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2015 Canadian Snowboard National Teams and Development Group

VANCOUVER, B.C. (July 3, 2014) - Canada Snowboard has named 35 athletes to the 2015 national teams and identified 19 athletes to the National Development Group in preparation for Pyeongchang 2018.


Canada Snowboard’s team highlights from the 2013/14 season were nothing short of impressive. The standout performances included medals from 11 FIS World Cups, 2 Olympic events, 7 World Snowboard Tour (5/6 star) contests, a Crystal globe and the Ladies Nation’s Cup.


The 2015 National Team consists of 20 male and 15 female athletes from the following disciplines: slopestyle, snowboardcross, parallel slalom, parallel giant slalom and para-snowboard.


The 2015 National Development Group consists of 7 male and 12 female athletes from the following disciplines: slopestyle and snowboardcross.


The major international event on the 2014/15 calendar for the national team athletes will be the FIS World Championships and the IPC World Championships. The FIS World Championships held from January 15 to 25, 2015 in Kreischberg, Austria, will see the World Championship debut of the snowboardcross team event. This new event has been included in several world cups during the past two years, in which our Canadian athletes have proven to be successful.


The 2015 IPC World Championships for para-snowboard are tentatively scheduled for late February in La Molina, Spain.


We will make an announcement regarding Halfpipe at a later date.


2014-2015 CANADIAN SNOWBOARD NATIONAL TEAMS AND DEVELOPMENT GROUPS


ALPINE NATIONAL TEAM

Caroline Calvé (Lachine, Que.)


Ariane Lavigne (Lac Supérieur, Que.)
Marianne Leeson (Burlington, Ont.)

Jasey Jay Anderson (Lac Supérieur, Que.) 

Darren Gardner (Burlington, Ont.)

Indrik Trahan (Trois-Rivières, Que.)

Matthew Carter (Maryhill, Ont.) 

Steve Barlow (Courtice, Ont.)
Sébastien Beaulieu (Sherbrooke, Que.)

SNOWBOARDCROSS NATIONAL TEAM 

Maëlle Ricker (Squamish, B.C.)



Dominique Maltais (Petite-Rivière-St-François, Que.)
Michelle Brodeur (Calgary, Alta.)



Carle Brenneman (Whistler, B.C.)

Zoe Bergermann (Acton, Ont.)
Tess Critchlow (Kelowna, B.C.)
Robert Fagan (Squamish, B.C.)



Chris Robanske (Calgary, Alta.)


Jake Holden (Caledon, Ont.)


Kevin Hill (Vernon, B.C.)



Baptiste Brochu (Saguenay, Que.)

PARA-SNOWBOARD NATIONAL TEAM 

John Leslie (Ottawa, Ont.)
Michelle Salt (Calgary, Alta.)



SLOPESTYLE NATIONAL TEAM 

Mark McMorris (Regina, Sask.)


Sébastien Toutant (L’Assomption, Que.)


Maxence Parrot (Bromont, Que.)


Charles Reid (Mont Tremblant, Que.)


Tyler Nicholson (North Bay, Ont.)


Matts Kulisek (Mont-Royal, Que.)


Darcy Sharpe (Comox, B.C.)
Michael Ciccarelli (Ancaster, Ont.)
Spencer O’Brien (Courtenay, B.C.)

Breanna Stangeland (Calgary, Alta.)

Brooke Voigt (Fort McMurray, Alta.)


Jenna Blasman (Kitchener, Ont.)
Samm Denena (Orillia, Ont.)

SNOWBOARDCROSS DEVELOPMENT GROUP
Tyler Jackson (Whitby, Ont.)

Danny Bourgeois (Rosemère, Que.)
Clinton Pederson (Kelowna, B.C.)

Katie Anderson (Jaffray, B.C.)
Tayler Wilton (Collingwood, Ont.)

Laurence Beaudry-Lafreniere (Montréal, Que.)

Shayna Goodwin (Surrey, B.C.)
Lysa Racine (La Baie, Que.)

Meryeta Odine (Prince George, B.C.)


SLOPESTYLE DEVELOPMENT GROUP
Max Eberhardt (North Bay, Ont.)
David Kinskofer (Quathiaski Cove, B.C.)
Anthony Stefanizzi (Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.)
Max Melvin-McNutt (Whitehorse, Yukon)
Laurie Blouin (Stoneham, Que.)
Audrey McManiman (St-Ambroise de Kildare, Que.)

