Two students of Podium of Life Snow Sports Academy, Maja Nymann and Kole Harle, have been invited to join the BC Alpine High Performance Program (HPP).
“Both athletes had a very successful U16 season and are now poised to enter the International Ski Federation (FIS),” said Podium of Life co-founder Shane Harle.
The two Podium students, who attend school and practise their skiing skills at Mount Washington Alpine Resort, were among 17 athletes named to the HPP on May 23.
The club enhancement program, consisting of young racers aged 15 to 18 years representing eight B.C. alpine clubs, will be highlighted by a training camp in Hintertux, Austria in October, including a stop to spectate the World Cup opener in Solden, Austria, on Oct. 25.
“The talent pool is getting deeper in B.C. and that means the clubs are doing a good job!” said BC Ski Team head coach Johnny Crichton. “We will continue to build our top tier system that provides our athletes with all the tools they need to reach their goals.”
The HPP group was identified by provincial ranking system (PRS), head to head, and observations made by coaching staff at the Talent ID Camp in Whistler in late April.
Along with access to regional carding through the Canadian Sports Institute (including PacificSport Vancouver Island in Nanaimo), the HPP athletes will enjoy a dryland training regime.
“We have included a dryland camp in the HPP program this year. It will run in Fernie in the last week of August,” said Crichton, a former World Cup coach for the men’s Canadian Alpine Ski Team from 2005-2010.
“Historically, I have trained athletes in Fernie for the past seven years and I keep going back. It is a great venue and offers an excellent gym as well as endless fun in the outdoors hiking and mountain biking.”