Olympic viewing party for Vernon's Kevin Hill
Every time Kevin Hill competes in snowboard cross, his mom, Arleigh, dances around the computer, finding it hard to contain her excitement as she watches online.
When Kevin competed at the X-Games, it was his sister, Shanda, who was dancing around the computer as she watched her brother in action.
The Hills need a bigger venue (and no computers) to watch their son as he competes Sunday at the Sochi Olympics.
Monashee’s Bar and Grill owner Steve Pauls will open his establishment to the Hills, (which includes dad, Don), family, friends and anybody 19 and over Sunday from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. to watch Vernon’s Hill represent Canada in snowboard cross live from Sochi.
Hill’s first heat starts at 11 p.m.
“There’s not much you can do when you’re watching him,” laughed Shanda about the family’s excitement and dances around computers. “We really want to thank Steve for helping us out. Everybody that wants to come out on a Sunday night and cheer on a local athlete is welcome.”
The third Hill child, brother Matt, will be watching from his home in Fort McMurray, Alta.
Hill is making his Olympic debut, narrowly missing a spot on the team for the 2010 Games in Vancouver/Whistler.
Asked if the family is disappointed not to be in Russia with her brother, Shanda said, “not at all.”
“There would be more stress for Kevin,” she said. “He’d be wondering where we were at, worried that mom and dad might get lost. He just likes to focus on his event.”
While Sunday’s viewing party is for folks 19 and over, the family plans to host a party for all ages upon Kevin’s return to Vernon.