Natalie Allport (Ottawa, Ont.)
Kirsty Macdonald (Calgary, Alta.)
Katherine Lacroix-Vogel (Whistler, B.C.)
Kiersten Higgingson (Mississauga, Ont.)


For more information, or to schedule an interview with any members of the Canada Snowboard National Teams or coaches, please contact Canada Snowboard’s Business Operations Manager, Brendan Matthews by email at Brendan@canadasnowboard.ca



Any person wishing to appeal a selection decision must do so in accordance with the Canada~Snowboard Appeals Policy, which is available on the Canada~Snowboard website (www.canadasnowboard.ca). Appeals of the selections listed in this announcement should be sent in by July 10, 2014 at 5:00 pm PST.

A notice of appeal, as described in the Appeals Policy, must be sent directly to:
Steven Hills
Executive Director
Steven@canadasnowboard.ca

ABOUT CANADA SNOWBOARD
Canada Snowboard (Canadian Snowboard Federation) is the national governing body for snowboarding in Canada. With the support of valued corporate partners like The Canadian Tire Corporation, Under Armour and Mazda Canada, along with the Government of Canada, Own the Podium and the Canadian Olympic Committee; Canada Snowboard is committed to high performance excellence in FIS World Cup, World Championships, World Snowboard Tour and Olympic Winter Games competition. Canada Snowboard also provides a wide range of programs and support services based on established principles of long-term athlete development. For more information on the services and programs offered by Canada Snowboard, visit: www.canadasnowboard.ca

John Leslie leads Canadian para-snowboarders in Sochi

SOCHI, RUS. (March 14, 2014) – Twenty-one-year-old John Leslie of Arnprior, Ont. paced the Canadian para-snowboard team this morning with a superb seventh-place finish, as the sport of snowboard cross made its Paralympic debut in Sochi.

Leslie, the pride of Mount Pakenham near Ottawa, Ont., completed three solid runs – the best two count for total time – and enthused about his Paralympic experience afterward. Leslie’s best two runs combined time was 1:51.88.

“The experience was amazing,” said Leslie. “Everyone rode to their best, I was with a pile of friends in the beautiful sun, doing what I love to do. Couldn’t have asked for a better way to end things. I was very happy with the way I rode and the way everything worked out.”

Tyler Mosher of Whistler, B.C. placed 12th in 1:59.80 and Ian Lockey of Rossland, B.C. placed 21st in 2:10.26. On the women’s side, Canada’s only female para-snowboarder, Michelle Salt of Calgary, Alta., placed ninth in 3:21.28.

“To make history and be in the top 12 women in the world, I couldn’t be happier with my result coming out of an injury,” said Salt. “I’m starting to train for 2018 right away.”

Para-snowboard was officially added to the Paralympic Games in May 2012 after years of effort on the part of Canada Snowboard and the rest of the snowboarding community.

“It’s great to be part of the first ever winter Paralympic Games with snowboarding after 10 years of hard work developing the sport,” said Mosher. “I wish I raced better, but I did my best given the race course design and conditions. I look forward to getting back to Canada, doing nationals and getting back to work.”

Team leader Dustin Heise said the Canadian performances were about hard work and dedication to the program that Canada Snowboard put in place.

“All the athletes delivered the best that they could and I’m super proud each one of them,” said Heise, who is also Director, Sport Development for Canada Snowboard. “I’m especially proud of John and Michelle for their top placings as Canadian athletes, but both Ian and Tyler also did a fantastic job. This means a lot for the future of the sport. It’s a place for us to start, to continue to grow and excel, and we have expectations of excellence. We intend to be on the podium in a very prominent way in 2018.”

“Our Canadian athletes stepped it up,” added head coach Candice Drouin. “We trained really hard all winter and I could not be happier with the results. Sure, a podium is always nice but I’m super happy with the way they all performed. It’s a step in the right direction for the future and we’ll take this and build on it for the next few years to come.”

The U.S.’ Evan Strong, Mike Shea and Keith Gabel claimed all three medals in the men's competition. Strong took gold with a combined effort of 1:43.61, with Shea one second behind (1:44.18) and Gabel's combined time of 1:47.10.

