Drumheller skier to com­pete in North Amer­ica cham­pi­onship

The Drumheller Mail - - SPORTS - Sub­mit­ted

Ava Lund, 12, has been asked to par­tic­i­pate in the North Amer­i­can Ski Cham­pi­onship (NorAm) be­ing held this year at Kirk­wood, Cal­i­for­nia.

Ava com­petes in free ski­ing and her per­for­mance this sea­son qual­i­fied her for the com­pe­ti­tion. Ava earned a third place Cana­dian rank­ing and is the 16th best skier in all of North Amer­ica.

At the start of the sea­son, Ava made be­ing in­vited to NorAm her goal. She kept it in mind at ev­ery com­pe­ti­tion and kept work­ing hard to achieve it. The pas­sion for the sport orig­i­nated dur­ing her time with the Drumheller Hoo Doo Hoppers. She learned many skills with the group and it helped plant the seeds of pas­sion in her. This year Ava tried to train with both the Drumheller ski team and the Lake Louise All Moun­tain Team. Both clubs have much to of­fer. It looks like the choice paid off in spades.

This is her first sea­son in the 12-14 age cat­e­gory. There can be a huge gap be­tween 12 and 14 and of­ten 12-year-olds watch and learn from the older, stronger skiers. In ad­di­tion, the older girls have skied longer and learned ways to con­quer the var­i­ous dif­fi­cul­ties at each venue.

At the start of the sea­son, Ava was not rec­og­nized as a se­ri­ous con­tender. How­ever, judges saw huge im­prove­ments in her abil­i­ties; so much so that at the first com­pe­ti­tion of the sea­son in Nel­son, BC, she earned the most im­proved skier award.

Ava is proud to be from Drumheller, and hopes she can con­tinue to rep­re­sent it.

sub­mit­ted

Lo­cal skier Ava Lund has qual­i­fied for the North Amer­i­can cham­pi­onship in Kirk­wood Cal­i­for­nia.

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