)
- 2nd Place - Leah Dufresne (WSS)
- 3rd Place - Lauren Paleczny (WSS)
The following racers have qualified for NOSSA in Sudbury next week:
Chippewa Secondary School
- Adeolu Agboola
- Bree Brisson
- Tianna Larivee
- Alastair Bridges
- Andrew Robinson
- Eric Koski-Harja
- Mason Norman
- Max Hong
St Joseph Scollard Hall
- Cheyenne Boissoneault
- Lyric Arcand
- Mikayla Cornthwaite
Widdifield Secondary School
- Lauren Paleczny
- Leah Dufresne
- Sydney Dodge
The league would not have been made possible without the collaboration of teachers, parents, coaches and volunteers. Over a dozen people came together to make the event happen with support from Laurentian Ski Hill and the North Bay Antoine Ski Racers.
Teachers Laurie Vezina (SJSH), Andrea Lefebvre (CSS) and Samara Paleczny (WSS) provided support for athletes and also assisted NBASR club volunteers Ed Hong and Duncan Cornthwaite with convening and organizing the league.
High school students skied together and were assisted in their training by Jenna Godbout, Kaitlyn Fitzpatrick and Cameron Culbert, all who are certified alpine racing coaches. Culbert, a current teacher, NDA league organizer, and former member of both the Canadian Alpine and Ski Cross teams, provided a special opportunity for local athletes that is not common to high school racing in other districts.
All local high school skiers interested in competing next year are encouraged to stay tuned for updates from their schools. The league will restart next January.