In the women's event, Bibian Mentel-Spee won the gold medal to become just the second Dutch athlete ever to win gold at a Winter Paralympics. Mentel-Spee was 10 seconds clear of Frenchwoman Cecile Cervellon Hernandez-Ep, who collected silver with a total time of 2:07.31. The USA's Amy Purdy won bronze medal with a time of 2:14.29.

Canadian Paralympic Committee Host Para Snowboard LTAD

Jan. 31, 2014

In November, the Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC) and Canada Snowboard jointly hosted a summit to build, create, and ultimately implement, a Long Term Athlete Development model for athletes with a disability.  Attendees at the summit included representatives from the Canadian Association for Disabled Skiing (CADS), multiple Provincial and Territorial Snowboard Associations, coaches and select Para snowboard team athletes and Para sport development experts.  Former CPC President David Legg facilitated the summit.

An immediate outcome from summit was increased communication amongst the many attendees and the strengthening of the relationship between CADS and Canada Snowboard.  Both are committed to work together and support one another in their respective mission and vision.  As their mission, CADS is dedicated to assisting individuals with disabilities to lead richer and fuller lives through active participation in recreational and competitive snowsports, while fostering a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction for the volunteer/instructor.  CADS Executive Director Maureen O’Hara-Leman said “CADS was very pleased to have attended the Para Snowboard Summit with Canada Snowboard and to be working with them on developing the Long Term Athlete Development pathway for para snowboard.  Adaptive snowboarding is growing quickly at the grass roots level across the country and the participants will benefit greatly from a cohesive well-defined system that links into high performance para snowboard.  We are very excited about the collaboration and the opportunities it presents.”

Additionally these organizations look to support the athlete development pathway and podium performance for athletes with a disability.   Canada Snowboard’s Sport Development Director Dustin Heise said “Thanks to the Canadian Paralympic Committee and all attendees, this is the start to implementing athlete development and the support necessary for athletes with a disability to understand how best to achieve ultimate success.”

Para-Snowboarders Nominated To Canadian Paralympic Team

Jan. 28, 2014

PARA-SNOWBOARDERS NOMINATED TO CANADIAN PARALYMPIC TEAM FOR SPORT’S DEBUT IN SOCHI

BIG WHITE, B.C., January 26, 2014 – Three Canadian para-snowboarders have been nominated to the Canadian team that will compete at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games, it was announced today by Canada Snowboard and the Canadian Paralympic Committee.

Para-snowboard was officially added to the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Games in May 2012 after years of effort on the part of Canada Snowboard and the snowboarding community.

To date, Canada has three para-snowboarders who have qualified for the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Games: Tyler Mosher (Whistler, B.C.), Ian Lockey (Rossland, B.C.) and John Leslie (Arnprior, Ont.). They are coached by head coach Candice Drouin (Banff, Alta.) and technical coach Dave Hugill (Whistler, B.C.). There may be an additional athlete nominated after the IPC World Cup Feb. 10 to 12 in La Molina, Spain.

For complete athlete and coach biographies, click HERE: [http://tinyurl.com/l7p94nj]

While para-snowboard is a new Paralympic sport that will debut in Sochi, the nominated Canadians have years of experience under their boards with numerous international medals to show for it.

Mosher was the 2009 para-snowboard world champion, has won three IPC World Cup gold medals and was a Vancouver 2010 Paralympian in para-Nordic skiing. Lockey won a world championship bronze medal in 2009. Leslie is in his first year on the World Cup circuit and just last weekend won his first IPC World Cup medals, two bronze, at Copper Mountain, U.S.

“It’s quite overwhelming to believe that 10 years ago snowboarding for people with a disability didn’t exist and now we’re going to Sochi and the first ever Paralympic Games,” said Mosher. “It’s exciting to see young people racing with us who will be the next generation of snowboarding leaders within the Paralympic movement. It’s a true honor to be able to represent your country and exhibit your best effort towards excellence.”

“Everyone at Canada Snowboard is really excited for the announcement of the athletes today and we’ve got a mix of older veterans who are bringing a wealth of experience to the team and a younger athlete as well, who brings great youthful enthusiasm,” said head coach of the Canadian para-snowboard team, Candice Drouin. “We are really looking forward to going back to Sochi. We had a great test event there last season. Our athletes are excited to showcase the sport and their skills to the world and it’s a great opportunity for para-athletes to build awareness so more people with a disability can learn about taking part in our sport.”

