Three Adaptive Riders to Represent Canada at 2nd World Adaptive Snowboard Championships

The second World Adaptive Snowboard Championships to be held in Cardrona, New Zealand

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Canada Snowboard will send three of its top adaptive riders to the second World Adaptive Snowboard Championships, to be held at the Cardrona Alpine Resort in New Zealand from July 26th to 30th.

The Canadian delegation will be represented by defending Canadian Champion Tyler Mosher of Whistler, BC, Ian Lockey from Rossland, BC, and Mike Fisher from Ottawa, ON. The three athletes will be coached and manage by CASP Head Coach Candice Drouin.

“It’s an important event to show the world the quality of the Canadian Adaptive Snowboard Program. Canada is doing really well with its Adaptive Snowboarding and we will be looking for world-class results to cement our standings, said Ian Lockey, one of three riders to compete at this groundbreaking event.

Mosher finished first of the last WSF World Cup event, held in Canada, while Lockey came in second.

New Zealand’s Cardrona Alpine Resort will welcome snowboarders with physical disabilities from across the globe for the second World Snowboard Federation (WSF) Adaptive Snowboard World Championships. The inaugural World Championships were held in 2007 in the United States.

The WSF Adaptive Snowboard World Championships will consist of a sling-shot Snowboardcross race showcased on July 30 during the 2009 Adaptive Snow Sports Festival and National Championships.

The Canadian contingent will depart from Canada on July 22 and conduct on-snow training prior the World Championships, followed by an additional three-day training camp. While in New Zealand, the Canadian riders will take part in the New Zealand Adaptive Snowboard Championships, competing in the Slalom and Giant Slalom events.

Snow Sports New Zealand (SSNZ) in conjunction The New Zealand Snowboard Union (NZSBU) will stage the event. SSNZ Adaptive Manager and Festival Organiser, Libby Blackley, said she is looking forward to welcoming world class adaptive snowboarders to New Zealand for the first time.

“We are excited to welcome international snowboarders to ride and compete at this World Championships event, as we work to have the event officially included in the 2014 Sochi Winter Paralympics,” said Blackley.

The festival is the highlight of the adaptive snow sports winter calendar in New Zealand, offering instruction and coaching for recreational skiers and boarders alongside the elite level competitions.

Adaptive snowboarding refers to a modified version of the sport, which adapts in equipment, rules, and technical specifications that enable persons with physical disabilities to participate in both recreational and competitive activities. Athletes compete based on their functional ability, allowing athletes with different disabilities to compete against each other.

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July 26-30: WSF World Adaptive Snowboard Championships – Cardrona (NZE)
July 26-August 14: SBX Training camp – Pericher (AUS)
July 26-August 3: HP Training opportunity, Mt. Hood (USA)
August 8-9: SBX Continental Cup Races, Mt Hotham (AUS)
August 24-September 6: PGS Training camp, Mt Hood (USA)
August 25-26: New Zealand Winter Games (HP)

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