Cheer Our Local Athletes at the U16 National Championships

Starts March 5th

Eight local athletes headed to National Championships in the Town of Blue Mountains

Collingwood, ON (February 14, 2018) -- Alpine Ontario Alpin (AOA) congratulates 40 alpine ski racers selected to compete for Team Ontario in the upcoming March 6-10th Sport Chek U16 National Championships. AOA along with Alpine Canada Alpin will be hosting 160 of Canada’s best 14 and 15-year old racers as they compete in Slalom, Giant Slalom, Super G and a Dual race at four unique venues located on the southern shores of Georgian Bay in the Town of the Blue Mountains. The host ski hills for the competition will include Georgian Peaks Ski Club, Craigleith Ski Club, Alpine Ski Club and the Osler Bluff Ski Club. Alpine Canada Alpin, the national sport organization for the athletes will be overseeing the entire competition.

Eight of the 160 athletes reside in the Collingwood area including:

Niki Finoro/Collingwood                                 National Ski Academy                       National Ski Academy

Emma Gosselin/Collingwood                          Osler Bluff Ski Club                            Vanier High School

Emma Reid/Collingwood                                 Devil’s Glen Country Club                 CCI High School

George Cantoni/Thornbury                             Georgian Peaks                                    Georgian Bay Secondary

Brian Donnelly/Town of Blue Mountains      Craigleith Ski Club                              Vanier High School

Griffen Hanson/Collingwood                          Osler Bluff Ski Club                            CCI High School

Zach Hyland/Wasaga Beach                           Craigleith Ski Club                              CCI High School

Ellis Reid/Collingwood                                   Craigleith Ski Club                              CCI High School


Ontario, as the host province, will have the largest quota with 40 competitors; BC, Alberta and Quebec are sending 28 athletes each; Nova Scotia and New Brunswick will send 10 athletes each, PEI four athletes, Newfoundland three, and Saskatchewan one athlete.

It’s great to see local athletes representing Ontario at the U16 National Championships. For many of them this is their first significant competition so it will be an eye opener seeing the teams arrive in from B.C., Alberta, Quebec and the eastern provinces as well. Ontario may not have the big mountains of the West but we have an incredibly strong ski racing culture – and history – that continues to this day producing world class athletes.” Robyn Skinner, AOA’s Competition Director continues, “All of these athletes work extremely hard and they have to juggle their ski schedules with academics which takes even more planning and hard work. The skills they are learning managing their time and focusing on a goal is what we’re promoting.” 

In total, Team Ontario represents 40 athletes, 21 men and 19 ladies from three of the four divisions of Alpine Ontario including Lake Superior Division, National Capital Division and the Southern Ontario Division. The local clubs sending athletes include the Toronto Ski Club, Craigleith, Georgian Peaks, Osler Bluff Ski Club, Devil’s Glen Country Club, Alpine Ski Club, the National Ski Academy and the Caledon Ski Club. Most of these clubs have former U16 National Champions including several competing in the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics; Erin Mielzynski/Georgian Peaks, Roni Remme/National Ski Academy, Candace Crawford/Georgian Peaks, Jack Crawford/Georgian Peaks and Phil Brown/Craigleith Ski Club. Former World Cup champions of the local ski clubs include Steve Podborski/Craigleith Ski Club, Todd Brooker/Toronto Ski Club and Brian Stemmle of the Georgian Peaks Ski Club plus dozens more.

Bill Reeves, the ROC Chair of the U16 Nationals events adds, “I would like to congratulate all the young women and men from across Canada on being selected to their Provincial Teams.  I would also like to thank Alpine Canada and our title sponsor Sport Chek along with our presenting sponsors HSBC, Project X Ltd, CTRE Productions and Helly Hansen for helping support these championships and ski racing across the country.  We are looking forward to welcoming all the athletes to the Town of the Blue Mountains and Collingwood, Ontario and hosting a very competitive event.”

The five-day event will include hundreds of volunteers, on and off the hill. The teams will be staying at the Blue Mountain Inn with the opening ceremonies taking place on Tuesday, March 6th at 5pm in the Village Plaza. Additional parent and volunteer parties are planned throughout the week as well. Alpine Ontario welcomes schools and residents to attend the event and cheer on Canada’s next generation of alpine ski racers. More information including the full event schedule can be found on the official event website

Alpine Ontario Alpin (AOA) is the provincial governing body for the sport of alpine ski racing in Ontario. Alpine Ontario’s newly refined mission is to provide leadership and structure for high quality, sustainable and affordable programming and to communicate the competitive, recreational and lifestyle benefits of ski racing to the community. AOA represents four divisions, 44 member clubs and over 30,000 active athletes, coaches and officials (volunteers). AOA coordinates several successful programs across the province and continues to foster the development of "state of the art" ski-racing programs from the grass roots level to the elite level.


For more information contact:
Kristin Ellis
Communications Manager
Alpine Ontario Alpin (AOA)
705-444-5111 x132

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