“Today’s announcement is about writing a new chapter in Paralympic sport history in welcoming the first ever Para-snowboard athletes on the Canadian Paralympic team,” said Team Canada Chef de Mission, Ozzie Sawicki. “The positive energy that surrounds our para-snowboarders comes not only from within their own sport, but through a shared excitement from the entire Canadian Team heading to Sochi. As the newest addition to the Paralympic Games, I am thrilled to see the performance determination of this group of athletes and coaches. I know they are well-prepared to contribute to Team Canada’s overall goal for Sochi of placing in the top three nations in the gold medal count.”

The athletes and coaches will be supported in Sochi by Team Leader Dustin Heise (Parksville, B.C.), physiotherapist Mike Conway (Whistler, B.C.) and technician Derek Rhodes (Whistler, B.C.).

“I am confident that the athletes nominated to compete in Sochi and their hard work and passion for snowboarding will ensure we bring home success for Canada,” said Heise, who is also Director, Sport Development, Canada Snowboard. “We couldn’t be where we are without the support of the Government of Canada, Own The Podium, the Canadian Paralympic Committee as well as our valued corporate sponsors. I want to commend the coaching staff and integrated support staff for all of their dedicated planning and athlete development as we lead up to the Games.”

“Congratulations to the para-snowboarding athletes who have been chosen to represent Canada at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games,” said the Honourable Bal Gosal, Minister of State Sport. “You are an enormous source of pride for all Canadians and you serve as inspiring role models of sportsmanship, determination, and motivation for our children and youth.”

The Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games will take place from March 7 to 16. Men’s and women’s para-snowboard, which at the Paralympic Games is considered a discipline of alpine skiing, will race in Sochi on Friday March 14.

With a goal of placing in the top three nations in the gold medal count, Canada will send approximately 50 athletes to compete in sledge hockey, wheelchair curling, para-Nordic skiing, biathlon, para-alpine skiing and para-snowboard.

Nomination to the Canadian Paralympic Team is ongoing. The full team will be officially unveiled in February.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Media are invited to visit photos.paralympic.ca and create an account to be able to download high-resolution photos of Canadian Paralympic athletes at any time, at no cost.

WATCH: With 100 days to go to the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games, the Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC) unveiled an unprecedented, fully accessible broadcast and electronic media plans for the most comprehensive coverage ever offered in Canada for a Paralympic Games – more than 65 hours of broadcast, up to 350 hours of digital streaming, and rights free news access highlights connecting Canadians via multi platforms. CPC will lead the Paralympic Broadcast Consortium partners in creating coverage on five broadcast/digital platforms: CBC/Radio-Canada, Sportsnet, Accessible Media Inc. (AMI), Yahoo Sports Canada and SendtoNews.

About Canada Snowboard

Canada Snowboard (Canadian Snowboard Federation) is the national governing body for snowboarding in Canada. With the support of valued corporate partners like The Canadian Tire Corporation, Under Armour and Mazda Canada, along with the Government of Canada, Own the Podium and the Canadian Olympic Committee; Canada Snowboard is committed to high performance excellence in FIS World Cup, World Championships, World Snowboard Tour and Olympic Winter Games competition. Canada Snowboard also provides a wide range of programs and support services based on established principles of long-term athlete development. For more information on the services and programs offered by Canada Snowboard

About the Canadian Paralympic Committee

The Canadian Paralympic Committee is a non-profit, private organization with 25 member sports organizations dedicated to strengthening the Paralympic Movement. The Canadian Paralympic Committee's vision is to be the world’s leading Paralympic nation. Its mission is to lead the development of a sustainable Paralympic sport system in Canada to enable athletes to reach the podium at the Paralympic Games. By supporting Canadian high performance athletes with a disability and promoting their success, the Canadian Paralympic Committee inspires all Canadians with a disability to get involved in sport through programs delivered by its member organizations. For more information, visit www.paralympic.ca

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Memorable race for John Leslie at Big White World Cup

January 26, 2014

Memorable race for John Leslie at Big White World Cup

BIG WHITE, B.C. – John Leslie won’t soon forget this past weekend’s performances at the 10-country Para-snowboard World Cup competition held at his new training base at Big White.

The 21-year-old from Arnprior, Ont., not only won a bronze medal in the snowboard cross on Sunday on home soil but a few hours later was nominated to the Canadian team for the Paralympic Winter Games set for Sochi in March.  The Big White event was the last chance qualifier for the Games.

