Drumheller skier to compete in North America championship
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.
Local skier Ava Lund has qualified for the North American championship in Kirkwood California.