Bow Valley athletes dominated the Alberta Winter Games in Wood Buffalo, as pound for pound, the small but mighty team powered Zone 2 to a second place overall finish. Fielding athletes in nearly every event, Banff, Canmore and Morley athletes brought home dozens of medals, including 17 from local biathletes. Here are a few highlights:
Caleb Brooks (bronze in U14 giant slalom; 6th in slalom), Pele Christofferson (fourth, U14 male giant slalom).
“We had a lot of solid results from our skiers,” said Zone 2 head coach Hannah Willinger. “The team skied really well, and we were impressed with the venue. This is the first time they have hosted a race in years.”
Felix Clement (gold, Dev 1 boys individual; silver in boys sprint), Leah Fradette (gold, U15 air rifle mass start; silver, individual sprint), Anna Leslie (silver, U15 air rifle mass start), Anna Marino (gold, Dev 2 girls mass start; silver girls sprint; bronze girls individual), Isabel McLurg (silver, Dev 1 girls individual; bronze in mass start sprint), Tor Menzies (gold, U15 air rifles boys mass start; bronze in sprint), Ella Weighell (gold, U15 air rifle; bronze, girls individual mass start), Theo Fradette (fourth, Dev 1 boys individual; sixth mass start; eighth in sprint), Fraser Gleig (fourth, U15 air rifle boys mass start; fifth in boys sprint), Aida Latimer (ninth, Dev 2 – boys individual; 10th, mass start, sprint), Sola Luders (fifth, U15 air rifle girls individual; sixth girls mass start; seventh in sprint), Dale Mulligan (ninth, U15 air rifle mass start; 10th boys sprint), Jack Paul (ninth, Dev 1 individual), Skye Jasmine Paul (eighth, individual, mass start and sprint), Thomas Paul (11th, U15 air rifle boys individual), Ben Thompson (seventh, U15 air rifle boys individual; eighth mass start; ninth boys sprint), Anika Jensen (eighth, Dev 2 – girls individual; ninth, mass start; seventh sprint), Liv Jensen (sixth, Dev 1 girls sprint; seventh mass start, individual).
Evan Edwards (silver, 11-12 mini midget sprint), Emma Hendry (third, 13-14 midget sprint female), Lucia Baergen (fourth, 11-12 mini midget sprint), Torin Comeau (fourth, 11-12 mini midget sprint), Benjamin Dreger (10th, 13-14 midget sprint), Nadia Fish (fifth, 13-14 midget sprint), Marike Hederson (10th, 15-16 juvenile sprint), Kasia Lemyre (ninth, 11-12 mini midget sprint), Tobias Lemyre (11th, 13-14 midget sprint), Tasmin Munro (fifth, 11-12 mini midget sprint), Sebastien Parent (11th, 15-16 juvenille sprint), Teo Wadsworth (fifth, 11-12 mini midget sprint), Tabitha Williams (seventh, 13-14 midget sprint), Sophia Wilson (fourth, 13-14 midget sprint).
Savina Somas (6th, pre-novice women’s combined program), Cassidy Domenico (14th, juvenile women’s freeskate).
Josie Perron (seventh in bars, Junior Olympic 07), Ainsley McCaffrey (10th all around, junior Olympic 07).
James Deegan, Jordan Gale, Keifer Miller (gold, men’s hockey). Krista Scurfield (fourth, women’s hockey).
Competitors included Tobias Tomana, Quinn Webster, Beck Whittingham.
Dane Menzies (gold, U14 boardercross and slopestyle).
Finn Bortsmayer (silver, 13-14 individual, relay), Evan Beamish (bronze, male relay), Leo Bowden-Buzzee (bronze, 11-12 male relay), Troy Flood (silver, 13-14 male relay; sixth individual), Aili Mamalis (gold, 13-14 female relay; 10th, individual), Lili Wilz (silver, 11-12 female relay; fourth individual), Max Wilz (silver, 13-14 male relay), Maxwell Zoffmann (bronze, 11-13 male relay).
“I thought they performed very well. We didn’t have the biggest or fastest skaters going into the competition, so we focused on the relay and skated the cleanest races we could. We worked on staying on our feet,” said coach Ryan Hickman.
“We spent two months working on relays, making sure we do at least one every practice, training how to respond to a crash, or a missed exchange.”
The Banff/Canmore speed skating club is currently recruiting new athletes, and offering free to try lessons by contacting the club.
Kristen Powderface (bronze, mixed team event), Eli Mottram (fifth, mixed team event), Oliver Mottram (sixth, mixed team event).