VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA (JANUARY 14, 2013) – Canada Snowboard will host the International Paralympic Para-Snowboarding World Cup of the season at Big White Ski Resort in the Okanagan this March.
Para-Snowboarding makes its debut at the 2014 Sochi Winter Games and the Canadian team is determined to make an impressive showing on the international stage at that event.
Hosting an event in Canada will give Canadian National Team athletes Tyler Mosher (Whistler, B.C.), Ian Lockey (Trail, B.C.), John Leslie (Armpar, Ont.) and Mike Fisher (Forest, Ont.) an opportunity to make the best of a home-snow advantage on a first rate course built by Big White in conjunction with BC Snowboard and Canada Snowboard.
Mosher already picked up two medals at the sport’s competitive debut earlier in the season in Landgraaf, Netherlands. He said, “It is very exciting to have the opportunity to represent my country in the first ever IPC sanctioned World Cup on North American soil at Big White Ski Resort. The course makers and volunteers are amazing there. I am sure we will have a great time competing against the rest of the World here at home with less than 12 months before the Paralympic Competition in Sochi, Russia. Our team is strong and we are playing to win.”
Canadian Team Coach Candice Drouin added, “Big White has a great SBX track and the park staff do an amazing job at putting on a safe and smoothly run event. We are excited to invite the World to our backyard for the Para Snowboard World Cup.”
The World Cup is being held in conjunction with the Canadian Snowboardcross National Championships from March 25 to 29, 2013. The schedule for the 2 IPC Para-Snowboard World Cups is as follows:
Para-Snowboard World Cup – Big White, B.C. March 25 – 29, 2013
Monday March 25 – Arrival and TC Meeting
Tuesday March 26 – Training
Wednesday March 27- Training
Thursday March 28 – World Cup #1
Friday March 29 -World Cup #2
For more information, contact Canada Snowboard Director of Sport Development Dustin Heise at: firstname.lastname@example.org.