The Freestyle Team had the first Interclub competition of the season. These events have Devil's Glen compete against Caledon, and Mansfield, ski clubs.
The competition went very well with some great rail trickery and some high flying airs. This competition had both skiers and snowboarders competing in separate age categories, showing their best run of two, in a slopestyle format. The judges had their hands full scoring rails and jumps throughout the terrain park.
Special mention goes out Jack Giffen in the 10 and under age category, he performed very well and scored himself a bronze medal in his first freestyle ski competition of the season. The 10 and under category was Devil's Glen sweep, with Conor Bruno in 1st place and Jamie Cleghorn in 2nd. This was also Jamie's first Freestyle Ski competition of the season. Be sure to give these guys a big high five when you see them next.
In the 11-13 age category we saw Alex Butt take second place with some smooth switch spins, and very smooth style through out the day. Alex will be competing in a super-pipe competition at Mount St. Louis Moonstone this weekend, wish him good luck to another great result. Another shout-out goes to Ryan Watchorn, who placed a close 4th on the day. Ryan also had a huge crash going for a 540 on the step-up jump. Give them a pat on the back when you see these guys, go easy on Ryan as I am sure he is still sore from the crash.
Moving on into our oldest category, we saw Emerson Ross with some high-flying action. Emerson had the biggest airs of the day and was the overall winner of the competition. Emerson also took a hard crash on his second run, he is one tough kid and I'm sure the gold medal eased his pain. Emerson will be competing at Mount St. Louis this coming weekend in a Tournament Series Event. This is a slopestyle competition at Ontario's biggest and arguably the best terrain park in Ontario. Wish him good luck at this event.
This was the first of three Interclub events that the Devil's Glen Freestyle ski team will competing in. These are excellent events for an intro to the competitive side of freestyle, and a challenge for the seasoned veteran. One of the best parts of this competition was watching the team watch each others run, and give hugs, and high fives, at the bottom of the terrain park. This showed excellent team comradury, respect, and team building.
Thank you to the spectators for coming out to watch, and the park staff for keeping the park maintained and safe.
Richard Jirka, Freestyle Head Coach