Saskatchewan Para Alpine Ski Team Athlete and Canadian Para Alpine Ski Team Prospect Kurt Oataway (top) rounds the track at the championships at Silver Star Mountain Resort last weekend.

Saskatchewan Para Alpine Ski Team Athlete and Canadian Para Alpine Ski Team Prospect Kurt Oataway (top) rounds the track at the championships at Silver Star Mountain Resort last weekend.

Top disabled skiers compete for title at Star

Western Canadian Para Alpine Championships took to slopes at Silver Star Saturday and Sunday

  • Mar. 8, 2013 8:00 p.m.

The Disabled Skiers Association of B.C. 2013 Western Canadian Para Alpine Championships took to the slopes at Silver Star Mountain Resort Saturday and Sunday.

The two-day event saw 19 racers from the western provinces compete in both grand slalom and slalom races.

“The event went off without a glitch thanks to the help of the Vernon Ski Club race organizing committee, Alpine Canada Alpin, the Silver Star Adaptive Snow Sport Program and the many volunteers who gave their time to help us,” said Fannie Smith, high performance manager of the B.C. Para Alpine Ski Team.

On Saturday, athletes competed in two GS races.

The competition was very tight in the male sit-skiing category, where Ben Thompson, from the B.C. Para Alpine ski team, and Kurt Oataway, from the Saskatchewan Para Alpine ski team, swapped first and second place in each run, finishing only seconds apart.

On Sunday morning, despite the strong winds and the colder weather, the slalom went smoothly with once again a great battle in the sit-skiing category, with Oataway claiming the overall Slalom title over both races.

Full results can be found on the race results page at www.dsabc.ca.

“This Alpine Canada Alpin sanctioned event acts as the highest level of competition in B.C. for skiers with disabilities outside of the NorAm races,” said Smith.