Podium of Life athletes hit the podium

Students, teachers, coaches all do well at ski-cross event on Mount Washington




Most of the students, teachers, and coaches of Podium of Life Snow Sports Academy raced in the skier cross on Mount Washington last weekend.

It is an exciting event, where four skiers all start at the same time and race to the end. In the sometimes narrow course, athletes have to race around gates while manoeuvring for position. To make things more exciting, there are jumps and steep turns that challenge the competitors. In the end, it is a frightening elimination race.

Justin Watt (Grade 5) won a silver and narrowly edged out Hayden Harley (Grade 4) who won a bronze. Kieran Harley, the older brother in Grade 6, won a gold medal. Sylvi Nymann (Grade 7) raced to a silver medal and her older sister in Grade 9, Maja Nymann won a gold. Dillan Glennie and Georgia Watt (Grade 7) had brilliant starts but were edged out of the medals. Erin Sketchley (Grade 8) sped to a fourth place finish. Kole Harle (Grade 9) earned a silver medal.

Even the coaches and teachers of Podium of Life raced. Corey Harle, co-founder of the school, won a gold in the women’s 18 and over category while the other co-founder, Shane Harle, won a bronze.

During the weekend there was also a Slalom and Giant Slalom race and the Podium kids earned great results. Kole Harle won two gold, Maja Nymann won two silver, Sylvi Nyman won a bronze and a fourth, and Kieran Harley won a silver and a bronze.

The third event of the weekend was a disabled race with racers from all over the province. Mel Pemble skied to two gold medals on the first day and a silver and bronze on the second.


– Podium of Life



Just Posted

Bike helmets, tools donated to Santa’s Workshop

Cross Canada Cycle Touring Society and Canadian Tire embraced the season of giving

Annual labyrinth walk welcomes the festive celebration of lights season

Take a break from the commercial activity of the holiday season and… Continue reading

Strong winds to hit B.C.’s south coast

Western regions may see winds of up to 80 km/hr

Courtenay family looking for help after baby born two months premature

A GoFundMe page has been set up as a difficult pregnancy and a long stay in Victoria have left the family struggling to get by

Story of the Year: Deadly Humboldt Broncos bus crash

The Canadian Press annual survey of newsrooms across the country saw 53 out of 129 editors cast their votes for the Humboldt Broncos bus crash.

Imminent need for housing money: Blaney

North Island-Powell River MP concerned about short-term

Trump signs order to create US Space Command

President Donald Trump signs an executive order to create a U.S. Space Command.

Groups preparing new pipeline legal challenge, argue government’s mind made up

A Vancouver-based environment charity is readying itself to go back to court if the federal government reapproves the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.

Notorious Toronto triple killer gets third consecutive life sentence

Dellen Millard gets third consecutive life sentence for father’s death.

‘Subdued’ housing market predicted in B.C. through 2021: report

The Central 1 Credit Union report predicts “rising but subdued sales” over the next three years, with little movement in median home prices.

A journey through 2018’s top pop culture moments

Was there any pop culture this year? Of course there was.

‘A stronger Alberta:’ Ottawa announces $1.6B for Canada’s oil and gas sector

Price of Alberta oil plummeted so low that Alberta’s Premier said Canada was practically giving it away

Wicked weather, including heavy snow, rainfall, hammers southern B.C.

Environment Canada has posted winter storm warnings for the Coquihalla Highway, Highway 3

Most Read