MARTOCK - Snowboarding athletes from across the province showed off their skills during the Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation Championships at Ski Martock on March 10.
The two hour event featured competitors racing down a complex track with turns and jumps, hoping to pass the finish line faster than everyone else. Athletes went down as teams and individually, while volunteers and parents looked on.
Justin Crossley, 17, from Avon View High School said he was happy to be competing in the finals.
“It’s really exciting,” Crossley said following the race. “I was pretty happy with this run, because I had more motivation, with it being a bigger event.”
“We met with a lot of the other athletes from other schools at the top, joking around,” he said.
Crossley has been snowboarding for six years.
“I just like going fast, I like the fun of trying something new every time you go down,” he said.
Darrell Dempster, executive director NSSAF, said the sport is growing across the province - 122 athletes competed during this year’s event.
“A lot of kids get introduced to snowboarding in the school system,” Dempster said. “That’s thanks to the work of the staff at Martock, but also to the schools who get these kids to the hills to compete.”
Dempster said the important message is that kids are staying active and that they’ll likely keep up that lifestyle after competing.
“It’s always a pleasure to present banners and medals to young people, they were all cheering for each other,” he said. “It is emotional for some high school athletes who are realizing their high school careers are coming to a close.”
Dempster said he was extremely impressed by the volunteers, organizers and athletes themselves who helped put up and tear down the course.
Andy MacLean, operations manager at Ski Martock said the NSSAF provincials have been held at the ski resort for more than 12 years.
“It’s still unique in this form nationally,” MacLean said. “There were people from Pugwash, Halifax, Avon View; with the exception of Cape Breton, we had people from all over the province.”
Martock hosted six other events leading up the finals, with Ski Wentworth hosting several more.
“We’re seeing more interest in snowboarding every year,” MacLean said. “It’s doing very well in Nova Scotia.”
In between events related to the provincials, members of the public were allowed to use the same track to test their skills.
“It’s a blast for us as a resort and for me personally, it’s great to see it as a school sport that’s now flourishing,” he said.
Top Five Provincial Team Results 2015
Female IG –
West Hants Middle School. Time 132.97
Avon View High School. Time 141.03
Female SG –
Avon View High School. Time 131.94
Kings-Edgehill School. Time 135.91
Charles P. Allen High School. Time 142.25
Male IB –
Charles P. Allen High School. Time 122.4
West Hants Middle School. Time 128.02
Avon View High School. Time 132.11
Millwood High School. Time 132.70
Northumberland Regional School. Time 124.07
Male SB –
Avon View High School. Time 119.51
Charles P. Allen High School. Time 123.63
Millwood High School. Time 123.68
Cobequid Educational Centre. Time 126.13
Horton High School. Time 128.69
Top 5 Individual Results 2015
Female IG –
Mia Simm, West Hants Middle School. Best Time 32.07
Anna Martin, Avon View High School. Best Time 32.78
Rachel Swinamer, West Hants Middle School. Best Time 32.94
Julia McIntosh, Ecole Du Carrefour. Best Time 33.11
Maya Cochrane, West Hants Missle School. Best Time 33.22
Female SG –
Oceanne Tardif, Citadel High School. Best Time 30
Meredith Falkner, Lockview High School. Best Time 30.91
Rose Kyd, Horton High School. Best Time 31.24
KC Case, Citadel High School. Best Time 31.59
Sarah Hickman, Kings-Edgehill School. Time 31.97
Male IB –
Owen Gibbs, Charles P. Allen High School. Best Time 29.44
Ben Ryan, Charles P. Allen High School. Best Time 29.89
Brett Erskine, Middleton Regional High School. Best Time 30.66
Steven Pemberton, West Hants Middle School. Best Time 30.71
Bret Young, Cole Harbour District High School. Best Time 30.85
Male SB –
Nathaniel Isnor, Millwood High School. Best Time 29.14
Dakota Rouke, Avon View High School. Best Time 29.33
Connor Shute, Avon View High School. Best Time 29.50
Scott Wasson, Charles P. Allen High School. Best Time 29.88
Brayden Fletcher, Avon View High School. Best Time 30.28