In Sochi, Leslie, Tyler Mosher of Whistler and Ian Lockey of Trail B.C., will be part of history as Para-snowboard makes its official Games debut.

‘’It felt unreal to come home and get a bronze medal,’’ said Leslie who has worn a prosthetic leg since being treated for cancer at age 10 and is featured on the Petro Canada commercials currently in rotation on the major television networks.

‘’It was great to see everyone riding at the best of their abilities.  The crew at Big White really stepped it up from the course staff to the admin.   They all came together and put on a great event for us.’’

On a faster and firmer course than Saturday, Michael Shea and Evan Cross of the U.S. were  1-2 in Sunday’s snowboard cross clocking 2:28.92 and 2:30.23.  The two best times of three runs determined the final time.  Leslie followed in 2:33.74 for his second career World Cup medal.  He won his first last week in Colorado.  Lockey was seventh.

On Saturday in soft snow conditions, it was an American sweep with Shea first, Keith Gabel second and Strong third.  Leslie took fifth, Mosher sixth and Lockey 10th.

National coach Candice Drouin was delighted with the entire team’s performance.

‘’This was a great weekend for our team, we're extremely fortunate to have Big White's support as we head into the 2014 Paralympic Games in Sochi,’’ she said.

‘’The whole team is showing consistency.  The course got faster and firmer on Sunday and John Leslie capitalized to string two good runs together and land himself on the podium here at home.’’

Canada’s John Leslie hits big time at Para snowboard WC

January 20, 2014

Canada’s John Leslie hits big time at Para snowboard World Cup

COPPER MOUNTAIN, Colorado – John Leslie of Arnprior, Ont., took another giant step in his career this past weekend as he won bronze medals in both men’s snowboard cross races at a Para-snowboard World Cup competition.  They were his first career medals on the circuit.

The below knee amputee, who is also developing an impressive set of freestyle skills on the board, moved to Whistler recently to train and his dedication continues to pay dividends.

‘’It’s nice to see the hard work and training pay off,’’ said Leslie, 21. ‘’I’m super proud of myself to have made these accomplishments for the first time in my career.’’

Leslie’s coach Candice Drouin said the results augur well for the future.

‘’John showed he can be consistent,’’ said Drouin.  ‘’I’m proud of our entire team.  All the pre-season training has been effective and we are looking forward to racing some more.’’

On Saturday, Michael Shea led the U.S., to a 1-2 finish clocking 1:21.10 with the fastest times on all three runs.  The two best times are combined for the final result.  Evan Strong was second at 1:24.18 and Leslie followed in 1:27.01.  Ian Lockey of Trail, B.C., was fifth and Tyler Mosher of Whistler, B.C., sixth.

On Sunday, Strong turned the tables on his teammate winning in 1:22.40 with Shea second in 1:22.49.  Leslie posted a 1:25.79.   Mosher was 12th and Lockey decided to sit out the race to heal a sore ankle.

Leslie has worn a prosthetic leg since being treated for cancer at age 10, but that never slowed him down to be an active part of the Arnprior community.   He is a recipient of Ontario Community Newspapers Association junior citizen of the year award.

Just last month, Arnprior gave Leslie a huge Ottawa Valley send-off as he headed out west for his final set of training and competitions before the Sochi Games.  Leslie took the opportunity to visit schools including Arnprior District High School, where he graduated and which also organized the send-off.

Leslie’s long-term goal has always to peak for the 2018 Paralympics in South Korea, but if this weekend’s results are indication, Leslie may be on the fast track to the podium in Sochi.

Athletes nominated to the 2014 National Para Snowboard team

Snowboarders looking forward to competing for the first time at the Paralympic Games

 Vancouver, BC – July 25, 2013. Canada Snowboard has named four athletes to its 2014 Para National Team. The athletes will make history by competing in the first ever snowboard event at the Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. The sport was officially added to the 2014 Paralympics Games in May 2012 after years of effort on the part of Canada Snowboard and the rest of the snowboarding community.

“We are honored to have been part of it from the very beginning,” said Dustin Heise, Sport Development Director at Canada Snowboard. “Over the years we have seen so many athletes realize their dreams by participating in World Cups, X-Games and other great competitions. However the Paralympics were always the ultimate goal and without the support of the Canadian Paralympic Committee, the International Paralympic Committee and other international partners this would never have become a reality for our athletes. The chance to compete in Sochi in front of the world is once in a lifetime opportunity.”

