Two lakecity skiers are bringing racing back to the youth level for the Timberland Alpine Ski Club after successful outings at the North Zone Alpine Ski Final and Ski Cross Competition.
Austin Boehm and Mathew Matheson, both 13, represented Williams Lake, their club and Mt. Timothy at the competition.
The North Zone Alpine Ski Final, held April 9-10, marked the first time in more than 10 years the club had sent racers to the event.
It was the duo’s last race in their four-race season throughout B.C. Both racers compete in the under-14 division and took part in races in Quesnel, Sun Peaks, Silver Star — the provincial championships — and lastly, Smithers.
On day one at the North Zone Alpine Ski Final Austin skied to a third-place result in both of his giant slalom races, while Matheson raced into the top 10.
The following day Austin improved on his day-one result with a first-place outing in ski cross. Matheson took seventh in his first ski cross race.
At the year-end banquet following the event in Smithers, Austin was honoured with the top under-14 male athlete and overall top male athlete for the north zone.
The awards were presented after points were tabulated from races throughout the north zone.
TASC coach Mike Boehm said he was pleased to see Austin and Matheson perform well during the zone finals.
“It was our first time to the hill,” Mike said.
“The conditions were awesome and the boys did really well. It was a great way to finish up our year on a high note.”
The TASC’s lone female racer, Keeley Holloway from 100 Mile House, was unable to attend, however, at the younger Nancy Greene Ski League level Boehm’s sister, Emma, 6, was tearing up the slopes.
Emma attended the Nancy Greene Festival at Sun Peaks near Kamloops to wrap up her season and finished with a silver medal in ski cross.
This was Emma’s second year attending the festival which signals the end of the year for the NGSL, which houses racers from five to 12 years old.