Stu­dent ath­letes ‘re­ally hav­ing fun’

Val­ley snow­board­ers qual­ify for pro­vin­cial com­pe­ti­tion

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Stu­dent snow­board­ers from across the An­napo­lis Val­ley par­tic­i­pated in qual­i­fiers on Feb. 26, to be a part of the Nova Sco­tia School Ath­letic Fed­er­a­tion Snow­board Cross provin­cials, which were sched­uled to take place on March 5 at Ski Mar­tock.

Jen­nifer Pi­neo, snowboarding coach for Hor­ton High School, said she was very im­pressed by how well ev­ery­thing was or­ga­nized, giv­ing a spe­cial shout out to Ski Mar­tock gen­eral man­ager Andy Ma­cLean.

“Andy is won­der­ful to work with as he is very ap­proach­able and easy go­ing, which makes at­tend­ing and be­ing part of the run­ning of the events that much more en­joy­able,” Pi­neo said.

“He even takes the time to com­men­tate the race so the spec­ta­tors have a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of what is hap­pen­ing with boarder cross, and it makes the kids feel spe­cial hear­ing their names as they come across the fin­ish line.”

Pi­neo also thanked the peo­ple that work be­hind the scenes to make the event run smoothly.

“The most im­por­tant part of the whole thing is know­ing that many stu­dent ath­letes are re­ally hav­ing fun and en­joy­ing a sport,” she said.

“Even though it is a com­pe­ti­tion there is a lot of cheer­ing go­ing on for all rid­ers no mat­ter how skilled they are.”

Jeff Starratt, the snowboarding coach at Avon View High School, said he was happy to see stu­dents hav­ing an op­por­tu­nity to get back to rac­ing af­ter hav­ing a year off due to work-to-rule in 2017.

“The con­di­tions weren’t per­fect but that didn’t af­fect the en­thu­si­asm shown by all schools,” Starratt said.

“AVHS had a great show­ing, hav­ing all four of their teams qual­ify for provin­cials.”

Starratt said Steven Pem­ber­ton leads a solid group of se­nior boys while Mia Simms an­chors a strong group of se­nior girls.

The big­gest sur­prises oc­curred in the in­ter­me­di­ate boys di­vi­sion, Starratt said, where AVHS rid­ers had nine rid­ers fin­ish in the Top 10. They were led by Ewan Ma­cLean.

COLIN CHISHOLM

Tay­lor Payzant grabs a 38.26 best time on Feb. 26 lead­ing up to the provin­cials on March 5.

COLIN CHISHOLM

Clare Ben­nett-Gibbs, from King’s-Edge­hill School, man­aged a 37.6 sec­ond run as her best heat.

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