The team will be lead by 2009 Para Snowboard World Champion Tyler Mosher, who made a previous appearance at the Paralympics as a Cross-Country skier before concentrating solely on snowboarding.

“After you’ve had a spinal cord injury snowboarding it’s a dream come true to learn to walk again and then help develop the sport to the point where it is part the Paralympic games,” said Mosher, “It’s a blessing to still be young enough to compete but better still to compete at the level where you can come back with a gold medal. It is truly an honor and I feel very lucky to be able to represent my country.”

New on the team is rookie Michelle Salt of Calgary, AB. Salt was involved in a nearly fatal motorcycle crash only two years ago; she underwent numerous surgeries including the amputation of her right leg. Her accident did not stop her from getting back on her board as soon as she could and two weeks after her accident she was on the phone with current National Team coach Candice Drouin to make it a reality.

“It is amazing to see how sport can have such a huge impact in a person’s life after such a traumatic injury,” said Drouin, “When I spoke to Michelle I could hear the determination in her voice. She set a goal, to make the National Para Team, while she was still in the hospital and I am not surprise she achieved it so quickly. She is a great addition to the team. ”

John Leslie from Armprior, ON and Ian Lockey from Trail, BC are rounding out the team.

“I know that the athletes nominated to the team have been working extremely hard to get to where they are. They have always represented Canada and the sport of snowboarding extremely well. With the hard work and dedication that they have been putting in over the years, especially this summer, each one of them is physically and mentally at their best. I know that we will see great results because of this,” added Heise.

The Paralympic Games will be held from March 7 to 16, 2014.

2014 CANADIAN PARA SNOWBOARD TEAM

Ian Lockey (Trail, BC)

John Leslie (Armprior, ON)

Tyler Mosher (Whistler, BC)

Michelle Salt (Calgary, AB)

For more information, or to schedule an interview with any members of the Canada Snowboard National Teams or coaches, contact Media Relations Manager Nadia M'Seffar at: nadia@canadasnowboard.ca


Six top 10 Canadian results during the two IPC Para-SBX WC's

 BIG WHITE, BRITISH COLUMBIA (MARCH 29, 2013) – Two IPC para-snowboard World Cups were hosted this week at Big White Ski Resort under stellar conditions. Presented on the same course as the Sport Chek Snowboardcross National Championships ongoing all week, six Canadians made their way into the top-10 during the two competitions.

On Thursday’s World Cup, the 2009 World Champion Tyler Mosher from Whistler, BC was just shy of the podium finishing in third position. Ontario’s John Leslie from Arnprior followed Mosher in sixth place. Rounding up the Canadian delegation, Ian Lockey from Rossland, BC ended up his day in a respectable ninth place.

Reflecting on his day, Mosher said, "It’s good here in Big White. The course is perfect. I really have no excuses, if I gave it my all I should end up on the podium. I’m happy with my racing today. As long as I’m having fun in the process, it’s always a winning day".

On the women’s front, Michelle Salt from Calgary, Alta is the newest addition to the Canadian Para-Snowboard team and finished in seventh place. Salt’s, positive attitude really showed when she told us, "From the second I found out about my leg, the Paralympics was on my mind. I will be a Paralympics snowboarder. I contacted Candice Drouin, the National Para-Snowboard coach and told her that I want to be on her team."

Today’s World Cup made IPC history when the organizers and Big White took the opportunity of having a great course and good condition to test out a 4x4 format where four riders go down the course simultaneously for the first time in IPC World cup history. Taking the top 4 women and top 8 men, three heats of four made their way down the Big White course making some really interested racing. Unfortunately for Mosher, a small injury had him sidelined, but Lockey took part to the historic event.

“The para event today went as expected with the great facilities that Big White, and great support from BC Snowboard and Sport Canada. It also allowed us to try some new things and test out a potential way for the sport to go with a 4 by 4 format and we saw some results that we would like to see moving forward,“ said Dustin Heise, Director of Sport Development at Canada Snowboard.

Para-snowboard being newly added to the next Paralympic games in Sochi 2014, Mosher added, "I am totally excited. I had to put myself back together and say hey, you know what, I’m not done yet I’m still young enough to get out there and do my best. It’s important that children of all abilities have the opportunity to snowboard. When I learned to walk again after my spinal cord injury, snowboarding wasn’t offered for people living with disabilities. Now that it’s in the Paralympics, it will be founded at a grass root level throughout the world and that’s a huge success story in itself. Canada has been a huge leader in this. Canada Snowboard, Sport Canada and Own the Podium have really been pushing for this. We’ve helped develop the sport and we’re going to see huge success over the next several years.”

The action continues this weekend in Big White with the Sport Chek snowboardcross national championships.

For more information, or to schedule an interview with any members of the Canada Snowboard National Teams or coaches, contact CS Communications / Media Coordinator Charles Gagnon at: charles@csf.ca


IPC Para-Snowboard World Cups
March 28 – 29, Big White, Kelowna BC

Full Results: http://www.paralympic.org/AlpineSkiing/Calendar/Snowboard

World Cup #1

Women, lower limb

1 Bibian Mentel – NED
2 Amy Purdy – USA
3 Heidi Jo Duce – USA

7 Michelle Salt – Calgary, Alta

Men, upper limb

1 Ben Moore – GRB
2 Roberto Cavicchi – ITA
3 David Preziosi – ITA

Men, lower limb

1 Carl Murphy – NZL
2 Evan Strong – USA
3 Keith Gabel – USA

4 Tyler Mosher – Whistler, BC
6 John Leslie – Arnprior, Ont
9 Ian Lockey – Rossland, BC

World Cup #2

Women, lower limb

1 Bibian Mentel – NED
2 Amy Purdy – USA
3 Heidi Jo Duce – USA

Men, upper limb

1 Ben Moore – GRB
2 Roberto Cavicchi – ITA
3 Joseph Chandler – USA

Men, lower limb

1 Evan Strong – USA
2 Carl Murphy – NZL
3 Keith Gabel – USA

5 Ian Lockey – Rossland, BC
8 John Leslie – Arnprior, Ont
15 Tyler Mosher – Whistler, BC

Canada Snowboard to host Para-SBX World Cup at Big White

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA (JANUARY 14, 2013) – Canada Snowboard will host the International Paralympic Para-Snowboarding World Cup of the season at Big White Ski Resort in the Okanagan this March.

Para-Snowboarding makes its debut at the 2014 Sochi Winter Games and the Canadian team is determined to make an impressive showing on the international stage at that event.

Hosting an event in Canada will give Canadian National Team athletes Tyler Mosher (Whistler, B.C.), Ian Lockey (Trail, B.C.), John Leslie (Armpar, Ont.) and Mike Fisher (Forest, Ont.) an opportunity to make the best of a home-snow advantage on a first rate course built by Big White in conjunction with BC Snowboard and Canada Snowboard.

Mosher already picked up two medals at the sport’s competitive debut earlier in the season in Landgraaf, Netherlands. He said, “It is very exciting to have the opportunity to represent my country in the first ever IPC sanctioned World Cup on North American soil at Big White Ski Resort. The course makers and volunteers are amazing there. I am sure we will have a great time competing against the rest of the World here at home with less than 12 months before the Paralympic Competition in Sochi, Russia. Our team is strong and we are playing to win.”

Canadian Team Coach Candice Drouin added, “Big White has a great SBX track and the park staff do an amazing job at putting on a safe and smoothly run event. We are excited to invite the World to our backyard for the Para Snowboard World Cup.”

The World Cup is being held in conjunction with the Canadian Snowboardcross National Championships from March 25 to 29, 2013. The schedule for the 2 IPC Para-Snowboard World Cups is as follows:

Para-Snowboard World Cup – Big White, B.C. March 25 – 29, 2013

Monday March 25 - Arrival and TC Meeting
Tuesday March 26 - Training
Wednesday March 27- Training
Thursday March 28 - World Cup #1
Friday March 29 -World Cup #2

For more information, contact Canada Snowboard Director of Sport Development Dustin Heise at: dustin@csf.ca.

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Canada~Snowboard has developed a comprehensive snowboarding program for athletes with physical disabilities called the Canadian Para-Snowboard Program also known as CPSP. The CPSP consists of athlete development camps, para-snowboard competitions and training opportunities for coaches.

To register for CPSP Activities (athlete development camps, events and seminars) you MUST be a member of your provincial association.

Purchase your membership